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Board of Directors

Bettercoal is governed by the Bettercoal Board of Directors who is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Bettercoal mission and vision, and the governance of Bettercoal, as well as setting the overall strategy, direction and budget of Bettercoal. The Board of Directors has up to twelve Directors, senior representatives of regular members, and is elected by regular members at the Annual General Assembly to serve three year terms for up to three years.

In the formative years, the Founding members have a reserved seat to ensure momentum and direction of the initiative. The majority of the Directors of the Board shall be representatives of Founding Members from the 2012 General Assembly to the 2015 AGM of Bettercoal. Each founding member has the right to appoint a Board Director for one Board term (3 years). After one term of three years, half of the founding members (or half plus one if the number is uneven) will have the right to appoint a Board Director for a second term.

Board members

Members of the Board include:

Nikolaus Valerius (Chairman)

Ulla RehellNikolaus Valerius has been Director for Hardcoal- Gas- and Biomass power plants of the energy company RWE Generation since 2011. In this function Nikolaus has been responsible for the Dutch and Belgian power plants of the company from 2011 onwards, additionally for the German power plants since October 2015.

Based on his education in mechanical engineering at the University Kaiserslautern, he has been working for more than 20 years in the energy business in different roles as senior manager, assistant vice president, engineering tasks and stakeholder management.


Antonio Fuertes Zurita

Antonio started his working life at Accenture in 1989. Later he joined UNION FENOSA where he worked on several HR management projects, among them the creation of the Corporate University. In 2005 he became head of Corporate Responsibility and in 2009, after the merger between Gas Natural and Union Fenosa, he became Reputation and Sustainability senior manager of the new company with presence in more than 30 countries.

He is a member of the Institute of Directors of Spain which has certificated him in Good Corporate Governance. He has qualifications in the energy business awarded by the ESADE Business School and in Corporate Responsibility Management from IE Business School. He is co-author of the book "Challenges of CSR: a sector-based approach" published by IESE Business School.


Claude Nahon

Bio to follow.


Gustavo Fernandez

Jan van den BorGustavo Fernandez works for Uniper (formerly E.On) since September 2009. In November 2013 he became Director of Coal and Freight, based in Dusseldorf (Germany). Previous to that, Gustavo worked in coal and freight trading for Endesa and Essent in Spain, the Netherlands and Switzerland. 

Gustavo was born in1972 in Sevilla (Spain) and has a degree in Mining Engineering from Madrid School of Mines.

Mauro Montenero

Mauro Montenero joined Enel in 1987 and is the Head of the Italian Fuel Unit and Group Lead Buyer. At Enel, he initially worked in the Fuel Procurement Area, and was in charge of planning and business development in the fuel area between 2000 and 2004. He was then appointed Head of the Coal Department from 2004 to 2008 and was subsequently in charge of the whole Enel fuel and shipping business. He then moved to Spain to act as Head of the Wholesale Trading Unit of Endesa. He’s now serving the Enel Group from the Rome Headquarter.

He is also Board Member of Global Coal, the UK based marketplace for coal trading and related services and was one of the Italian Representative of the Coal Industry Advisory Board.


Radjes Mangroe

Radjes has more than 20 years' experience at ENGIE. Throughout time he worked for the services division, the energy division and the global trading department, having various roles from Head of Local Branch to CSR Manager Holland and Chief CSR Officer.

Radjes holds an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering and he is an experienced professional in building CFPP, stakeholder relations and CSR projects in various countries around the globe.


Steven Verbeek

Steven is Director Fuels at Vattenfall and he is responsible for the Group's procurement and trading activities in coal, biomass, freight and logistics.

Prior to joining Vattenfall in 2013, Steven worked in a number of trading and management roles within the commodity trading and mining industries, spending several years in Asia. His experience covers biofuels, agricultural products, as well as coal.

Steven holds a MSc in Econometrics from Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Thomas Lyse

Thomas Lyse is Director and Head of the Fuel and Logistics teams in DONG Energy's bioenergy & thermal power activities. For the last 15 years Thomas has taken different commercial and management roles in DONG Energy. He has also acted as a consultant in PwC and Deloitte to the energy sector for four years.

Thomas Lyse is a trained economist from the University of Aarhus.


Ulla Rehell

Ulla RehellUlla Rehell has been Vice President of Sustainability for Finnish energy company Fortum Corporation since 2010. Her main scope of activities include management of environment and health and safety (EHS) with a special focus on climate change mitigation, as well as social responsibility and management of supply chain – especially the fuel supply chain.

Ulla has a wealth of senior management experience working within multinational organisations, focussing on strategic sustainability, communications, stakeholder engagement and implementation of EHS management systems and performance measurements. Former roles include Assistant Vice President, Corporate Responsibility at Kesko Corporation and Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has stood on the board of both civil and private sector organizations and holds a M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering (Biotechnology) from Helsinki University of Technology.


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