Senior Management

Adnan Z. Amin


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.

Mohamed El - Farnawany

Director, Strategic Management and Executive Direction

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.

Before joining IRENA, Mr. El-Farnawany represented Egypt as Minister Plenipotentiary and Deputy Chief of Mission in Paris. Prior to this assignment, he held a number of positions in his Government and its diplomatic service, including Political and Economic Officer in the office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Congressional Liaison in Washington, D.C.

He served in New York as Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Egypt to the United Nations, where he actively participated in the 2005 World Summit, as well as other negotiations including financing for development, South-South co-operation and funds and programmes. He later worked in the UN Secretariat as Senior Officer in the Secretary General’s High-level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence in the areas of development, humanitarian assistance and the environment.

Earlier in his career, Mr. El-Farnawany was a Teaching and Research Assistant in international relations and development studies at the American University in Cairo and International Coordinator at the Arab Organization for Human Rights.

Mr. El-Farnawany holds a Master’s of Philosophy in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, U.K. He graduated from the Diplomatic Institute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cairo, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics from the American University in Cairo.

Dolf Gielen

Director of the Innovation and Technology Center in Bonn

As Director of the IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre in Bonn since 2011, Dolf Gielen oversees the agency’s work on advising member countries in the area of technology status and roadmaps, energy planning, cost and markets and innovation policy frameworks.

Before joining IRENA, Dolf Gielen was Chief of the Energy Efficiency and Policy Unit at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna. In that capacity, he managed a number of large projects involving energy efficiency and renewable energy (including those in Sri Lanka, Ukraine and India). Previously, he was a Senior Energy Analyst in the Energy Technology Policy Division of the International Energy Agency, Paris.

Dolf Gielen has a PhD in Energy and Materials Modelling from the Technical University of Delft. He graduated with an MA in Environmental Sciences at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Elizabeth Press

Director, Planning and Programme Support

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.

Ms. Press joined IRENA in November 2010 and was a member of the team that led the transition from the Preparatory Commission to becoming a full-fledged Agency in April 2011. Prior to joining IRENA, Ms. Press had some 18 years of international experience, mainly with the United Nations, in the field of development, humanitarian assistance, rule of law and political affairs. She has served in HQ duty stations in New York and Geneva, as well as in different field locations, including Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi, DRC, Cambodia, and Kosovo. Ms. Press holds an MA in Public Administration.

Ahmed Abdel-Latif

Chief, Office of the Director-General

Moez Charfeddine

Chief Information Communications Technology

Rabia Ferroukhi

Acting Director, Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre; Head of Policy Unit

Gurbuz Gonul

Acting Director, Country Support and Partnerships

Terseli Loial

Legal Advisor

Neil MacDonald

Senior Editor and Publications Manager

Toshiaki Nagata

Senior Programme Officer, NDC Implementation

Bruce Neese

Deputy Director, Administration and Management Services

Roland Roesch

Deputy Director, IRENA Innovation and Technology Center (IITC)

Luay Naim Shalkhoub

Chief Procurement Officer

Jeffrey Skeer

Senior Programme Officer – Technology Co-operation (Bioenergy)

Michael Taylor

Senior Analyst, Renewable Cost Status and Outlook

Salvatore Vinci

Head, Partnerships and Technical Advisory Services

Adrian Whiteman

Senior Programme Officer – Statistics