CEO Asia Pacific at Akuo, France
Jean Ballandras is graduated from Sciences-Po Paris and Ecole Nationale d’Administration. He previously worked for the Government in French Guiana at the development of the European Space Center. Later, he monitored several key projects in islands of French Polynesia, including water supply, airports and renewables. In 2005, after two years as technical advisor of Président de la République Jacques Chirac, Jean Ballandras was appointed deputy commissioner at Réunion Island.
There, he devised the GERRI project (Green Energy Revolution – Reunion Island), a master plan aimed at integrating all innovations and technologies in the field of renewables to reach self-sufficiency. In less than four years some groundbreaking projects have been kick-started: Wind farms, Solar farms, Sea Water Air Conditioning, Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion, micro algae cultivation for biofuel and a model electric vehicle infrastructure.
In 2011, Jean Ballandras joined Akuo as General Secretary, to implement the strategy of the company in two fields: marine renewable energies and carbon neutral solutions for insular territories.
In May 2015, Jean was appointed “Senior Advisor to the Minister, in charge of Renewable Energies” by French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius, 6 months prior to the signature of Paris COP 21 Agreements on Climate Change.
In August 2017, he left Akuo’s Paris headquarter to become CEO Asia-Pacific for the Group. Based in Sydney, Jean monitors the development of Akuo’s projects in Australia, Indonesia and the Pacific to generate green power using the full spectrum of existing renewable energy sources: wind, sun, biomass, rivers and oceans.