The Chief Executive of the World Coal Association (WCA), Milton Catelin, has been invited to join the prestigious World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Energy Security.
The World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils make up the world’s foremost intellectual network, convening the most relevant and knowledgeable thought leaders from business, government, academia and civil society to address key global issues. There are over 80 Global Agenda Councils serving as a global brain trust, providing insights and recommendations that help inform the Forum’s programming, including at the Annual Meeting in Davos.
Membership of the Councils is only by the invitation of the Office of the Chairman of the World Economic Forum.
Mr Catelin commented, “It is an honour and a privilege to be invited by the World Economic Forum to sit on the Global Agenda Council on Energy Security. My aim is to represent the coal perspective on energy security and highlight the importance of utilising domestic coal reserves, or accessing the relatively stable international coal market, to provide the energy needed for economic growth and development.”
“In the aftermath of the Rio+20 conference, there has never been a more urgent and relevant time to engage with the WEF network and provide thought-leadership on energy security issues,” Mr Catelin continued.
Mr Catelin will participate at this year’s Summit on the Global Agenda, often described as the world’s largest brainstorming meeting, to be held in Dubai in November.
Mr Catelin has been Chief Executive of the WCA since January 2005 and is a member of the International Energy Agency Coal Industry Advisory Board, a Trustee of the Underground Coal Gasification Association, and chairs the ScottishPower Academic Alliance. He also served on Tony Blair’s “Breaking the Deadlock” climate change initiative. Mr Catelin was a chief negotiator for Australia on both the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change and has received Awards for his environmental work from Australia, the USA and the United Nations. As a Member of the Global Agenda Council on Energy Security, Mr Catelin will be asked to identify breakthrough ideas and new pathways to advance critical energy security issues and ensure progress is made on the global agenda.