About HEA

Board and Management

The bodies of HEA are the General Assembly, the Board of Directors and the Managing Director.

Roland Münch, Wolfgang Semper, Yves Rannou , Jean Zekri,
Christine van Oldeneel,


Dr. Roland Münch
President HEA

Member of the Corporate Board of Management of Voith GmbH and President and CEO of Voith Hydro Holding GmbH & Co. KG 

Dr. Roland Münch was appointed President and CEO of Voith Hydro Holding GmbH & Co. KG in 2008. Voith Hydro is a Group Division of Voith GmbH and – with a workforce of approx. 5,300 employees and a sales volume of more than 1.2 billion Euros in the business year 2010/2011 – belongs to the world-wide leading companies for hydro power equipment.

Prior to Voith, Dr. Münch held various senior positions within ABB Group and was appointed President of ABB Calor Emag Schaltanlagen AG, Mannheim, Germany in 1998. In 1999 he went to ABB Malaysia as CEO and Country Manager.

In 2002 Dr. Münch joined Voith Paper as Executive Vice President, assuming responsibility for the paper technology activities of Jagenberg AG, following the company’s acquisition by Voith. In October 2002 he took over as Head of the Business Division Voith Paper Automation. In 2006 he was appointed to the Management Board of Voith GmbH and he has been in charge of the Group Division Voith Hydro since 2008.

Roland Münch graduated from Fridericiana University Karlsruhe and worked as a scientific assistant at the Institute for General Electric Engineering and High-Voltage Technology at RWTH Technical University Aachen, where he also obtained his doctorate in 1990. He is German.


Wolfgang Semper

Joined ANDRITZ in 2006 when the company acquired VA TECH HYDRO and was appointed as member of the Executive Board in 2011.

Responsible for the HYDRO business area (except the pumps divison) and Group-wide for Automation.

Professional career:
Member of the Management Board of ANDRITZ HYDRO GmbH and Senior Vice President of the Large Hydro division of the HYDRO business area, management functions at VA TECH VOEST MCE and Voest-Alpine MCE, engineer at Voest-Alpine AG.


Yves Rannou

Yves Rannou has been appointed President & Chief Executive Officer for GE’s new Hydro business as of November 2015, based in Levallois, France. Yves is a Vice President and Officer of General Electric.
Since March 2015, Yves was the Senior Vice President of Alstom Hydro business in addition to his role of SVP of the Alstom Wind business.

During his 18-year career at Alstom, Yves Rannou has held a series of positions that have progressively strengthened his project management expertise. Yves Rannou began his career at Alstom in 1997 as a local representative and division manager in Thailand. In 2001, he was appointed project director for Korea and Indonesia. In 2002, he became quality director for Alstom’s hydro business. In 2005, he was appointed Deputy General Director of pump-turbine activities within the branch in charge of Alstom’s hydro activities. In 2007, he was named head of project execution for hydro in Southern Europe. In 2010, he was appointed project director for global structural projects in the power sector. In 2011, he became Managing Director of Alstom Hydro industry in China. On April 1st 2014, Yves Rannou was appointed Senior Vice President Wind business, based in Barcelona and in charge of all activities related to onshore and offshore wind, reporting to the Renewable Power Sector President Jérôme Pécresse and becoming a member of the Renewable Power Sector Executive Committee.

Rannou holds a Master of Science in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at UPMC in Paris and an engineering degree from the ESTP. During his career he also obtained certification 6 Sigma Black Belt, and a diploma from INSEAD-AMS.

Jean Zekri

Jean Zekri
CEO of Mecamidi Group,
HEA-E Representative

Jean Zekri is a Civil Engineer (Ponts et Chaussées) from Toulouse, France. After a 2 years’ experience in a civil works company, he was employed at Drouard Brothers (electrical engineering) from 1981 to 1986 as, first Deputy and then Regional Director in charge of 800 people.
In 1986, he established his holding FICOZ, taking over and creating, until 1992, around 10 companies in the areas of mechanics, electronics, and electromechanical.
In 1993, Jean Zekri acquired MECAMIDI group, a hydro equipment manufacturer. To date, Mecamidi’s core business is in the field of hydroelectric plants with small and medium capacities up to 30 megawatts, with six integrated plants in India, Brazil, Bulgaria, Italy and France, fifteen commercial subsidiaries, many agents and contacts to cover more than 50 countries.


Christine van OldeneelManaging Director HEA

Christine van Oldeneel was appointed Managing Director of HEA in March 2010.

Prior to working with HEA, Christine van Oldeneel has worked as a legal counsel to a number of industrial companies from various sectors (non-ferrous metals, cement, edible oil extraction and fibre-cement).

Within Holcim Ltd., the world’s largest cement producer, she oversaw legal matters of the Belgian subsidiary and was also responsible for regulatory affairs and corporate governance. Later on, as Vice-President Environmental affairs she worked out and implemented environmental strategies and coordinated lobbying activities in this field.

Other important achievements include the negotiation and implementation of indemnification schemes related to environmental and severe health problems.

Fluent in French, English, Dutch and German, Christine van Oldeneel’s professional experience and her keen interest for industrial technologies and environmental issues, led her to take on the position as Managing Director of HEA.

Christine van Oldeneel leads the policy and lobbying activities of HEA, coordinates the missions of its working groups, and ensures progress in raising awareness of hydropower and its benefits.