The WiSER Initiative - Advisory Council


At the recent launch event, Masdar and the Zayed Future Energy Prize, announced the members of the WiSER Advisory Council, who will oversee the implementation of the programmes under the WiSER Initiative. The Advisory Council will serve as a global reference for the initiative on women’s leadership and careers in sustainability, particularly related to energy, water and climate change.

HE Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber

His Excellency Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber is a Minister of State of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and member of the federal cabinet. As Minister of State, he represents the UAE government and its interests on domestic and international matters.As Energy CEO at Mubadala, Dr Al Jaber oversees the company’s oil and gas interests as well as its renewable energy portfolio. He is also the former CEO and now Chairman of Masdar, one of the leading global renewable energy companies.

HE Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh

Her Excellency Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh was appointed Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations (UN) in New York in September 2013. In this role, she works to advance the UAE’s multilateral priorities at the UN, in particular on regional peace and security issues, humanitarian assistance, women’s empowerment, sustainable development and human rights.

HE Adnan Z. Amin

His Excellency Adnan Z. Amin is the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). In this capacity, he is responsible for leading the Agency in the implementation of its mandate to promote the adoption and sustainable use of renewable energy worldwide. His Excellency has over 25 years of experience in multilateral diplomacy and direct engagement in promoting the global development and socio-economic agenda, including sustainable development.

HE Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak

Her Excellency Razan Al Mubarak is the Secretary-General of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD), Abu Dhabi’s environmental regulatory authority, established with the objective of protecting and conserving the environment as well as promoting sustainable development. An influential leader and an inspiration to women around the world, she is Managing Director of the Emirates Wildlife Society in association with the WWF (EWS-WWF) as well as The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund.

Dr Behjat Al Yousuf

As Provost of Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Dr Behjat Al Yousuf has over 22 years of experience in higher education and in empowering UAE nationals in the fields of science and technology.Throughout her career, Dr Al Yousuf has led strategies to deliver high quality education to UAE national women and foster the increase of Emirati women in the technological workforce to above 90% through industry partnerships.

Deb Frodl

Deb Frodl is the Global Executive Director of Ecomagination. A 26-year GE veteran, Deb Frodl leads GE Ecomagination, the company’s business strategy to accelerate innovation and growth in a resource constrained world through efficient and intelligent solutions. In this role, Deb was named the Women’s Council on Energy and Environment (WCEE) 2014 Woman of the Year.

Dymphna Van der Lans

An exceptional leader in her field and a role model to women around the world, Dymphna Van der Lans serves as the CEO of the Clinton Climate Initiative, where she oversees climate and energy related programmes within the Foundation.The US Department of Energy selected Dymphna as one of its inaugural ambassadors of its Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) initiative, which aims to advance the careers and leadership of professional women in the field of clean energy.

Dr Kandeh K. Yumkella

Dr Kandeh K. Yumkella is a global development leader and co-founder of the African Energy Leaders Group (AELG). Dr Yumkella is currently a presidential flag bearer candidate for the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party. Previously, he served the UN as Under Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and the pioneer CEO of the initiative. He also chaired UNEnergy, the coordination body of United Nations agencies dealing with energy related issues.

Kathy Calvin

Kathy Calvin is President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations Foundation. Her career has spanned work in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. She is a passionate advocate for multi-sector problem-solving, U.S. leadership on global issues, and the inclusion of women at all levels and in all sectors. Kathy was named CEO by the UN Foundation Board in 2009 and President in 2013. In those roles, she leads one of the most innovative organizations advocating for the UN and the creation of public-private partnerships. Her leadership brings together the largest network of supporters of UN issues in the United States and a global network of corporate, civil society and media partners.

Margery Kraus

Margery Kraus, executive chairman of APCO Worldwide, a global consulting firm headquartered in Washington, D.C., specializes in public affairs, communication and business consulting for major multinationals. Ms. Kraus founded APCO in 1984 and transformed it from a company with one small Washington office to a multinational consulting firm in major cities throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. In September 2004, Ms. Kraus led a management buy-out of her firm, making APCO one of the largest privately owned communication and public affairs firms in the world.

Marie-José Nadeau

Marie-José Nadeau, a leader in the energy industry, took responsibility as the first woman Chair in the history of the World Energy Council at the World Energy Congress 2013. Marie-José sits on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Advisory Board on Sustainable Energy for All; the Advisory Council of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA); and China Energy Fund Committee (CEFC) Initiative. She is also Vice President of the Selection Committee for the Zayed Future Energy Prize, based in the UAE, and a committee member of the Leadership Excellence for Women Awards (LEWA) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Michael Liebreich

Michael Liebreich is Chairman of the Advisory Board and Founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the world’s leading provider of information on clean energy to investors, energy companies and governments. Michael founded the company as New Energy Finance in 2004 and acted as Chairman and Chief Executive until its acquisition by Bloomberg in 2009. Michael serves on the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All.

Rachel Kyte

Rachel Kyte is World Bank Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change. As a leading advocate for action to combat climate change because of its intrinsic link to poverty and development, Ms. Kyte is the leading figure for the World Bank Group in efforts to campaign for an ambitious agreement at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UNFCC this December. She is leading work on climate change adaptation, mitigation, climate finance, and disaster risk and resilience across the institutions of the World Bank Group.

Dr. Thani Al-Zeyoudi

H. E. Dr Thani Al-Zeyoudi is the Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the International Renewable Energy Agency “IRENA”. He acts as focal point for the UAE on issues relating to IRENA. Dr Thani is also the Head of the Directorate of Energy and Climate Change “DECC” within the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), where he leads the team tasked with representing UAE interests internationally in energy and climate change issues as well as working as a catalyst to domestic partners to develop UAE policies in sustainability.