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Magdalena KounevaMagdalena Kouneva

Director General at Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP)


Magdalena Kouneva is the Director General of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), leading a growing team at the international secretariat in Vienna and driving an innovation-heavy strategy that integrates novel sustainable financing approaches, partnerships and financial instruments. REEEP designs and implements tailor-made financing mechanisms, utilising strategic injections of public funding to build dynamic, sustainable markets and make clean energy technology accessible and affordable in low- and middle-income countries.

Magdalena has over 17 years of relevant professional experience, including the last 10 years at the international level. She specialises in development finance and possesses a strong familiarity with the international architecture for sustainable development, with significant experience designing and implementing a wide range of financing products and innovative financial instruments.

Between 2009-2018 she was the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s advisor for development finance in the finance and planning ministries in Rwanda, Malawi, and Papua New Guinea. In this position, she designed and managed UNDP’s support and strengthened capacities and systems for financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). From 2019-2020, she supported the European Commission in introducing a new generation of EU guarantees for private sector operations in Africa and EU-neighbouring countries under the European Fund for Sustainable Development, implemented in partnership with European and international multilateral banks and development finance institutions.

Takes part in

Jan, 20 1:00 PM CET
Main Stage

Multistakeholder Green Bank Model for Financing Energy Access in Developing Countries

  • How energy transformation is being implemented in developing countries and what the main challenges are

  • What options for financing energy programs are available in developing world

  • How to select an innovative energy project to work on

Magdalena Kouneva Director General at Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP)