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.

Secretary General
Christoph Frei

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

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Deborah Best is Senior Executive Assistant to the Secretary General & Manager, Governance Processes . Deborah is responsible for general governance matters, including managing communications, agendas and meetings for the Officers Council and Executive Assembly. She coordinates the Council Chair’s involvement in events and meetings. Deborah handles all speaking engagements, meetings, events and travel for the World Energy Council Secretary General and supports logistics arrangements for events, including board meetings, Congresses, the Executive Assembly and World Energy Leaders’ Summits.

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Members Services & Operations

TaniaTania 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’s experience spans across managing public policy, membership, events, legal and governance. She was previously Head of Secretariat at Nominet, an internet technology company, where she was responsible for company policy and stakeholders. Prior to her appointment at Nominet, she was the Director of the UK national committee of the International Chamber of Commerce. Tania has also worked in consultancy, in state government in Australia as a trade adviser, 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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Sam Porter is Manager, IT. Sam leads the IT function in the development, support and implementation of information systems, projects and policies including working with key stakeholders and suppliers. His role within the World Energy Council is to implement and manage information technology services and participate in the development of long term strategy for the future direction of information management and services.

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

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Michelle Arellano is Coordinator, Member Services.
Michelle 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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Partners Services

SIRE Didier, Gaz de France, adjoint, Direction Stratégie et développement durable. REF : 746 I.Didier Sire is Senior Advisor to the Secretary General and Head of Sectoral Programmes. He is in charge of the Global Gas Centre (GGC) and Global Electricity Initiative (GEI) development. Didier joined the Council at the beginning of 2016 after 30 years of experience in the energy industry in gas and electricity sectors.
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Charlotte Kidd is Associate Director, Partnership Development. Charlotte is responsible for the development of the World Energy Council’s partnership programmes. Presently on maternity leave, returning August 2018.



Gemma McLauchlan is Senior Manager Partners and Head of  Global Electricity Initiative.  Gemma manages the relationships with a range of private sector Global Partner organisations from the World Energy Council  Secretariat in London. She has a responsibility to oversee and strengthen Global Partner involvements in national member committees, work programmes and events as well as to develop new business opportunities.

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Cliodhna O’Flaherty-Mouscadet is Senior Manager, 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 flagship and regional 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 lived in Ireland, France, Romania and Algeria and she speaks English and French fluently.

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Work Programme

Seijin Kim is Director of Special Projects and Flagships. Based in London, Seijin is presently  in charge of the global World Energy Scenarios as well as the regional Scenarios deep-dive for Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition, Seijin provides support for the Global Agenda team.


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Zulandi van der Westhuizen is Deputy Director, Resources. She works with Karl Rose, Senior Director and Ged Davis, Executive Chair in leading the global World Energy Scenarios, as well as regional scenarios for the Latin America Caribbean and African regions. She is also responsible for the World Energy Resources publication and the various associated Knowledge Networks.

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Sandra Winkler is Director, Policies and PMO. Based in Toronto, is presently on maternity leave.

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John Bourne is Senior Manager, Head of Issues Monitor. John manages the relationships with private sector Patron organisations globally from the World Energy Council Secretariat in London. He has a responsibility to oversee and strengthen Patron involvements in national member committees, work programmes and events as well as to develop new business opportunities. In addition, John leads the World Energy Issues Monitor, a global report conducted in over 90 countries to capture the latest trends and developments facing the energy industry.  John also assists with the organisation of the World Energy Council’s World Energy Leaders’ Summits.

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Elena Nekhaev is Director & Senior Adviser, Technical Programmes. Elena leads the Programmes work stream from the World Energy Council Secretariat based in London. She is responsible for Knowledge Networks on the Performance of Generating Plant, Energy Efficiency Policies and Indicators and RES Systems Integration. Elena also leads the Project Team for the Global Electricity Initiative and supports the World Energy Council flagship study World Energy Resources.

