Team

François Paquet

As Impact Director, François Paquet coordinates the activities of the Renewable Hydrogen Coalition and drives its advocacy outreach, with the support of the Coalition members, for the scale up and market uptake of renewable hydrogen. Belgian-national, François has ten years of experience in EU Public Affairs, industry interest representation and EU association management in Brussels. His fields of expertise include energy, climate change, resource efficiency and circular economy. François holds an MA degree in Business from the Louvain School of Management (Belgium) and an Executive MA degree in Public Affairs and Advocacy (European Institute for Advanced Studies in Lobbying/Strasbourg University). He speaks English and French.

Amaya Skelton

Amaya is a communication specialist responsible for developing and maintaining the Renewable Hydrogen Coalition’s voice across all relevant platforms. A keen environmentalist, she has led research projects in sustainable communities in Ireland and Belgium where she learnt a great deal about the opportunities the renewable energy sector has to offer. Before assuming this current role, Amaya worked in London and Munich in international organisations as a digital marketer and brand manager. Amaya holds degrees in Political Science and Law (ICP, Paris), an MSc in Anthropology (KU Leuven, Belgium) and is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Supporting partners

Claire Couet

As Policy Director, Claire Couet leads the SolarPower Europe Policy team and builds successful advocacy campaigns to further solar’s growth as a key solution to reach climate neutrality. She is also in charge of developing and implementing the association’s political strategy, and she supervises the work of the association across various policy workstreams and committees. Prior to joining SolarPower Europe, Claire worked as Director of Public Affairs and Communications at Cepi, the Confederation of European Paper Industries, steering public affairs campaigns in relation to the EU Green Deal roll out. Claire has a Masters Degree in Political Sciences, International and EU Affairs from Sciences Po Aix-en-Provence. Beyond her French mother tongue, she speaks English, Spanish and Italian.

SolarPower Europe is the voice of the solar industry in Europe, with more than 200 members active along the whole solar PV value chain. Awarded Overall Best European Association at the European Association Awards in 2019, SolarPower Europe’s mission is to shape the regulatory environment and enhance business opportunities for solar in Europe and beyond. It develops award winning business intelligence and best practices reports on markets, industry and technologies, informing its members and external stakeholders on the latest trends of the solar PV industry.

Pierre Tardieu

Pierre Tardieu is Chief Policy Officer at WindEurope. He runs WindEurope’s Policy Department covering advocacy, market intelligence and stakeholder engagement. Pierre joined WindEurope in 2011 and has a more than decade of experience shaping European Climate and Energy policy. He holds degrees from College of Europe, Paris Catholic Institute and Strasbourg Institute of Political Science.

WindEurope is the voice of the wind industry, actively promoting wind power in Europe and worldwide. We have over 400 members, active in over 35 countries. In addition to wind turbine manufacturers with a leading share of the world wind power market, our membership encompasses component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, developers, contractors, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies, and consultants.

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