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IHA Vice President & 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.

Mike McWilliams

Head of hydropower, Mott MacDonald

Mike McWilliams is a professional engineer with over 35 years of experience in hydropower. Graduating from Edinburgh University in 1978 with first class honours in civil engineering, he started work in London on hydropower and mining projects.  He has worked in Botswana, Zambia and Malaysia, spending a total of 12 years resident in Africa and Asia early in his career.  He returned to the UK in 1992 with the same firm, leading hydropower teams working on international projects.

Mike took up his current position as head of hydropower for Mott MacDonald in 2011. Mott MacDonald is a USD 2 billion consultancy working across all aspects of infrastructure, including power and renewable energy. His team works on hydro projects in 30 countries, providing technical, environmental, social and commercial services on projects at all stages of development.

Mike’s particular interests are in risk management, power system planning and the commercial aspects of hydropower.  He is currently developing innovative concession models to finance projects that fail under current BOOT arrangements.

2013 Hydropower Report


IHA 2013 Hydropower Report

The Hydropower Report of IHA is an annual publication that takes an expanded look at hydropower-related developments around the world, as well as giving a review of our activities for the year.

Building on previous activity reports, the 2013 Hydropower Report has an expanded section on the hydropower sector globally and regionally, and reviews our activities over the last year.

The report includes:

Kelly Malone serves as a partner and head of the Global Power Team at King & Spalding, an international law firm based in the United States with offices in Singapore, the Middle East, London, Moscow and Paris. 

He specialises in the development, financing and construction of major hydropower projects and other infrastructure projects in emerging market countries.

Kelly has advised/represented national governments, state-owned utilities, project sponsors, international consortia and financial development institutions during the development, privatisation, sale, acquisition and/or financing of more than 50 power and other infrastructure projects located in 22 countries. 

He has advised on the development of more than 10,000 MW of hydropower projects during the past ten years. Prior to practicing as a lawyer, Kelly Malone studied engineering and worked as a civil engineer on the design of nuclear power projects in Italy and on the construction of hydropower projects in the United States.

Group CEO, Sarawak Energy

Sharbini Suhaili is Group CEO of Sarawak Energy, a state-owned corporation entrusted with the overall development, generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity in Sarawak, Malaysia to about 640,000 organic, bulk and export customers.

Customers in Sarawak enjoy among the lowest electricity tariffs in South East Asia as a result of hydropower, which makes up almost 75 per cent of the generation mix. For enhanced security of supply, the balance of the generation mix comes from thermal power plants powered by indigenous gas and coal resources. Stand-alone solar hybrid, diesel, solar and micro-hydro grid systems electrify the state’s remote rural communities.

Sarawak Energy owns and operates three HEPs - the 108MW Batang Ai, the 944 MW Murum and the 2,400MW Bakun. Sharbini led the acquisition of Bakun, one of South East Asia’s largest HEPs, into the Sarawak Energy stable in 2017. He is committed to ensuring the 1,285MW Baleh HEP, due for completion in 2025, incorporates International Hydropower Association (IHA) sustainability best practices into its development.

Sharbini is advancing Sarawak Energy's agenda of sustainable and continuous growth with a strategy roadmap designed to consolidate, protect and optimise the value created by its transformation from a traditional utility into a corporate powerhouse by focusing on excellence in operations and HSE, project delivery and talent management enabled by a high performance organisational culture.

As Sarawak Energy grows its regional presence, Sharbini regularly represents the corporation at national and international level conferences. He was a panellist in the discussion on ‘Developing Renewable Hydro – Energising the Future’ at the National Clean Energy Summit organised by the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (ASLI) and delivered the keynote address ‘Delivering Reliable Power through Sustainable Energy Development’ at the regional Power Plant Innovation Summit.

On the IHA Board since 2017, Sharbini’s other directorships include a seat on the board of Petros, a wholly state-owned petroleum company. He has also been appointed by the state government to lead the digital infrastructure stream of Sarawak’s Digital Economy initiative.

Sharbini joined Sarawak Energy in November 2016 after 30 years in the petroleum industry. He has worked for Royal Dutch Shell and PETRONAS in various technical and leadership roles in Upstream, Gas & Power asset development and production, planning, strategy and commercial as well as business development. His last role in PETRONAS was as Group Vice President of Health, Safety, Security and Environment after serving as Vice President, Upstream International looking after Europe, Africa, Australasia and the Middle East.

Sharbini holds a degree in engineering (Hons) from University of Leeds, UK, and a masters in business administration (MBA) from Henley Management College, UK. 

Voith Hydro receives training on the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol

Last week we facilitated training on  the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol with Voith Hydro in Heidenheim, Germany. 

"The protocol is a tool to guide sustainability in the sector and provides a common language around which issues of sustainability can be discussed” explained Doug Smith, IHA sustainability specialist. “Training on the protocol’s breadth of sustainability topics and on how these are assessed, forms an important part of an IHA Sustainability Partnership.”

Evgeniy Tikhonov 2017

Strategy and Development Director, EuroSibEnergo JSC

Evgeniy Tikhonov joined the IHA Board in September 2017. He is Chief Development and Strategy Director of EuroSibEnergo (ESE), Russia's largest private power company with a total capacity of more than 19 GW, out of which more than 15 GW is hydro.

Mr Tikhonov joined ESE in 2011. He is responsible for the company’s strategy, as well as development and implementation of new projects, including M&A, construction of new power plants, development of new lines of business and international projects. He heads the development of company’s “new energy” programme focused on renewables and was the leader of the first ESE PV power plant project in Siberia, Abakan Solar Power Plant.

Mr Tikhonov has more than 15 years of experience in the power industry. He was given an Official Acknowledgment and Certificate of Honor by the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation. Prior to his tenure at ESE, he spent seven years  as Director of Power Projects Department at TNK-BP (Russian oil and gas major) where he was responsible for the power strategy and development of the gas-to-power business. Prior to that, he was a project manager and leading consultant at CARANA Corp international consulting company.

Mr Tikhonov graduated from Belarusian State University. He has a Ph.D. in Economics and a Certified Financial Manager (CFM).


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