David Jacobs

David Jacobs

Director, International Energy Transition (IET)

Dr. David Jacobs is founder and managing director of the consulting firm IET – International Energy Transition GmbH. Previously, he was acting project director of the Transdisciplinary Panel on Energy Change at the Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam and director of renewable energy projects at the consulting firm IFOK. He also worked as lecturer at the Environmental Policy Research Center of the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Mr. Jacobs has an academic background in Economics and Languages and a PhD in political science.

He worked as a researcher and policy consultant for several governments and international organizations (e.g. IRENA, IEA-RETD, World Bank, UNEP, UNDP, OSCE, IDB). He authored more than 50 articles, reports, books and book chapters on sustainable energy policy design in the developing and developed world. Next to research and consulting work in Europe and North America, he worked in a number of emerging economies and developing countries, including Azerbaidjan, Ghana, Nigeria, Malaysia, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Taiwan. In addition, he presented on renewable energy framework design in more than 35 countries around the globe.