Our Board

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IIEC’s Board of Directors is comprised of nine members, who are dedicated to providing strategic guidance to the organization as it advances its goal to promote sustainable and efficient energy use in developing nations and economies in transition.  The current membership includes:

 



 
Mr. Robert L. Pratt 
has been a national and international leader in clean energy for more than 40 years, as a for-profit and non-profit entrepreneur, a clean energy funder, and a governmental leader. He has founded or co-founded three companies and three non-profit organizations, directed a $250 million quasi-state renewable energy fund as well as the clean energy funding for a foundation, and has been a policy leader in energy efficiency and renewable energy for much of his career. Mr. Pratt is the founder and Chairman, and until recently the CEO, of GreenerU, a company dedicated to helping colleges and universities become climate leaders while reducing energy, water and infrastructure costs. He was the founder, Chairman and CEO of Energia Global International (EGI, now Enel Latin America), a company that became one of the leading renewable energy companies in Central America. From a startup in 1991, EGI became the largest private power company in Costa Rica through the development, financing and construction of high head hydroelectric and wind projects, with substantial power and distribution assets in Guatemala, El Salvador and Chile.

Prior to GreenerU, Rob was the Senior Vice President of the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, where he led foundation initiatives focused on energy efficiency policy and financing innovations. He also served as Director of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, a major fund promoting the development of renewable energy projects as well as clean energy economic development in MA. Rob currently serves as the Chairman, founder (1984) and board member of the International Institute for Energy Conservation; Chairman Emeritus and Advisory Board member of the American Council on Renewable Energy;Executive Committee and board member of the Alliance to Save Energy; and Executive Committee and board member of the New England Clean Energy Council. He received an MPA degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a JD degree from Georgetown University Law Center, and a BA degree from Wesleyan University.

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Mr. John R. Mollet
, is an advisor on sustainable energy strategies and partnerships, focusing on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and universal access to electricity. As the Director of the Board and Vice President of the Copper Foundation, he helps provide modern electricity services and infection control in healthcare facilities for poor communities around the world. Mr. Mollet also serves on the Boards of the Collaborative Labeling and Appliance and Standards Program (CLASP) and the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC), and is active on the steering committees of several other energy efficiency organizations.

From 1998 through 2012, Mr. Mollet was Vice President at the International Copper Association. In this role he was responsible for partnerships with governments, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, foundations and corporations, and coordinated global strategies and initiatives around sustainable energy, building construction, technology, health, environment, and sustainable development.

Prior to 1998, Mr. Mollet held management positions at Bekaert and Sefar corporations and was responsible for a wide variety of markets and technologies -- including rubber and tires, plastics, electromagnetic interference shielding, and precision filtration (e.g., for medical, pharmaceutical, aerospace and automotive applications). He is a citizen of the United States and Belgium, and received his electrical & electronics engineering degree from the University of Ghent, Belgium.

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Ms. Judy Siegel
, as President of The Energy and Security Group (USA), brings over 27 years experience in renewable energy financing, policy, and technology. She has worked in over 60 countries worldwide and has extensive experience in developing and implementing renewable energy projects and programs in Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

Prior positions have included: President of the US Export Council for Renewable Energy (representing over 1600 industry members); Deputy Director of the World Bank Asia Alternative Energy Program (ASTAE); and Managing Director of the Winrock International Clean Energy Group. Ms. Siegel is also active in the community serving as a Board Member of the American Council for Renewable Energy (ACORE); Chairwomen of the Market Development Committee of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE); and Member of the G8 Renewable Energy Advisory Group among others.

