Under the auspices of the United Nations Secretary-General, the Council of Engineers for the Energy Transition (CEET) is a global, high-level body of engineers and energy systems experts contributing to the UN Secretary-General’s goal of building a coalition to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. In particular, CEET aims to advise on engineering pathways to achieve comprehensive decarbonization by mid-century.

The CEET was launched in September 2021 and is co-chaired by Gerd Müller, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and Professor Jeffrey Sachs, President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). The work of the CEET is undertaken by an independent and impartial council of recognized global experts, serving in their personal capacity and responding to requests for information by the UN System.

CEET core activities focus on:

  • Solving the challenges of scaling key technologies in support of the global energy transition;
  • Recommending guidelines to support countries in the implementation of their Nationally Determined Contributions in line with the Paris Agreement;
  • Publishing technical briefs on zero-carbon technologies, including breakthrough technologies;
  • Analyzing sectoral and integrated pathways at regional and local levels; and
  • Providing guidance and technical advice from a globally diverse expert perspective, ensuring a gender-responsive energy transition and decarbonization.

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Elena Crete

  • Head of Climate and Energy
  • SDSN Climate and Energy Program

Lyndsay Gehring

  • Program Associate
  • CEET

Daniel Bernstein

  • Special Assistant and Program Associate
  • Science Panel for the Amazon and Climate and Energy Program

CEET Members

Andrea Afranchi

  • Consultant
  • Managing Partner Energy Performance SRL

Luisa Valentim Barros

  • Head of Consulting Business Development- Global
  • WayCarbon

Irene Cañas Diaz

  • Head of Planning and Economic Studies Section
  • International Atomic Energy Agency

Roberta Cenni

  • Head of Biofuels
  • Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping

Babu Chalamala

  • Senior Scientist, Grid Modernization and Energy Storage
  • Sandia National Laboratories

Renato Ribeiro Ciminelli

  • President
  • Instituto Quadrilátero

Maher Chebbo

  • Managing Director - Envision Digital Europe
  • Envision Energy

Chukwuemeka Diji

  • Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Deputy Vice Chancellor
  • Kampala International University

Nida Farid

  • Founder
  • SaveJoules and NRF Engineering

Erik Gjernes

  • Senior Advisor
  • Gassnova SF

Emi Minghui Gui

  • Energy System - Lead
  • ClimateWorks Centre/Monash Sustainable Development Institute

Rashi Gupta

  • Managing Director
  • Vision Mechatronics Private Limited

Selen İnal

  • Founder and Clean Energy and Green Transition Senior Consultant and Country Advisor, Türkiye
  • Eco Muse Consulting and EIT InnoEnergy

Ana M. Lazarevska

  • Professor, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
  • Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje

Wei-Jen Lee

  • Professor and Director
  • The University of Texas at Arlington

Melissa Lott

  • Director of Research, Senior Research Scholar, and Co-Lead Power Sector Research Initiative
  • Columbia University, Center on Global Energy Policy

Norah Magero

  • Founder and CEO
  • Founder and CEO

Cristiana La Marca

  • Head of Environment
  • Enel S.p.A

Mercedes Maroto-Valer

  • Director and Deputy Principal
  • UK Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC) and Heriot-Watt University

Vijay Modi

  • Professor
  • Columbia University

Fatma Mohamed

  • Head, Department of Structural and Construction Engineering,
  • Head, Department of Structural and Construction Engineering

Majid Shafiepour Motlagh

  • Professor
  • University of Tehran

Peter Ozaveshe Oviroh

  • Researcher/Lecturer
  • University of Johannesburg

Henri Paillere

  • Head
  • Planning and Economic Studies Section, International Atomic Energy Agency

Juan Roberto Paredes

  • Senior Renewable Energy Specialist
  • Inter-American Development Bank

Alessandro Sanches Pereira

  • Senior Researcher and Lecturer
  • Curtin University

Bruno G. Pollet

  • President of Green Hydrogen Division
  • Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR)

Shuguang Qi

  • Chief Vice Engineer of CTTL / Professor in Engineering
  • China Academy of Information and Communication Technology (CAICT)

Satish Saini

  • Utilities Industry Specialist (T&D)
  • HEXstream

Jaideep Sandhu

  • Chief Technology Officer Global Business Unit Renewables

Karen Scrivener

  • Professor, Head of Laboratory of Construction Materials
  • EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne)

Vigya Sharma

  • Senior Research Fellow, Course Coordinator, and Primary Lecturer, Sustainable Minerals Institute
  • The University of Queensland

Izael Da Silva

  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation
  • Strathmore University

Semida Silveira

  • Professor
  • Cornell University

Nicolaos Theodossiou

  • Chair
  • SDSN Black Sea

Jessika Trancik

  • Professor, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Ju Wang

  • Deputy Secretary-General
  • China Society of Automotive Engineers

Mohammad Abu Zahra

  • Head of Middle East and North Africa Region
  • Global CCS Institute

Atiq Zaman

  • Associate Professor
  • Curtin University

Mohamed Ali Zerouali

  • Chief Development Officer
  • MEA Hif Global

Steering Committee

Jeffrey Sachs

  • President
  • SDSN Leadership

Gerd Müller

  • Co-Chair
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Kanika Chawla

  • Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL)

Andre Dzikus

  • UN Habitat

Robert Hamwey

  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Gajanana Hegde

  • United Nations Framework Conference on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Amal Kasry

  • United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Chibulu Luo

  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Carlo Papa

  • Enel Foundation

Lily Riahi

  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Minoru Takada

  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)

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