Former Head of UNESCO Energy Programme
Dr. Benchikh is former Head of UNESCO Energy Programme and Chief of “Capacity Building in Science and Engineering”. He launched several conceptual initiatives addressing renewable energy for meeting the energy needs. In promoting renewable energy sources at global level, Dr. Benchikh contributed to the conceptual design and implementation of the “World Solar Programme – WSP” launched as a UN framework for international cooperation in renewable energy and launched several “High Level Regional Solar Councils” as frameworks for international and regional cooperation. He also conceptualised and supervised the implementation of the “Global Renewable Energy Education and Training Programme” (GREET Programme) launched as a UN framework for building human and institutional capacities. Dr Benchikh organised a series of UNESCO’s “annual summer schools on renewable energy” held annually in the different world regions. He is author of several energy related publications and Learning/teaching materials.
Dr Benchikh is Expert at Energy Watch Group and Member of the Governing Board of UNESCO International Sustainable Energy Development Center. His international activities led him to act as Member and UNESCO Representative at UN-Energy; Member of the International Advisory Committee of the 2nd World Community Power Conference WCPC2018; UNESCO Commissioner at Astana Expo 2017; Secretary General of UNESCO “International Basic Science Programme” (IBSP); Secretary General of the “Mediterranean Solar Council”; Member of the “European Solar Council”; Chairman of the “European Solar Council Commission on Education and Training” (Club de Paris des Energies Renouvelables); Chairman of the “Renewable Energy Commission of the French Academy of Engineers”, Member of the “Arab Permanent Committee on Renewable Energy sources”; Member of “GEMFOR” (International Study Group on Education Methods), Member of the “International Advisory Council of the World Renewable Energy Technology Congress”.