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Mr. Mark Radka
, heads the UN Environment Programme’s Energy Branch, which is part of the organisation’s Paris based Division of Technology, Industry and Economics. He is responsible for managing UNEP’s efforts to link the global energy and environment agendas, much of which involves building partnerships between industry, governments, NGOs, and other groups. UNEP’s work in this area focuses on reducing emission of greenhouse gases through greater use of renewable energy and improved energy efficiency, with a special focus on promoting engagement by the financial industry in the sustainable energy sector. Mr. Radka has a special interest in the technology needs of developing countries, and was a coordinating lead author of the Special Report on Methodological and Technological Issues in Technology Transfer issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Before joining UNEP, Mr. Radka worked in Washington, D.C. as a consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the World Bank, where he managed technology cooperation projects in developing countries, primarily in Asia. He began his career as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand. Mr. Radka has received a Master of Public Policy degree in Environmental Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, where he was a Kennedy Fellow. He has also received a M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and a S.B. in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Mr. Brian Castelli has 30 years of leadership experience with private sector for-profit and non-profit energy companies, and federal and state government agencies. As President and CEO of the Home Performance Coalition, he leads the organization’s efforts to coalesce the diverse residential energy efficiency industry into a powerful voice on issues that will advance the industry in improving the energy, comfort, health, and safety performance of existing homes. Previously, as Executive Vice President and Senior Fellow at the Alliance to Save Energy, Mr. Castelli specialized in international and federal energy management programs and oversaw the organization’s buildings & utilities, industrial, development, education, and international activities.

Prior to joining the Alliance to Save Energy, Mr. Castelli ran his own energy consulting firm, and held numerous government energy organization positions at the state, national, and international level. At the Pennsylvania Energy Office he served as Deputy Director for Administration and Public Affairs and then as Executive Director. From 1994 to 2001, he was appointed by President Clinton as the Chief of Staff to the USDOE Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Mr. Castelli has been a board and advisory council member for numerous energy industry organizations and governments, both domestically and internationally. He has an MBA in Industrial & Environmental Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Mr. Amit Bando promotes innovative financing of clean energy initiatives and climate change mitigation/adaptation options. Working in more than 60 nations, he specializes in policy design, market transformation and impact evaluation of programs while focusing on outreach and training. As a policy and technical adviser, he provides written and oral testimony at international ministerial forums such as the G-20 Summit, World Economic Forum, UNEP, Rio+20, The World Bank, Asian Development Bank and Clean Energy Ministerial. He is actively engaged with national and transnational industry groups to promote clean energy and energy efficient initiatives. He serves on the International Advisory Council of the Commission on National (U.S.) Energy Efficiency Policy and the International Steering Committee of the Alliance to Save Energy’s EE Global Forum.

Mr. Bando was the inaugural Executive Director of the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC), where he coordinated energy efficiency policies, regulations, financing and standards among G-20 member nations. As Senior Policy Scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy, he helped develop the National Energy Modeling Systems (NEMS) and establish the Chicago Climate Exchange. Working from Washington DC, Paris, and New Delhi, Mr. Bando teaches at HEC-Paris and has taught at the University of Chicago and other U.S. universities. He has authored several seminal publications including Economic Evaluation of Environmental Impacts. He completed his graduate and post-graduate studies in Economics, Finance and Statistics at the Universities of Minnesota and Chicago as well as the Delhi School of Economics.

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Ms. Leslie Black Cordes has 26 years of professional experience in the legislative sector, executive branch, and non-profit field with a focus on climate change, sustainable development, clean energy and water, and other global environmental issues. She currently serves as Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships for the United Nations Foundation’s Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. She previously held the positions of Interim Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, as well as Senior Director for Partnerships Development in support of the foundation’s clean energy, climate, and special initiatives.

