Dr. Graeme Sweeney, Chairs the Main Board of the Children's Investment Fund Foundation
and the Advisory Council of the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Zero
Emission Plants (ZEP)
Dr Graeme Sweeney is a leading authority on energy, fuels and climate
change, drawing on extensive international experience across all aspects
of the oil, gas and renewable industries.
Dr Sweeney is Trustee, since 2014, and Chair, since 2016, of the Board of
Trustees of the Children's Investment Fund Foundation. He also Chairs the
Programme Investment Committee for Climate Change. This substantial
endowment focuses on the welfare of Children in emerging economies with
key practices in Nutrition, Reproductive Health, Child Protection, and
Dr Sweeney is currently Chairman of the Advisory Council of the European Technology and
Innovation Platform of Zero Emission Plants (ZEP). ZEP's unique coalition of stakeholders
(utilities, petroleum companies, equipment suppliers, scientists, academics and
environmental NGOs) have been instrumental in the development of the EU Carbon Capture
Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) programme, providing expert advice to the European
Commission on all technical, technology, policy, commercial and other related issues. He has
held this position since 2008.
Dr Sweeney is also Chair of the renewable fuel and energy storage start up Eneus Energy
Ltd, Chair of The Scottish CCS Advisory Board, a member of the EU Expert Group on the
Sustainable Finance Taxonomy, co-Chair of the Implementation Working Group on CCUS under
The EU Strategic Energy Technology Plan, a member of the EU Expert Group on the Innovation
Fund, and a founding member of the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute.
Dr Sweeney currently acts as advisor to the Scottish Government in his positions as Chair of
the Industrial Leadership Group on Thermal Power and CCS and Member of Scottish First
Minister's Energy Advisory Board.
Dr Sweeney served on the University of California Davis Institute of Transportation Studies
Advisory Board from 2008 to 2012. He is currently Visiting Professor at the University of
Strathclyde’s Centre for Energy Policy under the International Public Policy Institute.
Until 2012, Dr Sweeney was the Executive Vice President CO2 at Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS ).
He was Executive Vice President Renewables, Hydrogen and CO2 in various incarnations from
2005 till 2012. He built and operated onshore ( e.g. Mt Storm West Virginia USA) and offshore
( e.g. Nord Zee Wind Netherlands ) wind farms , led the creation of the $12 billion JV for
sugar cane ethanol with Cosan in Brazil, initiated the CCS projects in Alberta, Canada,
Western Australia, and Peterhead, Scotland. He introduced internal CO2 pricing for project
evaluation at $40 per tonne of CO2. He integrated CO2 management into the RDS capital
He was Vice President Manufacturing , Supply , and Distribution for Europe overseeing a multi
billion dollar business with 15,000 employees based in 30 countries from 2001 till 2004. During
this period he was also a Director of Shell Trading and Supply Company.
He was Vice President Global Downstream Marketing Technology from 1997 till 2001 during
which time he oversaw the RDS fuels and lubricants programme for the Ferrari Formula 1
As global Head of Fuels he led the introduction of the Shell V-Power differentiated fuels
adding £500 million per annum to earnings.
He joined RDS in 1976 variously serving in Trading, Manufacturing, Supply, Distribution,
Marketing and Sales ( Retail , Commercial, and Lubricants ), Renewables ( Wind, Solar, and Bio
Fuels ), Hydrogen, Strategy, Consultancy, and CO2. He served in England , Australia ( 79-81 ),
Oman ( 81-84 ), New Zealand ( 85 ), Egypt where he led the Downstream ( 92-95), Turkey
where he led the Downstream ( 95 -97 ), USA ( 91 ), Netherlands ( 05-09 ).
Dr Sweeney has a B.Sc Physics, including the prize for theoretical physics, and a PhD
Mathematics ( 1970-1976 ) from The Victoria University of Manchester, is a Member of the
Institute of Physics, a Chartered Physicist, and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Graeme Stewart Sutherland Sweeney was born in Glasgow, stays in Callander, Perthshire, is
married to Fiona, is father to Arwen and Ross, enjoys rugby and football, cycling, and reading.