Policy Director, Section for Energy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Norway

Mr. Hans Olav Ibrekk is Policy Director, Section for Energy and Climate, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Mr. Ibrekk previously worked at the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), as well as in the Secretariat for the International Conference on Water and the Environment. He has more than thirty years of experience from government, international organizations, research and consulting in development cooperation, climate ‘proofing’, clean energy, water resources management, environmental financing, and capacity building, among other areas. He has been a member of the board of the Adaptation Fund since 2007 and served as chair in 2013 and 2015, as well as served on the Board of the Nordic Development Fund (NDF).

Mr. Ibrekk has been a member of the Executive Committee and the Administrative Board of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative. He is also a member of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Mr. Ibrekk is the focal point for water and sanitation in the ministry. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from University of Washington and a Master’s in Civil Engineering from the Norwegian Institute of Technology.