Influential and interesting in 2018 -- Adnan Z Amin

Director-general, International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena)


Experienced head of global agency leading the transition to sustainable energy sources

The Kenya-born development economist is now serving his second term as director-general of the intergovernmental organisation that serves as the principal platform for policy, technology, resources and financial knowledge of renewable energy.

Amin joined Irena in 2010, becoming its first director-general the following year.

He has more than 25 years of experience in renewable energy, sustainable development and environmental policy.

A key priority of his tenure in the role has been to create an "exclusive and agile organisation, responsive to the needs of its members".

The agency now has more than 170 members, giving it a truly global reach, and is widely recognised for the key contributions it has made to recent processes, such as the Paris Agreement and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Irena’s work is a long way from being completed, though, as he himself has pointed out.

"In the last six years, renewable-power capacity additions outpaced additions from fossil fuels and nuclear power combined.

"However, if we are to meet our climate goals, renewables deployment must accelerate six times faster than today," Amin said.