Emanuele Taibi joined IRENA in 2013. He is based with the IRENA Innovation and Technology Center in Bonn, Germany. He is responsible for assisting Member Countries in devising strategies for the transformation of the power sector, currently managing the work on power system flexibility, hydrogen and storage as enablers for the integration of variable renewable energy. In his previous role he assisted island countries in the transition to renewable energy, focusing on energy planning. Prior to joining IRENA, he was an energy specialist with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in the Federated States of Micronesia and a bioenergy officer with UNIDO in Vienna. He has over 15 years of experience in the energy sector. After his first years working for large energy companies and research institutions, he spent over ten years working as an international civil servant in different countries and institutions. He has a M.Sc. in Management Engineering (laude) and is a chartered industrial engineer from Italy.