Removing Fossil Fuel Subsidies – Participants
Monday, 10 November 2014 / 16:30-18:00
Keynote: Henning Wuester, IRENA
Henning Wuester is currently Senior Programme Officer at the International
Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), heading IRENA’s work on renewable energy finance. From 2011 to early 2014, Mr. Wuester was working for the Green Climate Fund (GCF). He was the Secretary to the Transitional Committee that drafted the Governing Instrument for the GCF in 2011, heading a Technical Support Unit with senior staff from international financial institutions and UN agencies. Subsequently, he was the Senior Manager at the Interim Secretariat of the GCF, in charge of supporting the GCF Board, developing the Fund’s business model framework, setting up the Fund’s administrative policies and procedures and negotiating the headquarters agreement of the GCF with the Republic of Korea.
From 2003 to 2010, Mr. Wuester was Special Adviser to the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). He was responsible for the management of the Executive Office, for overall internal policy coordination processes within the UNFCCC secretariat, liaison with the United Nations Secretary-General, and for cooperation with other organizations, in particular UN system entities. Before joining the UNFCCC from 1991 to 2003, Mr. Wuester was at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, where he performed various functions in the secretariat of the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution. He studied economics and international law at Munich University (final degree in 1986) and obtained his PhD in economics there in 1990.
Moderator: Pradeep Monga, UNIDO
Dr. Pradeep Monga is Director of the Energy & Climate Change Branch at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) at its headquarters in Vienna, Austria and in his capacity he leads the energy and development related work at the international agency. Dr. Monga is an expert in the field of energy policy planning, energy technologies and financing mechanisms with over 30 years of working experience. His present responsibilities include giving developing countries strategic advice on energy policy issues, the supervision of networks of energy technology centres, and the coordination with UN Energy members on energy and climate issues.
Before UNIDO, Dr. Monga has worked for UNDP and has been a consultant with the World Bank, World Resource Institute in Washington DC, TERI in New Delhi and the FAO in Rome. Before the UN, Dr. Monga held senior positions in the Government of India and is a retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Himachal Pradesh cadre in India.
Peter Wooders, IISD
Peter Wooders is IISD’s Group Director, Energy. Based in Geneva, he has 20 years’ experience across the energy sector, with a particular specialization in electricity generation. Peter’s skills include the ability to analyze complex problems: he has developed a range of computer models including a suite of carbon market simulations covering both the EU and Kyoto systems.
Peter currently contributes to various IISD’s programmes, including Trade & Climate Change, notably Border Carbon Adjustment and the GHG impacts of possible Environmental Goods & Services agreements; Global Subsidies Initiative (fossil fuels and bio-fuels); Post-2012 Architecture of GHG Agreements; Carbon Markets and Climate Change Adaptation.
Initially trained as an engineer, Peter first worked in technology research with British Gas. He then spent 15 years as an Energy & Environment consultant, working on issues from energy efficiency in Hungary to the cost-benefit analysis of clean air policies in Egypt to the economics of nuclear waste disposition in the UK. His clients have included the World Bank, EBRD, various European Commission departments and a wide range of private sector companies.
Heike Mainhardt, Oil Change International
Heike Mainhardt is a Senior Analyst with Oil Change International where she coordinates
the International Campaign to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies. For twenty years, she has strived to provide empirical analysis to support initiatives in the field of environment, poverty, and development. Heike has consulted to a wide range of organizations, including civil society organizations, the US government, the United Nations, and the World Bank. She has been an expert contributor to the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change and the US Government’s greenhouse gas inventory. Before joining OCI, Heike held positions at the Bank Information Center, World Wildlife Fund, and ICF Consulting. Heike received her M.A. in Development Economics from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and holds a B.S. from the University of Michigan in Environmental Science.
Faruk Y. Yusuf
Faruk is presently an Assistant Director in the Department of Renewable Energy and Rural Power Access (RE&RA) of the Federal Ministry of Power, Abuja, Nigeria. He is a registered Electrical Engineer under the Council for the Regulation of Engineering Nigeria (COREN). He holds a B.SC. degree in Physics, M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and currently a part-time PhD student at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, where he is researching on “Techno-economic Impact and implications of Networked Micro-Utilities in ECOWAS region”.
In the last 5 years he has worked as Special Adviser (Technical) to 3 successive Ministers of State for Power in Nigeria, focusing on the development of National Policies on: Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Rural Electrification. He also represents the Federal Ministry of Power as a Desk officer of three International Development Cooperation Programmes: ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) sponsored by EU and the German Government, and Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Management Programme (NEWMAP) financed by the World Bank. He was the Desk Officer on Federal Government Power Projects Monitoring Attached to the office of the President from 2009 – 2010. Before his appointment as Special Adviser to Minister in 2009, Faruk had close to 10 years of experience in electrical inspections, testing and certification of power plants, transmission lines, and distribution networks as well as rural electrification project development and implementation under the Electrical Inspectorate Services Department of the Federal Ministry of Power in Nigeria. Faruk has served in several committees that help shaped the Nigeria Power Sector Reform Programmes, and has played a key role in developing the draft National Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Policy as well as the draft Rural Electrification Strategy and Plan of Nigeria.
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