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The British Institute of Energy Economics is a UK company limited by guarantee and registered as a charity. It is governed by its Council of voluntary officers elected by the members each year. Below are the Council Members for 2021.

Prof Charles HENDRY

President / Former Energy Minister

Prof David NEWBERY

Honorary Academic Vice-President / Emeritus Professor, Director, EPRG, University of Cambridge

Volker BECKERS

Vice President / Chair and Portfolio non-Executive Director roles

Vivienne GEARD

Chair 2021 / Deputy Director, Carbon Hydrogen & Industry Analysis, Dept for BEIS

Janet WOOD

Vice Chair / Editor, New Power Magazine

Dr William BLYTH

Immediate Past Chair / Director, Oxford Energy Associates, Senior Research Fellow, FCDO

Dr William BLYTH

Immediate Past Chair / Director, Oxford Energy Associates, Senior Research Fellow, FCDO

William Blyth has 25 years’ experience in energy economics and policy, with a focus on transitions to a low-carbon economy and energy access in developed and developing countries. He is Director of Oxford Energy Associates, an independent energy research company. In this role he is working with Strathclyde University under UKERC Theme 4 on investment in infrastructure. He holds an Honorary Research position at Imperial College, and works part-time as Senior Research Fellow for the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, where he is currently helping to develop the COP26 Energy Transition Campaign.

 

Alec WATERHOUSE

Company Secretary / Head of Modelling Dept for BEIS

Alec WATERHOUSE

Company Secretary / Head of Modelling Dept for BEIS

Alec is Head of the Central Modelling Team in the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy. His team are responsible for working out how much green-house gas the United Kingdom are projected to emit. He and his colleagues develop a range of models that make these projections, taking into account the effect of government policies and a host of other factors. The team also work on models that help to understand how we can meet our long term emissions targets and how government energy policies affect consumers. They have designed and built a bespoke policy simulation language for household energy modelling. He also leads for the department on quality assurance programme for analytical models. Alec started his working life as an engineer. After getting fed up of getting wet and dirty he moved into Operational Research. Since then he has worked in a wide variety of organisations ranging from the retail to public sector. He was made a Companion of the Operational Research Society in 2020.

Adrian GAULT

Consultant / Former Chief Economist, Climate Change Committee

Dr Gareth DAVIES

Treasurer / Director, Afry Management Consulting Oxford

Jorge BLAZQUEZ

Senior Advisor for the energy transition and system analysis, BP plc

Jorge BLAZQUEZ

Senior Advisor for the energy transition and system analysis, BP plc

Jorge is a senior advisor for the energy transition. He is involved in the production of the bp Energy Outlook and Statistical Review of the World Energy. Jorge joined bp in October 2018. Previously, he worked as research fellow at King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center in 2014-2018. The rest of his professional career developed in both, the private and the public sector. In the public sector, he worked as economic advisor at Spanish Prime Minister’s Economic Bureau, at the cabinet of the Minister of Energy, and at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. He is also a research associate at Oxford Institute of Energy Studies.

George DAY

Head of Economic Strategy, Energy Systems Catapult

Prof Richard GREEN

Alan and Sabine Howard Professor of Sustainable Energy Business Organisation, Imperial College Business School

Prof Richard GREEN

Alan and Sabine Howard Professor of Sustainable Energy Business Organisation, Imperial College Business School

Richard Green has been Professor of Sustainable Energy Business at Imperial College Business School since 2011.  He was previously Professor of Energy Economics and Director of the Institute for Energy Research and Policy at the University of Birmingham, and Professor of Economics at the University of Hull.  He started his career at the Department of Applied Economics and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.  He has spent time on secondment to the Office of Electricity Regulation and has held visiting appointments at the World Bank, the University of California Energy Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

He has been studying the economics and regulation of the electricity industry for over 30 years.  He has written extensively on market power in wholesale electricity markets and has also worked on transmission pricing.  More recently, the main focus of his work has been on the impact of low-carbon generation (nuclear and renewables) and energy storage on the electricity market, and the business and policy implications of this.

Dr Robert GROSS

Director, UK Energy Research Centre

Dr Matthew HANNON

Senior Lecturer, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, Strathclyde Business School, University of Strathclyde

Dr Matthew HANNON

Senior Lecturer, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, Strathclyde Business School, University of Strathclyde

Matthew works as a Senior Lecturer at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, Strathclyde Business School. His research examines the policy and market conditions necessary to accelerate low-carbon energy technology and business model innovation. He is a co-investigator on UKRI’s £10m EnergyREV consortium on smart, locally led energy systems, and the UK Energy Research Centre’s ‘Whole Person – Whole Place’ net-zero neighbourhood solutions project.

Matthew has published in ‘Financial Times 50’ ranked journals and written a book on innovation to accelerate the energy revolution. In terms of impact he has written reports on behalf of the World Energy Council and been cited in government and parliamentary reports. His work has enjoyed extensive media coverage (e.g. BBC, Forbes) and he has also provided commentary for national newspapers (e.g. i news). He sits on Scottish Power Energy Networks’ Customer Engagement Group to inform their five year business plan for Ofgem’s RIIO-ED2, as well as USwitch’s Green Tariff Accreditation Panel.

