As Deputy Director-General since December 2015, Sakari Oksanen supports the Director-General in managing IRENA’s work programme and associated resources. He leads and oversees IRENA’s programmatic work, ensuring close linkages amongst planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the programmatic activities.
Prior to joining IRENA, Mr. Oksanen worked as a Managing Director and in various senior management positions with two Nordic consulting groups in their operations in Finland, China, Singapore and Thailand. He has 25 years of international management experience in the field of technical advisory and engineering design for energy, infrastructure and industry sectors.
Apart from company management, Mr. Oksanen has led and participated as an advisor in numerous national energy planning, investment analysis and renewable energy studies and investment projects in Africa and Asia. He has a Master’s degree in energy economy and power systems from Helsinki University of Technology.