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PhD candidate named a Global Future Energy Leader

18 April 2018

University of Auckland PhD candidate Piyush Verma has been recognised for his achievements by the World Energy Council London, with the institution appointing him as 2018 Global Future Energy Leader. Piyush has been selected from Ireland to participate in this program that aims to prepare the next generation energy leaders to solve the world’s most pressing sustainability and energy challenges. 

“It is an honour to be recognised by the World Energy Council and being selected as Ireland’s 2018 Future Energy Leader,” Piyush said. “It’s very exciting to be part of the WEC’s Global Future Energy Leader Programme and I look forward to connecting with global energy leaders through the IERC, collaborate with them meaningfully and contribute something invaluable for Irish society”.

Piyush is currently working as Senior Energy Market Analyst for the International Energy Research Centre in Cork, Ireland. Before taking the position in March, he was completing a Doctor of Philosophy in the Power System Group within the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department here. His research focuses on energy efficiency technology and policy.

The recent appointment as Ireland’s Future Energy leader is a new addition to his other achievements, including being shortlisted as one of the world’s top 50 candidates for the Green Talent Award for the German Government in 2017, and being New Zealand's nominated candidate for Future Energy Leader in 2017. He has also received a Gold Level in University of Auckland Leadership and Service Award for his volunteering service as a Vice President of the Postgraduate Student Association alongside other contributions in 2016.