Marie Donnelly
Chair of renewables energy ireland

Throughout her 30 year career in the European Commission (EC), Marie has been a leading advocate of future oriented policies and strategies, most recently to accelerate the energy transition. As the Director for Renewables, Energy Efficiency and Innovation, at DG Energy in the EC, 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.

Earlier roles involved framing an overarching policy for the Pharmaceutical industry including Good Clinical Practice and the establishment of the European Medicines Agency, currently located in London; and policy responses particularly for business and employee adaptation to change stemming from globalisation and technological innovation. Marie is currently a member of the Governance Committee of MaREI, and is also serving on the Steering Committee of the IERC. As 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. Marie also sits on the Board of Directors for Tipperary Energy Agency.