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New IHA president and vice presidents elected

The newly-elected IHA Board gathered in London last week for its first meeting.

During the three days of meetings, the Board elected Ken Adams (Manitoba Hydro) as new IHA president, as well as the following vice presidents: Colin Clark (Brookfield Asset Management), Roy Adair (Sustainable Energy Services), Lin Chuxue (China Three Gorges Corporation), Gil Maranhão Neto (GDF Suez Energy Brasil), Roland Muench (Voith Hydro), and Karin Seelos (Statkraft).

New horizons

Even when countries have a wealth of untapped hydropower potential available, why can it still remain a challenge to entice financial investors to become involved? Suzanne Pritchard investigates recent developments in Pakistan and the work of the IHA working group looking at finance and risks.

Roger Gill 2017

Principal Consultant, Hydro Focus PTY

Roger Gill has over 30 years of experience in the renewable energy sector. He is principal consultant in his Hydro Focus Pty Ltd international consulting business, specialising in providing advice on the sustainable development of renewable energy projects and the efficient operation of renewable energy businesses. 

Roger has a particular interest in the development of renewable energy in Central and South East Asia, Africa and South America. This work enables him to bring to the table the real needs of hydropower developers, operators, governments, regulators, financiers and water basin managers to help guide IHA’s activities.

Prior to embarking on his consulting practice in 2007, Roger was executive general manager at Hydro Tasmania directly responsible for the operations and trading of 2,300 MW of hydropower in the Australian electricity market. He also has management experience in the development of several wind farms in Australia. He has a background in civil engineering and has undertaken business studies at Harvard Business School. 

He is currently a non-executive director of several corporations in Australia related to renewable energy, irrigation and rail transport services, including Pacific Hydro Pty Ltd, Tasmanian Irrigation Pty Ltd, and Tasmanian Railway Pty Ltd. He has been a board member of the International Hydropower Association since 2002, and was re-elected in 2015 for a further two-year term. 

Moises Machava 2017

Executive director, Hidroeléctrica de Cahora Bassa

Moisés Machava is an executive director of Hidroeléctrica de Cahora Bassa (HCB), based in Mozambique. He is in charge of the technical field, covering hydropower generation and other support services areas. Mr Machava has worked at HCB since 1995, and was previously the engineering and maintenance department manager.

A qualified electrical engineer, Mr Machava has 22 years of experience working in the hydropower sector as an executive member of the HCB Board. He spent his early career lecturing on power generation at the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo, before joining HCB in 1995. Since then, he has been involved in the operation, maintenance and rehabilitation of hydropower generation and transmission facilities at the 2,075 MW Cahora Bassa project, progressing to increasing levels of responsibility before being appointed to the Board of Directors in 2014.

Mr Machava joins the IHA Board with the aim of promoting the development of hydropower potential in a multifaceted approach, covering social, sustainability and economic aspects. He is also committed to the development of capacity, skills and new technologies. He brings with him a full understanding of the hydropower sector in Africa, and the constraints faced by countries such as Mozambique, including the challenges around securing funding for multidimensional projects. 

Gil Maranhao 2017

Chief Strategy, Communications and CSR Officer, Engie Brasil

Gil Maranhão Neto has been working in the Brazilian electricity sector since 1994, and for ENGIE since 1996, where he is currently responsible for strategy, communications and corporate social responsibility in Brazil. ENGIE controls over 10,000 MW of installed capacity in 29 power plants (mainly big HPPs) in Brazil, what makes the company the largest private electricity producer of the country, with around 7 per cent of the installed capacity. ENGIE has built a reputation of allying professionalism, profitability and social responsibility in implementing and operating big hydro power plants in the country.

Gil has actively participated in the development and implementation of numerous hydropower plants, including Serra da Mesa (1,275 MW), Itá (1,450 MW), Machadinho (1,140 MW), Cana Brava (450 MW), São Salvador (243 MW), Estreito (1,087 MW) and Jirau (3,750 MW). He was elected as an IHA board member in October 2009, and subsequently elected vice president in 2013. He chairs the IHA membership committee.


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