Our board of directors
BPIE is governed by a Board of Directors which meets regularly.
Chair: Mr Julian Popov, is Fellow of the European Climate Foundation and Former Minister of Environment of Bulgaria. He is former energy security adviser to the President of Bulgaria, the founding Vice Chancellor and current Board Member of the New Bulgarian University, founding Board Member of Sofia Platform, former Board Member of the American University
in Bulgaria, former Chairman of the Bulgarian School of Politics and co-founder of the Tunisian School of Politics (established following the Arab Spring). His articles have been published by Financial Times, Project Syndicate, The Independent, Huffington Post, Al Jazeera and other international media. He was recently voted as one of the 40 most influential voices on European energy policies and also as one of the 40 most influential voices in the European energy efficiency policies by the Brussels agency EurActiv.
Vice Chair: Ms Patty Fong, is Programme Director at the European Climate Foundation and serves on its Strategic Council. She was recruited in 2007 to help establish the foundation and was founding COO until August 2012. Patty has lead the Energy Efficiency Programme and is now leading the Buildings and Urban Systems Programme. Patty cofounded the Buildings Performance Institute Europe. She also co-founded and served on the Steering Committee of the EU Coalition for Energy Savings until 2018. In addition, she was a founding board member of the EU Alliance to Save Energy, a consortium of leading multinational companies supporting greater EU political ambition for energy efficiency. From 1998 to 2005, Patty helped launch and manage the Energy Foundation’s China Sustainable Energy Program (now EF China), which is a leading player in China’s clean energy transition.
Mr Randall Bowie, is currently Director for the European Centre for Economic, Environmental and Energy Sustainability, in Sweden. He was previously Chief Consultant, Public Affairs at Rockwool International, focusing on EU energy affairs in Brussels, for over 10 years. Prior to that, Mr Bowie spent 11 years at the then-DG Energy and Transport of the European Commission, from which he retired. While there, he was one of the original driving forces on energy efficiency (EE) legislation in the Commission, having been one of the chief architects of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and of the Energy Services Directive (one of the major progenitors of the Energy Efficiency Directive and of EE targets). He was also responsible inter alia for two Commission Energy Efficiency Action Plans. Randall worked earlier in the Swedish Ministry of Industry, the Swedish Energy Agency, and the Swedish National Institute for Economic Research, focusing on energy and energy efficiency legislation, programmes and research, respectively. Randall has also served on the boards of several EE organisations, including the eceee and Coalition for Energy Savings.
Dr. Peter Graham, his career in sustainable building spans all levels of the industry, from the construction site to university, and from boardrooms to international negotiations. In addition to his role at Swinburne University, he has been Executive Director of the Global Buildings Performance Network (www.gbpn. org), and Technical Advisor and past Coordinator of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative (www.unep.org/sbci). Prior to leading the GBPN he was Head of Discipline for Architecture & Design at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He has more than 15 years of experience in international advocacy, research and education in sustainable building design, construction, evaluation and policy.
Maritta R. von Bieberstein Koch-Weser, founder and President of Earth3000, a non-profit organization supporting strategic innovations in governance for environment and development. She has a distinguished career spanning more than three decades in international development, as anthropologist and environmentalist. She has field experience in Latin America, South & East Asia, and in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and some countries of the Former Soviet Union. During 20 years at the World Bank, and later as Director General of IUCN, The World Conservation Union, she has led major environmental & social assessment tasks, as well as investment programs in the environment, agriculture, forestry, mining, energy, and urbanindustrial sectors. She is involved in environment-oriented academic programs in Germany and Brazil, and a non-resident Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC.
Oliver Rapf, Executive Director (learn more about his profile and background on BPIE’s team webpage).