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Jean-Michel DEVERNAY

Jean-Michel Devernay

Independent expert

Jean-Michel Devernay is a former chief hydropower specialist at the World Bank. Before joining the World Bank in 2012, he worked for 33 years for Electricité de France (EDF), managing worldwide hydropower activities. He is an honorary member of the International Hydropower Association of which he was a vice president from 1999 until 2012. He also was a lead author of the IPCC’s 2011 Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation. In 2014 he was listed by Water Power as one of the 10 most influential people in the hydropower sector. He is now an independent expert.

Associated sessions

8 May
13:30 - 16:30

Workshop 4: Strategies to foster sustainable operation and maintenance (8 May, afternoon)

Type: Focus session
Co-convenors: World Bank Group, SECO

A lack of dedicated resources, proper training and institutional capacity can result in hydropower generating stations being poorly maintained and operated particularly in developing countries.  Poor operations and maintenance (O&M) of... (Read more)

10 May
11:00 - 12:30

Strategic basin planning

Type: Focus session
Co-convenors: The Nature Conservancy

There is growing recognition that site selection is critical for successful hydropower development. There have been attempts to plan at the basin level, with the aim of optimising not only energy systems, but also broader environmental, social,... (Read more)