Miriam Maes Joins GMF’s Energy Transition Forum as Non-Resident Fellow
June 4, 2012
WASHINGTON (June 4, 2012) -- The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) announces that longtime energy-sector executive Miriam Maes has joined the organization as a non-resident Fellow to work with the Climate & Energy Program’s Energy Transition Forum.
Maes’ focus will be on demand-side management, decentralized energy, and transmission and distribution networks within the energy sector. She will examine policies and investment measures as they relate to a low-carbon transition in both the United States and Europe.
“Miriam brings with her a tremendous wealth of energy-related experience. Her expertise and insights will be extremely valuable as we continue to develop the Energy Transition Forum and GMF’s energy related programming in Washington, DC, and Brussels," said Dymphna van der Lans, GMF’s senior director of the Climate & Energy Program.
Maes joins GMF while working at FORESEE, a climate change consulting company where, as founder and CEO, she focuses on energy consumption reduction, sustainability issues, and carbon reduction challenges. She served as chief operating officer at EDF Energy, which is part of EDF Group, one of the world’s leading energy companies, and served until recently as advisor to the Department for Energy and Climate Change in the United Kingdom.
The Energy Transition Forum provides a regular venue for open, structured, and fact-based dialogue and debate among select leaders from the private and public sectors from the European Union and the United States about the market conditions and policy frameworks needed for a timely transition to a secure, low-carbon, and affordable energy future.
The Energy Transition Forum, which meets twice a year, alternating between the United States and Europe, held its first meeting in Washington, DC, in May. Participants discussed changes required in order to improve energy security, mitigate climate change, and provide affordable energy.
The German Marshall Fund of the United States is a nonpartisan American public policy and grantmaking institution dedicated to promoting greater cooperation and understanding between the North America and Europe. Founded in 1972 through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to the Marshall Plan assistance, GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to its headquarters in Washington, DC, GMF has seven offices in Europe: Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, Bucharest, and Warsaw.