The Global Energy Alliance appoints Stephen Sidebottom as COO and Kate Wills as Director of Communications

Article   –   9 March 2023

The Global Energy Alliance was founded by the Rockefeller Foundation, IKEA Foundation and Bezos Earth Fund working to deliver transformational programmes across the emerging economies that will bring clean power and green energy to underserved communities.

In our continued partnership with the Alliance, we are delighted to have placed Stephen Sidebottom as COO and Kate Wills as Director of Communications.


Previously, Stephen has operated as Global Head of Organisation Design and Change Management at Standard Chartered Bank and Global Head of Organisation Development at Nomura. He also currently holds several non-executive roles, including one as Board Chair of the Institute of Risk Management. Stephen has been with the Alliance since its inception as Chief People Officer, and has now taken on the additional role of Chief Operating Officer.


Kate brings a wealth of internal and external communications experience from her work with Comic Relief, UNICEF and Malaria No More UK. Growing up in Malawi and Indonesia, she holds a special connection to communities in developing economies and is keen to use her expertise to make a real impact to energy access in these regions. She will be responsible for all internal and external communications for the Alliance, and will work closely with the executive team on the organisation’s strategic agenda.

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