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by Sofia Villegas
06 September 2023
World-class expert to lead the Net Zero Technology Centre

Business leader, Sarim Sheikh, is the latest addition to the NZTC board

World-class expert to lead the Net Zero Technology Centre

International business leader Sarim Sheikh is the newest board appointment for the Net Zero Technology Centre (NTZC). 

Launched in 2017 with a £180m fund from the Scottish Government, the centre aims to maximise the potential of the North Sea by supporting technology to accelerate an affordable net zero energy industry. 

Earlier this week it announced the receivers of its 2023 open innovation programme.

Joining as an independent non-executive director, Sheikh will help build on the centre's strategy for growth and diversity.

Awarded the General Electric chairman’s leadership award, he has built up almost three decades of experience across the renewables and energy industry.

Commenting on his new role, Sheikh said: “I’ve been following the impressive evolution and growth of the Net Zero Technology Centre and am excited to join the board at this pivotal moment.  

“While renewable energy growth has been unprecedented, traditional energy still powers much of the world. To deliver our net zero goals we need to recognise this intersection between old and new, to develop innovative technology solutions for decarbonisation while ensuring reliable, secure and affordable energy for all.” 

Besides his newly appointed role, Sheikh is already a board director at Octopus Renewable Infrastructure Trust, an organisation looking to accelerate the net zero transition by investing in renewable energy assets across the UK, Europe and Australia. 

 Mrytle Dawes, CEO of the NZTC, said: “Sarim’s expertise across international energy markets, and as an advocate for driving innovation and renewable technology development, is a strong addition to our board and will provide valuable guidance.” 

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