London Secretariat

The World Energy Council has been based in London since its founding in 1923. Currently, the London secretariat consists of over 30 staff who support the Secretary General in developing the Council’s activities worldwide.

Five Regional Managers and special advisors assist with the regional integration of the World Energy Council’s global work, promote its work at the regional level, support national Member Committees in the various regions, facilitate the Council’s relationships with regional organisations and coordinate World Energy Council events within the regions. The World Energy Council currently operates in six regions, including  Africa, Asia, Asia Pacific/South Asia, Europe, Middle East, Latin America/Caribbean and North America.

Find out more about World Energy Council staff’s responsibilities and how we can support you with your involvement with the network.

Senior Leadership Team

Christoph Frei is Chief Executive Officer and Secretary General of the organisation. He is responsible for managing the day to day affairs of the Council and presenting its strategic insight and global activities at international energy conferences and events around the world.


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Tania Baumann is Chief Operating Officer. She is responsible for the secretariat’s operations, including staffing, legal, financial and governance matters. She also oversees the Council’s events including the World Energy Congress and World Energy Leaders’ Summits and deputises for the CEO.
Tania joined the World Energy Council in 2016 having worked previously as Head of Secretariat for a leading internet technology company, and as Director of the UK office of the International Chamber of Commerce. She has worked as a trade adviser for the state government in Australia, and for the International Finance Corporation (World Bank). She has degrees in International Commercial Law and in International Business, and speaks French, Japanese, and conversational Portuguese.

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Angela Wilkinson is Senior Director of Scenarios and Business Insights. She leads the development of timely, credible and insightful analysis on the state of the energy system and future evolution. Angela holds a PhD in Physics and has provided strategic advisory services to leaders in government, business, and civil society for over 25 years, including the direction of large, international, and multi-stakeholder initiatives. Her work spans over 40 countries, 100 futures projectsthree books and many articles on using futures methods to face global and complex challenges. 

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Jonathan Oxley is Senior Director of Networks and Development. He leads the team managing relationships with Member Committees, Corporate Partners, Governments and Institutions. As a trained chemist, Jonathan has worked across a range of energy and chemicals sectors, including nuclear, oil and gas, biofuels and bioenergy. He is fluent in English and French.

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Barry Kermisch is Senior Director of Digital and Platforms. He is responsible for ‘How’ the World Energy Council delivers its strategy and services including digital, communications, media, PR and platforms. Previously, Barry led the digital, marketing and transformation programmes for IBM, Ernst & Young, Royal Mail and The Institution of Civil Engineers.


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Emily Melton is Special Advisor to the Secretary General. She joined the Council in 1999 as Manager, Member Services. In 2004, she was appointed Director, Finance, Administration and Member Services. In 2013, she became Chief Operating Officer, with responsibility for membership, finance, HR, governance, operations and event logistics. She retired from her full-time role in December 2016 but continues to work part-time as Special Advisor to the Secretary General. In this role, she is responsible for supporting the WEC Chair, deepening the relationship with China and the Asian Development Bank and managing special projects. She also serves as Asia Regional Manager and oversees the Regional Programme.

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What: Business, Industry and Policy Insights

Marzia Zafar is Director of Issues Monitor and Innovation. Her goal for the IM and Innovation tools is to enable member countries to monitor their uncertainties and implement innovative policies and technologies toward their successful energy transition. Prior to joining the Council Marzia lived in California and worked on energy policy both in the public and private sectors. She speaks English and Farsi.

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Martin Young is Director of Policy and Risk, leading the work with the Council’s community on the Energy Trilemma and Dynamic Risk. He is leading the evolution of the Trilemma methodology from a global metric to a broader regional, national and sub-national framework to help identify and share best practice, and enable a richer policy dialogue. Martin joined the Council in August 2017 after spending 5 years at the International Energy Agency where he led the Emergency Policy Division working on the IEA’s core energy security mandate and reviewing emergency response policies in various countries. He previously worked for the UK government in various departments, focusing on energy after becoming responsible for the UK’s oil and gas statistics in 2002.

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Anastasia Belostotskaya is Senior Manager of Scenarios, appointed in July 2017. Anastasia is managing an integrated global and regional scenarios programme combining scenario building initiatives and wide experts engagement. She focuses on developing insights and tools to promote a deeper strategic conversation on energy perspectives and enable global energy leaders to better understand and drive successful energy transitions. Anastasia has wide experience in scenario planning, and project management across a range of organisations in both public and private sectors. She holds an MBA from IE Business School and speaks English and Russian.

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Talita Covre is Manager of Transition Insights. She leads the engagement with the World Energy Council’s global community to build annual insights on the key issues affecting countries and regions that will feed into the Issues Monitor transition tool. Talita is also part of the Innovation work stream identifying trends and opportunities with energy experts worldwide to progress in the Energy Transition. She has worked closely with governments, utilities and c-suit private sector leaders, managing development initiatives for the African and Latin American energy industries. Talita speaks fluent Portuguese, Italian, Spanish and English and can communicate in Chinese.

