Our board of directors
BPIE is governed by a Board of Directors which meets regularly.
Chair: Mr Julian Popov is a Fellow of the European Climate Foundation and currently leads the South East Europe Grid Initiative which catalyses high level energy policy cooperation among countries in wider South East Europe, including Turkey and the Western Balkans. Julian is a former Minister of Environment of Bulgaria, the founding CEO and current Board Member of the New Bulgarian University, the former Chairman and current Board Member of the Bulgarian School of Politics and the co-founder of the Tunisian School of Politics. He is Member of the Advisory Board of GridTech, Member of the Advisory Board of the BETTER Project, Founding Member of the Governing Board of Sofia Platform, Member of the Steering Committee of Grantmakers East Forum and Honorary Treasurer and Director of the UK charity Friends of Bulgaria. Julian is the author of two books and writes regularly on current affairs and climate and energy policy.
Vice Chair: Ms Patty Fong, Chief Operating Officer and Programme Director for Energy Efficiency at the European Climate Foundation. Patty Fong manages the Energy Efficiency Programme, which focuses in three main areas:
- creating the regulatory and market framework for large-scale energy efficiency investments;
- energy efficiency in buildings; and
- energy efficiency in products.
From 1998 to 2005, Patty helped launch and manage the Energy Foundation’s China Sustainable Energy Programme and the Beijing office. She has also worked for the World Bank in Buenos Aires on the Argentina Energy Efficiency Project and the rural electrification program.
Mr Randall Bowie, Chief Consultant Public Affairs Division at Rockwool International A/S, stationed currently in Denmark and in Brussels. Mr Bowie is perfectly acquainted with EU policies regarding energy efficiency due to his 11 year career at DG Energy and Transport of the European Commission. He became one of the driving forces on energy efficiency (EE) promotion and one of the architects of the Energy End-use Efficiency and Energy Services Directive and of the Energy Efficiency Action Plan. Randall Bowie is currently also an individual member of the eceee board.
Dr. Peter Graham, Executive Director of the Global Buildings Performance Network, addressing the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from the buildings sector. Mr. Graham has been the Technical Advisor and past Coordinator of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative where he developed and managed many of UNEP’s key projects and publications in the building sector. He comes to the GBPN from a position as Head of Discipline for Architecture & Design at the University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia. In these roles, Mr. Graham worked closely with the public, civil and private sectors to assist the global transition to a sustainable building and construction industry.
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 urban-industrial 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).