Raffaele Piria is a Senior Project Manager and Cluster Coordinator for International Energy Policy at adelphi. A political scientist with a fondness for economic, technical and legal issues, he has dedicated the last twenty years of his professional life to the energy transition. Raffaele’s international experience and multilingualism help him bring together decision makers and experts from different backgrounds and move debate forward.
Raffaele is an all-rounder in energy policy: his expertise includes renewables, electricity market design, energy infrastructure, heat supply and demand, energy efficiency, economic aspects of nuclear energy, energy scenarios, and innovation. He has experience in designing and managing major research, advisory and dialogue projects for national ministries, the European Commission, NGOs, associations, think tanks and companies. Raffaele also has comprehensive knowledge in analysis, strategy development, project management, communications, as well as the design and moderation of high-level dialogue processes and technical discussions.
On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Raffaele is leading a project to support the energy policy dialogue with the USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. He also advises the German Federal Ministry for the Environment on key issues of EU energy policy. On behalf of the European Commission, Raffaele analysed design options for the EU Innovation Fund, one of the world's largest funding programmes for demonstration of low-carbon technologies.
Before joining adelphi, Raffaele was Programme Director at the Smart Energy for Europe Platform and Director of International Business Development at Solarpraxis AG. Prior to that, he spent eight years in Brussels, working for the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF), Euroheat & Power, and in the office of Green MEP Claude Turmes.
Raffaele holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a Diplom (eq. MA) in political science from the Freie Universität Berlin. He also studied at the University of Milan, his hometown.