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LAW, JUSTICE AND DEVELOPMENT WEEK 2020 | Opportunities for the Energy Transition and for the Fight Against Energy Poverty after Covid-19

November 17, 2020


This panel will discuss how the pandemic could offer opportunities to accelerate the transition to clean energy, and at the same time ensure that the fight against energy poverty continues and intensifies, while observing the internationally agreed environmental objectives.

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    Leonardo Sempertegui

    General Legal Counsel, OPEC

    International professional with 19 years of professional experience in energy and extractive industries sector, across four continents. Worked with governments, energy corporations, international organizations and financial entities. Academia and NGOs services are part of my background. Established project management competence, with proven partnership-building and negotiation abilities. Validated ability to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams and with high-level officials. Extensive experience in design and execution of projects. Fluent in English, Spanish, French, advanced in German. Regional experience: Africa, MENA, Central and southeast Asia and Latin America.

    Hafida Lahiouel

    Director of Legal Affairs, UNFCCC

    Helene Bertaud

    Lead Counsel, World Bank

    Markus Pohlmann (Moderator)

    Senior Counsel, Environmental & International Law, World Bank

    As a senior climate finance lawyer at the World Bank, admitted to the German and New York Bar, with more than 20 years of extensive private and public sector legal work experience in the area of project, development and climate finance and a strong academic background in international law & policy (LL.M.) and climate finance (doctoral degree), I am dedicated to helping my clients mitigate and adapt to climate change and transition to a low carbon economy. I am currently co-leading the Thematic Working Group on Climate Change in the World Bank‘s Legal Vice Presidency and commit most of my time to mainstreaming climate change within the institution, providing climate policy advice (Paris Agreement and NDCs) and helping to set up and operationalize a wide range of climate change initiatives in the World Bank, including the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (REDD+), the Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes (Climate-Smart Land Use), the Transformative Carbon Asset Facility (Art. 6 Paris Agreement) and the Partnership for Market Readiness/Implementation (Carbon Pricing).


  • FORMAT: Panel
  • DATE: November 17, 2020
  • TIME: 9:00 am - 10:00 am EDT
  • CONTACT: ljd@worldbank.org
  • ACCESS: Public