Who We Are

Welcome to the Energy Transitions Commission

We know that economic growth and climate action can be achieved together. The Energy Transitions Commission (ETC) was convened to help identify pathways for change in our energy systems to ensure both better growth and a better climate. This is inspired by the work of the New Climate Economy.

The Commissioners bring a remarkable range of viewpoints and extraordinary depth of experience. They include incumbent energy companies, industry disruptors, investors, equipment suppliers, non-profit organizations, advisors, and academics. What they share is a progressive attitude to reforming the energy system.

We expect the below list of confirmed Commissioners to grow to continue to increase the diversity of the ETC. Commissioners are affiliated with sponsoring and non-sponsoring organizations. The ETC is funded by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BHP Billiton, BlackRock, Catapult Energy Systems, CO2 Sciences, the European Climate Foundation, General Electric, Generation Foundation, the Grantham Foundation, OPower, the Paulson Institute, the Rocky Mountain Institute, Royal Dutch Shell, RWE, Schneider Electric, Statnett and the UN Foundation. Regardless of funding every Commissioner has an equal voice and participation in ETC activities.

We aim to accelerate change towards low-carbon energy systems that enable robust economic development and limit the rise in global temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius. We will provide decision-makers with insights and options for action at local and sector level, based on objective research and wide engagement with actors in the energy system. We hope you find the work of the Commission insightful and activating.



Adair Turner

Chair



Ajay Mathur

Co-Chair

 

Commissioners

Poppy Allonby

Poppy Allonby

Managing Director Natural Resources BlackRock

Ms. Allonby heads BlackRock's energy team and is responsible for ~$4bn in global energy investment funds. She manages investments in both the oil & gas sector and in businesses that facilitate the transition to a lower carbon economy.

Felipe Calderón

Felipe Calderón

Former President of Mexico

President Calderón served as President of Mexico from 2006 to 2012. He has also served as Secretary of Energy. Among other positions, he is currently Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.

Zhao Changwen

Zhao Changwen

Director General Industrial Economy at the Development Research Center State Council China

Dr. Changwen has also served as Director General at the Enterprises Research Institute in China, as well as Vice President and Professor at Sichuan University Business School.

Tony Cudmore

Tony Cudmore

Head of Sustainability & Public Policy BHP Billiton

Mr. Cudmore previously served as President Corporate Affairs and Chief Public Affairs Officer. He joined BHP from Exxon Mobil where he held various senior public and government affairs roles.

Bernard David

Bernard David

Chairman and CEO CO2 Sciences and the Global CO2 Initiative

Mr. David founded and funded a market-based approach to investing in innovative methods that capture and transform CO2 into commercial products with significant climatological benefits.

Anita George

Anita George

Former Senior Director Energy and Extractives at the World Bank Group

Ms. George led the World Bank Group’s Global Practice on energy and extractive industries. Before this she served as Director for Infrastructure and Natural Resources at the International Finance Corporation.

Kate Gordon

Kate Gordon

Vice Chair for Climate and Sustainable Urbanization Henry J. Paulson Institute

Ms. Gordon has over two decades of experience working at the intersection of clean energy and economic development, most recently as Vice President at the Center for American Progress.

Al Gore

Al Gore

Chairman Generation Investment Management

Former Vice President Gore is also a member of Apple's board of directors and chairman of The Climate Reality Project. He authored 'An Inconvenient Truth' and was selected as the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

Chad Holliday

Chad Holliday

Chairman Royal Dutch Shell

As well as Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell, Mr. Holliday is also Chairman of the National Academy of Engineering, founding member of the International Business Council and former CEO of DuPont.

Rachel Kyte

Rachel Kyte

CEO Sustainable Energy for All

Ms. Kyte heads SE4All as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General. She drives SE4All’s work to ensure universal access to modern energy services, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency, and double the share of renewable energy in the global mix by 2030.

Jules Kortenhorst

Jules Kortenhorst

CEO Rocky Mountain Institute

Mr. Kortenhorst's background spans business, government, entrepreneurial and nonprofit leadership at Topell Energy, the European Climate Foundation, the Dutch parliament and Shell.

