Jules Kortenhorst is the Chief Executive Officer of Rocky Mountain Institute. He is a recognized leader on global energy issues and climate change. His background spans business, government, entrepreneurial, and nonprofit leadership.
Since 1982, Rocky Mountain Institute (http://www.rmi.org) has advanced market-based solutions that transform global energy use to create a clean, prosperous and secure future. An independent, nonprofit think-and‐do tank, RMI engages with businesses, communities and institutions to accelerate and scale replicable solutions that drive the cost-‐effective shift from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables.
BACKGROUND Prior to RMI, Jules was CEO of Topell Energy BV, a company that developed a cutting-‐edge process for the production of solid biofuel. He also served as the founding CEO of the European Climate Foundation (ECF), the largest philanthropic organization dedicated to policy development and advocacy on climate change in Europe. Jules led a major effort at ECF to develop the roadmap for decarbonized power generation. Before launching ECF, Jules was the CEO for International Operations of ClientLogic Corporation, a global leader in outsourced customer relationship management (CRM) solutions. Jules also served as a member of the Dutch parliament. Earlier in his career, he worked for eight years for Royal Dutch Shell, including as managing director of Shell Bulgaria. He began his career as an analyst at McKinsey & Co. in Amsterdam.
EDUCATION • Masters of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, Baker Scholar • Masters in Economics, Erasmus University, Netherlands