Martin Hiller is new DG of REEEP: veteran professional in non-profit world moves from WWF to REEEP

08-11-2011, Vienna, Austria

The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) today announced that Martin Hiller will become the organisation’s new Director General, starting on 1st December. The former Head of Communications and Campaigns at the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) takes over the DG position from Dr. Marianne Osterkorn, who is stepping down at the end of November after a seven-year tenure.

Hiller is a prominent figure in the non-profit world, having forged his expertise over a 21-year career with WWF where he planned and led that organisation’s communications campaign for a fair, ambitious, and binding climate deal in Copenhagen.  From 2002 to 2011, he shaped and managed all climate-related international communications activities at WWF, and helped position the organisation as the go-to NGO on climate issues, supporting its record as the world’s leading group for solutions-oriented conservation action.

Hiller is also President of the Board of the Gold Standard, the certifier of excellence in the carbon market. In this function, Hiller has helped lay the groundwork for a sustainable operation with 30 staff in nine countries.  He is a member of the European Association of Communications Directors (EACD) and the UK’s National Union of Journalists (NUJ), and studied biology and ecology at the University of Vienna, Austria.

“I’m excited to be taking the helm at REEEP at such a critical time. The Partnership enjoys a strong track record in the world of clean energy and an impressive outreach with policy-makers,” says Hiller. “REEEP can play a critical role by further building trust in clean energy solutions, funding exemplary cutting-edge projects and by feeding the lessons learned into current policy discussions.”

“I’m delighted to see Martin take the DG position,” says Osterkorn, “he’s a strategic thinker and a savvy communicator with a clear vision for the future, and with him, the organisation is in very good hands.”