James Watson is the CEO of the SolarPower Europe based in Brussels. He joined SolarPower Europe in 2014 after 7 years of working in the energy sector in Brussels with the consultancy Weber Shandwick. Prior to this he worked for the European Commission, posted for 2 years as an expert in Africa working on trade and sustainable development. Earlier in his career James worked for various UK government bodies in London and worked as a lecturer in Environmental Law at the University of Manchester. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Law in the Vrije Universiteit Brussels.