Ivano Iannelli

Non-Resident Senior Fellow

Ivano is widely acknowledged as the GCC's foremost expert in the fields of Sustainability, GHG inventories and Carbon Markets. He is a Board Director of the ESG Foundation and a subject matter expert in green economy, Sustainability and low carbon pathways from an economic standpoint. His primary work is with governments and corporate clients to develop long-term economic scenarios that help them understand the risks and opportunities that the transition to a low-carbon economy could bring to their operations.

Ivano is currently the Senior Advisor to the CEO of Emirates Global Aluminium, the world’s 3rd largest aluminium producer, on ESG and Carbon Border Adjustment mechanism (CBAM). He has extensive experience in developing policy solutions both for the Gulf Region and internationally through 25 years of combined experience with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, as the CEO of Dubai Carbon, and working for the United Nations. He heads up the Global Carbon Markets team acting as Dubai’s lead negotiator on market-based mechanisms at the UNFCCC COPs, helping to design the future framework for global carbon markets. Ivano helped to develop Dubai’s and the UAE’s Green House Gas reporting on annual basis, the National Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the energy efficiency policy framework, assessing potential policy solutions for both industries, small businesses, and residential properties.

He is part of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s working group developing the new market-based measure for aviation and supports the UAE’s input into CORSIA. Ivano is an active part of the World Bank’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, Partnership for Market Readiness, and the Task Force for Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets (now Integrity Council). He helped design the AED 100bn Dubai Green Fund, an innovative financing scheme designed to drive green infrastructure, renewables and energy efficiency in large, non-energy intensive industries and led a team exploring policy solutions to overcome the barriers preventing small businesses from taking up energy efficiency measures.

As a development economist, he specializes in the integration of international financial incentives and PPP models into the project development phase with a particular focus on the carbon layer, green energy and sustainable commercial initiatives, thus increasing the profitability of socio-environmental projects. Of notable mentions are Dubai’s PPA legislation that kicked off the renewables drive and global benchmarks.

Ivano is a Doctoral Candidate with Herriot Watt University researching CBAM, has post-graduate specialization from MIT in Blockchain Economics and in Strategy from Harvard Business School, with a focus on Disruptive Innovation. He also holds an MBA with a concentration in Aviation Management from the University of Coventry (UK), a Master's Degree in International Management from the University of Cambridge (UK)  and a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations from the University of Memphis (USA). Ivano has more than 25 years of extensive business experience in different regions.

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