Irena names Ital­ian of­fi­cial as di­rec­tor gen­eral

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The In­ter­na­tional Re­new­able En­ergy Agency an­nounced that its next di­rec­tor gen­eral will be an Ital­ian, Francesco La Cam­era.

The an­nounce­ment came dur­ing the ninth assem­bly of Irena, the in­ter­gov­ern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion that seeks to pro­mote the adop­tion of re­new­able en­ergy, this week in Abu Dhabi.

Mr La Cam­era will take of­fice on April 4, suc­ceed­ing Ad­nan Amin who has been in of­fice since 2011. The new di­rec­tor gen­eral has been elected for a term of four years.

Mr Amin, a Kenyan diplo­mat and de­vel­op­ment econ­o­mist, was also recog­nised for his out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the es­tab­lish­ment by be­ing awarded the honorary ti­tle of di­rec­tor gen­eral emer­i­tus.

The agency mem­bers com­mended him for his lead­er­ship dur­ing the for­ma­tive years of the agency and his con­tri­bu­tion to en­sur­ing the body would carry out its mis­sion of speed­ing up the adop­tion of re­new­able en­ergy across the world.

Mr La Cam­era is the di­rec­tor gen­eral for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment, En­ergy and Cli­mate at the Ital­ian Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment, Land and Sea.

He has rep­re­sented the coun­try in many in­ter­na­tional del­e­ga­tions and at con­fer­ences around the world on top­ics re­lat­ing to the en­vi­ron­ment.

From 2006 to 2008, Mr La Cam­era taught sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment at the Mediter­ranea Univer­sity of Reg­gio Cal­abria in Cal­abria, and from 2003 to 2010 was pro­fes­sor of en­vi­ron­men­tal and land eco­nomics at the Univer­sita Roma Tre in Rome.

Gov­ern­ment min­is­ters and en­ergy of­fi­cials took to Twit­ter to wel­come the new di­rec­tor gen­eral, and thank his pre­de­ces­sor.

Dr Thani Al Zey­oudi, Min­is­ter of Cli­mate Change and En­vi­ron­ment, said that Mr Amin had made a his­toric mark in speed­ing up the tran­si­tion to re­new­able en­ergy.

Dutch Am­bas­sador to the UAE Frank Mollen said he looked for­ward to work­ing with Mr La Cam­era, and Do­minique Ris­tori, the di­rec­tor gen­eral of the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, of­fered his ‘full sup­port’.

Francesco La Cam­era will be Irena’s new di­rec­tor gen­eral Irena

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