Board of Directors

Lawrence Agbemabiese

Founding Member


Lawrence Agbemabiese founded the Planet Institute of Transition Engineering & Management, while serving as an associate professor at the Energy and Environmental Policy (ENEP) program, University of Delaware (UD). Before joining UD, he served as senior program officer at the Energy and Climate Branch, UN Environment, Paris, France. In that capacity, he led several national and global initiatives on clean energy and low-carbon development including international collaborative research and institutional capacity building projects in developing countries.

Youba Sokona



Professor Youba Sokona was elected Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in October 2015. Prior to this, Youba Sokona was Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III on the mitigation of climate change for the Fifth Assessment Report after serving as a Lead Author since 1990. Youba Sokona is currently the Special Advisor for Sustainable Development at the South Centre. With over 35 years of experience addressing energy, environment and sustainable development in Africa, Youba Sokona is a well-known, leading global figure.

John Byrne



John Byrne is director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP) and distinguished professor of energy and climate policy at the University of Delaware. He has contributed to Working Group III of the United Nations-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1992. The Panel was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He serves as chairman of the board of the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment (FREE), an international organization established to promote abetter future based on energy, water and materials conservation, renewable energy use, environmental resilience, and sustainable livelihoods.

Yacob Mulugetta



Yacob Mulugetta is a Professor of Energy and Development Policy at the University College London. He is a founding member of the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Yacob has 25 years of research, teaching and advisory experience specialising on the links between energy infrastructure provision and human welfare. He is currently lead author in the IPCC 6th Assessment Report. Yacob recently led the chapter on Energy Transitions in UNEP’s Emissions Gap Report (2019). Yacob Mulugetta is a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS).


Lily Odarno

Senior Associate, World Resources Institute Energy Program


Dr. Lily Odarno is a Senior Associate with the World Resources Institute’s Energy Program. She manages the Institute’s energy access policy and planning engagements in East Africa. In this role, she works with lead energy agencies, line ministries, the private sector and civil society organizations across the region, to promote integrated energy access solutions through innovations in policy design and strategic partnerships. Lily’s interests span decentralized renewables for energy access, integrated energy planning, the energy-development nexus and just energy transitions.

Steve Hegedus

Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Delawaare


Professor Hegedus has been involved in solar photovoltaic (PV) research and applications for over 35 years. In 1982, he joined the research staff of the Institute of Energy Conversion (IEC) at University of Delaware (UD). As of 2018 he has a split appointment as a Continuing Track Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and a Senior Scientist at IEC. His research has encompassed commercially active solar cell technologies supported by both Department of Energy and industry funding. He is also exploring the application of microgrids and smart inverters to increase the contribution of solar on the grid while also increasing grid stability. He co-edited the 1st and 2nd editions of the “Handbook of Photovoltaic Science and Engineering” (Wiley and Sons 2003, 2011).

Francis Kemausuor

Associate Professor, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology


Francis Kemausuor is Associate Professor in Renewable Energy Technology and Policy, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, and Director of the Brew-Hammond Energy Center, KNUST, Ghana. He led energy sustainability projects funded by UNIDO, UNDP, the European Union Energy Initiative’s Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI-PDF), UNESCO, UNEP, DANIDA and the Ghana Energy Commission. Francis has also served as Visiting Lecturer at the Pan African University – Institute of Energy and Water Sciences, Tlemcen, Algeria and the Ecole Superieure des Metiers des Energies Renouvelables, Abomi-Calavi, Benin.

Benjamin Attia

Senior Research Analyst at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables


Benjamin Attia is a Senior Research Analyst in the Energy Transition practice at Wood Mackenzie, a global energy consultancy. He leads the firm's work on solar markets in Africa and the Middle East, and of off-grid power markets globally. He also conducts affiliated research as a Non-Resident Fellow at the Energy for Growth Hub, the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines, and the Foundation for Renewable Energy & Environment, and directs Market Development and Strategy for Mee Panyar, a startup implementing a community-based operations and capacity-building model for mini-grids in rural Myanmar.

S. Ismat Shah

Professor, Materials Science & Engineering; Physics & Astronomy, University of Delawaare


Professor Shah joined the University of Delaware in 1999 where he currently holds joint appointments in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Physic and Astronomy. He is also the Director of Energy and Environment Policy Program (ENEP). As a trained engineer, his focus is to bridge the disciplines of policy with engineering through his research on solar energy, renewable GHG (farm gases) and distributed off grid power. He is the recipient of the “Excellence in Outreach and Global Community Services Award”, College of Engineering, University of Delaware, Madhuri and Jagdish N. Sheth International Alumni Award for Community Engagement, University of Illinois, Mentor Award, Society of Vacuum Coaters. His research focuses on designing new materials for water, energy and environmental applications, distributed power optimization, renewable GHG, energy and environmental ethics and policy. He has published more than 250 papers in these areas and has 6 related patents.

Robert Ddamulira

Instructor & PhD Candidate, ENEP, University of Delaware


Robert Ddamulira is an instructor & PhD candidate (ABD) at the University of Delaware (UD)’s Energy & Environmental Policy program. Before joining UD, Robert worked with WWF for nearly 9 years as the Africa Energy Coordinator overseeing WWF’s energy sustainability work across 14 African nations. Robert’s current research and professional interests span a wide range of subjects including Energy policy analysis and eco-entrepreneurship with a specific focus on energy efficiency, sustainable forestry, market and nature based solutions to climate change as well as off-grid energy access solutions.

Babatunde Idrisu

Energy Policy Manager, Maryland Energy Administration


Dr. Babatunde Idrisu is an Energy Policy Manager, regulatory affairs at the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA). In this role, He supports the clean energy policies of the Maryland State Government and represents the MEA in stakeholder meetings and conferences. He works closely with the State's Public Service Commission, public utilities, regional transmission operator, and other State agencies to design, implement, and improve state policies. He also researches the potential economic, environmental, and social impacts of Maryland clean energy and energy efficiency policies. Tunde's primary interest is the development of decentralized energy solutions to accelerate the transition to sustainability

Joseph Nyangon

Senior Research Fellow, Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment (FREE)


Dr. Joseph Nyangon is senior research fellow at the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment (FREE). His research focuses on investigating the economic impacts of energy and environmental policy stringencies using dynamic and multi-regional econometric models. He is a postdoctoral research fellow with the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Delaware where he is researching overarching trends shaping electricity sector, including the rapid proliferation of distributed energy resources; policy, design and operation of electric power systems; and proactive regulatory reforms to support zero-carbon energy innovations. He is also a non-resident fellow with the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines and a research fellow with the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies’ (SAIS) Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP).