Director General Biography

Adnan Z. Amin


International Renewable Energy Agency

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 in renewable energy, sustainable development and environmental policy. Mr. Amin joined the Agency in 2010 as Interim Director-General. In April 2011, he was elected as IRENA’s first Director-General.

During his tenure, IRENA has achieved near universal membership and grown to become the global authority on renewable energy. The Agency today provides the world community with a strong, international co-operation framework to accelerate the energy transformation. A key priority of Mr. Amin’s tenure at IRENA has been to create an inclusive and agile organisation, responsive to the needs of its members. As such, the Agency is now recognised as a key contributor to processes such as the implementation of the Paris Agreement, the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the G7 and G20.

Prior to joining IRENA, Mr. Amin served as Head of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) Secretariat. In this capacity, he oversaw the Secretariat supporting the CEB in its UN system-wide policy co-ordination under the UN Secretary-General and comprising the Executive Heads of UN System organisations, at a time when major initiatives on climate change and the financial crisis were introduced. Mr. Amin also led the Secretariat for the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence in the areas of development, environment and humanitarian assistance. The panel undertook an unprecedented level of consultation, and proposed an ambitious reform programme that was widely implemented under the framework of “One UN” and “Delivering as One”.

Mr. Amin served as the Director of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) New York Office, and as Special Representative of the UNEP Executive Director. In this function, he played the lead role in supporting the ministerial-level intergovernmental process to review International Environmental Governance and UNEP’s participation in the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

He has also been a Trustee and Member of the Board of Directors of the Cambridge, UK-based World Conservation Monitoring Centre, considered one of the premier biodiversity information institutions in the world. Mr. Amin is a development economist specialising in sustainable development. He is a national of Kenya.