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Maria Vinograd is Manager of Transition Insights. She manages the development of our Insight Tools, with a special focus on the World Energy Trilemma and the Dynamic Resilience Framework. Maria investigates energy policy impacts and evolving risk landscapes to gather insights and build a useable interactive toolkit for energy transition. An experienced academic researcher and facilitator, she teaches at postgraduate level and speaks English and Russian.

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Pauline Blanc is Manager, Energy Transition Insights.
Pauline is responsible for the development and deployment of the Council’s Insights tools within the Innovation area. Working closely with the Council’s community of experts, Pauline oversees the delivery of Innovation Insights Briefs, which dig deeper into technology push, social pull and other factors that share the role of innovation in energy transition. Before this role, she worked in the Member Services team, providing support in the development and strengthening of member committees and Future Energy Leaders (FEL-100). She speaks English, French and Spanish.

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Joshua Oyinlola is Coordinator of Business Industry and Policy Insights Team. He supports the Business Industry & Policy Insights Team in its delivery of its toolkit and is the first-line of contact. Joshua has a Masters in Energy, Environmental Technology and Economics from City University of London.


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Rami Fakhoury is secondee in the Insights Team. He provides support to the Insights team, with a special focus on Scenarios and Policy & Risk. In addition, Rami assists with the development of sessions at the Council’s global events. Rami has a dual degree in Electrical Engineering and Economics, and has previous experience in developing and implementing renewable energy and energy efficiency strategies within the Ministry of Energy & Water of Lebanon. He speaks Arabic, English, French, and basic Spanish


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Who: Network & Communities

Sophie Rose is Associate Director for the 24th World Energy Congress and Senior Manager of Member Services and Head of the Future Energy Leaders Programme. She provides support to the World Energy Council’s Member Committees, develops member-related programmes and processes, and leads the membership application process. Sophie also manages the Future Energy Leaders’ Programme working to engage young professionals at the national, regional and international levels. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

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Cliodhna O’Flaherty-Mouscadet is Senior Manager of Corporate Partnerships. Cliodhna manages the relationships with a wide range of key Partner organisations globally from the World Energy Council Secretariat in London.  She has a responsibility to oversee and strengthen Partner involvements in all aspects of the World Energy Council’s network, work programmes and global events. Additionally, she helps develop new business opportunities to further enhance the Council’s engagement with the private sector. Before moving to the UK, Cliodhna has lived in Ireland, France, Romania and Algeria, and she speaks English and French fluently.

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Cristina Morales Rivadeneira is Senior Manager of Government Engagement. Cristina leads government engagement activities around the world. Based in Bogota-Colombia, Cristina has responsibility for overseeing and strengthening Government involvement in all aspects of the World Energy Council’s networks, work programmes and global events. Additionally, she helps engage governments and national innovation agencies with the Start Up Energy Transition Platform, highlighting energy innovation across the world. She holds degrees in Economics and Business and a master’s degree in Development Economics. She is a fluent English and Spanish speaker.

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Philip Church is Manager of Business Development. He is responsible of identifying and researching opportunities to engage new Partners and to deepen engagement with our current stakeholders. Prior to joining the Council Philip was responsible for sales in Asia and Africa at two divisions of the the Financial Times Group. Philip has travelled extensively and has experience of living in a number of countries around the world. For more information on our Partner programme, please contact Philip using the form below.

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Catriona Nurse is Coordinator of Sectoral Programmes.  Responsible for the day-to-day liaising with the Knowledge Network members and with other experts for various technical reports, Catriona is the key contact for the World Energy Council’s History project, which delivered a chronological record of events in the life of WEC from 1923, culminating in the publication of From World Power Conference to World Energy Council – 90 Years of Energy Cooperation, 1923-2013.

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Michelle Arellano is Manager of Member Services
She acts as first-line of contact and provides support in the development and strengthening of member committees and Future Energy Leaders (FEL-100). She is also the liaison for the member committees in their interactions with the London Secretariat and works with the Regional Managers to support the Council’s network.

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 Kristina Zemskova is Coordinator of Corporate Partnerships. She provides assistance to the Partners team including account planning and management, event invitations, content engagement and network access. Additionally, she helps manage outreach to existing and potential Partners. Kristina holds Master degrees in International relations and EU studies. She is fluent in Russian and English, and also speaks French, Swedish and Latvian.

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Kate Dourian is Regional Manager for the Middle East and Gulf States. Kate is responsible for supporting the member committees in the MEGS region and developing and strengthening relationships with national and regional stakeholders. Prior to joining the Council Kate worked at the IEA, where she was programme manager for the MENA region. Before that, she was an energy reporter and senior editor for Reuters, Platts and the Middle East Economic Survey. Kate is a non-resident fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington and writes regularly on energy matters. She speaks English, French, Arabic and Armenian.

