Meet the FEL-100 community

The World Energy Council’s FEL-100 programme brings together the most outstanding young energy professionals from all over the world

The FEL-100 Community

100Participants

7+Years of Experience

32Years Old on Average

40%Women

The FEL-100 community is composed of 100 outstanding young professionals coming from more than 65 countries and from all parts of the energy sector. You can learn about who they are by downloading the 2018 FEL Booklet.

 

“For me, FEL-100 has been a great opportunity to both widen and deepen my perspective on the energy sector. Also, the programme has offered a spectacular chance to participate in the global energy dialogue. What I’ve enjoyed most is working with like-minded, enthusiastic energy professionals around the world, not to mention meeting new people and making friends. Based on my experience, the FEL-100 programme is a must for young professionals willing to become the energy leaders of tomorrow. ” Pirjo Jantunen, Former FEL-100 Chair

 

“To me, it is not a vain word to say that the FEL Programme can be a life-changing experience. Beyond the excitement of exchanging with so many bright young professionals, it is a place for concrete opportunities if you seize your chance. When I came to Daegu in 2013, I was in the process of finishing my PhD. Through the Japanese FELs, I made contact with the prestigious Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE) in Kyoto. I was hired a few months later, right after I defended my PhD in Paris, and I have been working there ever since: I literally got into my dream job thanks to FEL Programme!” Bianka Shoai Tehrani, FEL Alumni

Meet the FEL Board

The mission of the Future Energy Leaders (FEL) Board is to coordinate and integrate the work of the FEL Community. The Board is composed of ten FEL-100; three committees with three members each and the FEL Chair, complemented by the FEL Secretary.

FEL Chair

Nuno Silva, Portugal

Nuno Silva graduated from the University of Porto in 2003 and finished his PhD in Electrical Engineering in the Control and Power Group, Imperial College, London, in 2009. He is currently the Technology and Innovation Director of the Efacec Group and is responsible for designing the company’s technological strategy and promoting synergies between 8 different business units with external stakeholders. He manages several national and international multi-million euro innovation initiatives and Research and Development projects in several fields. Innovation management, Distributed Energy Resources, Smart Grids, Storage, Energy Systems economics, Asset management, electric mobility and Digitalisation of Energy Systems are among his main areas of activity. He is also the Director of the Technology School of the Efacec Academy.  He is a Senior Member of IEEE as well as the Power Engineering Society (PES), of IEEE. He has served at the Technical Committees of several international conferences. Nuno has more than 70 articles published in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. Nuno teaches at two different Universities (Engineering Faculty and Business School), and has  supervised several MSc and PhD theses. He is a founding partner of an ICT start-up in Germany and a Mentor at several start-up acceleration associations,as well as the manager of a 20Meur venture capital on behalf of Efacec.

FEL Secretary

Bennet Tucker, New Zealand

Bennet is an energy professional with more than 10 years experience in the energy industry. Bennet has held a broad range of positions within the sector, including Strategic Analyst at Meridian Energy and a Senior Security of Supply Analyst in the System Operations division of Transpower and Gas Market Manager at emsTradepoint. During his time in the energy sector Bennet has developed a keen understanding of how the sector works from end to end, with a special focus on providing expert advice on strategic issues such as long-term security of supply and energy market design. Bennet has also worked on a number of high-profile projects including  the System Operator’s (Transpower) response to thermal generator decommissioning (November 2015) and the development of the natural gas spot market (2016/17). Bennet has a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from the University of Canterbury, and is currently studying towards a Master of Business Administration at Victoria University of Wellington.

Members of the Development Committee

Lois Gicheru, Kenya

Lois Gicheru is the Founder and CEO of Solafrique, a company committed to increasing access to electricity in Kenya. She has amassed a wealth of experience offering energy consultancy services to rural based commercial entities and is currently spearheading the development of solar micro grids for commercial entities in rural Kenya. Lois is the Deputy Secretary of the World Energy Council Kenya Member Committee and plays an active role in contributing to implementation of effective energy policy in Kenya. She was awarded the entrepreneur of the year award at the 2016 AEEP stakeholder’s forum for her community mini grid model and was also recognised as an upcoming energy leader during President Obama’s 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Accounting from Strathmore University and a Certificate in Supply Chain Sustainability from Rutgers University.  Her passion is to provide sustainable energy solutions and related services for the off-grid and rural communities in Africa in a bid to attain and advance sustainable livelihoods.

 

Antonio Erias Rodriguez, Spain

Antonio Erias Rodríguez is a Market Analysis Coordinator at the Strategy Division in Enagás, a Spanish gas infrastructure operator for transmission, LNG regasification and underground storage. He worked as senior analyst at the Energy Policies & Climate Change Division (Chairman’s Area), in Iberdrola, specialising in European Energy Policy and Climate Change Negotiations, until November 2017. He was involved in the follow up of international negotiations on climate change and its policy implications for the energy sector, analysing the main climate policy developments in Iberdrola’s jurisdictions (USA, UK, Mexico, Brazil, and Spain). He has collaborated with several think tanks and business coalitions focused on climate action. Until 2014, he was an analyst in Regulatory Affairs, working mainly on energy taxation and prospective and regulatory analysis. He has also co-authored several publications on climate change negotiations, energy taxation, universal access, renewable energy, and climate change mitigation. He has been a member of the Council’s Future Energy Leaders’ (FEL) programme since 2016 and is the leader of its Climate Change Taskforce. The FEL programme allows energy leaders of tomorrow to explore and discuss the Council’s key priorities with colleagues around the world. Antonio holds a BSc Degree in Economics from the University of A Coruña, a MSc in Energy Business and is currently working on his PhD in Economic Analysis and Business Strategy focusing on electricity demand, in Spain. Antonio is currently working with  Fundación Fomento Mexicano para el Desarrollo Sustentable, A.C., a non-profit organisation whose mission is to improve the living conditions of certain sectors in Mexico and developing countries.

