FTI said that in his new role, Backwell would support clients across the renewables and power industries.
Backwell has more than 20 years' experience across the energy sector and was editor in chief of wind and solar industry news provider Recharge. He also worked as a consultant in the renewables sector, most recently creating the Solution Wind campaign for the European Wind Energy Association.
He has also worked for companies including Dow Jones, Bridge Information Systems and Argus Media, in countries such as Venezuela, the US, Brazil and Argentina.
Seán Galvin, managing director, Energy & Environment, at FTI said: "Recruiting someone of Ben’s calibre and experience is a real coup for us and reflects the ambition of FTI Consulting’s energy team. Ben has been at the leading edge of the discussion about the future of the energy industry, and in particular clean energy, and will bring his insight and ideas to our growing list of clients."
Aris Karcanias, MD of FTI Consulting’s energy practice, said: "Ben is widely regarded as a thought leader in the renewable energy industry and will complement our growing clean energy practice, particularly with his knowledge in emerging markets such as Latin America where he brings deep experience."
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