New chair of SEforALL ready to drive the clean energy transition
The new chair of SEforALL says he's ready to drive the clean energy transition.

Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) has appointed Francesco Starace, chief executive officer and general manager of Enel, as the chair of the administrative board.

With less than 10 years to meet SDG7, and with increasing urgency for the world to get on track to meet the Paris Agreement climate goals, SEforALL’s role in driving a global clean energy transition has never been more important. Starace begins in the role with immediate effect.

Francesco Starace, CEO and MD of Enel.

SEforALL is a non-profit international organization that works closely with the United Nations to accelerate and deliver at scale the solutions needed to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) – access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all – by 2030.

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As chair of the administrative board – the principal governing body of the organization – Starace will help shape strategy and operations for the organization at the highest levels.

Commenting on his new role, Starace said: “Energy must be at the heart of the global agenda to lead the world on a more sustainable pathway, focusing multi-stakeholder action especially on renewables and energy efficiency, which are key for delivering on the goals of energy access and climate mitigation. I am very proud to join SEforALL and to support its efforts for the clean energy transition and to work together toward achievement of SDG 7. 

“My main objective as chair of the SEforALL administrative board will be to cooperate with leading actors to accelerate the critical shift to a more sustainable, modern and accessible energy for all. I have great confidence in SEforALL leadership and its unique strengths to tackle the complexity of the energy challenges and to support ensuring the fundamental right to electricity for everyone, globally”

SEforALL resolute to achieving SDG7 by 2030

Welcoming Starace’s appointment, Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy,said: “With ambitious action we can still achieve SDG7 by 2030, but the next few years are critical to increase energy access – especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“SEforALL’s leadership is pivotal to deliver this vision and why I’m delighted to welcome Francesco Starace as our new chair of the administrative board. Francesco brings incredible experience that can help SEforALL deliver an energy transition that is truly inclusive, equitable and leaves no one behind.”

Speaking on the announcement, Elizabeth Cousens, vice-chair of the SEforALL administrative board, and President and chief executive officer of the UN Foundation,said: “Francesco is a visionary energy leader with a long track record in driving business ambition around climate action, sustainability, and energy access for hundreds of millions of people around the world who lack it.

“He is a natural choice for this important role at such a critical moment. With SEforALL’s unique mandate from the UN to drive SDG7 action in line with the Paris Agreement, his leadership can help support the organization go even further and faster to achieve our goal of universal energy access.”

The announcement comes after SEforALL recently released a new three-year business plan to help drive scaled action towards sustainable energy for development and energy transitions. The ambitious plan recognizes the need to strengthen global advocacy while expanding activities that prioritize data-driven decision-making, strategic partnerships and country-specific implementation.