High-level Roundtable on Investment in the Energy Transition

Session Type
Session Themes
Climate Finance and Investment
Energy Transition
English / French / Spanish / Arabic / Russian / Chinese
Room number
Hall 4 Room 13
Contact Email
17 October 2023
14:30 - 16:30 Abu Dhabi

This high-level panel will discuss the role that international investment can play in supporting the energy transition. It is a key part of the climate change finance and investment track of the WIF, which will aim to generate insights, policy ideas and outcomes that can feed into discussions at COP28.

The focus of the session will be on international private sector investment in the energy sector. It will discuss the key challenges that developing countries face in financing large-scale renewables projects, promoting investments in energy infrastructure and energy efficiency, and coping with the longer-term scaling down of fossil fuel related investments. The discussion will aim to balance several key considerations: the need to invest in the energy transition, the need to provide long-term solutions to the current global energy crisis, and the need to pursue SDG7 on affordable and reliable access to energy for all.

The session will build on the findings and key messages of the World Investment Report 2023 on Investing in sustainable energy for all. It will aim to identify ways and means to overcome major roadblocks for private investment in climate change mitigation.

Session themes:

  • What are the key challenges and trade-offs faced by project promoters, sponsors and financiers in the development of investment projects in renewables or other infrastructure needed to support the energy transition?
  • What are the major disparities between developing- and developed-country energy markets and how do they affect their ability to attract private climate finance and investment?
  • What can developing-country policymakers and the international community do to accelerate climate finance and investment?


Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Vice Minister, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Viet Nam
Chief Operating Officer, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, Masdar
Vice President of the Private Sector, Development Bank of Latin America, CAF
Managing Director, Iberdrola Innovation Middle East
Co-Founder and President, InterContinental Energy
Director General of New Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Republic of Indonesia
Founder and Director, Harvard’s Growth Lab and the Rafik Hariri Professor of the Practice of International Political Economy, Harvard Kennedy School
Chief Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
United Nations Secretary General’s Youth Climate Advisor
Chief Economist and Director of the Economic Research and Statistics Division, World Trade Organization (WTO)
Deputy Director-General at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and Head of the Subdirectorate, Middle East, North Africa, Trade Fair and Development Policy


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