Dr. Evanthie Michalena

Adjunct Associate Professor , University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia

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Evanthie is an energy policy expert, certified with a bachelor on Economics, two Masters -one on Decision Sciences (MBA) and one on Energy Economics-. In 2009 she has been awarded her PhD on renewable energy policy from the Sorbonne University, France. In 2013 she has been granted a €300,000 Marie-Curie scholarship for post-doctoral research at the Delft University (Netherlands).

Academic involvement: She is Adjunct Professor at the University of Fiji (Fiji) and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast (Australia). She is also an associate member of the ENEC Research Laboratory of the Sorbonne University and CRNS (France) and a senior researcher in the ETEM Research Laboratory of the Aegean University (Greece). She has been involved in in campus and e-learning academic teaching. She undertakes courses on Market, policy and governance aspects around renewable energy and energy efficiency and supervises PhD researchers. She has published around 50 research works in high-impact peer-reviewed journals, scientific volumes and proceedings of international conferences. She has co-edited the scientific volume “Renewable Energy Governance – Complexities and Challenges“ published in 2013 by Springer Ltd. She is also peer-reviewing original research works for scientific journals such as Nature Energy, Energy and Buildings, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Energy Policy and Applied Energy.

Market involvement: Evanthie is active in the governmental and policy sector of energy affairs for the last 24 years: She has recently appointed as Board Member of the Centre of Renewable Energy (CORE), Fiji. Since 2002 she works in the Secretariat of the Energy Regulator of Greece. Before that and since 1993 she was senior officer in the Greek Electricity State Utility, Public Power Corporation (PPC). From 2005 to 2009 she was based in Paris, France and Brussels, Belgium working as a consultant and spending 6 months with the Energy Division of the European Commission (then TREN).

Since 2005, she is assisting the European Commission in the funding of EU proposals on Calls such as Connecting Energy Facility (CEF) [high performing, sustainable and efficiently interconnected energy trans-European networks], LIFE Call, HORIZON 2020, and ENERGY FACILITY for ACP countries. She also assists the EC in the training of energy key-stakeholders and networks in several Regions of EU interest (such as South-Eastern Europe, Caucasian and Eurasian Regions).

In general, services have been offered to more than 40 countries (in Regions such as EU, Eurasian, Caucasian, Black Sea, Pacific, Caribbean, African), but she is currently more active in the Pacific Region as she lives in Fiji islands. For example, she has worked with the South Korean Research Institute for Ships and Oceans (KRISO) on the entrepreneurship aspects of the installation of an OTEC plant in Kiribati islands.

She also runs several projects in partnership with colleagues from UK and Australian Universities, GGGI and more. As an indication, her current projects concern a) the mapping and policy recommendations on grid-connected solar systems in 14 Pacific Island Countries, b) research on the optimization of energy mix with a view to achieve the Fijian Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) on renewable energy, c) research on the use of renewable energy from vulnerable communities as an adaptation tool against climate change, d) contribution to an EU position paper on the Water Energy Food (WEF) nexus in Central Asia. 

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