Matthew is a British Institute of Energy Economics council member, chair of the community energy charity South Seeds, Honorary Member of the Green Angel Syndicate and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is also co-founder and host of the LocalZero podcast; championing local action to tackle climate change.

Dr Mallika ISHWARAN

Chief Economist, Shell International

Dr Mallika ISHWARAN

Chief Economist, Shell International

Mallika is Shell’s Chief Economist. She advises on economic, energy and climate policies to shape Shell’s long-term scenarios. She leads strategic engagements on energy transitions with national and city governments across the world, notably a multi-year collaboration with the Chinese government. Mallika also helps shape Shell’s policy and advocacy on the energy transition to support the company’s decarbonisation strategy. She sits on a range of external advisory boards.

Before joining Shell, she was Deputy Director at the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, responsible for evidence and analysis across the environment, food and green economy portfolio. She has held senior positions in the UK government, including at the Cabinet Office as Head of Policy Analysis for the 2009 G20 London Summit. Before that, Mallika worked in senior economics and policy roles in the USA.

Mallika holds PhD and MS degrees in Economics from Carnegie Mellon University, USA, and a BA from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, India.

Prof Yelena KALYUZHNOVA

Director, Centre for Euro – Asian Studies, University of Reading

Prof Yelena KALYUZHNOVA

Director, Centre for Euro – Asian Studies, University of Reading

After working as an Economic Adviser to the President of Kazakhstan, Professor Yelena Kalyuzhnova founded and remains the Director of the Centre for Euro-Asian Studies at the University of Reading, UK. She is an authoritative expert in the areas of oil and gas and emerging economies. Professor Kalyuzhnova is the author of the first English-language book on the Kazakhstani economy, a number of research monographs, as well as a range of academic papers on economic issues. Within the UK government, Professor Kalyuzhnova served as an economic adviser on Caspian issues to the Rt. Hon. Lord Fraser of Carmyllie, Q.C., House of Lords as well as the All Party Parliamentary Group on Kazakhstan, House of Commons. She is now Vice Dean of Henley Business School. Yelena is also a member of the Council of the British Institute of Energy Economics.

Nick SCREEN

Director, Baringa Partners

Alexis STAVROPOULOS

Consultant, Baringa Partners

Peter STEWART

Director, Resource Economist

Peter STEWART

Director, Resource Economist

After 30+ years as an energy journalist, market analyst and economist, Peter switched his focus to the human challenges facing the energy sector, including workforce and skills development, community engagement and more recently he has become interested in the use of coaching in mediation. Peter is an EMCC accredited coach/mentor at Foundation level.

Peter runs Resource Economist Ltd  which provides training, coaching and mentoring, and strategy consulting for companies and institutions grappling with the realities of the energy transition. He is passionate about the use of coaching to create a workplace that is more creative and fulfilling, and that can help employees get the most out of their jobs. Peter also runs the website Coach Creates where he blogs on creativity, careers and diversity.

Peter worked previously as Managing Director of Interfax Europe (2012-2020), Chief Economist and Principal Consultant at KBC Energy Economics (2007-2012), and for many years at S&P Global Platts, leaving as Global Director of Markets and Pricing in 2007. He has worked in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and London. Peter is a director of the BIEE, a member of the BIEE Council and he has written extensively for the OIES’ Oxford Energy Forum.

Mike THOMPSON

Director of Analysis, Climate Change Committee

Mike THOMPSON

Director of Analysis, Climate Change Committee

Mike Thompson is Chief Economist and Director of Analysis at the Climate Change Committee, the UK’s independent statutory advisor on climate change. He has been part of the CCC’s senior team since its creation in 2007. The CCC provides evidence-based advice on the UK’s climate targets, plans and progress. Mike led the CCC’s recent Sixth Carbon Budget work and its ground-breaking 2019 report that recommended a 2050 Net Zero target for the UK – requiring a 100% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as a necessary, feasible and cost-effective contribution to stopping global warming.

Jonathan THURLWELL

Founder and Director, SPR Energy Consulting

Jonathan THURLWELL

Founder and Director, SPR Energy Consulting

Jonathan is a senior executive and economist who has over 25 years’ experience in management consultancy, the energy utility industry and UK government. As a Project Director, Team Leader, Advisory Board Member and Subject Matter Expert, he has a strong track record of providing clients in the UK, Ireland and internationally with specialist energy policy, regulatory and market advice. His specialist skills are based on a deep understanding of liberalisation and subsequent reforms in the UK since privatisation to the present day; the full range of policy issues covering the trilemma of sustainability, security of supply and affordability; and the value chain, including power generation, system operation, transmission and distribution, and retail supply. He has extensive experience of working as a trusted adviser with international institutions, governments, national regulatory authorities, established energy utility companies, start-ups and investors. In June 2020, Jonathan established SPR Energy Consulting to assist governments and businesses with the change required to deliver the low-carbon transition to a net zero carbon society. SPR supports any client requiring immediate access to proven energy utility industry specialists with skills spanning strategy, policy and regulation.

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