Dolf Gielen is director of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) in Bonn. Since the official opening of the IITC in 2011, he holds the overall responsibility for advising member countries in the area of technology and innovation, including technology status and outlooks, energy planning, cost and markets, standardization and quality control, as well as innovation policy frameworks. He oversees agency’s activities in providing governments with the means for an accelerated renewable energy technology uptake tailored to their needs, allowing for national economic conditions and resource endowment.
Prior to joining IRENA, Dolf Gielen was Chief of the Energy Efficiency and Policy Unit at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna. In that capacity, he led a number of large implementation projects for energy efficiency and renewable energy. Formerly, he was responsible for Energy Technology Scenarios and Planning at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris.
Dolf Gielen holds a PhD from the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands.