Paul van Son
Paul van Son, based in Dubai and Istanbul, joined innogy (previously RWE) as its Country Chairman for MENA and Turkey in January 2015. innogy SE, is a leading company in the field of renewables, grids and retail of power and gas. Paul has been active for over 35 years in various supervisory board, executive and operations management positions in the international (renewable) electricity and gas business.
His leadership experience includes a series of predominantly pioneering positions, such as: control system development at Siemens AG (Germany), system operator of the unbundled Dutch national power system at SEP/TenneT and power system control centre consultancy at DNV/KEMA. From 1998 onward he was Managing Director of Essent Sustainable Energy (Nl), CEO of Essent Energy Trading, and Chairman of the Management Board of Deutsche Essent GmbH in Düsseldorf, building up these innovative and international key activities of Essent N.V. (the largest Dutch energy company).
In 2009 Mr. van Son was appointed CEO of Dii GmbH (Munich), often referred to as “Desertec Industry Initiative”, an international industry consortium for facilitating a market for renewable energy in the deserts of MENA. Presently, besides his role as innogy Country Chairman for MENA & Turkey, he is leading the transition of Dii into a regional industry network in Dubai, focusing on solving financial, technical and regulatory challenges for renewable energy projects and interconnected grid integration. Mr. van Son is the founder and honorary President of the European Federation of Energy Traders (www.efet.org). He is Chairman of the Energy4All Foundation (www.energy4all.org ), a non-profit organization promoting decentralized energy systems in Africa. He is among others member of the Board of DEWA's and innogy’s Joint Venture in Dubai, Ghorfa and the Africa Association. He graduated as an electrical engineer at the Technical University Delft and Corporate Governance at Nyenrode University, Netherlands. Paul van Son, Chairman MENAT innogy SE Germany/UAE.