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New, Multilateral Clean Energy Ministerial Secretariat Team Announced

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM)—a unique partnership of 25 key countries working together to accelerate the global energy transition—is pleased to announce the staff selected to support the new CEM Secretariat based at the International Energy Agency’s (IEA's) headquarters in Paris, France. The new CEM Secretariat team consists of experts on international diplomacy and clean energy policy from around the world. This diverse team, which captures the breadth of CEM membership, will help facilitate increased international cooperation and collaborative work through the CEM.

At the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial, hosted by the United States in San Francisco in June 2016, CEM ministers made the decision to establish a new, multilateral CEM Secretariat hosted at the IEA. The creation of a multilateral secretariat was part of an enhanced effort, called “CEM 2.0,” to increase the effectiveness of the CEM as an international implementation forum. Previously, the CEM Secretariat had been hosted at the U.S. Department of Energy, although leadership of individual initiatives and campaigns is shared among CEM members and the hosting of the annual ministerial meeting is rotated among CEM member countries.

The diversity of the new Secretariat staff reflects the CEM’s renewed focus on international collaboration and shared leadership. The CEM recognizes that as clean energy is increasingly driven by emerging economies, global political leadership in advancing clean energy will be increasingly shared. The new, multilateral CEM Secretariat brings together diverse global expertise to help ensure that the CEM continues to serve a fundamental role in facilitating the global energy transition.

The new CEM Secretariat team is introduced below, with longer biographies available in the Secretariat Staff summary document

Christian Zinglersen, Head of the CEM Secretariat, took his position on February 1 whilst the additional members of the CEM Secretariat staff took their posts on July 1. All members of the CEM Secretariat were on-site at the eighth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8) on June 6–8, 2017, in Beijing, China.

Christian Zinglersen, Head of Secretariat

Christian Zinglersen is the first Head of the CEM Secretariat hosted at the IEA. He previously served as Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities, and Climate, where he was a member of the Ministry’s Executive Board and was responsible for the energy policy portfolio. He also served as the Danish government’s representative and Vice-Chair of the IEA’s Governing Board; the Danish participant in the Director-General meetings on energy policy within the European Union; and Denmark’s senior-level representative, or “Sherpa,” to the CEM. He is a Danish national.

Rui Luo, Deputy Head of Secretariat

Rui Luo is a seasoned clean energy and climate professional with extensive strategy, management, and implementation experience across public, private, and non-governmental sectors. He previously worked across various organizations and programs in clean energy, energy efficiency, climate policy, and carbon markets—including the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group, EU-China and U.S.-China bilateral cooperation programs, and climate-consulting firm ICF International. He is a Chinese national.

Sarbojit Pal, Manager of Partnerships

Sarbojit Pal is a researcher working on various aspects of integrated energy data and modeling, new and renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable transportation. He is currently engaged as a consultant with the government of India’s think tank National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, where he is assisting Indian states in creating their Renewable Energy Roadmaps in accordance with India’s 175 GW renewable energy target for 2022. He is an Indian national.

Ellina Levina, Manager of Partnerships

Ellina Levina has 20 years of international experience in climate change and energy policy. She has worked as an analyst and project manager at the IEA, directed an international climate program at the U.S.-based think tank Center for Clean Air Policy, and worked for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. She is Russian–American.

Eva Stepniewska, Manager of Operations and Communications

Eva Stepniewska has been working in the energy sector for the past 6 years and has spent the last 3 years as a Senior Policy Adviser for the government of the United Kingdom (UK). Most recently, she assisted in the strategy and planning for the UK’s exit from the European Union. Prior to this, she worked for 3 years at Argus Media as a reporter and deputy editor covering coal markets and providing news and analysis in the energy sector. She is a Polish national.

Susannah Nash, Office and Event Coordinator

Susannah Nash previously worked in the OECD Environment Directorate Directors’ Office. She has 7 years’ experience in other OECD positions, working with directors and events and publication teams in Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, and the Statistics Directorate. She has worked in logistics and events in both the travel and wine industries in Spain, Italy, and London. She is a British national.

Rachael Briggs, Senior Advisor

Rachael Briggs has over 10 years of experience in government and international organizations. She worked on a broad spectrum of policy issues for the UK government before specializing in policy project and program management with a focus on energy and low-carbon high growth. She has managed the IEA’s extensive portfolio of voluntary contributions and served as a legal advisor. She played a leading role in the creation of the new CEM Secretariat at the IEA. She is a British national.


Rodolfo Lobato, Senior Advisor

Rodolfo Lobato is a specialist in planning for regional development, protection of natural resources, and energy. He has combined his research and advisory work throughout his professional career. He has worked mainly in Mexico, Central America, and South America, with the federal government of Mexico, GTZ/GIZ, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the World Wide Fund for Nature. In 2016, he collaborated in the World Economic Outlook Special Report on the Mexico Energy Outlook as an official seconded from the Energy Ministry of Mexico to the IEA. He is a Mexican national.

Xie Xi, Senior Advisor

Xie Xi has supported the Head of the Secretariat in the management of daily operational tasks and communications since it was first established in February 2017. She is an Official/Program Manager with more than 10 years’ experience in policy analysis and energy technology-related research, as well as in coordinating international and national collaborative projects. She is seconded from the Ministry of Science and Technology of China and recently spent a year and a half working for the IEA Directorate of Sustainability, Technology, and Outlooks. She is a Chinese national.

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