William Il Young Byun (Singapore)

The Global Energy Prize International Award Committee Member; Managing Director at Asia Renewables; Head of Greenpower Fuels, and Principal at Conchubar Infrastructure Fund; Independent Director at the International Green Technologies and Investment Projects Center

He is an expert in renewable energy and climate change project development. He has worked for the past 25 years in Asia (Tokyo, Seoul, Jakarta, Singapore, Bangkok) in infrastructure investment and renewable energy. He previously served as Managing Director of Renewables and Climate Change (Asia; Middle East) at AES Corporation, and hold the position of Principal of an investment firm specializing in Asia related infrastructure. Mr. Byun has served as an advisor to various Governments in Asia, was the first U.S. Fulbright Scholar in residence at the Ministry of Finance in Korea. He has degrees in Economics, Law and Sociology from the University of Chicago, University of Michigan, and University of London. He has also published and lectured widely in the renewables and energy field.

Sharing his time between Asia and the US, he has more than 30 years practice in managing and developing emerging markets investments and infrastructure projects, including in electric power, chemicals, and climate change in China, India, Northeast and Southeast Asia. In renewables, he has extensive “on-the-ground” experience in project development, investment and feasibility structuring in silos such as geothermal, biomass, R/R hydro, solar, etc. from Indonesia, Myanmar, China, Korea and across Asia with both private and public sector stakeholders. He also advises and teaches internal courses for various governments and state-linked investment enterprises in Asia on infrastructure investments and on renewables and energy policy, is an adjunct professor in business and finance at California State University.


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