Sustainable Energy Solutions: Technologies, Trends and Policy Options – Faculty


United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Chief of the UNIDO Institute for Capacity Development

image003Jacek Cukrowski provides leadership to all the activities of the UNIDO Institute for Capacity Development and manages its operations. Before joining UNIDO he worked for United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as an adviser and a team leader at Regional Center for Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States. Previously he was with the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE) in Poland and earlier with the Economic Institute of Academy of Science of the Czech Republic. His academic background includes MSc in system engineering, PhD in computer science, and PhD and habilitation (i.e., a senior post-doctoral qualification) in economics. He has extensive teaching and research experience in international trade, development economics and macroeconomics. He is an author or co-author of numerous publications in refereed international journals and books and chapters in books. In 2009, in recognition of sustained professional and academic excellence he received the title of Professor conferred by the President of Poland upon a motion of the Central Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles of the Republic of Poland.

REN 21
Executive Secretary

image005Christine Lins was appointed as Executive Secretary of REN21, the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, in July 2011. REN21 is a global public-private multi-stakeholder network on renewable energy regrouping international organizations, governments, industry association, science and academia as well as NGOs working in the field of renewable energy. REN21’s Secretariat is based at UNEP in Paris/France.
Christine Lins came to REN21 from the European Renewable Energy Council, the united voice of Europe’s renewable energy industry, where she served as Secretary-General for 10 years from 2001 – 2011. Previously, Ms. Lins worked in a regional energy agency in her home country, Austria. She has a Master’s degree in international economics and holds more than 18 years of working experience in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Industrial Development Officer at the Industrial Energy Efficiency Unit
Energy and Climate Change Branch

image007Marco is working as Industrial Development Officer with the Industrial Energy Efficiency Unit of UNIDO. He has more than 10 years working experience in the development and implementation of research and international technical cooperation projects in the fields of renewable energy technologies and industrial energy efficiency.
Since 2007 Marco has been part of the UNIDO team that developed the UNIDO Programme on Energy Management System Standards and Energy System Optimization and over the last 3 years he has been actively engaged in the implementation of the Programme in several countries, including South Africa, Moldova, Macedonia and Russia. Marco has represented UNIDO in ISO Project Committee 242 – Energy Management (now ISO TC 242) where he actively contributed to the activities of the Committee’s working groups and to the development and drafting of the current ISO 50001.
Marco holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy.


United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Chief of the Renewable and Rural Energy Unit
Energy and Climate Change Branch

image009Diego Masera as the Chief of the Renewable Energy Unit at UNIDO is in charge of a global project portfolio in developing countries and economies in transition with a value of over USD 200 million. Diego Masera holds a PhD in Renewable Energy with focus on the development of a sustainable industrial model based on the use of renewable energies, carbon sequestration and poverty reduction. He worked in the promotion and development of Renewable Energies and Appropriate Technologies in Africa for over ten years. He served for five years as a Regional Coordinator for the Industry, Technology and Economics Programme of UNEP in Latin America and the Caribbean and a similar period as UNDP’s Climate Change Regional Coordinator in the same region. Diego Masera has an extensive experience of hand-on renewable energy project implementation covering more than 40 countries. He is the author of several articles and books on Climate Change, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Production and Consumption.

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Energy and Climate Change Branch

image011Pradeep Monga is Director of Energy and Climate Change at UNIDO. He provides strategic policy advice to member states on sustainable energy and industrial issues, and leads an inter-disciplinary team of energy experts, planners and networks of international energy technology centers at UNIDO to promote technical cooperation projects and partnerships in the field of energy efficiency, renewable energy and low carbon technologies. Prior to joining UNIDO in 2001, Monga worked with UNDP overseeing their energy and environment portfolio in India. Previously, he held senior positions in the Government of India, and undertook several international assignments with the World Bank, FAO and other multi/bi-lateral organizations. A Fulbright Scholar, Monga has been a visiting Fellow at TERI, New Delhi, and World Resources Institute, Washington, DC and completed the leadership and change management programme at the Harvard Business School. He is closely involved in global partnerships and networks on energy such as the UN Energy, Global Bioenergy Partnership, REEEP, REN 21, and has been closely associated with the global initiative on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL). Monga has published several papers. He is currently working on his fourth book “Renewable Energy for Industrial Applications: A Case Study of India”.

