Meade Harris is Founder and CEO of the Hawthorn Club, the only professional international network for women in the energy industry.
Meade founded the Club as a young executive starting out in the energy industry, she realized that women were badly underrepresented. Rather than accept the status quo, she set out to change the face of the sector. The mission of the Hawthorn Club mission is twofold: to promote the appointment of women to senior corporate positions & boards; and to facilitate increased gender diversity within the energy sector. Established in 2011, the Club has held over 30 events in 10 countries in six years. The Club now has over 50 corporate sponsors with members in 20 countries with branches in Europe, the USA and is launching a branch in the Asia Pacific region in 2017.
Meade is also an accomplished public speaker and media performer, having participated in and spoke at sessions during every one of the past 8 UNFCCC climate change negotiations, from Copenhagen to Morocco. Previously she was Senior Advisor on Business Development for the Global CCS Institute in the Americas covering the US, Canada, Central and South America. She also worked as a Senior Advisor to Global CCS Institute’s European office in Paris for 4 years, where she was responsible for building the organization’s relationships with Governments and Corporations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Prior to entering the energy sector, Meade was a BBC News Producer, based in the Washington DC bureau, has been a consultant at Control Risks, specializing in energy issues, and was one of the founders of the Climate Change Forum in London. Meade completed her undergraduate degree at the University of New Hampshire, during which time she also studied at Sydney University, before reading for a Master’s degree in International Relations & Energy Security at King’s College London.