Paolo Frankl is Head of the Renewable Energy Division at the International Energy Agency (IEA), which he joined in 2007. Dr. Frankl leads the IEA’s work on renewable energy, providing policy advice in the areas of technology, markets and systems integration. He is a member of several international advisory committees, including the EU PVSEC International Scientific Advisory Board and the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres.
A physicist by training, Dr. Frankl holds a Ph.D in energy and environmental technologies from the University of Rome. He was also Marie Curie post-doc research fellow at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
Dr. Frankl has over twenty years of experience working on renewable energy systems and markets, life cycle assessment and eco-labeling. Prior to joining the IEA, he worked as Senior Researcher for the Italian Research Institute, Ambiente Italia, and was Scientific Head of the Italian environmental research and consulting firm, Ecobilancio. From 2000 to 2002 he served as Advisor to the Director-General of the Italian Ministry for the Environment. Dr. Frankl also spent many years in Assistant Professor positions in environmental technologies at the University of Rome, University of Florence, and l’Ecole des Mines de Paris.