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:


First NameLast NameAffiliation
Arthouros ZervosNational Technical University of Athens

Industry Associations

First NameLast NameAffiliationJob title
ErnestoMacias GalanAREPresident
GregoryWetstoneACOREChief Strategy Officer
KaneThorntonCECChief Executive
LiJunfengCREIAFormer Director and Researcher
SteveSawyerGWECSecretary General
MaritBrommerIGAExecutive Director
Richard TaylorIHAChief Executive
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 and Climate Branch
TareqEmtairahUNIDODirector of the Department of Energy
VivienFosterWorld BankGlobal Lead for Clean Energy

National Governments

First NameLast NameAffiliationJob title
João Genésio de Almeida FilhoBrazilDirector Department of Energy, Brazilian Ministry of External Relations
Maria NilausTarpDenmarkHead of the International Department, Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate
Thorsten / Tania Herdan/ Rödiger-VorwerkGermanyDirector General, BMWi/ Deputy Director General, BMZ
AnandKumarIndiaSecretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
ØivindJohansenNorwayAssistant Director General, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
MarisaOlanoSpainHead of International Relations Department
TBATBASouth 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
GriffinThompsonUnited States of AmericaDirector of the Office of Electricity and Energy Efficiency



First NameLast NameAffiliationJob title
TBATBAGreenpeace International
EmaniKumarICLEIExecutive Director, ICLEI South Asia
TetsunariIidaISEPExecutive Director
TomasKåbergerREIExecutive Board Chair
HarryLehmannWCREExecutive Chairman
StefanSchurigWFCDirector Climate, Energy and Cities
RafaelSengaWWFSenior Advisor, Global Energy Policy

Science & Academia

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

Members at large

First NameLast NameAffiliation
MichaelEckhartCitigroup, Inc.
Mohamed El-AshryUnited Nations Foundation
DavidHalesSecond Nature
Kirsty HamiltonChatham House
PeterRaeREN Alliance

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