Marie Donnelly

Marie Donnelly

Marie is the Chairperson of the Climate Change Advisory Council. She spent thirty years with the European Commission, ultimately as Director for Renewables, Energy Efficiency and Innovation in the European Commission, and was a leading advocate of future oriented policies and strategies: providing a fair deal for consumers; putting energy efficiency first; and achieving global leadership in renewable energies.

Marie is a member of the Governance Committee of MaREI, and an Advisory board member of UCD Energy Institute. Marie was the first Chairperson of Renewable Energy Ireland - an open partnership of sustainable energy associations working collectively to support the energy transition in Ireland.

She was also a non-executive director of Tipperary Energy Agency – a social enterprise for energy efficiency; and E3G, a European climate change think tank operating to accelerate the global transition to a low carbon economy.
Marie is a Senior Advisor in Brussels to Hume Brophy, a global Communications Agency.

Before joining the Commission, Marie was a Director of the Federation of Irish Chemical Industries, prior to which she was an executive with the Kerry Group.


Prof. Alan Barrett

Prof. Alan Barrett

Professor Alan Barrett is Director of the Economic and Social Research Institute. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin. He has a PhD in Economics from Michigan State University. He was a member of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council between 2011 and 2015. He chaired the National Economic Dialogue in 2015 and 2016.


Prof. Gerry Boyle

Prof. Gerry Boyle

Professor Gerry Boyle is Director of Teagasc. Appointed in 2007, Professor Boyle is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the National University of Ireland and was head of the Economics Department at NUI Maynooth. He holds a BA, MA and PhD from UCD.


Laura Burke 2021

Laura Burke

Laura Burke is the Director General of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), appointed in 2011 and served as a Director within the EPA since 2004. As Director General she has the responsibility to lead and strategically manage the EPA. Laura is the Chair of the European Environment Agency (EEA) Management Board. Prior to joining the EPA, she worked in the private sector. Laura is a graduate chemical engineer of University College Dublin (UCD), holds an MSc from Trinity College, Dublin, is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland and is a Chartered Director. In 2016 Laura was awarded the UCD Engineering Graduates Association (EGA) Distinguished Graduate Award.


Professor Dr Ottmar Edenhofer

Prof. Dr Ottmar Edenhofer

Professor Dr Ottmar Edenhofer is Director and Chief Economist of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Potsdam, Germany as well as Director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change in Berlin, Germany. He is professor of the Economics of Climate Change at the Technical University of Berlin and served as one of the co-chairs of the IPCC Working Group III.


Prof. John Fitzgerald

Professor John Fitzgerald is the Chair of the Climate Change Advisory Council. He is an adjunct professor in Economics at Trinity College Dublin and an adjunct professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering UCD. He is a former research professor and currently a research affiliate at the Economic and Social Research Institute. Prof. FitzGerald is also a member of the Commission of the Central Bank of Ireland, and is a member of the governance board of both the UCD Energy Institute and UCD iCRAG.


Prof. Peter Thorne

Prof. Peter Thorne

Prof. Peter Thorne is the director of the ICARUS climate research centre at Maynooth University. He is a Coordinating Lead Author on the sixth assessment report of working group I of the IPCC and a member of the core writing team for the IPCC sixth assessment report synthesis report. He is chair of the Global Climate Observing System’s Atmospheric Observations Panel for Climate. He serves on several World Meteorological Organisation groups. He has led H2020 and Copernicus Climate Change Service contracts.


William Walsh

William Walsh

William Walsh is Chief Executive Officer in the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). He initially held the position of Chief Financial Officer when he joined the organisation in 2013. Prior to joining SEAI he worked for IFI where he held a number of roles including Assistant Chief Executive Officer and Director. Before this he held senior management positions in a number of roles in the private sector. William is a Chartered Accountant, holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from Dublin City University and a Graduate Diploma in Strategy, Innovation and Change from University College Dublin.