Experts' profiles - Eric Usher
Eric Usher
Eric Usher currently heads the Finance Unit within the Energy Branch of the United Nations Environment Programme that focuses on public-private instruments for financing climate infrastructure and new approaches to delivering cleaner energy services in regions without access. Examples include the Seed Capital Assistance Facility, a joint undertaking with the Asian and African Development Banks aimed at increasing early stage investment activity in the clean energy sector, and the Renewable Energy Performance Platform being developed with the European Investment Bank. During 2011 Eric worked for the UNFCCC climate change secretariat leading the private sector team that supported the establishment of the Green Climate Fund and its Private Sector Facility. During 2012 efforts focused on setting up the Frankfurt School UNEP Collaborating Centre on Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance.

Eric is a Lead Editor of the annual Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment report and co-author of a number of studies examining the role of public and private finance in climate mitigation. He was Lead Author for finance for both the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and the Global Energy Assessment.

Before joining UNEP, Eric was General Manager of Noor SA, a solar rural electrification company based in Morocco. He holds an MBA from INSEAD, France, and a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University, Canada.
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