Alex Laskey

Alex Laskey

President and Founder OPower

OPower is the global leader in cloud-based software for the utility industry. OPower’s technology platform combines behavioral science, data management and insightful analytics to transform the way utilities relate to their customers.

Auke Lont

Auke Lont

CEO Statnett

Mr. Lont has over 20 years of experience in the energy industry. His career at Statoil culminated in the role of Senior Vice President, Nordic Energy. He subsequently served as Managing Director Econ Pöyry Analysis, Norway before becoming CEO at Statnett.

Ajay Mathur

Ajay Mathur

Director General The Energy and Resources Institute India

Dr. Mathur heads The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). He previously served as Director General of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency in India and has been a lead author of the IPCC.

Johannes Meier

Johannes Meier

CEO European Climate Foundation

Dr. Meier focuses on policies that mitigate climate change and drive the transition to a low-carbon economy. He was previously a partner at McKinsey, executive board member of the Bertelsmann Foundation and CEO of GE CompuNet Computer.

Philip New

Philip New

CEO Energy Systems Catapult

The Catapult develops models, tools and insights from a ‘whole systems’ perspective to support the UK energy transition. Prior to this Mr. New worked for over 30 years for BP in Asia, North and South America, and Europe. In 2002 he entered BP’s cleantech sector.

Mukund Rajan

Mukund Rajan

Member Group Executive Council Tata Sons

Dr. Rajan is the Tata Brand Custodian and Group Spokesperson. Additionally, he serves as the Chief Ethics Officer and oversees Corporate Social Responsibility activities as Chairman of the Tata Global Sustainability Council.

Purna Saggurti

Purna Saggurti

Chairman and Managing Director Global Corporate & Investment Banking Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Mr. Saggurti is also Co-Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative.

Lorenzo Simonelli

Lorenzo Simonelli

President and CEO GE Oil and Gas

Mr. Simonelli has over 20 years of experience with GE including past positions as President and CEO of GE Transportation and CFO Americas for GE Consumer and Industrial.

Andrew Steer

Andrew Steer

President and CEO World Resources Institute

Dr. Steer is well-versed in international sustainability issues, he also served at the World Bank, DFID, United Nations Sustainable Energy For All and the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Natural Capital.

Nicholas Stern

Nicholas Stern

Professor London School of Economics

Lord Stern is IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, former Chief Economist of the World Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and author of the Stern Review on the economics of climate change.

Peter Terium

Peter Terium

CEO RWE

Now leading RWE, Mr. Terium previously served as CEO of RWE Trading, Head of RWE Group Controlling AG and before held various senior international finance and controlling positions in the packaging industry for Schmalbach-Lubeca AG.

Nigel Topping

Nigel Topping

CEO We Mean Business

Mr Topping was previously Executive Director at CDP (the Carbon Disclosure Project), following 18 years working in global manufacturing business.

Jean-Pascal Tricoire

Jean-Pascal Tricoire

Chairman and CEO Schneider Electric

Mr. Tricoire has worked at Schneider Electric for over 25 years. He has been Chairman and CEO for nearly 10 years, before which he worked in other roles at Schneider Electric in Germany, Italy, China and South Africa.

Adair Turner

Adair Turner

Chair Energy Transitions Commission

Lord Turner also chairs the Institute for New Economic Thinking. He previously chaired the UK Financial Services Authority and UK Climate Committee. He also worked at McKinsey & Company, the Confederation of British Industry and Merrill Lynch.

Tim Wirth

Tim Wirth

Vice Chair United Nations Foundation

Senator Wirth led the formulation of the Foundation's priorities: environment, women and population, and children’s health. He is a former Senator and spent decades in United States politics emphasizing environment and development topics.

Kandeh Yumkella

Kandeh Yumkella

Former CEO SE4All

Dr. Yumkella also served as DG of UNIDO. Before the UN, he was Minister for Trade, Industry and State Enterprises in Sierra Leone and has held administrative and academic positions at University of Illinois and Michigan State University respectively.

Cathy Zoi

Cathy Zoi

CEO Frontier Power

Ms. Zoi is developing Frontier Power - a new rural electric utility company. She has spent 30 years in environment and energy sectors, at Stanford University, the U.S. Department of Energy, Alliance for Climate Protection and Silver Lake and Bayard Capital.