World Energy Council appoints first female secretary general and CEO

Dr. Angela Wilkinson is the new secretary general and CEO of the WEC, as of 1 November

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Dr Angela Wilkinson has succeeded Dr Christoph Frei as the secretary general and CEO of the World Energy Council as of 1 November. 

Wilkinson previously served as the senior director, scenarios and business insights, World Energy Council, leading the insights program and strengthening the council’s drive to energy transition impact. She is one of the world’s leading global energy future experts, an experienced senior business executive, distinguished Oxford scholar and published author.

Wilkinson commented: “I am excited about the opportunity to enhance the influence and extend the impact of the World Energy Council in these turbulent times of transition. I am committed to moving the needle in accelerating successful energy transitions worldwide.”

She brings over 30 years of experience in leading national, international and global strategic challenge and transformation initiatives.

Jean-Marie Dauger, chairman, World Energy Council, commented: “It is a great satisfaction, that our new Secretary General is a woman for the first time in the Council’s nearly 100 years history. Angela’s experience and expertise will be highly valuable to support the global World Energy Council’s members community to navigate through the grand energy transition the world is now facing.”

Wilkinson worked as a senior executive in strategic advisory roles including the public private, academic and civil sectors. Before joining the World Energy Council, Angela led an upgrade in strategic foresight at the OECD, based in Paris. Prior corporate experience includes decades in Royal Dutch Shell and British Gas plc.
Angela is an Associate Fellow, Said Business School, Oxford and a Strategic Foresight Fellow of the GOA, USA. She is a member of two international advisory boards (HSE, Russia; ECI, Oxford) and is a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Science.

Wilkinson has published four books and numerous articles. Angela has a PhD in Physics and is Founder and CEO, Oxford Futures Limited.


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