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

Frank Wouters
Deputy Director-General of IRENA

Frank Wouters was appointed Deputy Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in September 2012. He possesses over 20 years of international experience in the field of renewable energy.
Mr. Wouters previously held several senior management positions in leading organizations and institutions in the fields of renewable energy and sustainability, including Evelop International BV, The Netherlands; Sol Holding AG, Germany; NICE International, The Gambia; and TDAU University of Zambia. Before he joined IRENA he served as the Director of Masdar Power, a developer and operator of renewable power generation projects, where he was responsible for projects representing enterprise value of more than $3bn in Asia, Africa and Europe.
Mr. Wouters has worked throughout his career with a wide variety of stakeholders, including the private sector and government officials at the highest levels. He has supported sustainable energy policy in many countries and recently played a lead role in the formulation of Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy policy. He is regularly invited as a speaker at international conferences and high-level meetings. Mr. Wouters holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.

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

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.

Gauri Singh
Director of Country Support and Partnerships (CSP)

Since 2007, Gauri Singh has been Joint Secretary in India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. Her responsibilities include all policy formulation and international cooperation. Gauri Singh developed the policy framework of the National Solar Mission to generate 20,000 MW of solar power by 2022. She created a level playing field for foreign direct investment companies and independent producers to double the annual installed wind capacity. She initiated a shift in the off-grid policy paradigm to upscale renewable energy systems. She was also in charge of designing the framework for renewable energy certificates.
Ms Singh holds a Bachelor of Economics from Delhi University and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the Podar Institute of Management, Rajasthan University.

Jayantilal M. Karia
Director, Administration and Management Services

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

Rabia Ferroukhi
Senior Programme Officer – Policy Advice


Mohamed El - Farnawany
Chief, Governance Support Office

Luay Naim Shalkhoub
Chief Procurement Officer

Timothy Hurst
Chief Communications Officer

Nilgun Alp
Chief, Human Resources

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

Neil MacDonald
Senior Editor and Publications Manager

Masaomi Koyama
Senior Programme Officer, Innovation and Technology

Jeffrey Skeer
Senior Programme Officer – Technology Cooperation

Kalle Hashmi
Senior Programme Officer – Capacity Building

Gurbuz Gonul
Senior Programme Officer - Regions


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