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Catriona Nurse is Senior Manager, Sectoral Programmes Catriona is a member of the Sectoral Programmes and Special Projects Team in London. She is 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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Regional Agenda

SV4_0195Einari Kisel is Regional Manager for Europe. Einari is responsible for the development relations with all European Member Committees, companies and institutions such as the European Commission. Based in Tallinn, Estonia, Einari also supports development work on the Energy Sustainability Index methodology for the World Energy Trilemma work. Due to his many years of experience in the field of energy policy and proficiency in English, Russian and Finnish, Einari also represents the World Energy Council as a speaker at various international events.

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Latsoucabé Fall is Regional Manager for Africa. Latsoucabé coordinates and facilitates activities, events and participation of World Energy Council Member Committees in Africa. Based in Senegal, Latsoucabé organises the World Energy Council  Africa Regional Work Programme and assists Member Committees in the region by providing advice, added-value products and services, and supporting local and regional events to promote the Council’s work. He serves as a regular liaison officer between the London Secretariat and Member Committees.

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Paul Mollet is Regional Manager for Middle East, Gulf States & North Africa. Paul coordinates and facilitates activities, events and participation of World Energy Council Member Committees in the Middle East & Gulf States. He has two decades of experience working in the Gulf, including periods in Qatar, UAE and Oman. His role is to increase the Council’s presence and activities in this important hydrocarbon-producing region.

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Cristina MoralesCristina Morales is Regional Manager, Latin America and The Caribbean and Head of World Energy Academy. Cristina coordinates activities, events and participation of World Energy Council  Member Committees in Latin America and the Caribbean. Based in Colombia, Cristina is responsible for implementing the World Energy Council global programmes and activities at a regional level in close coordination with the World Energy Council ’s Vice Chair for Latin America & the Caribbean. Cristina speaks English and Spanish fluently.

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Communications & Media


Stuart Neil is Senior Director, External Affairs and Communications. Stuart oversees the World Energy Council’s relationships with Intergovernmental Organisations and other key stakeholders. He leads the communications team in the World Energy Council Secretariat based in London where he is responsible for all external and internal communications on behalf of the Communications and Strategy Committee. He supports the development of the Council’s studies, provides strategic communications counsel to the Secretary General and acts as a spokesperson for the organisation.

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Florence Mazzone is Associate Director, Head of Communications. Based in London, Florence is responsible for external communication and outreach projects for the World Energy Council activities around the world. Florence manages the branding, marketing and online presence of the Council. She supports the Council’s external affairs activities focusing on its relationship with major international processes and organisations such as the United Nations. Florence also works with the Communications team on the Council’s news and reporting activities, supporting member committees in their communications efforts. She is fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish.

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Kristina Acker is Communications Manager. After seven years in corporate communications for Storengy, a subsidiary of the global energy utility Engie, Kristina joined the Communications team at the World Energy Council in 2014. She currently coordinates the work on the World Energy Council’s new visual design and is responsible for the Council’s external publication, World Energy Focus, as well as the World Energy Council’s online presence and outreach projects around the world. Kristina holds an M.A. in journalism and speaks German, French and some Japanese.

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Lucy Chakaodza is Media and PR Manager.  Based in London, Lucy 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.  In addition, Lucy supports the work of the Communications team on external affairs and reporting activities. She is a trained Journalist and holds a post-graduate qualification in Newspaper Journalism and Public Affairs.

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Global Agenda: World Energy Congress and events

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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 flagship and regional events. Presently on maternity leave returning January 2018.

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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 leads the engagement with stakeholders from governments globally to ensure they are engaged with the World Energy Council’s projects, publications and flagship and regional invents including the World Energy Congress and the World Energy Leaders’ Summits. Additionally, she develops programming for the Ministerial community. Lena has a BA in international politics from DePauw University and an MA in international security studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She was also a Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum. Lena speaks German and English fluently and is working on French.

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