International Energy Research Centre
About Matt Kennedy:
Matt is Head of Strategy and Business for the International Energy Research Centre, an Irish Government supported technology centre, in a role that involves working with industry consortia to drive the commercialisation of low carbon products, technologies and services. Prior to this role Matt led national and international energy R&D initiatives for the previous decade on behalf of the Irish Government and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. Matt held the position of Senior Advisor on energy and climate issues and delivered the SEAI strategy 2010-2015. In this role he worked across Government to deliver policy analysis, including national wind energy planning guidelines and technology roadmaps.
Internationally, Matt was lead EU Negotiator on technology transfer, IP and trade issues at COP 21 in Paris and as the Chair of a collaborative group of 10 OECD (International Energy Agency) countries that pooled finance for research collaborative activities. Matt works with developing countries as a previous Chair of the UN’s Climate Technology Centre and Network in Copenhagen, and the Chair of the Programme Board of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) in Vienna. Matt has a PhD from Trinity College Dublin, MBA from University College Dublin and MA from NUI Galway.