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Joan MacNaughton is an influential figure in international energy and climate policy.
She is currently Chair of The Climate Group and of the Energy Academy of Europe. She sits on the Strategic Advisory Board of Engie UK and is a Director of the James Hutton Institute and a member of the Council of Warwick University.
Joan is an Honorary Fellow and Past President of the Energy Institute, a member of the International Advisory Boards of the Energy Institute of University College London; the US Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis and the UK Energy Research Centre. In 2012 she served as Vice Chair of the UN Committee on the Policy Dialogue of the CDM. From 2011 to 2016, she was Executive Chair of the annual assessment of countries' energy policies for the World Energy Council, the ‘Trilemma’, of which she is now Honorary Chair. She has served on the Board of Governors, Argonne Laboratory at the University of Chicago where she chaired the Budget Committee; the Boards of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA), the International Emission Trading Association (IETA), and the Policy, Regulatory and Legal Steering Group of Global CCSI, and for six years was a Non Executive Director of a FTSE 250 company.
From 2002, as Director General of Energy, Joan played a key role in shaping UK energy policy. In that role she led a major change programme and made a significant contribution to international energy policy, including overseeing the energy agenda during the UK Presidency of the EU and leading the work on the Clean Energy Action Plan agreed at the G8 Gleneagles Summit. From 2004 to 2006, she was Chair of the Governing Board of the International Energy Agency, leading a review of the IEA’s strategy and leading the emergency response to the supply disruption caused by Hurricane Katrina.
From 2007 to 2011, Joan set up and then led Alstom’s department for clean power advocacy, and until December 2012 acted as Global Adviser on Sustainable Policies for the company.
From 2007 to 2013 she was Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, and has lectured at the LSE, UCL and many other institutions.
She is a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Energy Economics of Japan and of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils, and a Fellow of IETA. In 2006 she was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath by HM The Queen. She is married to Sir Bill Jeffrey, and is also known as Lady Jeffrey.