Benjamin Sporton was appointed Chief Executive of the World Coal Association in June 2015 after serving as Acting Chief Executive from November 2014. As Chief Executive Benjamin is working to improve the World Coal Association’s presence as the global voice of coal. He regularly undertakes media interviews, delivers presentations and meets with global policy makers and thought leaders.
Benjamin joined the World Coal Association as Policy Director in May 2010 and became Deputy Chief Executive in May 2012. Before his appointment as Chief Executive, Benjamin led WCA’s strategic and business planning, and was responsible for leading WCA's policy work with a particular focus on energy poverty, sustainable development and climate change issues.
Benjamin is a Member of the International Advisory Committee to the Energy & Environment Foundation of India, a Member of the Coal Industry Advisory Board to the International Energy Agency and an Advisory Board Member for World CTX.
Benjamin regularly attends United Nations climate negotiations on behalf of the global coal industry and has spoken in a number of forums on the importance of high efficiency low emission coal-fired power generation and carbon capture and storage in meeting global climate objectives. He also represented the coal industry at the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro (Rio+20), highlighting the role coal plays in supporting energy access. He was the lead author of the WCA publication 'Coal – Energy for Sustainable Development' released in the lead-up to Rio+20.
In February 2014 Benjamin was awarded the Global Excellence Award in the Coal Sector from the Energy & Environment Foundation of India for his work at WCA in promoting energy access and cleaner coal technologies.
Prior to joining the World Coal Association, Benjamin held senior policy and leadership roles in United Kingdom and Australia. His achievements have included leading legislative reforms through the South Australian parliament to reform the state’s ailing workers compensation system, supporting the Mayor of London’s consultation on extension of the London Congestion Charge and modernising conduct of UK elections at the Department for Constitutional Affairs.
He holds an honours degree in politics from the University of Adelaide and has also studied at the University of Buenos Aires and the Australian Institute of Management.