GO15 is governed by the Steering Board represented by top level executives of the participating PGOs and headed by the GO15 president. In 2021, the GO15 presidency is held by Ahmed Ali Al-Ebrahim, CEO of GCC Interconnection Authority (GCCIA).
Ahmed Ali Al-Ebrahim – GCCIA, GO15 2021 President
Ahmed , a Bahraini National, is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GCC Interconnection Authority (GCCIA), in charge of the 400kV super-grid backbone interconnecting the 6 national grids of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait., and He has been with GCCIA for 13 years. He has 34 years of experience in power systems, electric grids and infrastructure operation and planning, previously working as CEO of Sintegro International, and earlier as Manager of Operations in the Ministry of Electricity Bahrain.
Ahmed holds an MBA from DePaul University USA in 2003, an M.Sc. in Electrical Power Engineering from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland in 1999, and a B.Sc. in Electrical Power Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin – USA in 1986. He also completed the Gulf Executive Development Program II with Darden Business School – University of Virginia – USA in 2001.
He is a Board Member of the GCC HV Lab company, Board member and Technical Committee Chairman of GCC Cigre, and has authored more than 25 papers in the field of electricity markets for GCC and the region.
Stefano Antonio Donnarumma – TERNA, GO15 2021 Vice-President (Incoming 2022 President)
Stefano Antonio Donnarumma has been Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Terna since May 2020.
In 1993 he graduated with a first class degree in Mechanical Engineering and, from 1994, was entered to the Register of engineers.
Stefano Antonio Donnarumma, who is married with three children, boasts a consolidated experience in industrial management, as regards both production and infrastructure, working at domestic level and on international projects.
From 1994, he worked for approximately 13 years in the field of automobile and railway components production and development of rolling stock on behalf of four foreign multinational companies (Ruetgers Automotive, TMD Friction, Bombardier, Alstom), also running major railway vehicle manufacturing plants located in Italy.
In 2007 he moved to the public service infrastructure management sector, joining the Acea Group, where he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Acea Distribuzione (Rome electricity networks) and director at ATO2 (water networks for Rome and province).
In September 2012 he entered the Aeroporti di Roma Group (controlled by Gemina, later merged into the ATLANTIA group) as Director of Airport Management and Accountable Manager for Fiumicino and Ciampino Airports and Director of some of the Group companies.
In May 2015 he was appointed Director of Networks for the A2A Group, a listed multi-utility company based in Milan and Brescia, managing the group’s companies concerned with the distribution of gas, electricity, water, district heating, public lighting. On behalf of A2A he is also Chairman of the companies Unareti SpA, A2A Calore e Servizi Srl, A2A Ciclo Idrico SpA and a director of the LGH SpA Group.
From May 2017 to may 2020 he was Chief Executive Officer at Acea.
Elliot Mainzer – California ISO, GO15 2021 Vice-President
Elliot Mainzer is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the California Independent System Operator (ISO). The ISO is responsible for managing the flow of electricity that serves 80 percent of California and a small portion of Nevada. The CAISO also runs a real-time energy market for utilities in eight western US states and conducts reliability coordinator services for most balancing authorities in the West.
Mr. Mainzer is committed to using leading-edge policies and new technologies to accelerate California’s drive towards the reliable decarbonization of its electric power grid. He started in his new role at the ISO on September 30, 2020 following a successful 18-year career at the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) where he was at the forefront of transformational changes in the western electricity market.
While serving as BPA’s administrator and CEO from 2013-2020, Mr. Mainzer effectively navigated the agency through a period of tremendous industry change and economic headwinds by improving the agency’s long-term cost competitiveness and financial resiliency, modernizing assets and system operations, and positioning BPA as a more responsive and agile business partner.
In recent years, Mr. Mainzer has co-chaired the Western Electric Industry Leaders Group to support greater western market and policy coordination on such topics as resource adequacy, transmission development, and carbon accounting. He has also served as the Chair of the U.S. Entity for the Columbia River Treaty with Canada and on the boards of the Electric Power Research Institute, and the Utility Wind Integration Group.
A native of San Francisco, Mr. Mainzer has an undergraduate degree in geography from U.C. Berkeley, and master’s degrees in Business Administration and Environmental Studies from Yale University. Mainzer and his wife Margaret have twin boys. He is also an amateur jazz saxophonist and dedicated student of jazz theory and history.
Bruno Meyer, GO15 Secretary General
Bruno Meyer served as senior executive at RTE from 2009 until 2019, overseeing business development.
For 5 years he was CEO of ARTERIA, a telecom subsidiary of RTE.
He was at EDF from 1985 until 2008. There he held various senior management positions in R&D, Power system technology, power system dynamics, energy economics, and system planning. He was VP for the R&D program in Transmission & Distribution for the whole EDF Group.
He is president of consulting firm ConsultBKM.
Bruno Meyer has degrees in physics from Edinburgh (Ph.D), Sao Paulo University (M.Sc.) and Unicamp (B.Sc.).
Since 1990 is a committed volunteer in several scientific and professional associations. An IEEE Fellow (2008), he served in IEEE Board of Directors and in the Governing Board of the Power & Energy Society. He is Eminent Member CIGRE (1998) and received SEE Ampère (2017).
He co-authored a book on power system simulation and authored or co-authored more than 60 papers or conference papers.
Bruno is fluent in French, English and Portuguese, and near fluent in Italian and Spanish.
Bruno Meyer serves as GO15 Secretary General since 2021.