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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.

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

Janet WOOD

Chair 2022 / Editor, New Power Magazine

Prof Yelena KALYUZHNOVA

Vice Chair 2022 / Director, Centre for Euro – Asian Studies, University of Reading

Prof Yelena KALYUZHNOVA

Vice Chair 2022 / 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.

Vivienne GEARD

Immediate Past Chair / Assistant Director, Economic Advisory, Ernst & Young LLP

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.

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.

Dr William BLYTH

Director, Oxford Energy Associates, Senior Research Fellow, FCDO

Dr William BLYTH

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.

 

George DAY

Head of Economic Strategy, Energy Systems Catapult

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.

Nick SCREEN

Director, Baringa Partners

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.

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