ACEF Speaker 2020

David Elzinga

Senior Energy Specialist,

David engages across a range of energy system technologies to support ADB’s investments in the energy sector. Previously at the UN Economic Commission for Europe, David’s focus was on the role of gas and electricity in sustainable energy systems. At the International Energy Agency (IEA), David was the lead author for Energy Technology Perspectives publication. He also led the IEA’s work on electricity system technologies, such as smart grids. Over the course of his career, David has worked in the energy and climate fields for over 20 years, with focus areas of technology, policy, and analysis in both private and public sectors. In these roles he developed markets, deployed renewable and energy efficiency technology and has advised various governments at the local and national levels on energy policy. Speaking at numerous events globally, he carries the message of appropriate technology use and deployment.


  • Closing Plenary: Rebounding from COVID-19 and Future Directions
  • Opening Plenary: Global Energy Challenges and Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic
  • Session 5.2: COVID and the Energy Sector: Policy Perspectives