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Founder Rob Pratt to Lead IIEC as Chairman
Robert L. Pratt, who founded the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC) in 1984 and served as its first Chairman from the organization’s inception through 1994, was elected unanimously by the board of directors of IIEC to be its Chairman once again. Mr. Pratt has been engaged with IIEC as an active board member throughout its 22 year history. He takes over from Dr. Peter du Pont, who will continue to serve on IIEC’s newly formed advisory council.
As the IIEC nears its 25th Anniversary, Mr. Pratt’s return as Chairman represents an important milestone in its persistent and passionate pursuit of energy conservation in the developing world, specifically through the establishment of innovative financing mechanisms to break through traditional barriers and move toward implementation of “massive energy efficiency” programs and investments that address the growing challenges of energy security and climate change. His vision of a massive scale up of efficiency in the developing world capitalizes on IIEC’s approach in catalyzing the implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives through its unique network of local professionals working on the ground in its regional offices.
Mr. Pratt is currently Senior Vice President of the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, where he leads the Foundation’s climate change and energy program. By initiating major climate programs in New England through the implementation of “massive energy efficiency,” distributed generation, and demand response, along with transportation initiatives, the Foundation hopes to demonstrate that significant greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced in the short to mid-term. Mr. Pratt formerly served as Director of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative’s Renewable Energy Trust (RET), the $250 million fund through which he developed a series of innovative programs designed to promote the use of clean energy technologies, green building and schools, and build investment in the state’s renewable energy industry. Mr. Pratt is the Chairman Emeritus and a member of the advisory board of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), the Treasurer and a member of the board of the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE), and a member of the board of the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA). Prior to directing the Renewable Energy Trust, Mr. Pratt was the founder, Chairman and CEO of Energia Global International, Ltd. (EGI), one of the leading renewable energy companies in Latin America. Founded in 1991 as a startup, EGI (now Enel Latin America) became a major company in the region, with hydroelectric, wind energy, and electricity distribution assets in Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador and Chile. Mr. Pratt received an MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, and a BA in government with high honors from Wesleyan University.
After thirteen years of service at IIEC, ten as a project manager and Asia Regional Director, and three as Chairman of the Board, Peter du Pont is now focusing on his professional work in Asia. In late 2006, he joined the U.S.-based International Resources Group (IRG) to head up a new US-funded program, the ECO-Asia Clean Development & Climate Program. The regional program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, is based out of Bangkok and works with Asian governments and corporations to address climate change by promoting policy and market interventions that help scale up investments in clean energy. Dr. du Pont is also Adjunct Professor in Energy & Environmental Policy at the Joint Graduate School of Energy & Environment in Thailand, and continues to collaborate closely with former IIEC colleagues in the region.