Making policies work

Alfonso Medinilla

  • Green transition and renewable energy
  • Climate diplomacy and Africa-EU cooperation
  • External dimensions of the European Green Deal
  • Global green economic recovery
  • Clean economies and industrialisation


Alfonso Medinilla, a Belgian national, is the head of climate change and green transition with a special focus on the geopolitics of the global green transition and renewable energy.

Alfonso specialises in the geopolitical dimensions of the global green transition, renewable energy development and Africa-Europe climate diplomacy. He currently works on the global politics of green economic recovery, the external dimensions of the European green deal, and a just and fair approach to global climate action. He has a keen interest in the political economy of natural resource management, the interlinkages between water, energy and food security, and firmly believes in the value of locally-led transition.

Prior to joining ECDPM, Alfonso has worked for the European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme in Brussels, where he focused on EU external action in the field of governance, democratisation and human rights. He has master’s degrees in European studies, development studies and art history and archaeology from the universities of Leuven and Gent.

Alfonso Medinilla’s external publications and contributions

    The geopolitics of African renewable energy

    Publications | Published on 31-01-2022

    A territorial approach to multi-stakeholder partnerships

    Great Insights Magazine | Published on 06-10-2016

    Alfonso Medinilla

    Head of climate and green transition - geopolitics and renewable energy




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