Doubling Energy Productivity Through Government Leadership
Thursday, May 12 : 9:00 am - 11:00 am
This session will highlight international efforts to advance energy efficiency and double energy productivity. Thought leaders will discuss the potential for energy productivity to play a prominent role in achieving the Paris agreement.
Dr. Fatih Birol
Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA)
Fatih Birol took office as the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency on 1 September 2015. Dr. Birol joined the IEA in 1995, and his selection as the seventh Executive Director to lead the Paris-based Agency marked one of the rare occasions that the head of an international organisation has been selected from within its ranks. Prior to becoming Executive Director, he most recently held the positions of Chief Economist and Director of Global Energy Economics, with responsibilities that included directing the Agency’s flagship World Energy Outlook publication. He is also the founder and chair of the IEA Energy Business Council, which provides a forum to enhance co-operation among decision-makers in the highest levels of government and industry. Named by Forbes magazine among the most powerful people in terms of influence on the world’s energy scene, Dr. Birol is the Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s (Davos) Energy Advisory Board and has served as a member of the UN Secretary-General’s “High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All”. He is the recipient of numerous awards from government and industry for his contribution to energy and climate economics. In 2013, he received the Japanese Emperor’s Order of the Rising Sun, the country’s highest honour. He has also been decorated by the governments of Austria (Golden Honour Medal), France (Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques), Germany (Federal Cross of Merit), Iraq, Italy (Order of Merit of the Republic), the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden (Order of the Polar Star), Turkey, the United States and the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is a past winner of the International Association of Energy Economics’ award for outstanding contribution to the profession. Prior to joining the IEA in 1995, Dr. Birol served in the Secretariat of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna, an experience which gives him a unique perspective on the producer-consumer relationship. A Turkish citizen, Dr. Birol was born in Ankara in 1958. He earned a BSc degree in power engineering from the Technical University of Istanbul. He received his MSc and PhD in energy economics from the Technical University of Vienna. In 2013, Dr. Birol was awarded a Doctorate of Science honoris causa by Imperial College London. He was made an honorary life member of Galatasaray Football Club in 2013.
Odon de Buen
Director General , Comisión Nacional para el Uso Eficiente de la Energía (CONUEE)
Odón de Buen is currently the Director-General of the National Commission for Energy Efficiency (Conuee), which is a decentralized administrative organization of the Ministry of Energy, which aims at promoting energy efficiency and sustainable use of energy. Mr. de Buen has a bachelor´s degree in engineering from Mexico´s National University (UNAM) and Master of Science degree on Energy and Resources from the University of California at Berkeley. From 1995 to 2003, he was the Director-General of the National Commission for Energy Conservation of México (Conae) where he led the implementation of more than a dozen energy efficiency standards, programs for public buildings and Pemex, and led a number of international activities which positioned Conae as a point of reference on energy efficiency and renewable energy issues in Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. As part of his responsibilities at Conae, Mr. de Buen also began the promotion for the establishment of state energy agencies in México. Mr. de Buen has written a number of articles, reports and documents related to energy and environment policy issues in Mexico, and has collaborated with several organizations in several projects related to energy-efficiency issues, climate change mitigation and energy and environment related policies in Mexico and Latin America and the Caribbean. His work has included the collaboration with organizations such as the Interamerican Development Bank, the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the International Copper Association, the United Nations Development Program, and the International Energy Agency.
Kateri Callahan
President, Alliance to Save Energy
Kateri Callahan brings more than 25 years of experience in policy advocacy, fundraising, coalition building, and organizational management to her position as the president of the Alliance to Save Energy. The Alliance, a premier non-governmental organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., has worked for more than three decades to advance energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security. Serving as president of the Alliance since January 2004, Callahan leads a staff of 50 and oversees a budget of approximately $10 million annually. Under Callahan’s leadership, the Alliance conducts policy, communications, research, education, and market transformation initiatives in the U.S. and abroad. Callahan is a trusted source for credible information on energy efficiency and its role in addressing the environmental, economic and national security issues associated with the use of energy. Callahan is the principal spokesperson of the Alliance, appearing regularly before the Congress and the media, and addressing conferences and gatherings around the world and in 2013 and 2014 was recognized as a “Top Lobbyist” by The Hill in its annual rankings. Callahan was among the 23 inaugural inductees to the Energy Efficiency Hall of Fame established in 2009 by Johnson Controls Inc. and the United States Energy Association. She serves as a “C3E Ambassador”- a group of 20 distinguished senior professionals who share an interest in broadening the recruitment, retention, and advancement of highly qualified women in the field of clean energy. She also currently serves as a member of the Board of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and the Green Building Initiative, as well as on the Advisory Boards of Duke’s Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment (EDGE), and the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy.
John Galyen
President, North America, Danfoss
John Galyen is President of Danfoss North America, the largest market for an international manufacturer of high-efficiency heating, air-conditioning, refrigeration, and motion systems. He has over 30 years of industry experience. Since joining Danfoss in 2001, John has held various management level positions prior to being named president in May 2011. Galyen is a commercially-focused, fiscally strong leader who is responsible for driving profitable growth across the companies segments in North America. John serves in leadership capacities of the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute, where he is a member of the Executive Committee & Board of Directors. He also holds a seat on the Board of Governors at the National Electrical Manufactures Association. John has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management from Northwood University. He has also completed a Strategic Leadership Programme at Ashridge Business School-Hertfordshire, UK. John resides in Baltimore, Maryland along with his wife Lynn.
Mark Kenber
CEO, The Climate Group
Mark Kenber is an economist who has worked on climate change for nearly twenty years and is an expert on international climate policy. Before becoming CEO in 2011, Mark was The Climate Group’s Deputy CEO and Policy Director. In his role as Policy Director, Mark advised former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair in the joint policy initiative Breaking the Climate Deadlock (2007-2009), which produced a series of high-level reports outlining the economic and technological rationale for a global climate deal and its key components. He also co-founded the successful Verified Carbon Standard (formerly Voluntary Carbon Standard - VCS), now the most popular kite mark for the $400 million voluntary carbon market. Immediately prior to joining The Climate Group, Mark was Senior Policy Officer at WWF’s International Climate Change Programme, focusing on carbon market and finance issues. During this time he worked on the creation of the CDM Gold Standard, a tool for channelling carbon market investments into sustainable clean energy projects. He has also served as Director of Planning at Fundacion Natura, Ecuador’s largest environmental organization, and climate change advisor to the Ecuadorian government. Mark has taught at universities in both the UK and Ecuador and is a frequent speaker at public events. He has published widely on environmental policy and climate change and is a regular commentator in the press. He lives in Brighton and is married with one daughter.
Rachel Kyte
CEO, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All)
Rachel Kyte is Chief Executive Officer of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All. A leading advocate for sustainable development, Ms. Kyte is focused on affordable, reliable and sustainable energy as the key to combating both poverty and climate change. Ms. Kyte drives SE4All’s work to mobilize action towards its 2030 goals of ensuring universal access to modern energy services. doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency. and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. As Special Representative for the Secretary General she is the point person in the UN for action towards the recently agreed global goal on sustainable energy. Ms Kyte served until December 2015 as World Bank Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, leading the Bank Group’s efforts to campaign for an ambitious agreement at the 21st Convention of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP 21). She was previously World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development and was the International Finance Corporation Vice President for Business Advisory Services. Recipient of numerous awards for women’s leadership, climate action and sustainable development, she is a Professor of practice in sustainable development at Tuft’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She holds a master’s degree in international relations from Fletcher, and a bachelor’s degree in history and politics from the University of London.