Senior Management

Francesco La Camera

Director-General

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.

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.

Gurbuz Gonul

Director, Country Support and Partnerships

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.

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

Sabah Ahmad Dalvi

Acting, Chief Communications Officer

Moez Charfeddine

Chief Information Communications Technology

Rabia Ferroukhi

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

Terseli Loial

Legal Advisor

Neil MacDonald

Senior Editor and Publications Manager

Bruce Neese

Deputy Director, Administration and Management Services

Roland Roesch

Deputy Director, IRENA Innovation and Technology Center (IITC)

Luay Naim Shalkhoub

Chief Procurement Officer

Michael Taylor

Senior Analyst, Renewable Cost Status and Outlook

Salvatore Vinci

Deputy Director, Country Support and Partnerships Division

Adrian Whiteman

Senior Programme Officer – Statistics