Recharge announces 4040 new energy leaders

Press Release  •  May 12, 2014 15:39 BST

Recharge has today announced the final selection for its 4040 initiative, which will bring together young new-energy pioneers in a unique forum.

The 40 are made up of a diverse group of individuals from across the globe, from the worlds of renewables technology, finance, development, social engagement and advocacy. The list includes people from major wind and solar companies, banks, investment funds, crowd-funding platforms and governments.

“We were delighted to receive nominations from companies such as Google, Solar City, Vestas, Jinko, NRG Energy, DNV-GL and many others, and from everywhere from Brazil to South Africa to China,” says Recharge Editor-in-Chief Ben Backwell. “The really inspiring thing has been to see how many young people from a diverse range of backgrounds are in leadership positions in our sector,” he adds.

The 40 were selected by Recharge after extensive consultation with the industry, after almost 100 people had been nominated. Full profiles of the 40 will be published on the Recharge4040 website and in a special edition of Recharge magazine in July.

Over the coming months, Recharge4040 will carry out a series of activities to highlight the work and projects of the different members of the group. A four-person committee of 4040 ambassadors will be set up to promote the initiative, leading to a high-profile networking event to be held on 2 October at a unique location.

The 40 selected are:

Gulnara Abdullina, Director, Business Development, Jinko Solar

Ashleigh Jacob Antflick, Managing Director, Elementus Energy,

Morten Albæk, Group Senior Vice President & CMO, Vestas

Robyn Beavers, Senior Vice President, Innovation, NRG Energy,

Charlotte Bergqvist, Director, WPD,

Theo Botha, Co-Founder and Sales Director, Blade Dynamics,

Malgosia Bartosik, Deputy CEO, EWEA

Craig Cornelius, Senior Vice President, NRG Solar

Pierre-Etienne Claveranne, Founder, Green Giraffe Energy Bankers

Paul Dickson,VP of Operations, Vivint Solar

Pedro Fiuza, Director of Wind Energy, Servtec

Thomas Gottschalk, CEO and Founder, Mobisol

Breanne Gellatly, Co-leader, the Carbon Trust OWA

Quayle Hodek, CEO, Renewable Choice Energy

Kat Harrison, Director of Research and Impact, Solar Aid Sunny Money

Matthew Hendrickson, Vice President of Energy Assessment, 3TIER

Helmut Herold, CEO North America, Senvion

Paul Jordan, Global Market Sector Head, Clean Energy and Power Generation, Ricardo UK, 

Sheldon Kimber, COO, Recurrent Energy

Alex Laskey and Dan Yates, Co-founders and CEOs, OPOWER

David Mesonero, Business Development Managing Director, Gamesa 

Neha Palmer, Head of Energy Storage and Development, Google Infrastructure

Billy Parish and Dan Rosen, President/CEO, Mosaic

Pierre Pinson, Professor, Danish Technical University

Seth Schultz, Director of Research, C40

Lyndon Rive, Founder and CEO, Solar City

Johan Sandberg, Service Line Leader for Offshore Renewable Energy, DNV-GL

Jigar Shah, CEO, Jigar Shah Consulting 

Elizabeth Salerno, Product and Marketing Strategy Manager - Business Development, Siemens Wind Power

Gunhild Stordalen, Chair, Stordalen Foundation, CEO GreeNudge

Megan Tang, Senior Programme Officer, REEEP East Asia

Mark Tanton, Managing Director, Red Cap Investments

Pranav Tanti, Director Tanti Holdings Limited, Suzlon

Philip Totaro, CEO and Founder, Totaro Associates

Rafael Valverde, Executive Secretary for Energy Affairs at the Industry, Commerce and Mining Secretariat, State of Bahia, Brazil

Sarah Webster, Vice President, Pattern Energy

Jimmy Wang, Founder and CEO, Ginglong

Shelagh Whitley, Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute

Evans Wadongo, Founder and Executive Director, Sustainable Development for All-Kenya

Mark Young, Director and Service Area Leader, DNV-GL

About the organizers

Since it was founded in early 2009, Recharge has established itself as one of the leading publications and news sources for the renewable energy industry globally. It has been both a standard bearer for the sector and an independent critical voice that has raised the issues and challenges that the industry needs to address and overcome. Through a series of corporate deals, it is a major supplier of news to leading renewables companies and divisions, including Siemens Wind Power, Vestas, Alstom, GE Renewables, E.ON, ABB, Samsung and DNV, and a key partner of organisations such as the Global Wind Energy Council.

Recharge established its Thought Leaders network in 2013 and has held regular events in cities around the world, as well as the agenda-setting Holmenkollen2014 summit, which brought together 50 CEO-level renewables leaders near Oslo, Norway, for a day of frank, off-the-record discussion on the direction of the industry.

For more information, please contact Editor-in-Chief Ben Backwell (


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