Jodie Roussell is the new CEO of the Global Solar Council, while Amy Luers joins Future Earth


Jodie Roussell is the new CEO of the Global Solar Council, joining from Trina Solar. As well as having worked for a number of organisations, including REEEP and the World Economic Forum, Roussell also co-founded the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). ACORE isa non-profit membership association dedicated to bringing renewables into the mainstream of the US economy.

“Working as an advocate for solar and clean energy is a multidisciplinary challenge,” says Roussell. “I am fortunate to have worked with innovators from government, business and civil society, and benefit from diverse perspectives on how solar and renewables can deliver a solution for clean, sustainable and equitable economies.”

Her interest in this sector was sparked while studying at Beijing University in the 1990s. “The scale of the environmental pollution from coal mining and power generation made a strong impression on me,” says Roussell. “I left China with a strong interest in creating solutions for economics growth that weren't dependent on burning fossil fuels and limiting the prospects for future generations.”

The Global Solar Council’s membership is composed of the national and regional solar associations, as well as the largest companies globally. “Today the technologies and solutions to solve many of our sustainable development challenges are available and affordable,” says Roussell. “The key is expanding training and developing structural policies to enable the skills and technologies to be adopted and implemented locally - in markets around the world. The council will be the platform to created shared value enabling this transformation.”

Jodie Roussell


Amy Luers will be joining Future Earth in September, as its new executive director. Luers, a respected scientist and data innovator, has more than 20 years’ experience working on sustainability at the intersection of science, technology, and policy. Future Earth is an international initiative that empowers and supports a network of tens of thousands of researchers, innovators, and professionals working together to accelerate a transition to a sustainable world.  

"I am thrilled and honoured to be given the opportunity to serve as the next executive director of Future Earth,” says Luers. “As the world confronts enormous sustainability challenges – in our cities, our public health, our oceans and ecosystems, and in our climate – the Future Earth platform for research, innovation and collaboration is needed more than ever.”

 “Dr Luers is a truly outstanding leader in environmental and sustainability science,” said Gordon McBean and Jakob Rhyner, co-chairs of the Future Earth Governing Council. “She has the commitment, strategic vision and collaborative approach needed to take Future Earth to the next level.”

Luers is currently director, climate change at the Skoll Global Threats Fund. Her former roles include assistant director for climate resilience and information at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy during the Obama administration, and senior environment program manager at Google.

Amy Luers


Jennifer Woodside is now director of external relations at Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage. She was previously a senior adviser to the organisation and is former communications director for The Elders.

Bernard Tan has joined paper giant Asia Pulp and Paper as managing director for corporate affairs and sustainability. Tan, a former Singapore military general, joins from ST Engineering. 

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has appointed Jennifer MacIntyre as Canada’s first female ambassador for climate change. MacIntyre was previously acting director general, multilateral and bilateral affairs, at Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Steven Desmyter will become Man Group’s head of responsible investment and chair of its responsible investment committee. Desmyter, who is member of Man Group’s executive committee and head of sales across EMEA, will also continue in his current role.

Steven Desmtyer

Jason Mitchell has become the firm’s sustainability strategist, in addition to his current role on Man GLG’s European and international equity teams.  

Jason Mitchell

Zero Waste Scotland has appointed Simon Weston to chair its Circular Economy Investment Fund. The £18m fund offers grant funding for SMEs and organisations based in Scotland, supporting work that will help deliver circular economy growth in line with the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy. Weston is director for raw materials at the Confederation of Paper Industries.

Simon Weston

Sustainability consultancy Helistrat has promoted Nathan Gray to the role of head of sustainability, a newly created role. He was formerly sustainability manager.

Nathan Gray

Simon Earles is now planning and sustainability director at Bristol Airport, tasked with overseeing the development of a new master plan to meet future demand for air travel over the next two decades and beyond. Earles joins from Heathrow, where he was planning and policy director.

Waste-to-energy technology firm SEaB Energy has appointed two new advisory board members: Ron Sams and Allan Barton. Sams has held a number of international operational and MD positions in the engineering sector, including executive operational responsibility for Agusta-Westland Helicopters UK. Barton has worked in the global resources and waste sector for 30 years and led Arup’s global resource and waste business.

World Heritage Site Blenheim Palace has appointed Jacqueline Gibson as sustainability adviser. Gibson, who has a background in energy management and sustainable construction, previously worked at HSBC and Royal Dutch Shell.

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