Dr. Giner-Reichl has been a member of the Austrian Diplomatic Service since 1982. Her main areas of expertise are economic and social development, women’s rights’ issues, environment, energy, and development cooperation. She has held numerous international bureau functions and since January 2012, has been the Austrian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China and Mongolia. Irene founded the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy in 1999 as a multi-stakeholder platform for dialogues on energy in the service of sustainable development and acted as Convenor for the GFSE’s global and regional meetings. Since 2013 she has been Vice-President of REN21.