United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Chair of "Digitalization in Energy" Task Force
Andrei Covatariu is an international energy and climate change expert. Andrei is currently the Co-Chair of the Task Force on “Digitalization in Energy” and a Vice-Chair of the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency, at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). He is also a consultant for the Public Power Corporation (PPC) utility company, in Greece, acting as a Climate Policy Advisor for the CEO & Chairman. At the same time, Andrei is a Non-resident Scholar in the Climate and Water Program, at the Middle East Institute (United States), a Senior Research Associate at Energy Policy Group (Romania), and an Associate Lecturer at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, teaching energy and environmental policies. In 2021, Andrei co-founded ECERA, a network of sustainability practitioners aiming to produce policy-relevant knowledge, helping governments, companies, NGOs, universities, and others navigate the various facets of sustainability. Andrei has worked with other for-profit companies (Enel Romania, where he was the Head of Public Affairs, previously having other roles, such as Regulatory Affairs Manager, Digital Manager, Executive Assistant to CEO & Country Manager), multilateral and international organizations (World Energy Council, as a former Board member of FEL-100), think tanks (Harvard’s Belfer Center; Centre on Regulation in Europe; Energy Policy Group, etc.), or NGOs (Climate Reality Project, Climate Interactive, etc.). He was a fellow at the Middle East Institute’s Frontier Europe program (in 2020, Washington DC), and a Masdar Institute Future Sustainability Leader (in 2022, Abu Dhabi). Bachelor's and a master's degree in nuclear engineering and a master's degree in business administration. Andrei also completed a master's in public policy (MPP) at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, with a summer project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School.