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Richard Taylor September 2017

Chief Executive, International Hydropower Association

Richard M Taylor, a fellow of the Energy Institute (UK), has been involved in the hydropower sector since 1985. He became a founding board member of IHA in 1995, and has served as the association’s executive director since 2001. 

Richard has written and edited numerous technical papers and periodicals on water and energy, and has been engaged in United Nations initiatives on water (WWDR and UNEP), energy (UNIDO and UNDESA) and climate change (UNESCO and IPCC). 

He has also participated in the work of the International Renewable Energy Alliance, World Bank, International Energy Agency, World Energy Council and World Water Council.

Ken Adams 2017

President, International Hydropower Association (IHA)

Ken Adams is president of the International Hydropower Association. He graduated as a civil engineer from the University of London in the UK, and after working for several years in the UK and New Zealand, moved to Canada where he has spent over 40 years in the electricity industry.

His last position at Manitoba Hydro was senior vice president for power supply. In this role he was responsible for all aspects of the planning, construction, operations and marketing of a hydro system of over 5000 MW and its associated HVdc transmission system. 

Ken Adams was an active participant in the Canadian Electricity Association and the Canadian Hydropower Association. He has served on the Conference Board of Canada's Environmental Management Council, various committees of the former Northern American Electricity Reliability Council and the relevant regional organisations. He was the first chair of both the Wuskwatim Power Limited Partnership and the Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership, co-operative hydro developments between Manitoba Hydro and various local indigenous peoples, and chair of the Board of Teshmont Consultants, a consulting engineering company specialising in high-voltage transmission. He has also spent several years on the faculty of engineering at the University of Manitoba.

He is currently active as a consultant as the principal of Ken Adams and Associates.

He was elected as an IHA board member in 2005 and then as a vice president in 2007. He was re-elected as a vice president in 2009 and 2011, and elected as president in 2013.

Antoine BADINIER 2017

Deputy Vice-President, EDF Hydropower Generation and Engineering Division

Antoine Badinier has been vice-president development of EDF Hydro Generation and Engineering since June 2014. He is in charge of assets and concession contract management, environmental and water aspects and development. He was previously synergies coordination vice-president of corporate finances for the EDF Group, responsible for coordinating the synergies and operational excellence aspects of the Transformation Plan 2011–2015, based on lean six sigma methods.

Until mid-2010, Antoine Badinier was strategy and business lines vice-president at the international division of EDF, covering a wide range of aspects such as strategy, synergies, internal control and audit, governance policy of the affiliated companies out of France (except UK), and contributing to a number of development and acquisition projects.

Antoine joined the EDF Group in early 2002 as deputy to the executive vice-president of the Corporate Strategy Division, after having managed a local gas and electricity distribution unit in France.

He has 35 years of experience in the energy sector, mainly in gas (four years on a production field in Algeria, four years in Gaz de France R&D, five years in Gaz Metropolitain, Canada) electricity (local distribution) and international joint project development. He spent the early part of his career working in the oil industry in Venezuela, after graduating as an engineer from the Ecole Centrale de Paris.

Hydro 2017

Event description

This stunning city, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, southern Spain, will provide an ideal setting for the international conference and exhibition.The Spanish authorities and industry welcome the international hydropower community, and will share, over three days, their wealth of experience of multipurpose dams, hydropower and pumped-storage development.


Date: Mon, 10/09/2017 to Wed, 10/11/2017
Location: Seville, Spain
Type: Sector event

Enhancing Sustainability in Hydropower Development

Event description

ICH members in Colombia and Latin America welcome global hydropower practitioners to Medellin, Colombia, the city of Everlasting Spring. Located in the northwest region of Colombia, Medellin provides the ideal setting for ICH's 2017 Conference: Enhancing Sustainability in Hydropower Development. The Conference will include pre-conference training courses on topics of global relevance:

  • Due diligence for hydropower projects

  • Prevention and administration of social and environmental conflicts


Date: Mon, 11/27/2017 to Wed, 11/29/2017
Location: Medellin, Colombia
Type: Sector event

COP23: IHA at United Nations climate conference

The world must invest in renewable energy to deliver on the ambition of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. Producing over two-thirds of renewable electricity, hydropower has a major role to play in climate change solutions. Installed hydropower capacity worldwide has surpassed 1,250 GW, supplying more than a billion people with clean energy.


Date: Mon, 11/06/2017 to Fri, 11/17/2017
Location: Bonn, Germany
Type: World event

Training course - application of reservoir conservation model RESCON2

Event description

The training course will cover the application of Reservoir Conservation Model RESCON2 and takes place on 4-6 October in Bangkok, Thailand. 

The workshop aims at providing an introduction in the issues of reservoir sustainability and its importance, reservoir sedimentation and its impacts on water infrastructure performance, planning and decision making of sediment management counter-measures.


Date: Wed, 10/04/2017 to Fri, 10/06/2017
Location: Hotel Shangrila, Bangkok, Thailand
Type: Sector event
Will Henley 2017

Head of Communications

Will Henley joined IHA as Head of Communications in September 2017. He has extensive experience as a communications strategist working in international development, corporate sustainability, government, energy, finance and infrastructure sectors.

He joined from the Commonwealth Secretariat, an intergovernmental agency of 52 member states. He previously worked as a journalist and as a contributor to The Guardian's Sustainable Business section. In his early career, he worked for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Kosovo and Macedonia, and as a ministerial aide in the Home Office, in the UK Government.

Will holds a first-class degree in international relations and a post-graduate diploma in journalism. He is also a keen kayaker and river user.


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