Francesco La Camera, new IRENA Director General
Francesco La Camera, Director General for Sustainable Development, Energy and Climate at the Italian Ministry of Environment, has been elected Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) by the inter-governmental agency’s assembly meeting in Abu Dhabi on Sunday 13th January, 2019. He will take office on 4th April, 2019 and serve for a period of four years. La Camera is taking over the post from Kenyan Adnan Amin.
Created in 2009 and based in Abu Dhabi, the IRENA brings together 160 states. A further twenty or so are in the process of applying for membership. The agency’s mission is to promote renewable energy on a global scale and exchanges of information between its members.
Francesco La Camera received the backing of the European Union, having led Europe’s negotiations at the COP20 in Lima. The senior Italian civil servant had also been in charge of his country’s delegation at the three previous COP summits. A graduate in political sciences at the University of Messina, he lectured in environmental and land economics at Rome University’s faculty of engineering between 2003 and 2010.