Michael Liebreich is Chief Executive of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the world’s leading provider of research for decision-makers in clean energy, water, carbon and power markets. Michael founded New Energy Finance in 2004 and grew it as Chairman and Chief Executive before selling it to Bloomberg in 2009.
Michael is a member of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Energy for All, the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the New Energy Architecture and Accenture’s Global Energy Board. He is a former member of the advisory board of the Clinton Global Initiative’s Energy and Climate Change working group, and of the selection panel for the Zayed Future Energy Prize. Michael is a member of the selection panel for the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers and chairman of the selection committee for the Bloomberg New Energy Pioneers. He serves alongside James Caan as a judge in the Berti Green Accelerator competition for clean technology entrepreneurs and sits on the board of the Middle East Clean Energy Business Council.
Prior to founding New Energy Finance, Michael was an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and media executive. In the 1990s he acted as Deputy Managing Director of Associated Press Television and Founding Director of Sports News Television, and then as UK Managing Director of Groupe Arnault’s technology investment activities. He also spent five years in the London office of McKinsey. Michael is a three-time finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.
Michael graduated in Engineering from the University of Cambridge with first class honours, winning the Riccardo Prize for Thermodynamics and the Christ’s College Wyatt Prize. He earned his MBA from Harvard, where he was a Harkness Fellow and Baker Scholar. He is on the advisory panel for the INSEAD Energy Club and is a Visiting Professor at London’s Imperial College Energy Futures Lab.
Michael is also Chairman of St. Mark’s Hospital Foundation, a medical charity supporting research and teaching at St Mark’s Hospital, part of the North West London Hospitals NHS Trust based in Harrow. He was a member of the British Ski Team from 1986 to 1993, competing in the 1992 Albertville Olympic Games. In 2012 Michael joined the board of Transport for London as a non-executive director.