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Dr Roland Roesch is Deputy Director at the Innovation and Technology Center of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). He currently leads IRENA´s work on RE Innovation, Grids-Assessments and the Strategies Teams for the Power Sector Transformation and for the Gas Sector Transformation. He actively leads the development of  IRENA´s work in the fields of ocean energy, blue economy and decarbonizing the shipping sector.

In October 2010, Roland became a Professor for Energy Economics at the University of Applied Science in Darmstadt. He worked for 15 years in the Oil&Gas and Utilities Industry for Shell and E.ON, in his last position as General Manager Power at Shell and for E.ON as Head of Division, Project Leader, Project Executive and Technical Project Developer. Before he joined E.ON, he worked as Energy Market Consultant for Lahmeyer International and as a researcher for renewable energies. Roland has solid business experience in energy markets, energy economics and energy strategies, renewable integration management, energy project development and project financing.