Arthouros Zervos

Dr. Arthouros Zervos is Professor at the National Technical University of Athens. In 1974 he received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering, in 1975 his Master of Science in Engineering, both from the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences of Princeton University, U.S.A. He continued his studies at the Universite P.et M.Curie in Paris, where he took his Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies (D.E.A) de Mecanique Experimentale des Fluides- Aerodynamique in 1978 and his Diplome de Docteur – Ingenieur in 1981.   Since 2013 he has been Chair of the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21). Dr. Zervos has served as President of the European Wind Energy Association (2001-2013), President of the European Renewable Energy Council (2000-2012) and Chairman of the Global Wind Energy Council (2005-2010), while also serving from 2009 to 2015 as Chairman and CEO of PPC S.A. and Chairman of PPC Renewables. Professor Zervos has more than 25 years of high level expertise in policy, science, research and technology across the European renewable energy sector. He led key European renewable energy bodies and has acted as policy advisor to Governments, EU bodies and policy fora. As Faculty Member at the National Technical University of Athens, he has been teaching courses on wind energy, renewable energy sources and aerodynamics.   Since 2003 he is responsible for the Wind Energy Specialization of the European Renewable Energy Master. He is also President of the European Renewable Energy Council, Chairman of the Global Wind Energy Council and President of the...

Christine Lins

Christine Lins was appointed as Executive Secretary of REN21, the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, in July 2011. She came to REN21 from the European Renewable Energy Council, the united voice of Europe’s renewable energy industry, where she served as Secretary-General for 10 years from 2001 – 2011. Previously, Ms. Lins worked in a regional energy agency in her home country, Austria. She has a Master’s degree in international economics and holds more than 20 years of working experience in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Paolo Frankl

Paolo Frankl is Head of the Renewable Energy Division at the International Energy Agency (IEA). Dr. Frankl leads the IEA’s work on renewable energy, providing policy advice in the areas of technology, markets and systems integration. He is the member of several international advisory committees. A physicist by training, Dr. Frankl holds a Ph.D in energy and environmental technologies from the University of Rome. Dr. Frankl has over twenty years of experience working on renewable energy systems and markets, life cycle assessment and eco-labeling. From 2000 to 2002 he served as Advisor to the Director-General of the Italian Ministry for the Environment.

Irene Giner-Reichl

Irene Giner-Reichl has been a member of the Austrian Diplomatic Service since 1982. Her main area of expertise is economic and social development, women’s rights’ issues, environment, energy, and development cooperation. She has held numerous international bureau functions. From 1995 to 1998 she was the director of the international department of the Austrian Ministry for the Environment.   From 1998 to 2001 she was Austria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, IAEA, UNIDO and CTBTO in Vienna. From 2001 to 2004 she headed the UNIDO Office in New York in the rank of an Assistant Director General. From 2005 to 2012 she was in charge of Austria’s development policy and cooperation as Director General in the Ministry for European and International Affairs. Between 2012 and 2017 she was the Austrian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China and Mongolia, since July 2017 she is the Austrian Ambassador to Brazil and Suriname.   Irene Giner-Reichl founded the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE) in 1999 as a multi-stake-holder platform for dialogues on energy in the service of sustainable development and acted as Convenor for the GFSE’s global and regional meetings (www.gfse.at). Since 2013 she is Vice-President of REN 21 (www.ren21.net) and since May 2017 Founding Member of GWNET, the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition.

Steve Sawyer

Steve Sawyer joined GWEC as its first Secretary General in April 2007, representing the major national and regional associations as well as the major companies involved in the global wind industry.   Steve has worked in the energy and environment field since 1978. At GWEC he is focused on working with intergovernmental organisations and with opening up new markets for the industry in Latin America, Africa and Asia.   Steve is also a founding member of both REN21 and the IEA’s Renewable Industry Advisory Board. He advised the Chinese government on the formulation of its renewable energy legislation, and is as well an expert reviewer for the IPCC’s Working Group III. He grew up in rural New Hampshire and has lived in Amsterdam since 1989.

Stefan Gsänger

Stefan Gsänger has managed WWEA since its foundation in 2001. Under his direction, WWEA has become the voice of the wind sector worldwide, with members in more than 100 countries. WWEA attained Special Consultative Status at the UN. He is member of the managing committee of the RENAlliance, the executive committee of the Global100%RenewableEnergyPlatform, the steering committee of REN21, chairs the IRENA Coalition for Action community energy subgroup, and is adviser to governments and international organisations.

Marit Brommer

Marit Brommer is the executive director of the IGA. She took seat in April 2017 coming from the Oil and Gas sector with a decade of experience in technology deployment and geoscience portfolio management. Marit is keen to strengthen the activities with the Renewables Energy partners and is convinced to make Geothermal Energy to become a solid player in the Energy Transition.

The Mini-grid Policy Toolkit – Now in Portuguese!

The Mini-grid Policy Toolkit is for policy makers to navigate the mini-grid policy design process. It contains information on mini-grid operator models, the economics of mini-grids, and necessary policy and regulation that must be considered for successful implementation.   The publication specifically focuses on Africa. Progress on extending the electricity grid in many countries has remained slow because of high costs of gird-extension and limited utility/state budgets for electrification. Mini-grids provide an affordable and cost-effective option to extend needed electricity services. Putting in place the right policy for min-grid deployment requires considerable effort but can yield significant improvement in electricity access rates as examples from Kenya, Senegal and Tanzania illustrate.   The toolkit is available in English, French and Portuguese.

Steve Sawyer

Steve Sawyer joined GWEC as its first Secretary General in April 2007, representing the major national and regional associations as well as the major companies involved in the global wind industry. Steve has worked in the energy and environment field since 1978. At GWEC he is focused on working with intergovernmental organisations and with opening up new markets for the industry in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Steve is also a founding member of both REN21 and the IEA’s Renewable Industry Advisory Board. He advised the Chinese government on the formulation of its renewable energy legislation, and is as well an expert reviewer for the IPCC’s Working Group III. He grew up in rural New Hampshire and has lived in Amsterdam since 1989.

Stefan Gsänger

Stefan Gsänger has managed WWEA since its foundation in 2001. Under his direction, WWEA has become the voice of the wind sector worldwide, with members in more than 100 countries. WWEA attained Special Consultative Status at the UN. He is member of the managing committee of the RENAlliance, the executive committee of the Global100%RenewableEnergyPlatform, the steering committee of REN21, chairs the IRENA Coalition for Action community energy subgroup, and is adviser to governments and international organisations.