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 and Senior Director of Operations. Responsible for staff and operations, she ensures that the World Energy Council is in good shape to deliver an exceptional service to our stakeholders. Tania will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer in 2017. Tania has also 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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What: Business, Industry and Policy Insights

Marzia 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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Irene Di Martino is Senior Manager of Energy Transition Insights. Irene scopes, delivers and promotes the World Energy Council content agenda and work programmes to produce original research on critical energy industry concerns. This helps in identifying opportunities to empower robust energy transitions worldwide. She also leads the Council’s Innovation work stream and works closely with global patrons, partners and the wider community experts to consolidate and grow key innovation programmes. Irene comes with over twenty years of experience in the energy sector and is fluent in English, Italian and French.

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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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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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Who: Network & Communities

Sophie Rose is 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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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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Pauline Blanc is Coordinator of Member Services.
Pauline 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. She speaks English, French and Spanish.

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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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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

Lucy Chakaodza is Media and PR Manager. She manages the World Energy Council’s relationships with media around the world and handles the Council’s news content both online and print. Working in close partnership with project teams and national member committees, Lucy also manages the production of World Energy Inside, the monthly newsletter for members. Lucy has a background in newspaper journalism and holds a degree in Law and post-graduate qualifications in media law and public affairs, having also worked in central government and academia.

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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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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.

 

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.

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Lena Dente

Marlene “Lena” Dente is Senior Manager and Head of Government Affairs in the Global Agenda Team. Lena develops the strategy and engages with government stakeholders globally to ensure they take part in the Council’s projects, publications and events. Additionally, she develops programming for the Ministerial community. Lena speaks German and English fluently and is working on French.

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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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Operations

Ashleigh Dunn is Executive Assistant to the CEO and COO. Responsible for handling the Secretary General’s and COO’s agendas, as well as assisting with operations and being the point of contact for senior leadership. She has been working in the environmental sector for over 12 years, delivering impactful programmes across both the corporate and academic sectors. Her skills and experience span Smart Cities; the application of innovative technologies; resource efficiency; and the food-water-energy nexus.

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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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Sandra Winkler is Director, PMO and Special Projects. She works to improve internal and external ways of working enabling the team to deliver an exceptional service to the Council’s stakeholders. 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. She holds a degree in business economics, is fluent in English and German, and is working on French and Russian.

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