Press release

Clean energy and technology expert David Sanders joins PA Consulting’s Energy and Utilities practice

16 December 2021

David Sanders joins PA Consulting (PA), the consultancy that’s bringing ingenuity to life, as a Partner in Energy and Utilities and will be part of the senior leadership team in its Climate Response unit.  

Created to address the next generation of challenges faced by climate change, the unit will focus on helping clients deliver on the energy transition and realise net zero commitments. David’s specialist areas will be across hydrogen, electric vehicles and low carbon technology scale-ups.  

David has over 30 years’ experience in strategy consultancy, corporate advisory and innovation, within the energy and clean technology sectors. For the past 17 years, David has focused on clean energy, with an emphasis on renewables, hydrogen and electric vehicles. He has led projects with clients in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas throughout the value chain, including emerging technology companies, manufacturers, utilities, energy companies, investors, and government agencies. 

Prior to PA, David led FTI Consulting’s Clean Energy practice, and before that, he was Commercial Director of Dearman, a technology company developing a zero-emission engine for vehicles and back-up power generators. 

In addition to consultancy work, David has co-founded technology businesses in food production, composite materials, internet telephony, and mobile telecoms software. He has acted as a mentor and advisor to fifteen early-stage businesses, authored several publications and has frequently spoken at, or chaired, energy conferences. 

Aris Karcanias, Global Head of Energy and Utilities at PA Consulting, says: “We are thrilled to welcome David to the Energy and Utilities team. I have no doubt his 30 years of experience working extensively with clean energy technologies will help clients unlock value and tackle the varying climate response challenges they face. David’s arrival is part of a very exciting period of growth for the Energy and Utilities practice, and further validates our position as a leading advisor in the climate response and energy transition arena.” 

David adds: “The Energy and Utilities sector is going through a critical period, and I’m looking forward to joining PA at this pivotal time. I am impressed by PA’s ambitions across the sector, as it continues to build out its market-leading Energy and Utilities practice. PA’s deep expertise in innovation, coupled with their skills in helping clients rapidly scale-up technology is a perfect complement to the work I have been doing over the past 30 years. I’m excited to be part of a team with exceptionally deep expertise and look forward to collaborating with our clients.” 

PA’s energy and utilities experts work with businesses to anticipate the future, champion innovation and lead transformative solutions to unlock potential across energy and utilities markets. From leading the transformation to green energy with Ørsted, Denmark’s largest energy producer, to boosting California's use of renewable energy by developing the world's biggest battery with US power company Vistra Energy, PA’s experts provide critical support and advice amid global uncertainty and change and seek to preserve valuable resources and enhance environmental outcomes for societies around the world.  

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