Gordon Mackenzie is Coordinator of the Cleaner Energy Development theme at the UNEP Risoe Centre (URC) in Denmark ( www.uneprisoe.org ). A Scot with BSc and PhD in Physics from the University of Edinburgh, Gordon made an early career move into the field of energy policy and planning based at the Ris National Laboratory in Denmark, initially focusing on the Danish energy situation, but soon specializing in the energy issues of developing countries, and in particular Sub-Saharan Africa.
Gordons first assignment in Africa was from 1984 to 87 as Energy Advisor/Deputy Director in Zambia, funded by Danida. Gordon worked with Zambian colleagues and other advisors to establish the new Department of Energy. More than twenty years later, Gordon maintains contact with colleagues in Zambia through energy projects such as AREED (www.areed.org ), DEA ( www.deafrica.net ) and most recently CEMA ( www.cemafrica.net ).
Gordon was a founder member of the UNEP Risoe Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development in 1990. From 1999 to 2002 he was granted leave to be Energy Advisor in a Danish funded support programme to the Government of Lesothos Department of Energy. During that second assignment he supervised the development of a new energy policy framework for the country and a survey of wind energy resources in Lesotho.
On returning from Lesotho, Gordon became coordinator of what is now the Cleaner Energy Development theme at URC at the Risoe National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, now part of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Gordons main professional interest is the link between energy and development and in particular how access to clean and affordable energy can contribute both to climate change mitigation and to increasing the resilience of people to the adverse affects of climate change, as well as contributing to general development and poverty alleviation.