We are delighted with the news that our Board Member, Marie Donnelly, has received the Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Energy Award at the recent SEAI Awards. Throughout her thirty year career in the European Commission, Marie has been a leading advocate of future oriented policies and strategies – most recently to accelerate the energy transition.
As the Director for Renewables, Energy Efficiency and Innovation, at DG Energy in the European Commission, she formulated key elements of the ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package designed to put energy efficiency first, achieve global leadership in renewable energies and provide a fair deal for consumers.
Earlier roles involved framing an overarching policy for the Pharmaceutical industry including Good Clinical Practice and the establishment of the European Medicines Agency, currently located in London; and policy responses particularly for business and employee adaptation to change stemming from globalisation and technological innovation.
As well as sitting on the board of Tipperary Energy Agency, Marie is currently a member of the Governance Committee of MaREI, the marine and renewable energy research, development and innovation Centre supported by Science Foundation Ireland and coordinated by the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) at University College Cork. She is also serving on the Steering Committee of the International Energy Research Centre (IERC), a state of the art facility established to implement new science in the energy space and hosted at the Tyndall Institute.
As a European Advisory Board Member of the Hawthorn Club, the only International Network for professional women in the energy industry, Marie advances the appointment of women to senior positions and mainstreams gender equality, with an emphasis that equality is for both women and men.
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