Adnan Amin

COP 28

Adnan Z. Amin is an experienced international official and development economist specializing in sustainable development. In December 2022, Mr. Amin was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the 28th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28). In his role, he has overall oversight and responsibility for supporting the COP28 President, leading the COP28 Office, and delivering COP28. Prior to this, Mr. Amin led a distinguished career serving the United Nations and international organizations for over 20 years. Mr. Amin served as the founding Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) from 2011 to 2019, leading the organization to become the authoritative voice of renewable energy and a leading player in the global energy transition. In recognition of his leadership and outstanding service to IRENA, he was granted the honorary title of Director-General Emeritus in 2019. He also served as Head of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination Secretariat, the Secretary-General’s principal policy coordination body comprising the Executive Heads of the UN system, as well as Executive Director of a major reform commission on coherence in the UN’s development, environment, and humanitarian activities. Previously, Mr. Amin was the Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) New York Office and led the Secretariat supporting the intergovernmental review of international environmental governance while also serving as a Trustee and Member of the Board of the World Conservation Monitoring Centre, one of the world’s premier biodiversity information institutions. Mr. Amin was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as a member of his High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change in September 2020 and has served on several advisory boards in the private sector and academia. Before his current appointment, he was Senior Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government until July 2022, specializing in geopolitics of the energy transition. In 2019 he was awarded the title of Honorary Professor of Practice at the University of Sussex Business School, his alma mater.

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Damilola Ogunbiyi

The UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All

Damilola Ogunbiyi is the CEO of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy. She is also a Commissioner for the Global Commission to End Energy Poverty and the Co-Chair of the COP26 Energy Transition Council. She is a global leader and advocate for the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7), which calls for access to reliable, affordable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030, in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change. Prior to joining SEforALL, Mrs. Ogunbiyi was the first female Managing Director of the Nigerian Rural Electrification Agency where she was responsible for successfully negotiating the Nigerian Electrification Project which is a USD 550 million facility (World Bank USD 350m and African Development Bank USD 200m) to rapidly construct solar mini grids and deploy solar home systems across Nigeria to close energy access gaps. She also conceptualised the Energizing Economies Initiative, which provides sustainable and affordable off-grid power solutions to economic clusters, including markets and industrial clusters in Nigeria, that is estimated to impact 1.2 million SMEs. Mrs. Ogunbiyi previously worked as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Power and Head of the Advisory Power Team in the Office of the Vice President of Nigeria. She was responsible for the Power Sector Recovery Programme, which is a series of policy, operational, governance and financial interventions to be implemented by the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN). Before joining the FGN, Mrs. Ogunbiyi was the first female to be appointed as the General Manager of the Lagos State Electricity Board. Under her leadership, five independent power projects were completed to deliver over 55 megawatts of power to Lagos State hospitals, schools, streetlights, and the Government secretariat. She entered public service as the Senior Special Assistant to the Lagos State Governor on Public Private Partnerships (PPP). Prior to her appointment, she was a consultant for the UK Department for International Development (DfID) on public-private partnerships. Mrs. Ogunbiyi maintains a keen interest in mentoring and empowering young people through skills acquisitions. She created the Lagos State Energy Academy to build the capacity of young people in renewable energy technology, and the Energizing Education Programme (EEP) which launched a Female STEM Student Internship Programme to provide hands-on practical experience in designing and constructing power systems for 700 female undergraduates. Mrs. Ogunbiyi is one of the Commissioners for the Global Commission to end energy poverty which is an initiative driven by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and The Rockefeller Foundation. She is the Co-Chair of the COP26 Energy Transition Council aimed at driving action to accelerate the shift to clean energy ahead of COP26 and to bring together leaders in the power sector across politics, finance and technology to speed up the transition from coal to clean renewable energy in developing countries. She is also a member of the Development Advisory Council of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), member of the clean cooking alliance advisory board and a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Oxford – Future of Cooling Programme.

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H.E. Keo Rottanak

Ministry of Mines and Energy, Cambodia

H.E. Keo Rottanak has held several prominent positions throughout his career. From September 2018 to August 2023, he served as the Minister attached to the Prime Minister and Managing Director of Electricite Du Cambodge (EDC). Prior to this, he was the Royal Government of Cambodia Delegate in charge of managing the EDC and also served as an Advisor to the Prime Minister from 2008 until September 2018. Between 2007 and 2008, he assumed the role of Acting Director General of Industry at the Ministry of Industry, Mines, and Energy. Earlier, from 2004 to 2008, he was the Director of the Minister’s Cabinet at the same ministry. He also held the position of National Program Officer for Governance at the Asian Development Bank’s Cambodia Office from 2002 to 2003. From 1999 to 2005, he directed the Department of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) at the Ministry of Industry, Mines, and Energy. He served as Lecturer & Deputy Director of Studies at the English Department of the Royal University of Phnom Penh from 1994 to 1995 and worked as an Assistant to the Country Manager of Thakral Brothers Ltd. of Singapore (Cambodia Office) from 1992 to 1994. In terms of elected office, H.E. Keo Rottanak was elected to the National Assembly in both 2013 and 2018. He has also been honored with prestigious scholarships, including the Monbusho Scholarship from the Government of Japan and the Fulbright Scholarship from the U.S. Government.

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