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, 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.


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 an adjunct professor in Economics at Trinity College Dublin and an adjunct professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at UCD. He is a former research professor at the Economic and Social Research Institute. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy. He was Chairman of the CCAC from 2016 to 2021.


Patricia King

Patricia King

Patricia is the General Secretary of ICTU. She is a former vice-President of SIPTU and also served as one of two vice-Presidents of Congress. A full time official with SIPTU for over 25 years, she was the first woman to serve as a national officer of the union when she was appointed vice-President, in May 2010. She has represented workers in all areas of the economy, in both the public and private sectors. Patricia was a lead negotiator in both the Croke Park and Haddington Road agreements. She played a leading role in the Irish Ferries dispute (2005/6) and in subsequent negotiations that saw an overhaul of employment rights law and the establishment of the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA). Patricia currently serves on the boards of the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) the Apprenticeship Council and the Court Services Board.


Andrew Murphy

Andrew Murphy

Andrew Murphy is a director at Transport and Environment, a Brussels-based EU-level sustainable transport NGO, where his work focuses on measures to reduce emissions from the aviation sector. He was an observer to the 2015 Paris climate conference, along with many other UNFCCC gatherings. Prior to Transport and Environment, he worked in the European Parliament and the European Commission. A Galway native, he graduated from NUI Galway with a BA and LLB, and previously studied at the University of Richmond in the US.


Julie Sinnamon

Julie Sinnamon

Prior to her appointment to CEO in 2013, Julie held a number of senior public sector positions, spanning a 30-year career in Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland. Julie’s driving ambition is for Irish-owned industry to become a powerhouse of job creation in Ireland, resulting in rising prosperity in towns and cities all across Ireland. In pursuit of this objective, Julie is mobilising all Enterprise Ireland resources and harnessing the power of external stakeholders and partners, into a cohesive effort to build more Irish companies of international scale. A member of the National Competitiveness Council and the Investment Committee of the Irish Strategic Investment Fund, she is also a Board Member of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition Limited. Julie is a business graduate of the University of Ulster, has a Masters in International Business and is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Programme, USA.


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.


Frank O'Mara

Prof. Frank O' Mara

Professor Frank O’Mara took up the role of Director of Teagasc on 1 October 2021. He joined Teagasc in 2006 and has been Director of Research since 2009. He is an agricultural scientist and sustainable livestock systems specialist, with over 30 years’ experience in technical and senior managerial capacities in Agri-Food research, education and development institutions. He also contributes to various national and EU committees and bodies, review panels and scientific advisory boards, and became President of the European Animal Task Force in 2020. He was a Lead Author on the fourth assessment report of working group III of the IPCC. He was appointed Adjunct Professor in UCD in 2017.


Eoin Moran

Eoin Moran

Eoin Moran is the Director of Met Éireann, the Irish Meteorological Service, and has responsibility at Assistant Secretary level to lead and strategically manage Met Éireann. He also sits on the Management Board of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. He was appointed to his current role in 2016 having served on Met Éireann’s senior management team since 2007 and joining Met Éireann in 1995.

Eoin serves as Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), he is the vice-President of EUMETSAT and the Chair of the ECMWF Policy Advisory Committee. He served as Chair of the EUMETNET Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee between 2015 and 2019 and has extensive experience in several international scientific and technical bodies, including IUGG-IAGA and WMO-GAW.

Eoin holds a BSc (hons) and MSc in Mathematics from National University of Ireland, Galway and a higher Diploma in Corporate Governance from the University College Dublin, Smurfit Business School.


Dr. Cara Augustenborg

Dr Cara Augustenborg

Dr. Cara Augustenborg is an Environmental Policy Fellow at University College Dublin with a Doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She received both a Fulbright Scholarship and Walsh Fellowship to conduct her doctoral research at Teagasc in nitrogen recycling for livestock waste management from 2003-2007. Since then, she has held a variety of roles in academia, Government, and the environmental NGO sector, including as Chairperson of Friends of the Earth Ireland and Friends of the Earth Europe until 2019. She is an Honorary Member of President Michael D. Higgins’ Council of State and presenter of the environmental radio programme, ‘Down to Earth with Cara Augustenborg’, on Newstalk.


Jillian Mahon

Jillian Mahon

Jillian Mahon is an experienced executive and director with wide ranging general and specialist management experience across the private, public and international finance sector. Since 2019 she has been an independent business and financial consultant working in an advisory capacity in the public and private sector both domestically and within the EU, particularly in areas of risk management and sustainability.
Previously Jillian held senior roles in the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA), initially with the NPRF/ISIF and from 2014 on the project team establishing the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) and thereafter in the role as Head of Funding, Risk Sharing and Strategic Initiatives with that state agency.
Prior to these positions, Jillian had an extensive executive career in capital markets banking ultimately holding the role of Treasurer in AIB. She holds a BA, MBA and Prof Dip in Corporate Governance (UCD) and CISL Certificate in Sustainable Finance from University of Cambridge.


Morgan Bazilian

Prof. Morgan D. Bazilian

Morgan D. Bazilian is Director of the Payne Institute and Professor of public policy at the Colorado School of Mines. He was previously Lead Energy Specialist at the World Bank, and a senior diplomat at the United Nations. He has been a lead negotiator for the EU at the UN climate negotiations. He is a Member of the US Council on Foreign Relations.


Sinead O'Brien

Sinead O'Brien

Sinead O’Brien is the Co-ordinator of the Sustainable Water Network (SWAN), a network of 25 of Ireland’s foremost environmental organisations working to protect water and wetlands and to promote their sustainable management through collaborative participation in the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD), Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and wider water-related policy.

Sinead holds an Honours degree in Zoology from UCC and has led SWAN from its inception in 2004 to becoming a leading stakeholder in Irish water management. She is an expert in water policy, with a focus on integrated catchment and land-use management, and is a long-time advocate for public participation in water resource management. A member of the Water Forum - An Fóram Uisce, she has also served on the Advisory Board of the DCU Water Institute.