• Jodie Roussell has been appointed as the next CEO of Global Solar Council (GSC)
  • She is currently working as Trina Solar’s head of Public Affairs in Europe, Africa and Latin America
  • Roussell is scheduled to assume responsibilities from August 1, 2017

The Global Solar Council (GSC) has selected Jodie Roussell to head the world solar power association as its new CEO. Roussell is currently heading the Public Affairs department for Chinese module maker Trina Solar in Europe, Africa and Latin America.

GSC was formed during the COP 21 Climate Summit in Paris in November 2015, representing national and regional solar PV associations. GSC also has several corporate members (see GSC Includes Corporates).  

Roussell was the co-founder of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and the Alliance for Affordable Solar Energy (AFASE), a free solar trade campaign. She has also served as head of Energy Utilities & Technology at the World Economic Forum, and led Strategy & Corporate Development at JA Solar. Roussel has been representing Trina on the board of SolarPower Europe, the association of the European solar sector.

“I am I am honored to have been elected as the Global Solar Council’s next CEO,” said Roussell. Adding, “It is a privilege to be part of an organization dedicated to building the global solar industry’s markets, developing innovative skills training and doing its part to enable solar energy to serve as a transformational tool for healthy and sustainable communities.”

Bruce Douglas, Chairman of the GSC and COO of SolarPower Europe said, “I am excited to work with Roussell to deliver world class member services, including market opening & trade missions, deliver new opportunities for partnerships, and raise the bar for the entire global solar industry.”

Roussell will start her new job with the GSC on August 1, 2017. She takes over from Bruce Douglas, who is leading the GSC for an interim period after the first general secretary, John Smirnow, resigned earlier this year.