Antonia Gawel is an international energy policy professional, with a focus on clean energy, energy efficiency, and climate change. Passionately results driven, she has dedicated her professional energy to developing robust analysis and programmes that help businesses and governments take informed, and hopefully more sustainable policy decisions. Most recently, she worked as a Senior Energy Analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in their Energy Technology Policy Division. There, she was responsible for IEA’s work on monitoring and evaluating clean energy policy and deployment progress as input to the Clean Energy Ministerial and G-20 processes. She was also a lead author of IEA’s flagship energy technology publication, Energy Technology Perspectives 2012. She was formerly Deputy Director, Energy and Climate, at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in Geneva and has worked in energy and sustainability policy in the private and NGO sectors in the United Kingdom and Canada – with SustainAbility, the International Institute for Sustainable Development, and Pollution Probe. Antonia holds an M.Sc in Environmental Planning, Policy and Regulation (London School of Economics and Political Science) and a Hon.BA in Economics (University of Toronto). Aside from work, she spends and gets most of her energy ski touring, trail running, cycling, rock climbing, doing yoga, and generally exploring the great outdoors. In Bhutan, she is working as an independent consultant in energy and environmental policy, currently collaborating with the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) and the Department of Renewable Energy, Royal Government of Bhutan. International projects include work with the Global Green Growth Institute, the United Nations Environment Programme, the World Economic Forum, and the Asian Development Bank.
Randall Krantz is a passionate and highly motivated sustainability professional with a diverse private sector background, embracing systems thinking from resource use to consumption behaviours. Randall is currently Strategy Advisor to the CEO of Druk Holding and Investments in Bhutan, where he is focused on sustainable competitiveness, governance and catalysing entrepreneurship. Most recently, Randall was Director of Sustainability at the World Economic Forum, where he worked with a range of business leaders and experts to explore the transformational changes required to decouple our culture of consumption from environmental degradation. Randall joined the Forum in 2005 to build the foundations of a new climate change initiative. Building on a technical background in the energy sector, Randall worked for as a field engineer for GE Power Systems for five years and with a technology start-up in London commercialising fuel cell technologies. Randall holds an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in NY. Outside of the office, Randall is equally passionate about mountains, endurance sports and photography. He travelled to Bhutan with a touring bike, a slackline, two pairs of running shoes and three cameras.
Good luck guys – have an amazing year and look forward to hearing about it online 🙂
Antonia you did an amazing job on this page. I should have hired you for my page.
Thanks for writing and sharing. As a sustainability practitioner myself, I have always been amazed by stories about Bhutan. I hope to be able to visit it some times in the future, but until then, I appreciate a blog with nice analysis about what’s going on there. All the best!
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
― Lao Tzu
Hello Randall – I am working on a project that involves the development of a national entrepreneurship strategy for Bhutan (UN agency). I was in Thimphu in December and will be travelling again in May. I did meet with the folks at DHI. Would kindly request that you contact me so I can share details. Thanks so much.
I’m halfway through writing a post on entrepreneurship in Bhutan. I would be very interested to meet you. Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nicely done, impressive!
Randall. I see you have your priorities right…3 cameras! Go for it!! Best wishes,
Up to 4 now with a GoPro… So much for reducing my consumption to make me happy!
Love it. I’ve been following you for a few months, if you’re interested in some travel blogs find me at http://www.worldcelebrationblog.com. Thank you, keep it up!!
Thanks. I’ll check it out!
Let me know if you’re ever interested in guest posting on my site (and vice versa if you’d want), my audience would love your experiences!
Hi Antonia and Randall, congratulations on your blog, it is so inspiring! I have nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award. You can visit my blog page for the details. http://branchesofourfamily.wordpress.com/
nice to meet you here guys..all the best
We miss you both here in Chamonix and look forward to your return.
Visit me in Kathmandu in October- November if you can.
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Thanks Roger. Would be great to visit you in Kathmandu in the fall.
Love it. Keep up the good work. Best wishes from http://www.aboutbhutan.com & http://www.zhiwaling.com
Thanks Karma. perhaps I’ll see you at the Zhiwaling on Friday with the Global Limits runners!
What is a global limit runner – let me know. email me if ok with you email@example.com
Great blog and very useful for us as we have just moved to Bhutan. I would love to try the trail running out there. Is there a way we could contact you for more information? Many thanks, Hannah and Chris
Glad you find it useful. Lots of running and hiking to be done here. 10 days ago I completed a 200km run from Punakha to Taktsang over 6 days with the ultramarathon race in Bhutan. Send me an email at randallkrantz [at] gmail [dot] com!