Jules Kortenhorst


Chief Executive Officer

Jules Kortenhorst is the Chief Executive Officer of RMI. He is a recognized leader on global energy issues and climate change. His background spans business, government, entrepreneurial, and nonprofit leadership. Since 1982, RMI has advanced market-based solutions that transform global energy use to secure a clean, prosperous net-zero future for all. An independent, nonprofit think-and-do tank, RMI engages with businesses, communities and institutions to accelerate and scale replicable solutions that drive the cost-effective shift from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables. Prior to RMI, Jules was the founding CEO of the European Climate Foundation, the largest philanthropic organization dedicated to policy development and advocacy on climate change in Europe. Before launching ECF, he served as a member of the Dutch parliament for the Christian Democratic Party. During the first 20 years of his career, Jules worked in the business world. He was the CEO for International Operations of ClientLogic Corporation, a global leader in outsourced customer relationship management (CRM) solutions. He worked for almost 10 years for Royal Dutch/Shell, among others as managing director of Shell Bulgaria, and he began his career as an analyst at McKinsey & Co. Jules currently serves as chair of the WEF Global Future Council on Net Zero Transition. He is a founding member of the global Energy Transitions Commission. He also is a member of the New Energy advisory board of Shell, and a non-executive board member of the Energy Web Foundation, and of miq.org a global methane certification program. Jules is married to Searl Vetter and has four children. He has a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, Baker Scholar and a Masters in Economics, Erasmus University, Netherlands

Sessions With Jules Kortenhorst

Monday, 7 March

  • 04:30pm - 05:00pm (CST) / 07/mar/2022 10:30 pm - 07/mar/2022 11:00 pm

    How to Accelerate the Energy Transition Across Multiple Sectors

    Carbon Management/Decarbonization

    For climate change action to succeed, progress needs to be made across multiple industry sectors. For some, electrification and efficiency gains can play a major role, while other, “hard-to-abate” sectors including cement, steel, and some transportation may rely more on carbon offsets. What does it take to unlock the potential or rapid decarbonization across multiple sectors? Which industrial or government entities can most help to achieve this globally?

  • 05:00pm - 05:30pm (CST) / 07/mar/2022 11:00 pm - 07/mar/2022 11:30 pm

    Meetup - Jules Kortenhorst on the speed of the Energy Transition

    Carbon Management/Decarbonization

    The energy transition is well under way; few now doubt that the world is moving towards a net zero future. But how fast is this going to happen? RMI has been at the forefront of calling out the accelerating pace of the transition. Come to meet Jules to test your thinking on the speed of the transition!