Energy Efficiency Actions in Georgia and Tbilisi (Webinar) - 01.06.2017


The Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency is hosting a no-cost webinar series ‘Think globally, act locally’ in order to explore how energy efficiency policies and actions are linked together at the global, national and local levels of decision-making and how potentially local actions can drive policy and market transformation at the higher levels of governance. 
Each webinar will start with the global level discussion on the trends and development in the field of energy efficiency followed by the real-life examples from one country and one city on their efforts to improve energy efficiency through policies and projects implementation. 

In April 2017 the Copenhagen Centre organised the first webinar in this series on energy efficiency experiences in Denmark and Copenhagen. 

This webinar is the second in the series and will focus on Georgia, and its capital Tbilisi, which will cover the following topics: 
• National level: Energy efficiency policy development in Georgia 
• City level: Tbilisi - Energy efficiency actions at the local level 
• Global level: Investments into energy efficiency: challenges and opportunities 


Short Bio:
Tim Farrell is a Senior Advisor at the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency contributing to SE4All's ambitious target of doubling energy efficiency improvement by 2030 by providing strategic and analytical support to countries, developing a knowledge management system and supporting global collaborations. Since November 2014, Tim has chaired United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE’s) Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency. Prior to joining the Copenhagen Centre, Tim was implementing energy efficiency policies and programs in Australia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
Short Bio:
Natalia Jamburia is a chief specialist in the Energy Efficiency and Alternative Energy division at the Ministry of Energy of Georgia. Her professional activities involve supporting the elaboration of energy efficiency policy and promotion of energy efficiency improvement, as well as implementing the projects supporting sustainable energy development in the country. Over the past four years Natalia was actively involved in elaboration of different EE policy papers, one of her major activities is active participation and coordination the development of Georgia’s first National Energy Efficiency Action Plan, which is being prepared through the technical assistance program of EBRD, as well as “Consultancy program for supporting Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy Development in Georgia”, funded by the Danish Government. She was also involved in elaboration of Low Emission Development Strategy for Georgia (USAID project for Georgia). Since October, 2016 Natalia is a member of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency, which is focusing on promoting energy efficiency in UNECE region. She is also a member of Renewable Energy Coordination Group of Experts at the Energy Community Secretariat and works for approximation of Georgia’s RE and EE legislation to the EU acquis. She has extensive experience on managing energy efficiency projects, before joining the Ministry of Energy she worked at the Energy Efficiency Centre Georgia (NGO) as projects’ assistance in the field of sustainable energy. Natalia Jamburia holds Master of Engineering Science Degree in Thermal Power Engineering from the Georgian Technical University
Head of Innovations Support Unit
Short Bio:
Mr. Mikheil Ukleba studied business administration in university and has graduated in 2009. He has worked for Irish-Turkish and Georgian logistics companies for 5 years as an operations manager. In 2014 he started working in L.E.P.L. ‘’Technology Development Fund’’ as a chief specialist in innovations department. In 2016 he was promoted in Tbilisi municipality city hall as a head of innovations support unit. This unit is responsible to bring innovations and new technologies in the city and city hall services, design and implement projects in the field of energy efficiency.
Short Bio:
Remon is an Associate Director at EBRD’s Energy Efficiency and Climate Change team. His role is to lead the team's effort in delivering the Bank's Green Economy Transition initiative objectives in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Region and Georgia. Remon has been involved in defining, structuring and delivering banking transaction, managing consultancy contracts and policy dialogue activities. Remon has over 10 years of experience in the energy sector and has been involved in a variety of fields: climate finance, engineering design, consultancy, policy dialogue and management.
Short Bio:
Vesselina Haralampieva is Principal Counsel in the EBRD’s Office of the General Counsel (OGC) in London, UK. Vesselina is the sustainable energy and resources law specialist in the Legal Transition Team of EBRD in charge of leading technical assistance projects focused on promoting green energy and sustainable development in a number of EBRD countries of operations through a mix of policy, legal and regulatory instruments. She has led the work assisting the Government of Georgia to develop the first National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) in Georgia, jointly with her colleague Remon Zakaria, and will continue supporting the Government with the development of the primary legal framework for energy efficiency. Prior to joining the EBRD, Vesselina worked on policy-related international projects at Harvard University’s Berkman Center and at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, a prominent Bulgarian think tank. In addition, she worked at the World Intellectual Property Organization and trained as a lawyer at a leading Bulgarian law firm. Vesselina is admitted to practice in England & Wales and Bulgaria, and holds degrees from Harvard Law School (LLM) and Sofia University (Masters of Law, summa cum laude).