Ahmed Abdel-Latif

Special Assistant, Policy and Programme, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Ahmed Abdel Latif is currently Special Assistant, Policy and Programme, at the Office of the Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Previously, he was Senior Programme Manager for Innovation, Technology and Intellectual Property at ICTSD (2007-2015). As an Egyptian career diplomat he worked at the Permanent Mission of Egypt to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva (2000-2004) where he was a delegate to the TRIPS Council and to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). He has taken an active part in international discussions on intellectual property, innovation and green technologies in relation to public policy and development. He is the co-editor of Patents and Clean Energy (UNEP, EPO and ICTSD, 2010). He holds an LL.M in Public International Law (LSE), a BA in Political Science (American University in Cairo) and the Diplôme of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po Paris). He is a citizen of Egypt.


Opinion

22 January 2011
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - On a visit to Egypt, I received an invitation from the Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D) , headed by Professor Nagla Rizk at the American University in Cairo (AUC), to attend a lecture last Thursday by the Nobel Prize-winning American economist Joseph Stiglitz...
7 December 2010
CANCUN, MEXICO - I start the day by rushing to the other side of town to attend a dialogue on ‘technology deployment' organised by a business organisation. It takes 40 min minutes to get there but luckily the traffic is fluid so I arrive on time. Discussions start on how to accelerate technology...

Bridges news

30 October 2015
La ministérielle africaine de l’OMPI devrait adopter une approche de la propriété intellectuelle équilibrée, axée sur le développement et prenant en compte les réalités africaines. L’Organisation mondiale de la propriété intellectuelle (OMPI) a récemment annoncé qu’elle organisait, avec le Bureau...
4 October 2015
An African ministerial meeting, organised by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO), to be held in Senegal next November 3-5 should embrace a balanced and development-oriented approach to intellectual property. Such an approach ought to take into...
23 November 2011
While several events are being held this month to mark the tenth anniversary of the Doha Declaration on TRIPS and Public Health (2001), another significant milestone in the evolution of the international intellectual property system has gone largely unnoticed: the fiftieth anniversary of Brazil's...
22 January 2011
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - On a visit to Egypt, I received an invitation from the Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D) , headed by Professor Nagla Rizk at the American University in Cairo (AUC), to attend a lecture last Thursday by the Nobel Prize-winning American economist Joseph Stiglitz...
17 December 2010
On 15 November, a group of forty mostly industrialised countries released the text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). This article looks at the treaty's possible implications for the global intellectual property system, as well as its backers and the developing countries hostile to...
7 December 2010
CANCUN, MEXICO - I start the day by rushing to the other side of town to attend a dialogue on ‘technology deployment' organised by a business organisation. It takes 40 min minutes to get there but luckily the traffic is fluid so I arrive on time. Discussions start on how to accelerate technology...
1 February 2010
In the lead-up to the Copenhagen climate change meeting, technology transfer was - with emissions reductions and finance - one of the key sticking points. It was hoped that the conference would, at least, spell out elements of a ‘package' that would serve as a basis for further discussions in 2010...