International Hydropower Association re-elects Adams as president

Members of the International Hydropower Association have elected Ken Adams to his third consecutive term as president.

He was re-elected during the inaugural meeting of IHA’s 2017-2019 board last week, along with five vice presidents:

  • Antoine Badinier, deputy vice president, hydropower generation and engineering division, EDF, France
  • Lin Chuxue, executive vice president, China Three Gorges Corporation, China
  • Colin Clark, chief technical officer, Brookfield Renewable, Canada
  • Roger Gill, independent consultant
  • Gil Maranhao Neto, chief strategy, communications and CSR officer, Engie Brasil

Adams is a consultant and former vice president of Manitoba Hydro with more than 40 years of industry experience. He said, “It is a great honor to be re-elected as president of IHA at a time of immense opportunity in the hydropower sector.”

New IHA board members are:

  • Moises Machava, Hidroeletrica de Cahora Bassa
  • Evgeniy Tikhonov, EuroSibEnergo JSC
  • Sharbini Suhaili, Sarawak Energy
  • Luiz Fernando Leone Vianna, Itaipu Binacional

They join existing board members Segomoco Scheppers, Christine Cantin, Awadh Giri, Tammy Chu, Tron Engebrethsen, Yves Rannou, Oli Gretar Blondal Sveinsson and Uwe Wehnhardt.

During this meeting, the board adopted a new strategy and work plan for the organization. Twelve topics will form the bedrock of IHA’s research, analysis and capacity building support to members: clean energy systems, climate bonds, climate mitigation, climate resilience, hydropower benefits, hydropower preparation support facility, modernization, operations and maintenance, regional interconnections, river basin development, sediment management, and water footprint.

IHA was formed in 1995 “to champion sustainable practices within the hydropower sector.” IHA says that since then, the world’s installed hydroelectric capacity has almost doubled, from 625 GW to 1,246 GW.


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