Raffaele Piria
MSc European Politics and Policy, Diploma Political Science (eq. MA)
Senior Advisor + Co-Lead Energy

Raffaele Piria is a Senior Advisor + Co-Lead Energy 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, power systems, hydrogen, 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.

Since 2016, Raffaele has been leading a consortium supporting the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy's energy dialogue programme with the USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. He also is part of the team working on international hydrogen issues within the Kopernikus research project Ariadne, led by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. He previously advised the European Commission and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment on various aspects of EU energy, climate and innovation policy.

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 the then 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 Freie Universität Berlin. He also studied at the University of Milan, his hometown.

Selected Projects

Selected publications

  • Paying to Produce: The Nuclear Fleet Facing the Erosion of Baseload – In: Brunnengräber, Achim und Maria Rosaria Di Nucci (Hrsg.): Im Hürdenlauf zur Energiewende. Von Transformationen, Reformen und Innovationen

    Piria, Raffaele 2014: Paying to Produce: The Nuclear Fleet Facing the Erosion of Baseload. In: Brunnengräber, Achim und Maria Rosaria Di Nucci (Hrsg.): Im Hürdenlauf zur Energiewende. Von Transformationen, Reformen und Innovationen. Wiesbaden: Springer VS..
  • World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2014.

    Schneider, Mycle; Antony Froggatt, Yurika Ayukawa, Shaun Burnie, Raffaele Piria, Steve Thomas and Julie Hazemann 2014: World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2014.. Paris, London, Washington D.C: Mycle Schneider Consulting..
  • Greening the Heartlands of Coal in Europe: Insights from a Czech-German-Polish Dialogue on Energy Issues.

    Piria, Raffaele et al. (ed.) 2014: Greening the Heartlands of Coal in Europe: Insights from a Czech-German-Polish Dialogue on Energy Issues.. Berlin: Heinrich Böll Foundation..
  • Ensuring renewable electricity investments: 14 policy principles for a post-2020 perspective

    Piria, Raffaele (Hrsg.) et al. 2013: Ensuring renewable electricity investments: 14 policy principles for a post-2020 perspective. Berlin: Smart Energy for Europe Platform..
  • Norway and the North Sea Grid – Key positions and players in Norway, from a Norwegian perspective – SEFEP Working Paper 2012-1

    Midtun, Atle; Tiina Tuohonen and Raffaele Piria 2012: Norway and the North Sea Grid – Key positions and players in Norway, from a Norwegian perspective. SEFEP Working Paper 2012-1. Berlin: Smart Energy for Europe Platform..
  • Priorities in the North Sea Grid debate – SEFEP Working Paper 2012-3

    Piria, Raffaele and Loukianos Zavolas 2012: Priorities in the North Sea Grid debate. SEFEP Working Paper 2012-3. Berlin: Smart Energy for Europe Platform..
  • The grid-expansion debate: the issues at stake. Learning from the public consultation on the German network development plan – SEFEP Working Paper 2012-5

    Schleicher-Tappeser, Ruggero and Raffaele Piria 2012: The grid-expansion debate: the issues at stake. Learning from the public consultation on the German network development plan. SEFEP Working Paper 2012-5. Berlin: Smart Energy for Europe Platform..

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