Stefan Gsänger has managed WWEA since its foundation in 2001. Under his direction, WWEA has become the voice of the wind sector worldwide, with members in more than 100 countries. WWEA attained Special Consultative Status at the UN. Stefan Gsänger holds various other positions, including co chair of the Global100% Renewable Energy Platform as well as member of the managing committee of the REN Alliance. He chairs the IRENA Coalition for Action Community Energy Group, and is adviser to governments and international organisations. Mr Gsänger has supervised and co-chaired 21 World Wind Energy Conferences, and has been an invited speaker at conferences in 40 countries. He has published numerous articles and studies and is editor of various publications including the WWEA policy paper series.