Adnan Z. Amin is the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), currently serving his second term. He has more than 25 years of experience and recognised accomplishments in the international arena, primarily in the fields of sustainable development.
As Deputy Director-General since December 2015, Sakari Oksanen supports the Director-General in managing IRENA’s work programme and associated resources. He leads and oversees IRENA’s programmatic work, ensuring close linkages amongst planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the programmatic activities.
Prior to joining IRENA, Mr. Oksanen worked as a Managing Director and in various senior management positions with two Nordic consulting groups in their operations in Finland, China, Singapore and Thailand. He has 25 years of international management experience in the field of technical advisory and engineering design for energy, infrastructure and industry sectors. Apart from company management, Mr. Oksanen has led and participated as an advisor in numerous national energy planning, investment analysis and renewable energy studies and investment projects in Africa and Asia. He has a Master’s degree in energy economy and power systems from Helsinki University of Technology.
As Director, Strategic Management and Executive Direction, and Chief of Staff of IRENA, Mohamed El-Farnawany oversees the Governance Support Office, Communications, Legal Affairs, Protocol and Liaison, in addition to the agency’s Observer Office in New York. He started his work with the agency in October 2011 as Secretary of the Governing Bodies.
David Iyamah joined IRENA in June 2015 as Director of the Administration and Management Services Division, with responsibility for overseeing the provision of human resources, budget and finance, general services, procurement and information communication and technology sections. Mr. Iyamah brings over 29 years of senior management work experience in the United Nations, government, non-profit and public sectors, focusing on administration and management, financial management, strategic planning, programme/project development and implementation in the field of international development.
As Director, Planning and Programme Support, Elizabeth Press oversees the internal co-ordination and the strategic integration of extra-budgetary resources in IRENA’s programmatic work; leads the reporting on programmatic matters to governing bodies and individual donors; facilitates Agency-wide participation in global or thematic initiatives; and contributes to strengthening IRENA’s presence in Europe, including at the EC level and with Germany as Host Country.
Henning Wuester oversees the Agency’s work on knowledge, policy and finance, including: efforts to produce up-to-date and authoritative renewable energy data and information; analysis to identify best practice in renewable energy policies and finance; and advice and support to countries, tailoring policy and investment analysis to renewables deployment in the field.