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Benjamin Sporton Benjamin Sporton was appointed Chief Executive of the World Coal Association in June 2015 after serving as Acting Chief Executive from November 2014. Benjamin 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 Benjamin led WCA’s strategic and business planning, and was responsible for leading WCA's policy and advocacy work with a particular focus on energy poverty, sustainable development and climate change issues. As Chief Executive Benjamin has driven WCA’s reinvigorated advocacy agenda and established the WCA as a thought leader on energy and climate issues. He regularly comments on coal, climate and energy issues in the international media including appearances on CNN, BBC and CNBC and in the publications such as the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, the Australian and Bloomberg among many others. Benjamin is a member of the International Advisory Committee to the Energy & Environment Foundation of India, the National Coal Council of the United States, the Coal Industry Advisory Board to the International Energy Agency and World CTX Advisory Board. Prior to joining the World Coal Association, Benjamin held senior policy leadership roles in United Kingdom and Australia. His achievements have included leading legislative reforms through the South Australian parliament to reform the state’s ailing workers compensation system, supporting the Mayor of London’s consultation on extension of the London Congestion Charge and modernising conduct of UK elections at the Department for Constitutional Affairs. He holds an honours degree in politics from the University of Adelaide and has also studied at the University of Buenos Aires and the Australian Institute of Management.