Best Data for Good Decision Making – Participants
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 / 16:30-18:00
Keynote: Rana Adib, REN21
Since 2009, Rana Adib is the Research Coordinator at REN21, the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, based in Paris. Key among her responsibilities is the annual production of REN21’s highly referenced Renewables Global Status Report. Prior to REN 21 Rana worked for over 10 years in private industry and applied research in the area of renewable energy, energy access, and waste management. She was also responsible for coordinating the biogas-to-energy research programme of Veolia Environment. Rana holds a Master Degree in industrial engineering from the University of Wedel in Germany.
Helene Connor, HELIO International
Helene Connor has been working on sustainable development and energy issues since 1971. She founded or co-founded several environmental associations, both in France and Canada, in particular the Société pour Vaincre la Pollution, the James Bay Defence Committee, the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, the Centre for Energy Policy Analysis, HELIO International and the French Réseau Action Climat. Before1995, Dr. Connor worked at the OECD Environment Directorate where she was the economist in charge of developing the work of the Directorate in the field of energy and environment. Prior to the OECD, Dr. Connor worked in Canada where she prepared a Sustainable Development Methodology for the City of Montréal and taught at the University of Quebec in Montreal.
She was a Member of the first National Round Table on Environment and the Economy and Vice-Chair of the Canadian Environmental Advisory Committee. As founder of HELIO International, thinktank on energy and ecodevelopment, Dr. Connor led projects and the research on methodologies able to assess the impact of energy on the environment and the climate, as well as the contribution of energy to ecodevelopment. She wrote numerous reports and articles, took part in several academic and ecological events and advised major NGOs like Greenpeace and France Nature Environnement. She recently became a Knight in the French Legion of Honour as a recognisance of forty years of work dedicated to the protection of the environment for future generations.
Gonzalo Bravo, Fundacion Bariloche
Holds two MSc – in Energy Studies and the Environment, CEPMLP, University of Dundee, Scotland (2006) and in Energy & Environment Policies and Planning, Comahue National University, Argentina. (2004). Bachelors in economics at Rosario National University, Argentina 2000). Researcher at Bariloche Foundation since 1998. Member of several multidisciplinary teams focusing in energy & development issues. Participates in policy instruments, energy tariff and energy frameworks design. Integrates several working groups, aimed at renewable energy deployment and up scaling, energy efficiency and energy access in countries like Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Dominican Republic, among others. From an institutional aim towards capacity building, advises State offices – Energy and Environment Ministries and Secretariats of the LA&C region. Renewable energy co author, report towards a new energy agenda for the Latin America and the Caribbean region, published by CAF (Andean Development Corporation, 2013). REN21 Regional correspondant for Latin America and the Caribbean since 2007, also represents Argentina and the Region at several Global Networks, like the GNESD – Global Networks for Sustainable Development; or REEEP Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership.
Stephanie Weckend is the Associate Programme Officer, Data and Information at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Since January 2014, she has been working in IRENA’s Knowledge Unit where she focuses on data and information management. Her activities include the Knowledge Gateway, data dissemination and statistical analysis. Previously, Ms. Weckend was employed at the Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Montreal, Canada where she was the Managing Director of the Regional Office Quebec & Eastern Canada. In this position, she led the Chamber’s team on the environment and climate and worked on political and economic related issues related to renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate change. Stephanie Weckend has a Bachelors in Political Sciences from Sciences Po Paris and two Masters, one in Finance and Strategy from Sciences Po Paris and one in Environmental Studies from McGill University with a focus on Environmental Assessment.
Yasmina Abdelilah, IEA
Yasmina Abdelilah is responsible for the energy data management and renewable energy modeling of the Medium Term Renewable Energy Market Report. She also contributes to the development of the methodologies for tracking renewable energy under various frameworks such as the IEA’s Tracking Clean Energy Progress report. She has 4 years of experience in energy statistics where she managed the data collection for the joint IEA/EuroStat Renewables & Waste Questionnaire and Electricity & Heat questionnaires. Prior to the IEA, Yasmina worked as a mechanical engineer in automobile safety at the Center for Applied Biomechanics.
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