Two young Kiwis chosen to become Future Energy Leaders

30 Jun 2015

The BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC) is pleased to announce two young New Zealanders are on their way to becoming the next generation of energy leaders, capable of solving the world's most pressing challenges around energy and sustainability.

Andrew Millar from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and Tina Frew from Z Energy, have been chosen to join the World Energy Council's Future Energy Leaders' Programme – the FEL-100 – an exclusive group designed to help shape, inspire and grow energy leaders of tomorrow.

The World Energy Council asked each Member Committee – in New Zealand's case, the BEC – to nominate their most promising young professionals for the global programme. Andrew and Tina join Jenny Lackey from EECA, who was already a FEL, bringing the New Zealand contingent to 3 out of the 100, reflecting the high calibre of our pool of nominations.

By joining the FEL-100 programme, an exclusive group of young energy leaders, Andrew and Tina will be invited to contribute to the World Energy Council's global energy dialogue, support the development of balanced policy frameworks, attend congress and help shape energy solutions for tomorrow. The norm is to serve as a FEL for three years and attend at least one World Energy Congress.

The programme is designed to build on the ideas and innovative potential of the next generation, to develop new ways of thinking and frame the future of our energy systems. It brings together a network of exceptional individuals from across the globe who represent the different players the energy sector is composed of, including government, energy industry, academia, civil society and social entrepreneurs.

Newly appointed FEL Andrew Millar says, "It's very exciting to be part of the FEL-100 programme. It's a unique opportunity to be part of a global dialogue on the future of energy, and I look forward to making the most of it."

Fellow new FEL Tina Frew says, "I feel privileged to have the opportunity to contribute to a sustainable energy future on a scale enabled by the FEL-100 programme. It's important to me to make a meaningful impact and I look forward to working with talented people, learning a lot and making things happen."

Dr Rob Whitney, BEC Chair says, "This is an outstanding opportunity for our Future Energy Leaders to gain experience and contribute on a global scale. The two-way exchange of knowledge and development of innovative ideas will not only benefit these two individuals, but the New Zealand energy sector as well.

"The BEC would like to take this opportunity to thank Nathan Bittle from EY and Sheena Thomas from Z Energy who have served as FELs and are now a part of the FEL Alumni programme."


Contact:

Rob Whitney 027 292 1050
Sophie Rose +44 20 7292 2092 (Direct, UK 11 hours behind)
Tina Frew 027 521 4863
Andrew Millar 021 048 0164

About the World Energy Council (WEC)

The World Energy Council's network of 100 national committees represents over 3,000 member organisations including governments, industry and expert institutions, with the mission of promoting the sustainable supply and use of energy for the greatest benefit of all.
 www.worldenergy.org

About the BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC)

The BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC) is a group of New Zealand organisations taking on a leading role in creating a sustainable energy future for New Zealand. The BEC is the New Zealand Member Committee of the World Energy Council (WEC). All BEC members are automatically members of the WEC.
 www.bec.org.nz

About the FEL-100

Every year, 35 new Future Energy Leaders are invited to join the FEL-100 programme, an exclusive global community of energy leaders who share a commitment to shaping the global energy future. In order to guarantee the quality and continuity of the programme, each selected individual is initially taken on board for one year and is offered the opportunity to remain in the programme – depending on his/her ability to demonstrate commitment and motivation. FELs normally stay on the programme for three years.
 www.worldenergy.org/wec-network/future-energy-leaders