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Michael Liebreich is a leading global expert on clean energy and transportation, smart infrastructure, technology, climate finance and sustainable development. He is a popular conference speaker, moderator and commentator. 

Michael is Chairman and CEO of Liebreich Associates, through which he provides advisory and speaking services. He is Founder and Senior Contributor to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the world’s leading provider of information and research on clean energy and transportation. Michael founded New Energy Finance in 2004 and was Chairman and CEO until selling the company to Bloomberg LP in 2009. He remained CEO until 2014, before becoming Chairman of the Advisory Board, a role he held until the end of 2017. 

Michael is a Board Member of Transport for London, where he chairs the Safety, Sustainability and HR Panel and is on the Finance Committee. He is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College’s Energy Futures Lab, and serves on the high-level advisory group for the UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative. Michael is founder and chairman of the Liebreich Foundation and Association EcoVillages, a Swiss charity focusing on the sustainability of mountain communities.

Michael serves on the advisory boards of The Hawthorn Club, an international network for professional women in the energy industry, Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER), Shell New Energies, the OECD Centre on Green Finance, Imperial College’s Masters programme in Climate Finance and Management, Carbon Limiting Technologies Sustainable Technologies Fund and Ignite Power, a fast-growing provider of distributed solar power in Africa. Michael is an inaugural member of the Advisory Council of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and a Strategic Committee Member for the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions (Solar Impulse Foundation). He is also a member of the selection committee for the Bloomberg New Energy Pioneers, a programme he created in 2008 and chaired until 2014. 

Michael Liebreich, chief executive officer of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, speaking during an interview in Singapore, on Monday, October 31, 2011. Photographer: Munshi Ahmed/BloombergMichael recently stood down as non-executive chair of Finance for Resilience, an accelerator of climate finance solutions, which he founded as a charitable offshoot of New Energy Finance, and St. Mark’s Hospital Foundation, a bowel medicine charity, where he served fifteen years as trustee and ten years as chair. He has served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils on Sustainable Energy and the New Energy Architecture and been a member of the selection panel for the WEF Technology Pioneers. He has also served on the advisory boards of the Clinton Global Initiative Energy and Climate Change Working Group and of Business for Britain. 

Michael has testified to numerous US Senate, UK and EU Parliamentary groups and committees. He has addressed the UN General Assembly, the Clean Energy Ministerial and a variety of other governmental and multilateral bodies. Michael’s writing frequently appears in the international and trade press. He is the co-author of three peer-reviewed papers and of the Complete Skier (BBC Books, 1993). 

Prior to founding New Energy Finance Michael helped build over 25 companies as a venture capitalist, entrepreneur and executive. From 1995 to 1998 he was Deputy Managing Director of Associated Press Television and Founding Director of Sports News Television. He acted as Non-Executive Director of Interactive Investor and was UK Managing Director of a division of Groupe Arnault which managed a $700m VC portfolio. Between 1990 and 1995 Michael was an associate and manager in the London office of McKinsey & Co.  

Michael’s angel investments include Chargepoint Inc (EV charging systems), PassivSystems (home energy automation), Azuri Technologies (prepaid solar rooftops in Africa), Become Energy (grid-connected battery projects), Zeelo Ltd (on-demand coach travel), What3Words (geocoding), SFC Energy (methanol fuel cells) and Cypher Coding (coding camps). 

Michael earned his MA in Engineering with First Class Honours from the University of Cambridge, winning the Wyatt Prize for Engineering and the Ricardo Prize for Thermodynamics. He has an MBA from Harvard, where he was a Harkness Fellow and Baker Scholar. Michael has won lifetime achievement awards from BusinessGreen and the UK Renewable Energy Association, and is a two-time Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. 

Michael was a member of the British Ski Team from 1986 to 1993, British Moguls Champion in 1991, and competed in Europa Cup, World Cup and in the 1992 Albertville Olympics. He lives in London with his wife and three young children. Michael speaks fluent French and German.  

Michael is a frequent advisor, conference speaker and commentator on matters relating to energy, energy efficiency, clean transportation, finance and sustainable development. To enquire as to his availability, please contact jo@liebreichassociates.com.

 

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