Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Amer Barghouth: Renewable Energy Expert in the Middle East

Amer Barghouth, Renewable Energy Expert in the Middle East

Amer Barghouth

December 12, 2013

I received my job offer from the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) less than three weeks after graduation. RCREEE is a regional organization that provides policy advice and institutional support to 13 Arab governments. I had first heard about the organization through Dr. Tareq Emtairah, executive director of RCREEE, who taught a workshop on sustainable urban transformation a year earlier at the Institute.

I am currently designing and managing a three-year program to improve private sector participation in renewable energy and energy efficiency in the region. I am also currently overseeing the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan: Technical Support Program, which provides assistance to member states in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of short- and medium-term energy efficiency plans. Starting in 2014, I will also be a co-author of the Arab Future Energy Index (AFEX), an annual assessment of progress made by Arab countries in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Traveling is an important component of what I do at RCREEE. Since I joined this organization, I have had the opportunity to visit five member states. In any given month, I will spend at least one week on the road promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency and supporting government officials in increasing the share of sustainable energy in region.

My responsibilities at RCREEE are demanding - four people report directly to me. I have to manage multiple budgets amounting to hundreds of thousands of euros. However, I have always felt up to the task. My education at the Institute has prepared well for this job!

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