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Elbia Silva Gannoum

ABEEólica - Associação Brasileira de Energia Eólica

Elbia Gannoum has a Doctorate in Production Engineering from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (2003), a Masters in Economics from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (1999), and a degree in Economic Science from the Federal University of Uberlândia (1997). 

She has been ABEEÓLICA – Associação Brasileira de Energia Eólica (the Brazilian Wind Energy Association) CEO since Setember 2011. She was a Member of the Board of CCEE – Câmara de Comercialização de Energia Elétrica (the Electrical Energy Chamber of Commerce) from June 2006 to April 2011. She was a Chief Economist to the Ministry of Mines and Energy (2003-2006), Coordinator of the Political Institute of the Ministry of Finance (2002-2003), Advisor of Economic Affairs to the Ministry of Mines and Energy (2001), Advisor to ANEEL (2001-2001), and Professor of the Federal University of Santa Catarina (1998-2000). 

As ABEEólica´s CEO, she has been active in strengthening the sustainable growth of wind energy, which now accounts for more than 9% of the Brazilian electricity matrix, with an 80% nationalized production chain and 15,4 GWs installed in more than 600 wind farms. Wind Energy is the second largest source of electric energy in Brazil.  

Elbia is recognized as an opinion-forming voice in the electric sector, with a constant presence in media and specialized media outlets, as well as publishing articles frequently. In 2014 he was elected by the English magazine Recharges - Renewable Thought Leader Club, as one of the most influential personalities in renewable energies in the global scenario. She is an experienced economist, specialized in industrial economy. She is a specialist in regulation and in electricity markets, having worked in this field since 1998. 

In 2019, Elbia received the “C3E - Clean Energy Education & Empowerment - Woman of Distinction Award”. C3E is an international initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial and the International Energy Agency. The award recognizes and honors professional women who stand out in the clean energy industry worldwide for excellence in areas such as leadership, politics, technical advancement, among other factors, contributing to the advancement of women in the industry. The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) is a high-level global forum to promote policies and programs that advance clean energy technology, to share lessons learned and best practices, and to encourage the transition to a global clean energy economy. Together, the 25 countries and the European Commission that are members of the CEM account for about 90 percent of global clean energy investments and 75 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. 

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