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Benjamin Sporton      

Chief Executive of the World Coal Association

Benjamin Sporton was appointed Chief Executive of the World Coal Association in June 2015 after serving as Acting Chief Executive in November 2014. Sporton makes regular TV and media appearances discussing the role of coal and works with governments and other international organizations to support action on the deployment of low emission coal technology.

Sporton joined the World Coal Association as Policy Director in May 2010 and became Deputy Chief Executive in May 2012. Before his appointment as Chief Executive, Sporton led WCA’s strategic and business planning and headed WCA’s advocacy work energy poverty, sustainable development and climate change issues.

Sporton is a member of the International Advisory Committee to the Energy & Environment Foundation of India, the Coal Industry Advisory Board to the International Energy Agency and the World CTX Advisory Board.

Prior to joining the World Coal Association, Sporton held senior policy leadership roles with governments in the United Kingdom and Australia.

He holds an honors degree in politics from the University of Adelaide and has also studied at the University of Buenos Aires and the Australian Institute of Management.

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