International Renewable Energy Agency

Adnan Z. Amin is the Director-General of IRENA, currently serving his second term. He was elected as the Agency’s first Director-General in 2011. During his tenure, IRENA has grown to 149 Member States and has become the global authority on renewable energy. The agency today provides the world community with a strong international cooperation framework to accelerate the sustainable energy transformation, as a major pathway to fostering sustainable development and one of the most important solutions to climate change.

Mr. Amin has over 25 years of experience in international environment and sustainable development policy, as well as in the political, management, and interagency coordination functions of the United Nations (UN). Mr. Amin has held senior positions in the UN, including as Head of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination Secretariat, Director of the New York Office of the United Nations Environment Programme, and Executive Director of the Secretariat of the Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence. He is currently a member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All.

Mr. Amin is a development economist specializing in sustainable development. He is a national of Kenya.