Prior to her tenure at the UN Foundation, Ms. Cordes served as Chief of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Supply and Industry Branch where she managed voluntary programs including the Climate Leaders, Green Power, and Combined Heat and Power Partnerships. She also spent eight years at the Alliance to Save Energy, where her positions included Acting Co-President, Vice President for Program Development, and Director for International Programs. Ms. Cordes also served as deputy director of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Energy Efficiency Program. She began her career on the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee where she worked on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and climate change legislation. Ms. Cordes has a B.A. in Political Economics from UC Berkeley, and a M.S. in International Trade & Finance from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

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Mr. Steve Kukoda
joined the International Copper Association (ICA) in 2004 and is currently the organization’s Vice President. ICA is a not-for-profit 501 (c) 6 trade association that represents the world’s copper industry. In 2009 he was elected an ICA Officer and he was also named to the ICA Management Committee. He develops and maintains relationships with organizations external to the copper industry, including governments, intergovernmental organizations, the United Nations, foundations, and more. He is also responsible for increasing the association’s membership base, which currently represents 55-percent of world copper output, and to ensure ICA’s existing membership base and external partners continue to see value in the organization.

In 2013 ICA joined like-minded organizations, including the United Nations Environment Program and the United Nations Development Program, to form United For Efficiency (U4E). This public-private partnership aligns with the UN’s Sustainable Energy For All (SE4ALL) initiative, and its goals are to reduce global electricity consumption by 10-percent and to reduce CO2 emissions equivalent to removing half of the world’s cars from the road. U4E is the official “Energy Efficiency Accelerator” for appliances under SE4ALL, and Steve represents ICA as co-lead for this initiative.

In a career that goes back to 1987, Mr. Kukoda has held a number of positions for different industries in the fields of communications and public/investor relations. Most recently, he served as the Director of Communications and Investor Relations for Multiplex, Inc., a high-technology start-up focused of ten-gigabits-per-second fiber-optic systems. In 2001, Multiplex, Inc. raised in excess of $105 million in private funding, which was the largest round of funding for any organization, in any industry, in the New York Tri-State Area that year.

Mr. Kukoda is based in ICA’s global headquarters in New York and lives in New Jersey.

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Mr. Felix Gooneratne
, joined IIEC as Asia Director in January 2001 and assumed his current role as President and CEO in October 2013. With more than 30 years of experience advancing energy efficiency, demand-side management (DSM) and related international clean energy efforts, he brings forward reaching vision to IIEC, and employs his proven technical expertise to implement programs and achieve results. He has designed and implemented projects throughout the United Kingdom, Australia, Asia, Africa and the Pacific region – managing international teams to achieve significant energy savings.

Prior to joining IIEC, Mr. Gooneratne held senior positions at PA Consulting Group, UNDP, Bechtel International, and the Australian Department of Energy. He has extensive project management experience with agencies such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, United Nations Development Program, USAID, AusAid and the European Commission. He is a Chartered Chemical Engineer and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy; he holds his Chemical Engineering degree from University of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom.

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IIEC Profile

Our Vision & Values

Our Vision & Values

Our vision is to accelerate the promotion of sustainable energy and environmental programs in developing countries and countries in transition.  Our unique values are strived to provide sustainable solutions with proven technical capabilities, implement with wealth of practical and international experience in Asia and Pacific regions. Read more...

Our Niche & Strengths

Our Niche & Strengths

IIEC works on-the-ground, through multi-disciplined staff and partners, with governments and the private sector to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy programs and projects.  Read more...
 

Our Capabilities

Our Capabilities

Specific services provided by IIEC to its clients include: DSM/EE Implementation & Evaluation; Development & Implementation of EE Standards and Labeling Programs; Renewable Energy Project Planning & Implementation; Clean Energy Finance Design; and Implementation of Energy Efficient Buildings  Read more...
 

Our Major Clients

Our Major Clients

IIEC’s major clients include the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) etc.  Read more...
 

Our Offices

Offices

IIEC operates through its offices in India, Thailand and Philippines.  Read more...
 

Our Team

Our Team

IIEC has full time local staff in each of its offices that are well placed to contribute to programs due to their extensive exposure to energy, transport and environmental activities in the region and their understanding of cultural issues relevant to the countries.  Read more...
 

Our Board

Board of Directors

IIEC’s Board of Directors is comprised of nine members, who are dedicated to providing strategic guidance to the organization as it advances its goal to promote sustainable and efficient energy use in developing nations and economies in transition.  Read more...
 


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