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New WEC future energy leader for NZ

Mar 27, 2023 | News

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Staff Writer – Fri, 24 Mar 2023

Vector public policy group manager Robyn Holdaway is New Zealand’s newest member of the World Energy Council’s Future Energy Leaders programme.

BusinessNZ Energy Council executive director Tina Schirr says the 2023 nominations process saw almost 200 high-quality applications from more than 60 countries, and Holdaway’s appointment is well-deserved.

“Robyn brings a new perspective to the energy issues we face, both here and abroad,” Schirr says.

“Robyn has been involved in policy surrounding future energy systems and worked to strengthen ties between the Government and industry, to work together on complex energy issues.”

As a global FEL member, Holdaway will undergo a three-year development programme to gain a broader understanding of the energy system, including its challenges and transition, and will work collaboratively with international peers.

Holdaway has been with Vector for 4.5 years. She began her career with as a Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment policy analyst, and has also held policy and advisory roles at Allen + Clarke and the Ministry of Social Development.

She has a Bachelor of Arts with honours in international relations, political science and philosophy from Victoria University of Wellington.

Future Energy Leaders

FEL members will also join energy and political leaders from around the world at the World Energy Congress in the Netherlands, which is focusing on redesigning energy for sustainability, affordability and security.

New Zealand has three FELs at any one time. A new FEL is appointed each year.

Holdaway is replacing the 2020 appointee, also a Vector employee, the Auckland lines company’s future network and planning manager Steve Heinen.

The other current New Zealand FELs are TESLA Forecasting business development manager Mark Todoroff and Hiringa Energy HSEQ manager Emily Hilton.

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