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Andrea Arrobo is Regional Manager for Latin America and The Caribbean. She coordinates activities, events and participation of World Energy Council Member Committees from those two regions. Based in Quito-Ecuador, Andrea is responsible for implementing the Council’s global programmes and activities at a regional level in close coordination with the Vice Chair for LAC, liaising between the London Secretariat and LAC MCs. She holds a degree in International Relations and a master’s degree in International Cooperation and is a fluent English, Spanish and Portuguese speaker.

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SV4_0195Einari Kisel is Regional Manager for Europe. Dr. Einari Kisel is responsible for the development relations with all European Member Committees. Due to his experiences in energy policy and management he presents the insights of the Council as a speaker at various European events. Einari is a native Estonian, but speaks also English, Russian, Finnish, and works on his German language.

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Latsoucabé Fall is Regional Manager for Africa. Dr. Fall coordinates activities and events of World Energy Council Member Committees in Africa. Based in Senegal, he organises the Council’s African Regional Work Programme and assists Member Committees in the region by providing advice and supporting local and regional events to promote the Council’s work. Latsoucabé is the regular liaison officer between the London Secretariat and Member Committees in Africa.

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How: Digital & Platforms

Natalie Vinters is Associate Director, Global Communications. She is leading our Communications department. Natalie is responsible for the media relations, PR and communications support of the Council’s Insights Agenda and Global Events. Manages our media and PR campaigns and provides communications support for our members and partners.
She has over 15 years of senior professional experience in marketing communications, public relations, event management, stakeholders engagement, campaign and project management with a wide range and degree of creativity and latitude.
Natalie obtained her Master of Arts in International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies. She is fluent in English and Russian

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Francisco José Galtieri is Senior Manager of Platforms & Academy. He is responsible for the Start Up Energy Transition Platform, the World Energy Academy and any other platform to be implemented in the council. Francisco is an engineer that worked on energy consultancy, tech start-ups and sustainable development NGOs. Furthermore, he is a former board member of the Council’s Future Energy Leaders Programme. He speaks English and Spanish.

Jorge Romeo is Manager of Digital Marketing & Content. Responsible for social media channels, branding materials and in-house produced content, Jorge is an advertising creative with a background in audio and video production. He brings over his expertise in crafting and delivering all types of media, having worked for large tech firms, smaller start-ups and boutique ad studios. Jorge can speak Spanish, English and is working on Japanese.

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Heidi Reville is Associate Director and Head of the Global Agenda Team. Heidi Reville is Associate Director and Head of the Global Agenda Team. Heidi leads the content design and development of sessions at the Council’s global and regional events, including business stakeholder and government relations. Heidi has a Masters in Environment, Politics and Globalisation from King’s College London, and speaks fluent French. Heidi is currently on maternity leave.

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Cassie Sale is Associate Director of the Global Agenda Team. She has recently returned from working with KPMG in Dubai in event management, and previously held roles at the Association of Corporate Treasurers in London heading up programme and sponsorship development. Cassie will lead and oversee the 24th World Energy Congress programme and production, particularly with regard to content and partners.


Catarina Veiga is Events Manager in the Global Agenda Team. She is responsible for the delivery and implementation of World Energy Council events such as the World Energy Congress, the World Energy Leaders’ Summit, the World Energy Leaders’ Dialogue. Catarina has over a decade of experience managing events, event operations and marketing in Portuguese, English and Spanish.

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Mercy Adebayo is IT Manager. Her role in the World Energy Council is to ensure the smooth running and resilience of digital systems that empower all staff in delivering great service to member committees and global stakeholders. Mercy is driving innovation and embedding systems across the organisation to ensure that the Council remains at the forefront of energy in a user-friendly way.

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Katharine Dedezade is Executive Assistant to the CEO and COO. Katharine coordinates the office of the CEO and COO supporting governance, member relations, business and network development, and operations to further the World Energy Council’s mission of sustainable energy for the benefit of all. Prior to joining the Council, Katharine gained Board-level, international experience at the International Chamber of Commerce. She has a degree in History of Art from University College London.

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Sandra Winkler is Director, Institutional Relations and Special Projects. Sandra leads the intergovernmental engagement function, where she works to involve the Council in major international processes and organisations, drive impactful advocacy strategies in line with the Council’s messages and deliver optimal outcomes for the Council’s membership. Additionally, she works to improve internal and external ways of working enabling the team to deliver an exceptional service to the Council’s stakeholders. She holds a degree in business economics, is fluent in English and German, and is working on French and Russian.

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Emily-Jayne Godfrey is the Coordinator for the Operations team. She provides administrative, financial and secretarial support across the Council’s London Headquarters. Emily-Jayne has a degree in Earth and Environmental Science from Lancaster University. She also has spent a year studying Natural Resources at the University of Kentucky.

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