Marie Donnelly is chairperson of Renewable Energy Ireland and was appointed in January 2019 for a two-year term.
Ms Donnelly is a former Director for Renewables, Energy Efficiency and Innovation at the Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission.
During her thirty years with the European Commission she was a leading advocate of policies and strategies to accelerate the energy transition.
She formulated key elements of the ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package designed to put energy efficiency first, achieve global leadership in renewable energies and provide a fair deal for consumers.
As well as her role with Renewable Energy Ireland Marie is currently a member of the Governance Committee of the Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy and serves on Steering Committee of the International Energy Research Centre (IERC).
Marie sits on the Board of Directors for Tipperary Energy Agency and is a European Advisory Board Member of the Hawthorn Club, the only International Network for professional women in the energy industry, Marie advances the appointment of women to senior positions and mainstreams gender equality, with an emphasis that equality is for both women and men.