María Mendiluce

Chief Executive Officer, We Mean Business Coalition

2020, appointed Chief Executive Officer, We Mean Business coalition, which brings together seven international organizations to catalyse business leadership and policy ambition to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy. Some 25 years' experience in sustainable development, energy and climate action. Formerly, Managing Director, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) covering climate and energy, circular economy, and cities and mobility; guided 200 member companies to take transformative action on climate policy, energy transition, plastic waste and urban mobility. Has held senior positions at the Economic Bureau of the Spanish Prime Minister, in the chief executive officer’s office of Iberdrola and at the International Energy Agency. Established the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, the Transforming Urban Mobility project, and the WBCSD Low Carbon Technology Partnership initiative. Has focused on achieving greater representation of women in leadership roles through the Leading Women Awards and the LEAP education project. Member of the Board, Science Based Targets initiative; Commissioner, Energy Transition Commission; Co-Chair, Global Environment Outlook Business Advisory Board (UNEP); Member of the Board, Centre for International Environmental Studies (CIES); Member, BMW Mobility Council and Telefonica Sustainability Advisory Board. PhD in Energy Economics. Teaches at universities and publishes in academic journals and media.

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