Ph.D. Student Awarded Scholarship for the Summer Academy on Sustainable Energy Finance



Ivonne Peña, a dual degree Ph.D. Student in Engineering and Public Policy, was awarded one of five available scholarships to participate in the Summer Academy on Sustainable Energy Finance, held July 14-19th, 2013, by the Frankfurt Finance School and the UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance. This is a highly competitive program, directed towards professionals and experts from different disciplines that work on areas related with financing climate change solutions.

Ivonne is keen on directing her future professional goals towards an effective cooperation with developing regions. During her Ph.D. studies at Instituto Superior Técnico of the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (IST/UTL) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Ivonne has not only developed a deep understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the wind feed-in tariffs, but has also firmed up her intellectual will to apply her knowledge to solve related problems in developing regions. In particular, feed-in tariff policies were established as finance mechanisms to promote renewable energy in Portugal, and she wants to use her expertise to contribute to design an energy policy framework in developing countries such as Colombia. Her background in engineering and her Master's in sustainability, along with her deep knowledge of energy policy, will help her to characterize and understand other challenges that developing countries face to ensure effective financing of renewable energy.

Ivonne Peña is co-advised by Marcelino Ferreira, from IST/UTL, and Inês Azevedo, from CMU.

May 2013