Michael Liebreich is Chairman and Chief Executive of New Energy Finance, the leading
independent provider of information and research to investors in clean energy and the carbon
markets. New Energy Finance has over 120 staff working out of 11 offices around the world,
providing a range of newsletters, data, economic, policy and technology analysis and carbon
price forecasting to senior decision makers.
Michael serves as a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on
Alternative Energies, Advisory Board Member for the Energy and Climate Change working
group for the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and Steering Group Member for a number of IEA
RETD projects. He is on the Selection Committees for the 2009 Zayed Future Energy Prize
and for the annual Euromoney and Ernst & Young Global Renewable Energy Awards.
Michael is a member of the Energy Leadership Forum of E+Co, an NGO which finances clean
energy in the developing world, and an Advisory Board Member of the Wilderhill New Energy
Global Innovation Index (ticker symbol NEX).
Michael is a frequent keynote speaker, Chair of the annual New Energy Finance Summit and
Co-Chair of Renewable Energy Finance Forum Wall Street 2008. He is regularly quoted in the
press and has appeared on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, CBS and CNN. Michael has testified to
the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and addressed the UN General
Assembly, the United Nations Environment Programme’s Meeting of Ministers and numerous
other governmental and multilateral bodies.
Prior to founding New Energy Finance in 2004 Michael helped to 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 invested $700m of technology venture capital.
Before that Michael spent five years in the London office of McKinsey & Company. He is a
two-time finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.
Michael earned a Master of Arts 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 Graduate School of Business, where he was
a Harkness Fellow and Baker Scholar. Michael speaks fluent German and French, and
reasonable Spanish. From 1986 to 1993 he was a member of the British Ski Team,
competing in the World Cup and in the 1992 Albertville Olympic Games. He is Chairman of St
Marks Hospital Foundation, a medical charity.