Ivano Ivanelli – CEO, Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE)



Ivano is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost experts in the fields of Sustainability and Carbon Emissions Management.


His particular skillset is the establishment of Public Private Partnerships, whereas he leverages public incentives and thematic areas to generate private sector involvement and synergy. Amongst the several, the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence, under the Supreme Energy Council, leverages the revenue stream from Carbon credits to improve the business efficiency and environmental performance of companies and organizations.


As Senior Management of the United Nations and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, his career has taken him across the globe, and he has managed important projects under highly challenging circumstances, in countries such as Afghanistan, Sudan and Mozambique. He has frequently provided a vital interface between governments, NGO’s and the private sector.  As Chief of Projects for UNOPS, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Dubai Based Regional Hub and was at the forefront of all emergency and relief operations of the UN in the region.


Ivano has worked in numerous high profile projects in renewable energy, waste management and defense industries. His most recent notable achievements include the Yas Island Integrated Waste Management Plan and the Energy from Waste Heat project in Ras Al Khaimah. As a development economist, he specializes in the integration of international financial incentives and PPP models into the project development phase with a particular focus on the carbon layer, green energy and sustainable commercial initiatives, thus increasing the profitability of socio-environmental projects.


Ivano is highly proficient in measuring performance, using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework, and regularly incorporates the tried and tested methods of Balanced Scorecard and PRINCE2 into his projects.


Ivano holds a Bachelor Degree in International Relations from university of Memphis (USA), a Masters Degree in International Management from University of Cambridge (UK) in addition to a MBA with a specialization in Aviation Management from University of Coventry (UK). Ivano has more than 15 years of extensive business experience in different regions.