Michael Franz is a senior adviser for energy in international cooperation for sustainable development, working for the EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF), based in Brussels. He coordinates the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP), a European platform for promoting private sector participation and investment in renewables in Africa. He holds an MA degree in political science and geography from University of Trier, Germany. Over the past 10 years his work and interests have evolved around the nexus of energy project development, policy frameworks, and financing, towards mobilizing private and public investment in renewable energy and energy access projects in Africa. In previous functions, he worked for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on a number of energy initiatives in East Africa.