The World Energy Council has three permanent Standing Committees – Programme, Studies and Communications & Strategy- which meet two or three times a year and report to the Executive Assembly. These Standing Committees are responsible for carrying out the Council’s work programme and other activities outlined in their mandate in the World Energy Council bylaws.

Standing Committee members are selected according to their expertise and geographical location to ensure balanced and effective representation over the three years term – from one Congress to the next.

The Finance Committee ensures robust financial management systems are in place in line with the UK law and the World Energy Council’s charitable status.

Communications & Strategy

The Communications & Strategy Committee is responsible for promoting the World Energy Council’s visibility and global reach, developing and implementing the Communications Plan, developing and delivering the Council’s key messages, interacting with the media, overseeing the World Energy Council’s website, developing new strategic partnerships and providing recommendations to the Officers Council. The Communications & Strategy Committee also oversees the organisation and programme of the World Energy Congress.

The Communications & Strategy Committee also acts as a strategy board for the organisation.


Jose Antonio Vargas Lleras

José Antonio Vargas Lleras is Chair of the Council’s Communications & Strategy Committee. He also serves as Chairman of the Colombian Committee of the Council. Since 2006 he has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Electricity Distribution Company CODENSA.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee oversees the World Energy Council’s technical knowledge networks, Global and Regional programmes and on-going technical relationships with partner organisations under the Global Frameworks Programme. The Committee specifically focuses on:

The World Energy Council’s knowledge networks are established to undertake the collection and analysis of energy information. This enables the expert insights of the network to inform specific studies and provides wider resource for the Council’s community, in liaison with the Studies Committee.

Regional Programmes focus on specific regional priorities identified by Member Committees. This programme focuses on the development of regional forums, workshops, specialized studies or facilitation work. The Regional activity programme is often based on the World Energy Council’s global studies or technical knowledge networks.


OFF_ Jose da Costa Carvalho Neto

José da Costa Carvalho Neto is Chair of the Council’s Programme Committee. He is also the CEO of Eletrobras.

Studies Committee

The Studies Committee oversees the World Energy Council’s Studies Programme, which includes global and topical studies. It also coordinates the Council’s policy statements and liaises with the Programme Committee on studies undertaken as part of the regional programme.

The World Energy Council’s Studies Committee has committed to focus on a limited number of Strategic Insight studies and related, sector-specific World Energy Perspectives. The Strategic Insights are of a long-term, visionary, strategic nature focussing on the development of own methodology and data and include:

The activities are supported by issue-specific World Energy Perspectives which focus on important energy-related challenges / themes and will change over time as priorities shift. The Studies Committee has committed to focus on:


Jean-Marie Dauger is Chair of the Council’s Studies Committee. He is former Senior Executive Vice President of ENGIE. (formerly GDF Suez).

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee has overall responsibility for the budget, annual accounts, auditor, long-term financial commitments and other financial matters related to World Energy Council or World Energy Council services limited finances.

Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht is Chairman of the Finance Committee and Member of the Executive Board, Verbundnetz Gas AG, Germany.