Affordable Solar Power for All

Nicole Iseppi, Project Director, ENGIE & Terrawatt Iniitiative, UAE

In 2015, the international community came together to reinforce the global ambition to tackle climate change. That year, the adoption of the “Paris Agreement” and the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” (with the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (“SDG”)), built a momentum of increased global collaborative focus on renewable energy – among them, solar energy. The success of both, however will depend on such goals and commitments the global community has set for itself, being achieved.

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UAE Contract Energy November 2017 Vol.11, No. 41, Autumn 2017

Nicole Iseppi

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has substantial experience within the IPP, IWPP and Renewable Energy sectors of Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, Latin America and European regions for the past 17+ years. She is the only professional in the international energy industry, who has worked directly in-house as a senior legal and strategic adviser in both the world’s largest IPP global energy company - ENGIE (formerly GDF Suez) and one of the world’s largest project finance lenders - Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). She assists and advises such leading international companies in the successful delivery of their respective energy related interests, strategies and infrastructure investments. Nicole has kindly received various industry awards and acknowledgements over the years, including the award for “Global Energy Lawyer/Adviser of the Year for 2017” from Global-100 and the Lawyer Monthly Global International Awards, this year. Nicole was appointed in 2016 as a Project Director for the Terrawatt Initiative and also co-leads the TWI & IRENA’s “Global Solar Energy Standardisation Initiative'. Nicole has also been working with ENGIE since the beginning of 2010 and is currently acting also as the Associate Director for ENGIE’s Global Centralised Generation business. Where she and her team is responsible for the formulation of ENGIE's growth strategy with respect to its global centralised generation business and responsible also for the development of new markets, new business opportunities and innovative business models to support ENGIE's objective of transitioning to a low carbon generation portfolio. Nicole has worked in the past as a foreign legal practitioner in Japan and has the professional qualifications as a Solicitor in England & Wales, Practitioner of the High Court of Australia and a Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia. She is a regular speaker at various global energy & finance conferences, including as part of the Global Power and Global Finance Panels of experts for the International Bar Association (IBA). She has also been appointed by her peers as an official committee member on the IBA Global Power Law Committee. It is not often the industry comes across a professional who in their career to date has had such a depth of unique, high calibre and leading international energy infrastructure experience as Nicole and she says she “still has a lot more she would like to be part of, contribute too and achieve, within the industry.”

ENGIE & Terrawatt Iniitiative

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TWI is a global independent non-profit foundation launched out of COP21, which promotes solar development and is chaired by the Global CEO of ENGIE, Isabelle Kocher. ENGIE is a global energy player and an expert operator in the business of electricity, natural gas and energy services. ENGIE employs 154,950 people worldwide, with operations in 70 countries around the globe. It is the No.1 IPP in the world; has 21.5 GW renewable power production capacity installed with a further 1.5 GW currently in construction; No.1 importer of LNG in Europe; No.1 distributor of natural gas in Europe and No.1 supplier of energy efficiency services in the world. ENGIE is a global energy player and an expert operator in the business of electricity, natural gas and energy services. It develops its businesses around a model based on responsible growth to take on the major challenges of energy’s transition to a low-carbon economy: access to sustainable energy, climate-change mitigation & adaptation and the rational use of resources. The Group provides individuals, cities and businesses with highly efficient and innovative solutions largely based on its expertise in four key sectors: renewable and low Co2 emission energy, energy efficiency, liquefied natural gas and digital technology. ENGIE employs 154,950 people worldwide, with operations in 70 countries around the globe.

UAE Contract Energy November 2017 Vol.11, No. 41, Autumn 2017