The Steering Committee

The multi-stakeholder Steering Committee is the central governing entity of REN21 and is composed of up to 50 members who duly reflect the membership base of REN21.

Composed of distinguished individuals from various geographical and institutional backgrounds, the Steering Committee is a nodal point for the relevant actors in the global renewable energy policy arena, from national governments, international organisations, industry associations, science and academia, NGOs, and members at large.

Currently, the REN21 Steering Committee is composed of the following actors:

Industry Association

First NameLast NameAffiliationJob title
ErnestoMacias GalanAREPresident
GregWetstoneACOREChief Executive
KaneThorntonCECChief Executive
SteveSawyerGWECSecretary General
Marietta SanderIGAExecutive Director
Richard TaylorIHAChief Executive
KarinHaaraWBAExecutive Director
Stefan GsängerWWEASecretary General

International Organisations

First NameLast NameAffiliationJob title
Yongping ZhaiADBTechnical Advisor Energy Sector Group
MahamaKappiahECREEEExecutive Director
PaulaAbreu MarquesEuropean CommissionHead of Unit, Renewables and CCS Policy, DG ENER
David RodgersGEFSenior Climate Change Specialist
PaoloFranklIEAHead of Renewable Energy Division
Adnan Z. AminIRENADirector General
AhmedBadrRCREEEExecutive Director
MarcelAlersUNDPPrincipal Technical Advisor
Mark RadkaUNEPChief, Energy, Climate and Technology Branch
Pradeep MongaUNIDODirector of Energy & Climate Change Branch
GevorgSargsyanWorld BankGlobal Lead for Clean Energy

National Governments


First NameLast NameAffiliationJob title
João Genésio de Almeida FilhoBrazilDirector Department of Energy, Brazilian Ministry of External Relations
Rasmus AbilgaardKristensenDenmarkHead of the International Department, Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate
Ursula / Tania Borak/ Rödiger-VorwerkGermanyDeputy Director General, BMWi/ Deputy Director General, BMZ
TarunKapoorIndiaJoint Secretary MNRE
ØivindJohansenNorwayAssistant Director General, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
WolseyBarnardSouth AfricaDeputy Director-General: Programmes and Projects in the Department of Energy of South Africa
Thani AhmedAl ZeyoudiUnited Arab EmiratesHead of Directorate of Energy & Climate Change, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
GriffThompsonUnited States of America



First NameLast NameAffiliationJob title
IbrahimTogolaCURES /Mali FolkecenterDirector
EmilyRochonGreenpeace InternationalClimate and Energy Campaigner
EmaniKumarICLEIExecutive Director, ICLEI South Asia
TetsunariIidaISEPExecutive Director
TomasKåbergerRenewable Energy Institute (former JREF)Executive Board Chair
HarryLehmannWCREExecutive Chairman
StefanSchurigWFCDirector Climate, Energy and Cities
RafaelSengaWWFEnergy Policy Manager Asia-Pacific

Science & Academia

First NameLast NameAffiliationJob title
Nicolás R.Di SbroiavaccaFundacion BarilocheVice-President
NebojsaNakicenovicIIASADeputy Director/Deputy CEO
Doug ArentNRELExecutive Director of the joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis

Members at large

First NameLast NameAffiliation
MichaelEckhartCitigroup, Inc.
Mohamed El-AshryUnited Nations Foundation
DavidHalesSecond Nature
Kirsty HamiltonChatham House
PeterRaeREN Alliance
Arthouros ZervosNational Technical University of Athens

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