In Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Our shared vision of humanising energy transition was formed to remind us of the importance of energy in the lives of us all, and the role of us all in managing energy transition. As the COVID-19 pandemic reaches most corners of the world, pulling together as a community of deep expertise has never been more important - to share experiences and lessons learned, and better prepare for and shape what comes next. Our role as a credible, responsible and impartial value-adding “global voice” for whole energy system movement has never been more critical.

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Future Energy Leaders Programme

The World Energy Council supports and promotes energy leaders of the future through our Future Energy Leaders platform

Future Energy Leaders

“I am extremely proud to be selected as one of the 2019 World Energy Council Future Energy Leaders. I am passionate about transitioning to a low carbon energy future and I am really looking forward to working with other global Future Energy Leaders to achieve this while addressing the Energy Trilemma.” 

Randolph Brazier, Australia, Head of Innovation at Energy Networks Association

The World Energy Council supports and promotes energy leaders of the future through our Future Energy Leaders platform (FEL-100). The FEL-100 global impact community of exceptional young professionals share a commitment to:

  • shape the energy future
  • solve the world’s most pressing challenges in energy and sustainability
  • engage in national, regional and global activities and events
  • deliver innovative projects through their Market of Ideas programme.

The FEL-100 programme is one of the key ways that the World Energy Council helps build capabilities to accelerate successful energy transition.

Being a Future Energy Leaders means challenging conventional thinking and tapping into the innovative potential of the next generation to explore new strategies for the future energy ecosystem.

Future Energy Leaders further their experience, knowledge and skills and contribute to the Council’s global dialogue. FEL-100 participants have the unique opportunity to create their own personal networks of like-minded, equally motivated energy experts.

At the heart of the programme is the Market of Ideas, which incorporates a number of initiatives, events, publications and projects. This provides wide-ranging opportunities for Future Energy Leaders according to their personal areas of interest, while ensuring there is a clear focus on work that delivers practical and interactive outputs in line with the Council’s core objectives.

“I am honoured and humbled to have been chosen as one of FEL-100 from such an elite and prestigious group of engineering professionals. The community not only provides a global platform for international idea exchange both in clean technology implementation and energy industry trends, but also facilitates industry evolution and enhances global impact.”

Hedan Liu, Senior Project Officer at WWF (China)

Market ofIdeas

The main incubator for the FEL-100 programme is the Market of Ideas.  It covers a range of initiatives, events, publications and projects. Our main goal is to deliver impact by reaching as many people as possible with tangible outputs.

It is a dynamic programme that changes regularly to maintain interest among the talented FEL-100 community and exert influence beyond it. The Market of Ideas is broadly split into:

  • pre-agreed projects that align with the Council’s overarching work programme
  • ‘free ideas’ allowing individuals – or collaborating groups of FELs – to put forward projects that they are passionate about.

As well as written studies, we increasingly look to share our work in more interactive ways – from webinars and events, to online tools, case studies and practical projects.

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Meet theFuture Energy Leaders


“For me, FEL-100 was a great opportunity to both widen and deepen my perspective on the energy sector. The programme also offered a spectacular chance to participate in the global energy dialogue. What I enjoy most is working with enthusiastic energy professionals around the world, not to mention meeting new people and making friends. The FEL-100 programme is a must for young professionals willing to become the energy leaders of tomorrow. ” 

Pirjo Jantunen, Future Energy Leader and former FEL-100 Chair 

From a Junior Crude Oil Trader in Libya to senior engineers and regulatory advisers in some of the world’s largest energy companies, the FELs community includes the most outstanding young professional leaders and practitioners in the energy ecosystem. Representing more than 65 countries across the world, this community forges strong connections and delivers a range of projects to help the journey towards successful energy transition. In 2019 we are excited to welcome 32 new leaders joining the FEL community.

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Becoming aFuture Energy Leader


Becoming a Future Energy Leader is a win-win situation. For those accepted onto the programme, there are significant opportunities to progress ideas, projects and even careers.  For the Council and the broader energy sector, this unique platform helps build the much-needed capabilities to ensure we are taking positive steps towards successful energy transition.

“For me, the FEL Programme turned out to be a life-changing experience. When I came to the World Energy Congress in Daegu in 2013, I was in the process of finishing my PhD. Through the Japanese FELs, I made contact with the prestigious Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE) in Kyoto. I was hired a few months later. I literally got into my dream job thanks to FEL Programme!” 

Bianka Shoai Tehrani, FEL Alumni 

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