IHA’s board of directors has elected new president, Roger Gill, to join newly appointed chief executive officer Eddie Rich.
Rich, who took over the role from Richard Taylor on September 09, presented to IHA’s new board the organisation’s strategy for the next two years. This will see IHA focus on research and policy, sustainability and sharing knowledge on the role of hydropower in the clean energy transition.
Eddie Rich said: “With the demand for energy expected to double from 2015 to 2060, the world must look towards a sustainable, renewable mix of energy sources. IHA’s role is to advance sustainable hydropower by building and sharing knowledge on its role in renewable energy systems, responsible freshwater management and climate change solutions.”
During the meeting at in London, the board unanimously elected Roger Gill, an international consultant with over 40 years in the renewable energy sector, as president. He takes over from Ken Adams.
“IHA has steadily grown to become a platform of knowledge, with members operating in over 100 countries around the world. Our challenge is now to reach beyond the sector to help all stakeholders understand how hydropower can support the renewable energy systems of the twenty-first century,” Roger Gill said.
A long standing board member and vice president of IHA, Gill is a company director for Pacific Hydro, a renewable energy development company owned by State Power Investment Corporation of China (SPIC).
Six IHA vice presidents were also elected by the board: Tammy Chu, managing director, Entura, Hydro Tasmania; Colin Clark, chief technical officer, Brookfield Renewable; Gil Maranhão Neto, chief strategy, Communications and CSR officer, ENGIE Brasil; Óli Sveinsson, executive vice president Research and Development, Landsvirkjun; Christine Cantin, senior advisor, Relations Outside Québec, Hydro-Québec; and Uwe Wehnhardt, president and CEO, Voith Hydro.