Energotech, Ljubljana, Slovenia

image013Peter Novak was working as full professor at University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. Retired end of 1998, he established the energy consulting company Energotech with activities on energy planning, efficiency and applied research on renewable energy. Presently, he is Vice-chairman of the Scientific Committee of the European Environmental Agency, Copenhagen.
Past activities: Full professor and Chief Laboratory for HVAC and Solar Energy all at Fac. of Mech. Eng. Ljubjana (1975-1998), President of the University Council, University of Ljubljana, (1990-1991), Dean of Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, 1991//95, Dean of High School for Technologies and Systems, Novo mesto and Director of the Institute for High-technologies and Systems 2006 -2012.
Scientific Activities: Heat and mass transfer in buildings and building equipment (author of many former Slovenian and Yugoslav standard in this fields). Policy and legal advice to authorities in Slovenia and former Yugoslavia on environmental, air pollution, energy system and sustainable development matters. Preparation of regulations and standards related to energy and environment, special for building thermal envelope design and air pollution, specialist for renewable, solar technology, activities in different national and international societies: Commission member and president E-1 Air Conditioning 1973 – 2003, Member of Scientific Council IIR, 1995 – 1999, Honorary Member of IIR, 2003, Fellow and Life member of ASHRAE 1999; Honorary Member of REHVA, SITHOK, SLOSE, ISES silver Member, 1982;
Publications and Mentorships: Author and co-author of more than 430 scientific papers, studies, reviews, committee reports and other documents, owner of 10 patents, supervisor – mentor of 20 PhD students, more than 25 Master students and more than 300 engineering students.

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Associate Industrial Development Officer, Partnerships and Results Monitoring Branch / Partnerships Mobilization Unit / UNIDO GEF Coordination

image015Ganna Onysko works as an officer within the UNIDO Global Environment Facility (GEF) Coordination team since November 2010. In this capacity she contributes to UNIDO GEF project portfolio management and monitoring, as well as to ensuring UNIDO’s compliance with the relevant GEF policies and regulations.
Prior to joining UNIDO Ms. Onysko spent two years as an associate on the Climate Change team of the GEF Secretariat. Before joining the GEF, she completed consultancy assignments with the Europe and Central Asia Private Sector and Finance Development team of the World Bank, Accion International, Resources for the Future, and World Relief.
Ms. Onysko holds an M.A. Degree in International Economics, Development and Finance from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Studies from Macalester College.

IIASA (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis)

image017Simon Parkinson is a Research Assistant with IIASA’s Energy Program. In addition, he holds a joint position as a Research Assistant with the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems at the University of Victoria, where he is pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.
Mr. Parkinson’s main area of scientific interest is the modeling and analysis of energy systems and the corresponding interdependencies of energy infrastructure on ecosystem services (e.g., land and water resources). He holds an M.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Victoria, and a B.Sc. in Engineering Physics from the University of Saskatchewan. He previously worked as an Energy Systems Consultant in the United States, and has spent time as a Research Engineer at national laboratories in Canada and Spain.

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Renewable and Rural Energy Unit, Energy and Climate Change Branch
Industrial Development Officer

image021Nina Zetsche is an Industrial Development Officer at the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in Vienna. With over ten years of work experience at the interface of environment and business, she has concentrated particularly on climate change and the mechanisms under the UNFCCC, renewable energy and energy-efficiency.
Having worked for both industry and government clients, Nina has been able to develop a strong set of multi-disciplinary, transferable skills with a focus on project/programme management, system and process development and capacity building. Her strength lies in engaging with a wide variety of stakeholders in different cultural environments to develop intelligent, context specific strategies and action plans that deliver effective, long-term solutions.
Nina holds a MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London as well as a MA in Communication Science from Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Munich and a BSc (Economics) Politics & International Relations from the University of London (LSE).