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8th Assembly of IRENA – Accelerating the Global Energy Transformation: Scaling up Renewable Energy Investment

Abu Dhabi, 2018-01-13

CPI’s Executive Director of Climate Finance, Dr. Barbara Buchner will be speaking on a ministerial roundtable titled, ‘Accelerating the Global Energy Transformation: Scaling up Renewable Energy Investment,’ at the eighth session of the Assembly of IRENA (International Renewable Energy Association) in Abu Dhabi.

At the Assembly, Dr. Buchner will present findings from the joint CPI/IRENA report, “Global Landscape of Renewable Energy Finance 2018,” which explores the how, where, and from whom renewable energy finance is flowing toward low-carbon activities.

Other speakers will include:

  • Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General, IRENA
  • John Defterios, Emerging Markets Editor-Anchor, CNNMoney
  • Kingsmill Bond, New Energy Analyst, Carbon Tracker Initiative / Advisor to TS Lombard

Panelists – policy makers – will include:

  • Ethiopia: HE Seleshi Bekele, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity
  • Germany: HE Rainer Baake, State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
  • India: HE Raj Kumar Singh, Minister of New and Renewable Energy, India
  • Jordan: HE Saleh Al Kharabsheh, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources
  • Rwanda: HE James Musoni, Minister of Infrastructure
  • United Arab Emirates: HE Suhail Mohamad Faraj Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy

Panelists – private sector – will include:

  • ACWA Power: Paddy Padmanathan, Chief Executive Office
  • Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar): Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer
  • RUSNANO: Anatoly Chubais, Chairman of the Executive Board
  • Citicorp: Michael Eckhart, Global Head of Environmental Finance and Sustainability
  • Yes Bank: Namita Vikas, Group President & Global Head – Climate Strategy and Responsible Banking

Panelists – public finance – will include:

  • Green Climate Fund (GCF): Howard Bamsey, Executive Director
  • African Development Bank (AfDB): Amadou Hott, Vice-President, Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD): Nandita Parshad, Managing Director, Energy and Natural Resources
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC): Dana R. Younger, Chief Renewable Energy Specialist

The Assembly is IRENA’s supreme decision-making body and brings together Heads of State, Ministers, government officials, and representatives from the private sector, civil society and other international organisations to reaffirm the global renewable energy agenda and make concrete steps to accelerate the global energy transition.

More information can be found here.