Global Solar Council elects new CEO Jodie Roussell

Trina Solar’s Jodie Roussell has been elected CEO of the Global Solar Council and is expected to take on the new role on 1 August 2017.

“I am honored to have been elected as the Global Solar Council’s next CEO. It is a privilege to be part of an organization dedicated to building the global solar industry’s markets, developing innovative skills training and doing its part to enable solar energy to serve as a transformational tool for healthy and sustainable communities,” Roussell said.  “We are an organization led by a purpose – to spread the benefits of solar energy and its capacity to create jobs and sustainable economic development around the world.”

Launched in Paris during COP 21 in 2015 as the first dedicated and unified body for the solar industry, the Global Solar Council has established itself as a major international body gathering national and regional solar associations and leading global corporations under one roof.

Ever since, the Global Solar Council has advocated pulling down all trade barriers and resolving trade disputes, meanwhile promoting international collaboration so that solar associations can better share market intelligence and best practice, including market and policy design, as well as collective lobbying, to positively influence progress on meeting the Paris Agreement.

The news about Roussell’s appointment was warmly welcomed.

“Roussell’s 15 year career in solar power combined with experience in the US, Europe and Asia brings a unique perspective on the global business and policy landscape and make her the ideal choice to lead the Council,” said Bruce Douglas, Chairman of the Global Solar Council and COO of SolarPower Europe. “I am excited to work with Roussell to deliver world class member services, including market opening & trade missions, deliver new opportunities for partnerships, and raise the bar for the entire global solar industry.”

Prior to her current role as Head of Public Affairs for Trina Solar in Europe, Africa & Latin America, Roussell was co-founder of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and the European campaign the Alliance for Affordable Solar Energy (AFASE). She also served as Head of Energy Utilities & Technology at the World Economic Forum, and led Strategy & Corporate Development at JA Solar.