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Jules Kortenhorst

Chief Executive Officer







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 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.


Prior to RMI, Jules was the founding CEO of the European Climate Foundation, the largest philanthropic organization dedicated to policy development and advocacy on climate change in Europe. Before launching ECF, he served as a member of the Dutch parliament for the Christian Democratic Party.

During the first 20 years of his career, Jules worked in the business world.  He was the CEO for International Operations of ClientLogic Corporation, a global leader in outsourced customer relationship management (CRM) solutions.  He worked for almost 10 years for Royal Dutch / Shell, among others as managing director of Shell Bulgaria, and he began his career as an analyst at McKinsey & Co.

Jules currently serves on the Energy Transition Commission, on the WEF Future Council on Energy and on the Board of Stedin Holding NV. Jules is married to Searl Vetter and has four children.


  • Masters of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, Baker Scholar
  • Masters in Economics, Erasmus University, Netherlands

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Authored Blog Posts

April 25 Better Energy Will Lead to Greater Prosperity: The Energy Transitions Commission Makes Its Case General
February 9 Applying Hope in Today’s Tumultuous Times General
December 13 Making the Global Energy Transition a Success General
December 6 The (Least) Risky Business Case General
November 10 Doubling Down on the Market-Based Transformation General
May 31 Time to Choose: The Challenges and Opportunities of Climate Change General
May 4 The World Needs a Radical Change in Both Supply and Demand to Reach Paris Agreement General
December 18 The Paris Agreement: 10 Key Takeaways for the Global Energy Landscape General
November 30 At COP21, 3 Signs of a Commitment to Energy Innovation General
September 29 Reflecting on Climate Week NYC: Corporations Leading the Way General
September 25 Today's U.S.-China Announcement is the Most Significant Milestone to Date for Battling Global Climate Change General
August 3 Three Trends That Make Obama’s Clean Power Plan a Good Bet on the Future General
December 18 Going Further Faster Together General
July 15 Fortune 500 Companies Declare Their “Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles” Electricity
June 5 U.S. Climate Action—The Truth About Its “Costs” Electricity
June 3 Inside the Book Resource Revolution General
April 23 Fighting Climate Gloom and Doom: A USA Today Op-Ed from RMI CEO General
April 17 Accelerating Renewables in the Fortune 500 General
March 11 Why the Potential for Grid Defection Matters Electricity
January 29 Fixing the Broken Compass: Finding Our Way to Natural Capitalism General
October 16 Energy Innovation Can Once Again Show The Way Forward General
September 30 Climate Change—The Time for Action is Now General
September 19 Overcoming the Tragedy of the Commons General
September 9 Ready to Work: New CEO to Help Create an Energy Revolution General
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