Sarawak Energy Re-Elected to Board of the International Hydropower Association

KUCHING, 18 JULY 2019, THURSDAY: Datu Sharbini Suhaili, Sarawak Energy Group Chief Executive Officer has been re-elected to the Board of the International Hydropower Association (IHA).

He is one of eighteen hydropower sector leaders from around the world that were elected to the board at the recent election held in London. The Board will begin its two-year mandate in September 2019 to guide IHA’s work and priorities for the period.

Sharbini was first elected to the IHA Board in 2017 after he became Group CEO of the Sarawak-own power utility and energy development company. His re-election recognises Sarawak Energy’s standing amongst established global hydropower players and reflects Sarawak’s reputation in hydropower development in the region.

Commenting on his re-election, Sharbini said, “This signifies the association’s continued confidence in how Sarawak harnesses our hydropower potential to secure reliable, renewable and affordable energy, and is testament to the great work and contribution of Sarawak Energy’s team to IHA and our relevance to regional and world hydro energy.”

“I look forward to seeing IHA build an even stronger and more visible presence in the region to support more frequent interactions to bring together hydropower developers, generators and policy makers to showcase the benefits of sustainable hydropower,” he said.

Sarawak Energy is a strong advocate of sustainable hydropower development and was an early adopter of the IHA’s Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP), now a core element of our hydropower development program. HSAP is a framework to assess sustainability at all stages of hydropower project implementation and is a consistent, globally-applicable methodology.

IHA Chief Executive Richard M. Taylor said in a press statement, “These distinguished individuals bring a tremendous wealth of experience from across the sector and offer diverse perspectives on hydropower activities worldwide. I would like to congratulate our board members, especially those elected for the first time. IHA members are active in more than 100 countries and include organisations involved in policy, planning, permitting, financing and regulation of hydropower systems, as well as corporations engaged as developers, designers, suppliers, owners and operators.

Sarawak Energy has been a member of the London-based IHA since 2010. It is the world’s most extensive and active hydropower network and was created under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) in 1995 as the voice of sustainable hydropower.

Its mission is to advance sustainable hydropower by building and sharing knowledge on its role in renewable energy systems, responsible freshwater management and climate change solutions.

Datu Sharbini Suhaili, Sarawak Energy Group Chief Executive Officer

Sarawak Energy Group CEO Datu Sharbini Suhaili (left) at the IHA Board Meeting in London recently.

Sarawak Energy Group CEO Datu Sharbini Suhaili (7th right) at the IHA Board Meeting in London recently.