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IHA president re-elected as new members join board

IHA president re-elected as new members join board

Ken Adams was re-elected for a third consecutive term as president of the International Hydropower Association (IHA), at the organisation’s September 2017 board meeting in London.

Mr Adams, a consultant and former vice president of Manitoba Hydro with more than 40 years’ of industry experience, said: "It is a great honour to be re-elected as president of IHA at a time of immense opportunity in the hydropower sector.

"The whole IHA team, the board and staff, look forward to supporting our diverse and growing membership to build knowledge and embed sustainability principles and practices across the globe."

The inaugural meeting of IHA’s 2017-2019 board saw the adoption of a new strategy and work plan for the organisation and the election of five vice presidents.

New board members include Moisés Machava, executive director of Hidroelétrica de Cahora Bassa (Mozambique), Evgeniy Tikhonov, strategy and development director for EuroSibEnergo JSC (Russia), Sharbini Suhaili, group chief executive for Sarawak Energy (Malaysia), and Luiz Fernando Leone Vianna, director general of Itaipu Binacional (Brazil). 

The composition of the 18-member board, which brings together leading organisations in the hydropower sector, was announced last month following a ballot of IHA’s membership

IHA vice presidents:

  • Antoine Badinier - deputy vice president, hydropower generation and engineering division, EDF (Europe)
  • Lin Chuxue - executive vice president, China Three Gorges Corporation (Asia, East and Pacific)
  • Colin Clark - chief technical officer, Brookfield Renewable (America, North and Central)
  • Roger Gill - independent consultant (Asia, East and Pacific)
  • Gil Maranhão Neto - chief strategy, communications and CSR officer, Engie Brasil (America, South)

Speaking after the board meeting between 20-21 September 2017, Mr Tikhonov said EuroSibEnergo, one of the world’s largest privately owned hydropower companies, is “delighted” to have joined IHA. “We share the same values of responsible and sustainable development of hydropower. Russia possesses the world’s second-largest hydropower resources and we believe that its incremental utilisation, in accordance with the highest environmental standards, will contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combating climate change,” he said.

Mr Machava commented: “IHA is an organisation which is willing to strive to create a world where the water and energy services are delivered to all in a sustainable way. To be a new member of the board, representing Africa, means that I have a challenge and opportunity to learn and share knowledge. It is a great pleasure to join this brilliant international team for such a noble mission.”

Mr Suhaili said: “I am proud and honoured to be a board member of IHA, an organisation with enormous potential to help create a better future for the next generation.”

 

Read about IHA’s new board members.