ARE is a non-profit organisation, composed by a Board of Directors, a President and a Secretary General, all elected by the General Assembly of Members.
The day-to-day running of ARE is managed by the Secretariat, based in the Renewable Energy House in Brussels, Belgium.
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Marcus Wiemann, Secretary General
President: Ernesto Macías, President, SFC Business Partners
"The Alliance is a vital global network of innovative and dedicated professionals. We share the vision that renewable energy must become a substantial pillar of the energy mix of all countries."
Anthony O. Ighodaro, Founder and Managing Director, KXN Nigeria Ltd
"As I have been the Steering Committee Chairman of the African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA) since its inception in 2009, which is an expanding organisation with 1,450 members from 90 countries, my presence on the ARE Board will facilitate closer co-operation, leading to informed matchmaking , advice and facilitation for ARE members in key countries in Africa. This should be useful in the planning of trade delegations, conferences, exhibitions and follow-up, market research and establishment of local joint ventures."
Balthasar Klimbie, Director, Dutch Small Wind Energy
"The experience of ARE's members can assist others creating a more mature market for decentralised electricity, so we can all benefit from the advantages of modern energy."
Caroline Nijland, Director Business Development, FRES
"As a board member of ARE I would strongly advocate for more substantial financial support for the rural electrification sector from relevant stakeholders, namely governments, donors, financial institutions, NGOs, international organizations and the broader private sector in order to share the risks and challenges related to the activity.
I would encourage key development institutions/agencies to come together and work more collaboratively, focusing on their collective capacity to speed-up and scale-up rural electrification activities. Such synergies will ultimately place rural electrification high on the development agenda and help identify where additional support mechanisms are needed."
Claude Ruchet, R&D Manager, STUDER Innotec
"Only a broad and open sharing of experience will address effectively the challenges posed by rural electrification. The diversity of situations calls for different and targeted responses for which ARE will play a role of promoter, catalyst and stimulus, encouraging the most appropriate and mature techniques.
Needs are immense, proven solutions are there. The willingness to implement them must be stimulated and ARE stands there with these challenges. Wise hybridisation of renewable energy minimizing fossil energy uses will demonstrate its ability to cover the basic needs of the population currently not electrified".
Guilherme Collares Pereira, International Relations Director of A2E - Access to Energy, EDP - Energia de Portugal S.A.
"EDP - Energia de Portugal S.A.'s motivation is its commitment to develop access to energy programmes, specially in remote rural areas, thus contributing to reduce poverty, improving health and boosting economic activity and social progress.
We recognise the importance of ARE in the "access to energy" arena, the great results achieved so far, its prestige and international recognition, and we want to be part of a dedicated team with an inclusive and comprehensive programme that promote,integrate, facilitate, share knowledge and establish partnerships, for the implementation of sustainable and renewable energy solutions in rural areas worldwide. ARE has to go on with its strategy, and try to break down barriers for SE4ALL faster expansion, namely Governments attitudes and regulations!"
Matteo della Volta, Strategy & Business Development Bureau, Siemens
"My recent involvement in ARE’s activities can be summed up in the cooperation between ARE and Siemens, the member company I officially represent. One of Siemens’ core value is Responsible Development. The commitment of ARE to sustainable energy solutions for rural areas perfectly fits to this ethical background."
Michael Wollny, Director, Wollny Consulting
"Thirteen years working in the private sector for rural electrification with lobbing and policy advocacy directly promoting off-grid solutions renewable energy, have given me the necessary experience to continue the collaboration with ARE, their companies, stakeholders and clients."
Tobias Zwirner, Founder and Managing Director, Phaesun GmbH
"We regard the activities of ARE as very important, as ARE it is the only organisation representing the private sector with a specific focus on rural electrification. In my opinion, the private sector plays a mayor role in the development of rural electrification concepts and the implementation of adapted technologies. ARE always keeps the fact in mind that all the parties involved must be members of a network to fight energy poverty."
Xavier Vallve, Associated Manager, Trama Tecno Ambiental