3 March 2011 - Simon was elected unanimously at the organisation's recent Annual General Assembly and takes over from Guido Glania, who had held the position since 2008. He had been ARE's Policy and Development Manager for the past four years. Prior to joining the Alliance, he worked at the European Parliament and in a number of different NGOs.
Commenting on the appointment, Ernesto Macias, President of ARE said, “I am delighted that Simon agreed to become Secretary General. His familiarity with the organization and the sector means he is well placed to deliver the results that matter to members. I would also like to thank Guido for his extraordinary work and dedication. We wish him all the best in his future projects.”
Commenting on his appointment, Simon said, “ARE is at the crossroad between two increasingly important trends: on one hand companies in the renewable energy sector worldwide are more and more conscious of the opportunities in emerging markets, in particular within the framework of energy access and economical growth, and on the other hand, there is a rising awareness around the challenges of climate change and international development. Our sector and markets can only expand - exciting times are ahead.”
A key role of the new Secretary General will be to promote strategic alliances with organisations and Governments, so as to better facilitate the right conditions needed to trigger the full potential of renewable energy in developing countries. These conditions include, for instance, a stable political environment, sustainable financing schemes, provisions to safeguard maintenance, recycling and private entrepreneurship. Securing a sound funding base and raising awareness of ARE’s work are key to this strategy.