Lily Riahi works as an advisor on Sustainable Energy in Cities for the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). She is the report author of the UNEP flagship report ‘District Energy in Cities: Unlocking the Potential of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.” She is currently leading the UNEP led SE4All Global District Energy in Cities Initiative which is working to improve energy efficiency and scale up renewable energy through modern district energy systems.
Previously, she worked as a Project Manager at REN21, the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, based in Paris, France. From 2008 to 2010, Lily developed her career as Analyst at the Deutscher Bundestag with Dr. Hermann Scheer, MP and founder of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
Originally form Toronto, Canada, Lily worked in 2009 as a policy Consultant to the Ontario Green Energy Act Alliance at the Environmental Defence Fund. Before this, she held the role of Policy Consultant at ICLEI –Local Governments for Sustainability.
Lily holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Energy Policy from York University.