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25 October 2023

King's student selected for prestigious Future Energy Leaders Programme

Efsane Erdoğan, a third year PhD student and visiting lecturer at The Dickson Poon School of Law, has been selected as a Future Energy Leader as part of the World Energy Council’s (WEC) FEL-100 programme.

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Efsane Erdoğan, who is currently pursuing a PhD in Law and is also a visiting Lecturer at The Dickson Poon School of Law, has been selected as a participant on the FEL-100 programme as a Future Energy Leader.

Future Energy Leaders are a community of global professionals who have been selected to drive forward the World Energy Council’s mission to find solutions to successful energy transitions.

Solutions to sustainable and smooth energy transitions feature highly on the agendas for many governments and organisations. A just transition was recognised in the Paris agreement of 2016 as instrumental to achieving a low carbon economy and prioritises an equitable approach that acknowledges the social and economic effects of climate change.

The FEL-100 programme, organised by the World Energy Council, aims to foster transformative discussions and initiatives focused on ‘humanising energy’, which elevates human-centric stories and focuses on a just transition and what this envisages. The aim of the Future Energy Leaders programme is to create ‘a global impact community of exceptional young professionals who share a commitment to ‘humanising energy’, which gives space to more human centred, community-based approaches in finding solutions to the energy crisis.

To reflect the complexity and diversity of approaches, the participants come from a range of professional and diverse backgrounds globally. The primary aims of the programme are to:

  • Address the urgent need to humanise energy
  • Seek innovative solutions for more energy and climate neutrality in the context of affordability and equality
  • Engage in national, regional, and global activities and events
  • Deliver innovative projects in support of our global energy community

The selection process for the programme was twofold. Efsane initially applied to the Turkish World Energy Council committee, who after being chosen by them, was then selected by the World Energy Council of the Future Energy Leaders programme.

Participating in this forum provides invaluable opportunities. FEL participants hail from diverse countries and backgrounds. From my observations, most of them are energy professionals who know the technicalities and the field well, particularly engineers and policy professionals. I find myself among the few lawyers in the FEL community. This unique position allows me to gain insights from multiple perspectives, which is especially valuable given the technical nature of fields like energy and energy law. This unique blend of expertise ensures multifaceted discussions and a holistic approach to solving complex energy challenges.

Efsane Erdoğan, PhD Student and Visiting Lecturer, The Dickson Poon, School of Law

Efsane completed her Master’s in Energy Law at Queen Mary University of London and is currently pursuing research at The Dickson Poon School of Law on sustainable contracting from the perspective of climate change, aligning her academic pursuits to the themes of the FEL-100 programme.

Efsane will have the opportunity to participate in development programmes and engage in projects that will hopefully shape an impactful and equitable vision to achieving the overarching goals of the mission. The programme aims to narrow the gaps between different sectors in addressing global energy challenges.

Find out more about the Future Energy Leaders Programme on their website.

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