Marine Cornelis is a true policy shaker and boundary-spanner passionate about energy justice and community empowerment. Marine is an experienced public speaker, consultant, and expert in sustainability from the citizen side. She works and advises clients in various European countries, in Africa and in Mexico. She's one of the first European Climate Pact Ambassadors.

Highest Level of Education

Master's Degree

Current Job/Study field

Consultancy / freelance


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Current employer

Next Energy Consumer

Work experience

  • Executive Director and Founder
    Next Energy Consumer - Contract / consultant From March 2018 to Present

    I'm at the helm of Next Energy Consumer and stand at the forefront of energy, justice, green skills and consumer empowerment policy. As a strategic advisor, my mission is to drive sustainable, inclusive change in the energy sector. I am committed to empowering people and communities and ensuring an equitable energy future for all. My collaborative efforts span continents, delivering insights and strategies that are both actionable and culturally nuanced. Let's connect!

  • Public Speaker
    Women and Climate - Freelance From March 2018 to Present

    I’m a seasoned public speaker who has joined forces with Women and Climate, amplifying the role of women in the climate dialogue. With extensive experience in energy policy and a commitment to sustainability, I am actively seeking paid speaking engagements where I can contribute meaningful, action-oriented perspectives on energy justice and the just transition.

  • Podcast Founder and Host
    Energ'Ethic - Self-employed From February 2021 to Present

    Energ'Ethic is where voices for a sustainable future resonate. As the founder and host, I bring you into conversations with the vanguards of sustainability, climate justice, and the energy transition. From activists to scientists, and policymakers, each episode is a mosaic of insights and stories poised to inspire and ignite action.

  • European Energy Poverty and Alternative Dispute Resolution Policy Consultant
    ESRC Just Energy - Contract / consultant From March 2018 to October 2021

    As a European Energy Poverty and Alternative Dispute Resolution Policy Consultant for the ESRC Just Energy project (2018-2021), I was at the forefront of a pivotal research initiative that addressed access to justice for vulnerable and energy-poor consumers across five European nations.

  • Sociology and Capacity building leader for EURICA Work Package
    LEAP-RE - Contract / consultant From March 2021 to October 2023

    In the EU-funded LEAP-RE (Grant 963530), my contribution to the EURICA project (WP15) has been pivotal in integrating human-centric research with demand-side energy response in Africa, where resources are notably scarce. My role has been to illuminate the path to energy flexibility through a lens of sustainability and justice.

  • Secretary General
    NEON - National Energy Ombudsman Network - Full-time From January 2014 to March 2018

    As the Secretary-General of NEON from 2014 to 2018, I was instrumental in shaping the landscape of energy alternative dispute resolution (ADR) at the European level. NEON, as a collective of public ombudsmen and energy regulatory authorities, is dedicated to ensuring Access to Justice and Consumer Protection within the European Energy Sector.


  • Master in European Policies
    Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux From September 2004 to September 2009
  • Master in Management of European Affairs
    Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille (Lille I) From September 2008 to September 2009

Area of expertise

Climate policy Communications Electricity Regulation Energy consumers' rights Energy Law Energy policy Institutional/public affairs


  • Bulgarian
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish


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