Top 30 People: 14. Steve Sawyer CEO, GWEC

The other big two industry bodies - EWEA and AWEA - may have a higher profile than the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), but Sawyer is arguably a bigger industry personality than the newer Thomas Becker or Tom Kiernan.

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Trade body/policy

His biggest input is as an acknowledged expert on wind power. GWEC supports a number of events around the world, many associated with emerging regions, such as India, South Africa and Brazil. Sawyer is a leading commentator on the issues affecting these countries' wind energy growth, and is often given a platform to share this with other industry leaders.