Advance Awards Sustainability Category Finalist
Nicole Iseppi is an award-winning sustainable development adviser and Managing Director of Global Operations and Performance for ENGIE. A passionate problem solver, Ms. Iseppi is committed to finding innovative and more efficient business and market solutions to address global energy access for our communities now and in the future. She advocates strongly for increased clean energy innovation and industry collaboration to accelerate global sustainable development, drawing on her expertise as an award-winning energy, climate change, finance and risk-management adviser. Ms Iseppi graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts. She credits her parents with instilling in her the belief that if you are fortunate to have access to a good education, then you also have a responsibility to do something useful with such knowledge and give back positively to society. Ms Iseppi believes we have entered a ‘new industrial revolution’, ‘where the future of the energy world will be ‘3D’. That is, Digitalised, Decentralised and Decarbonised.
Ms Iseppi is a proud Australian who has worked internationally at the forefront of the global energy sector for more than 20 years. Born and raised in Melbourne, she had the rare opportunity to be the first female foreigner directly employed as an in-house adviser to Japan Bank for International Cooperation, one of the world’s largest project finance lenders. As well as project managing global infrastructure investments, she was appointed as the lead adviser to establish and implement, on behalf of the Japanese Ministry of Finance, a new green financial institution called “Japan Carbon Finance”. In the years since, Ms Iseppi has been appointed by the International Renewable Energy Agency to co-lead the design and implementation of global renewable programs and was appointed Project Director for the Terrawatt Initiative, created out of the COP21 Paris Agreement. She serves on various industry advisory committees and has been awarded various global energy and finance awards including most recently being named: International Energy & Natural Resource Adviser of the Year (Global List – 2020); Renewable Energy Professional of the Year 2020 (Corporate Innovation & Excellence Global Awards); Most Influential Leader in Energy Infrastructure Advisory Services 2020; Europe Senior Executive Adviser of the Year 2020, and; among the Top Global Transformational Women Leaders 2020.
“Access to energy plays a vital role in all communities and economies, around the globe. As an active problem solver, I am a strong advocate for accelerating solutions for global energy & industry transition. As the future will be a new “3D World”. That is, a future based on more “Decentralised” activities; increased focused on “Decarbonisation” and the importance to accelerate scale up of climate resilient investments to achieve a net zero trajectory and a more “Digitalised” future society. The speed of change is accelerating and one needs, more than ever, to be actively part of accelerating such further progress. I find such challenges and opportunities for the benefit of the wider community, extremely rewarding. We have so many exciting opportunities ahead and the best way to address global clean energy needs, is to accelerate action and collaborate by pushing the boundaries further of what is possible and the ability to innovate more (at all levels of the value chain) – to achieve more efficiency and a more sustainable quality of life for both our current and future generations”