 

Mariana Aguilar, Argentina

Mariana is a member of the coordinating team of the Energy Leaders Community of the Argentinian Chapter of the World Energy Council, where she works to contribute to the energy agenda in Argentina. She is member of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum for young leaders. She was selected to participate in the Forum’s Annual Meeting 2017 in Davos, Switzerland, alongside 50 young leaders from around the world. She currently works in Business Development at Intermepro, a private company in the solar energy sector. She also teaches at the Universidad Nacional de Los Comechingones. Previously, she worked as Undersecretary of Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency in the Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Production of the province of San Luis, and in the Development and Operation of the 3rd solar plant in Argentina. She also worked for a solar energy consultancy startup in Germany. With a full scholarship from the government, she specialised in Energy Technology Management in South Korea. Graduated with honours, she holds an Industrial Engineering degree from the National Technological University in Cordoba. She has been involved in different youth organisations like Rotaract and AArEII, and she co-founded EIA, a political organisation for industrial engineering students.

Members of the Nominations Committee

Mervin Azeta, Nigeria

Mervin is an award-winning Nigerian Energy Professional, a Presidential Scholar, Public Speaker and STEM Ambassador, committed to developing consummate individuals and equipping them with skills critical to thriving in an increasingly dynamic and digital energy economy. She is currently a Completions General Field Engineer, with more than 6 years’ experience at Schlumberger, where she has consistently demonstrated the ability to address challenging tasks skillfully, with exceptional natural energy, attention to detail and a tireless work ethic. Within a few years of working, she blazed the trail, successfully executing both low & high-profile oil and gas well completion projects, across a mix of operating environments, in Nigeria and the US, leveraging administrative and technical expertise to build a strong ,competitive advantage. In addition to being an active member of the Energy Institute, Society of Petroleum Engineers,  she serves on the board of a number of organisations including Innovative Energy Solutions (IES), Bluestockings & Gemstones Initiative, and the Society of Women Engineers’ Lagos Affiliate. Mervin holds a BEng, with First Class Honors, in Chemical Engineering from the University of Benin, as well as an MSc, with Distinction, in Sustainable Energy Futures, Mechanical Engineering, from Imperial College London.

 

Gordon (Do-Hyung) Lee, Republic of Korea

Dohyung Lee, is in charge of investment in Energy and Energy Infrastructures, at Samtan, Republic of Korea. He is also a director in an Australian coal company. During his incumbency, he has contributed to Samtan with his experience in financial structuring and intelligence of the international coal market. Gordon has a Masters degree in Mining Engineer (MEng), from Hanyang University in Seoul. He is interested in energy economics and his study has been mainly on analysis of  the energy market and national policies relating to behavioural economics. He has two bachelor degrees in Psychology and Economics from Korea University.

 

 

Gelem Lluberes Rincon, Dominican Republic

Gelem is an Industrial Engineer, dedicated to business development in the Energy Industry with a background in production and organisational processes improvement, for more than 10 years. Gelem holds a Masters in Business Administration and Change Management. She has extensive experience implementing new methods and philosophies of work and workplace change management culture. She is results-oriented, self-motivated, analytical and able to motivate and influence other peers. Gelem   believes in teamwork, diversity and collaborative problem-solving. She has gained insight into various economies, social structures and cultures during her previous experiences in the Dominican Republic, Spain, Italy and China. She’s currently heading the Global Portfolio and Business Development department at Siemens,  in Nürnberg. She also dedicates part of her time to her duties as Diversity Ambassador with a focus on generational and gender balance.

Members of the Studies Committee

Andrei Covatariu, Romania

Andrei Covatariu is the Regulatory Affairs Manager for Enel X and Energy Management, at Enel Romania. Previously, he held several positions inside Enel Romania, such as Digital Manager, Executive Assistant to the CEO & Country Manager, Public Affairs Specialist and Market Analyst & Energy Acquisition Expert. He is also a Senior Research Associate and the Summer School Director at Energy Policy Group (Bucharest-based energy think tank). As an Affiliated Expert at EPG, Andrei is involved in numerous projects and studies in Romania and abroad. Having extensive studies in both engineering and economy, Andrei’s interests revolve around the energy strategies, energy security, European energy policy, energy efficiency, energy poverty and geopolitics of energy.

 

Sultan AlShaaibi, Oman 

Sultan is a graduate of Chemical and Process Engineering from Sultan Qaboos University. After his graduation, Sultan joined Petroleum Development, Oman, as a development process engineer where he worked as a process support engineer in the Harweel Field in Southern Oman. After completion of his first assignment, Sultan pursued a Master’s degree in Energy and Environment from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and the Technical University of Madrid. On his return to Oman, Sultan resumed his duties in Petroleum Development in the Energy Policy Section.

 

Andreas Formosa, Cyprus 

Andreas is an energy lawyer (qualified in both England and Cyprus), who specialises in advising on regulatory frameworks, competition law and commercial agreements within the energy sector. Andreas is particularly interested in how regulation can be used to encourage innovation in relation to creating a more flexible electricity grid. Previously,  Andreas has worked for innovative energy start-ups (Tempus Energy and Opower), as well as EU Climate and Energy law in Brussels. He holds a LLB from the London School of Economics and an LLM in Environmental Law & Policy, from University College London.