The world of illumination is undergoing rapid transformation: from technology and innovation to energy efficiency and recycling. To most effectively address industry changes and establish a more proactive global presence, members concluded their organization needed to change as well. Originally founded in 2007 as the Global Lighting Forum (GLF), the new Global Lighting Association (GLA) represents the same members—but with a renewed focus and broader scope, and a willingness to be ever more active and influential participants in shaping how the world around us is lighted.
What we do
The Global Lighting Association promotes the use of sustainable, energy efficient lighting solutions while maintaining and improving the quality of lighting. The GLA unites on a global level the leading national and regional industry associations for lighting technology. GLA functions as a forum for exchange and formulation of technical and policy information and is a recognized authority on issues of concern to the global lighting industry.
The Global Lighting Association, within the limits of national and EU competition law:
shares knowledge on global trends as well as legislative and regulatory developments and opportunities in lighting
shares information on the activities of individual associations
anticipates and initiates policies and actions on areas of common interest
provides governments with relevant product and market information
The Global Lighting Association is the voice of the lighting industry on a global basis. The primary mission of the GLA is to share information, within the limits of national and EU competition law, on political, scientific, business, social and environmental issues of relevance to the lighting industry and to develop, implement and publish the position of the global lighting industry to relevant stakeholders in the international sphere.
Comprised of senior leadership from our member organizations, the Global Lighting Association's board collectively represents years of industry expertise and experience.
Russell Loane, President Global Lighting Association
Russell Loane is a senior figure in Australia’s lighting industry and has a number of international lighting business partnerships. He was the inaugural Chairman of Australia’s peak body for the lighting industry, Lighting Council Australia, and served in that position from 2007 - 2016. Prior to his engagement with Lighting Council Australia Russell spent many years engaged with the Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia and New Zealand, serving as National President for a period in the early 1990s.
Russell’s contribution to the lighting industry was recognised with an Australian Government Order of Australia Award in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List.
In 2007 Lighting Council Australia was invited to join in the formation of the predecessor organisation to the Global Lighting Association at a meeting in Brussels. Russell attended that meeting and has been a Board member ever since, having served most recently as Vice President.
Russell is a firm believer in international collaboration within the lighting industry. He was elected President of the Global Lighting Association at the Washington Board meeting in November 2017 when Jan Denneman stepped down from the role.
Michael Ng, Director Taiwan Lighting Fixture Export Association (TLFEA)
Michael Ng currently serves as a Director at the Taiwan Lighting Fixture Export Association (TLFEA) and is the Deputy Chair of International Affairs Committee. Michael graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York and Harvard Business School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His career started at Morgan Stanley, New York, as an analyst working in the Institution Equity Division, specializing in hedge fund operations and technology. He established AMKO SOLARA Lighting Co., Ltd. as CEO in 2005 that specializes in energy efficient lighting solutions, smart controls and monitoring systems.
Ourania Georgoutsakou, Secretary General LightingEurope
Ourania Georgoutsakou joined LightingEurope as Secretary General in April 2017 with 15 years’ experience advocating for membership associations. Ourania worked five years as Director, Public Policy Europe for SEMI, the global trade association representing the manufacturing supply chain for the semiconductor and related industries. She liaised with SEMI member companies and EU decision-makers to create a balanced regulatory environment and promote Europe's global competitiveness.
Previously, Ourania worked for 10 years as Senior Policy Coordinator at the Assembly of European Regions in Brussels and Strasbourg, where she worked directly with elected regional politicians to help shape and implement EU policies. During her career Ourania has worked on a number of major issues, from the EU Lisbon Treaty to the EU Services Directive, and from health and social policy to environmental rules and e-innovation. Ourania holds degrees in European Law and Policy-making.
Kiyoaki Uchihashi, Senior Executive Managing
Director Japan Lighting Manufactures Association
Kiyoaki Uchihashi is Senior Executive Managing Director of Japan Lighting Manufactures Association (JLMA). He is also a director of Japanese National Committee of CIE. He engaged in research and development about the lighting technology in Panasonic for 37 years.
Bryan Douglas, Secretary General
Bryan Douglas chairs the GLA’s Environment Committee. He is a previous CEO of Lighting Council Australia and has worked in peak bodies for the following industries in Australia: defence electronics, consumer electronics, electrical capital equipment, information technology and real estate. Bryan has an honours degree in history from the Australian National University and Chinese language qualifications from the Peoples Republic of China.
Pekka Hakkarainen, Vice President Lutron Electronics (NEMA)
Dr. Pekka Hakkarainen is Vice President at Lutron Electronics, and is currently assigned to work in Government and Industry Relations, including Standards activities. He has held several other—mostly technical—positions in his 20+ years at Lutron. Pekka is currently serving as Chair of the Lighting Systems Division of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), is a voting member of the ASHRAE 90.1 Committee, and a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA). He has previously chaired several IESNA and NEMA committees and served on numerous other industry committees and advisory groups. Pekka received a BA/MA degree in Mathematics from Cambridge University, England and a PhD in Plasma Physics from MIT. He holds seven U.S. patents,
Isac Roizenblatt, Technical Director Brazilian Lighting Industry Association (ABILUX)
Isac Roizenblatt is Technical Director of the Brazilian Lighting Industry Association (ABILUX), coordinator in the Brazilian National Standardization Association of Technical Committee 34—Lamps and related equipment, represents ABILUX in the National Energy Saving Program, reporter of the National Commission of Lamp Disposal, consultant of Pro Light and Energy Consultants and lecturer in several courses. Prior to the current activities has been working in lighting industry in several positions for many years in Brazil and Latin American countries. Has academic background as Electrical Engineer, Master in Energy and Ph.D. in Architecture and Urbanism.
Shyam Sujan, Secretary General Electric Lamp & Component Manufacturers’ Association (ELCOMA)
Worked with Philips India Limited for a long period in various capacities and job profiles. After retiring from Philips as a Regional Manager in year 2001, joined software Company (GISIL) as a Director. From 2004 onwards, am working with ELCOMA as Secretary General. Aged 66, Economics graduate, studied post graduation in Foreign Trade and undertook various courses in quality management, productivity, HR etc., last being ISO Certification and Process Management. Presently working as Secretary General of Electric Lamp & Component Manufacturers’ Association of India, and have been able to achieve milestones as desired by the Lighting Industry in India.
Chen Yangshen, Executive Vice President and Secretary General China Association of Lighting Industry (CALI)
Mr. Chen Yansheng has been engaged in lighting industry for more the 20 years, and is familiar with lighting standards, related policies, industrial development planning and etc.. He is the Executive Vice President and Secretary-general of CALI now.
Wolfgang Andorfer, Chair LED Committee
Wolfgang Andorfer chairs the GLA's LED committee. He is also a member of the LED Working Group for the European Lamp Companies Federation. In addition he serves as Senior Director, Solid State Lighting at OSRAM and is responsible for Product Marketing and Application Engineering of professional SSL products. He has over fifteen years of technical and economic global experience in the lighting industry. He holds a degree in Master's in Business Administration from the University of Kempten, Germany.
Bryan Douglas, Secretary General of the Global Lighting Association.
Mr. Douglas is immediate-past Chief Executive Officer of Lighting Council Australia. Prior to his role in Lighting Council Australia Bryan worked in peak bodies for the following industries in Australia: defence electronics, consumer electronics, electrical capital equipment, information technology and real estate. Bryan has an honours degree in history from the Australian National University and Chinese language qualifications from the Peoples Republic of China.