The WCA Team
Dr. Zhang Xiwu became WCA Chairman in November 2012.
He is Chairman of Shenhua Group Corporation Limited, a position he has held since 2008. Prior to becoming Chairman of Shenhua Group, Dr Zhang held several positions within the company including President, Vice-President, as well as serving as the Chairman and General Manager of Shenhua Shendong Coal Company. He has also held senior positions at the Bureau of Coal Industry of Jilin province and at the Northeast Inner Mongolia Coal Group Company.
Dr. Zhang has over 20 years' of operational and management experience in the coal industry in China. He received a Ph.D. degree from Liaoning University of Engineering and Technology in 2003.
Katie is responsible for WCA's communication activities, including WCA's publications, the website, and media engagement. Katie was editor of World Coal magazine prior to taking up her role with WCA. She has a degree in history and politics.
Milton Catelin has been Chief Executive of the World Coal Association since January 2005.
Milton is a Member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Energy Security, a member of the International Energy Agency Coal Industry Advisory Board, and a Trustee of the Underground Coal Gasification Association. He served on Tony Blair's "Breaking the Deadlock" climate change initiative.
Prior to joining the WCA, he worked with the UN Environment Programme, where as Chief of Partnerships & Public Affairs, he created a public-private partnership programme for the Basel Convention on Hazardous Wastes. At the national level he has worked in the Australian Departments of the Prime Minister; Finance; and Environment. He was a chief negotiator for Australia on both the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change (1996 - 1998) and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and has a Masters in Public Policy (ANU 1990).
He has received Awards for his environmental work from Australia (2001: "significant and sustained contribution to the achievements of Environment Australia"); the USA (2003 EPA Stratospheric Protection Award); and the UN (2007 Montreal Protocol Outstanding Contributors Award).
Benjamin is responsible for managing WCA's policy work with a particular focus on energy poverty, sustainable development and climate change issues. Benjamin has previous senior policy experience within the public sector in the UK and Australia. He has studied at the University of Adelaide, University of Buenos Aires and the Australian Institute of Management.