Team

 

 

(in alphabetical order)

 

Andrei Covatariu (founder)  – andrei.covatariu@circular2050.org  

Andrei Covatariu is an expert for the Task Force on Digitalization in Energy, at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and Senior Research Associate and Energy Policy Group. He is also a co-founder of Circular2050.org, a think tank focused on different facets of the circular economy model.

Andrei was the Head of Public Affairs at Enel Romania (2019-2020), previously having other roles in the company, such as Regulatory Affairs Manager, Digital Manager, Executive Assistant to CEO & Country Manager, and Market Analyst (between 2014 and 2019). He is a former Board member of FEL-100 (between 2018 and 2020, a program designed and coordinated by the World Energy Council, in London) and a fellow at the Middle East Institute (in 2020, Washington DC).

Andrei holds a 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.

 

Daniel Duma (founder) – daniel.duma@circular2050.org

With a background in political science (B.A), public policy (MSc) and economics (PhD), Daniel has worked in the renewable energy sector for almost 10 years. Holding various roles related to public policy, development and sustainability, he focused on merging corporate and societal value creation strategies and translating them into action. Some of his achievements include a wide-ranging program on tackling energy poverty, advocating for greater ambition on climate goals and raising awareness on the changing role of business within society.

Daniel’s current focus is on financing the energy transition in Romania, building on his experience of developing wind and solar projects in the United States and leveraging the sustainable finance opportunities related to the European Green Deal. In 2020, Daniel completed the MBA program at the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School, with a concentration in Energy and Environment, being the recipient of the Benavitch scholarship from St. Catharine’s College. As part of the MBA, he was involved in a consulting project on one of the world’s largest solar microgrids with Tata Power in India and a research project on post-conflict economic recovery in Iraq and Afghanistan. Daniel is also an affiliated expert of the Energy Policy Group, where he contributed to research projects on the green transition and economic growth in partnership with the European Climate Foundation and the European Climate Initiative. Daniel is a fellow of the Aspen Institute Romania since 2015.

 

Simona Iftimescu (founder) – simona.iftimescu@circular2050.org

Simona Iftimescu is an education professional with 10+ years’ experience in the field. She is currently a lecturer and researcher at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, the University of Bucharest, Romania, as well as Secretary General of the Romanian Educational Research Association.

Simona earned her master’s degree in Comparative and International Education at the University of Oxford, and holds a PhD in Education from the University of Bucharest. Simona also studied at Ithaca College, NY, US and pursued short research fellowships at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain and at the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College, MA, US. She collaborated in various roles with NGOs, companies and public institutions such as the British Council, Oxford Education Society, PwC Romania or the Romanian Presidential Administration (Department for Education and Research), and has also been involved in a wide range of national and international projects including, among other topics, educational policy, evidence-based practice, knowledge transfer, adult learning, higher education.

 

Piyush Verma (founder) – piyush.verma@circular2050.org

Dr. Piyush Verma is an internationally recognized energy and climate policy expert. He works on the intersection of technology, society, and governance and has significant expertise on policies around frontier technologies to accelerate our efforts towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). He has previously worked in India, Vanuatu, New Zealand, and Ireland on researching, developing, and implementing energy and climate nexus policies.

He has been selected as Global Future Energy Leader by the World Energy Council, London in 2018, and since then he has led and contributed to a variety of international projects.  He is also the Chair of the Join Task Force on Digitalization in Energy at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva. He has also been nominated as Regional Ambassador for Ireland in the Global Blockchain Business Council in Washington, D.C. for the year 2020.

He has published more than 40 articles and opinion pieces in conferences, journals and national news media and has spoken in more than 23 countries on energy and climate change issues. He has been invited by the United Nations, International Telecommunication Union, International Energy Agency, World Energy Council, and other multilaterals on several occasions to speak on sustainable development agenda.

Dr. Verma is an Electrical Engineer with a postgraduate in Power Systems and has a PhD in Energy Efficiency Technology and Policy from The University of Auckland, New Zealand. He has also completed a Harvard Public Leadership Credential Programme and currently pursuing a Mid-Career Master’s in Public Administration programme as Edward S. Mason Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, USA.