Ignacio Galán

Iberdrola, S.A.

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Born in Salamanca (Spain) in 1950, he graduated as an Industrial Engineer from ICAI of Universidad Pontificia de Comillas in Madrid. He holds a Degree in Business Administration and Foreign Trade from ICADE at Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid and a Degree in General Corporate Management and Foreign Trade from the Escuela de Organización Industrial (EOI) of Madrid. Ignacio Galán is Chairman and CEO of Iberdrola, and Chairman of ScottishPower, Avangrid and Neoenergia, the country subholding companies of the Iberdrola Group in the UK, the USA and Brazil, respectively. Since he joined Iberdrola in 2001, his vision for international expansion, renewable energies and sustainability has transformed the company into one of the largest in the sector, providing energy to over 100 million people in dozens of countries including Spain, the United States, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Portugal, France, Italy and Ireland, as well as Australia, Poland, Sweden and Japan. He holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde in the UK, and the University of Salamanca in Spain. Ignacio Galán is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde, Chairman of the Social Council of the University of Salamanca and a Patron of the Comillas-ICAI University Foundation. He is also on the Presidential CEO Advisory Board of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Ignacio Galán is a member of the Electricity Cluster at the World Economic Forum (Davos), which he has chaired in the past, and a member of the Steering Committee of the European Round Table for Industry (ERT) and of JP Morgan International Council. Among other recognitions, in 2020 he received the Management Leadership Award by the Spanish Association for Quality (AEC) and the Forinvest Award for his professional career. In 2019 he was selected as one the best five world CEOs on the Harvard Business Review Ranking, and he was recognised by Bloomberg as one of the 30 leaders in the fight against climate change. He also received the National Innovation and Design Award Winner 2019 in the Innovative Career category granted by the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities. In 2018 he was named Best CEO in the European utilities sector for the eleventh time by the Institutional Investor Research Group. In 2011 he was named best CEO in the European utilities sector and among Spanish listed companies for investor relations, according to the Thomson Extel Survey; and on three successive occasions (2003-2005) he was given the Best CEO in Investor Relations Award by IR Magazine. In addition, in 2014, received the Responsible Capitalism Award by First Group; in 2008, was named Business Leader of the Year by the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in the United States; and in 2006 was named the Best CEO of the Year in the Platts Global Energy Awards. Ignacio Galán was also named Commander of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2014 by Queen Elizabeth II.

Sessions With Ignacio Galán

Wednesday, 3 March

  • 08:30am - 08:55am (CST) / 03/mar/2021 02:30 pm - 03/mar/2021 02:55 pm

    Plenary

    The Energy Industry of the Future

    Panel Markets/Economics/Strategy Innovation & Technology Upstream Oil & Gas Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability
    How have the business models of the world’s leading energy companies shifted to align with the low-carbon transition while also meeting the demands for traditional energy sources? The evolving nature of global energy is driving changes in strategies and investment. Companies are recalibrating their portfolios, expanding investments outside of traditional areas, adopting new technologies, and repositioning to prepare for a different energy future. Customers are becoming partners and, in some cases, competitors. What are the winning business models, fuels, and technologies of the future?