Francesco La Camera is the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). He brings more than thirty years of experience in the fields of climate, sustainability, and international cooperation.
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.
As Director of the IRENA’s Country Support and Partnerships Division since February 2019, Gurbuz Gonul oversees the agency’s work on supporting member countries in the development and implementation of national and regional renewable energy strategies and programmes through IRENA’s regional initiatives, tailored country support as well as partnership initiatives.
Mr. Gurbuz Gonul joined IRENA in 2014 as Head of Regions Unit. Formerly, he worked as Senior Energy Economist of the Islamic Development Bank between 2010 and 2014, where he led the work for the development of an Energy Sector Policy for the Bank as well as the processing of complex loan and technical assistance projects in Africa and Asia. Between 2004 and 2010, Mr. Gonul served as Senior Expert at the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels, where he spearheaded policy analysis, sectoral in-depth reviews, regional / country reviews concerning energy investments, trade and transportation. He also held positions in the EU Commission’s Delegation in Ankara and Turkey’s Ministry of Energy since 1993.
Mr. Gonul holds Master’s of Science and Bachelor’s of Science degrees in Oil and Gas Engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara.
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.