Adnan Z. Amin
Director-General of IRENA

Adnan Z. Amin was elected as the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in April 2011. In his capacity he is charged with the responsibility of establishing a sound institutional management structure and clear strategic vision for the implementation of the agency’s mandate to promote the adoption and use of renewable energy worldwide.

Mr. Amin brings to this position over 25 years of experience in the fields of international environment and sustainable development policy, as well as in the political, management, and interagency coordination functions of the United Nations (UN) work.  Mr. Amin served as Head of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) Secretariat. In this function, he was responsible for overseeing the Secretariat supporting the CEB in its UN system-wide policy coordination under the Chairmanship of the UN Secretary-General and comprising the Executive Heads of UN System organisations. The CEB is the highest level interagency coordinator framework in the UN system and oversees UN coordination on Policy, Management and Field Operations.

Mr. Amin also served as the Executive Director of the Secretariat of the Secretary-General’s High Level Panel, co-chaired by the Prime Ministers of Mozambique, Norway and Pakistan, on UN System-wide Coherence. The Panel undertook an ambitious and unprecedented level of consultation on development, environment, and humanitarian aspects of the work of the UN System and proposed an ambitious reform programme that still continues in the UN General Assembly under the framework of the “One UN ”. Read more

Dolf Gielen
Director of the Innovation and Technology Center in Bonn - IITC

As director of the IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre in Bonn since 2011, Dolf Gielen oversees the agency’s work on advising member countries in the area of technology status and roadmaps, energy planning, cost and markets and innovation policy frameworks.

Before joining IRENA, Dolf Gielen was Chief of the Energy Efficiency and Policy Unit at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna. In that capacity, he managed a number of large projects involving energy efficiency and renewable energy (including those in Sri Lanka, Ukraine and India). Previously, he was a Senior Energy Analyst in the Energy Technology Policy Division of the International Energy Agency, Paris.

Dolf Gielen has a PhD in Energy and Materials Modelling from the Technical University of Delft. He graduated with an MA in Environmental Sciences at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Henning Wuester
Director of the Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre - KPFC

Henning Wuester oversees the Agency’s work on knowledge, policy and finance, including: efforts to produce up-to-date and authoritative renewable energy data and information; analysis to identify best practice in renewable energy policies and finance; and advice and support to countries, tailoring policy and investment analysis to renewables deployment in the field.

Prior to joining IRENA, Dr. Wuester worked for the Green Climate Fund (GCF) as Senior Manager at the Interim Secretariat, supporting the GCF Board, developing the Fund’s business model framework, administrative policies and procedures, and negotiating the headquarters agreement with the Republic of Korea. Previously, he was Special Adviser to the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and worked at the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in several roles in the secretariat of the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution. In both organizations a focus was on the linkages between energy policy and climate change or air pollution and involved energy modelling at an international scale. 

Henning Wuester started his career as Assistant Professor in the economics faculty of the University of Munich and holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Munich.

Mohamed El - Farnawany
Director, Strategic Management & Executive Direction

David Iyamah
Director, Administration and Management Services

David Iyamah joined IRENA in June 2015 as Director of the Administration and Management Services Division, with responsibility for overseeing the provision of human resources, budget and finance, general services, procurement and information communication and technology sections. Mr. Iyamah brings over 29 years of senior management work experience in the United Nations, government, non-profit and public sectors, focusing on administration and management, financial management, strategic planning, programme/project development and implementation in the field of international development.

Prior to IRENA, he served as Director of the Administrative Services Division at the United Nations Regional Commission for Western Asia in Beirut from 2007-2015. Previously, he was Programme Manager and Programme Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at the World Health Organization. He was Regional Chief Operating and Administrative Coordinator at Plan International USA, establishing several country programmes and offices in West Africa and has also worked as Budget Manager for the state of California. Mr. Iyamah also served as a member of the UNRWA Provident Fund Board and chaired the United Nations Secretariat-wide Working Group on staff mobility and rotation.

Mr. Iyamah holds a Master’s degree in International Development Economics and Finance from the University of California, Davis, California, USA.

Elizabeth Press
Deputy Director, Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC)

Rabia Ferroukhi
Senior Programme Officer – Policy Advice & Deputy Director, Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre (KPFC)

Luay Naim Shalkhoub
Chief Procurement Officer

Timothy Hurst
Chief Communications Officer

Daniel Bato
Chief Finance Officer

Harindranath Mepurathu
Chief Information Communications Technology

Angela Churie Kallhauge
Senior Programme Officer – Climate Change

Roland Roesch
Senior Programme Officer, Renewable Energy Markets and Technology Dialogue

Neil MacDonald
Senior Editor and Publications Manager

Takatsune Ito
Senior Programme Officer, Innovation and Technology, IITC

Jeffrey Skeer
Senior Programme Officer – Technology Cooperation

Ms. Jennifer DeCesaro
Senior Programme Officer – Technology Cooperation, CSP

Gurbuz Gonul
Senior Programme Officer - Regions

Adrian Whiteman
Senior Programme Officer – Statistics, KPFC

Marianne Lavergne
Legal Advisor

Christian Kjaer
Senior Programme Officer – Knowledge Management, KPFC


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