Pelin leads on E3G’s diplomatic engagement in Japan and South Korea to accelerate the transition from coal to clean energy in line with the Paris Agreement.
Pelin is currently based in Tokyo where she is taking a career break from the UK civil service. In Japan, she has worked at IGES (Institute for Global Environmental Strategies) on green finance issues, and led the IGES-CBI (Climate Bonds Initiative) partnership. Prior to moving to Tokyo, Pelin worked at the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) leading on the design of a technical assistance and capacity building programme for UK BEIS International Climate Fund. She also worked in UK DECC Office of Carbon Capture and Storage and was responsible for developing an appropriate policy framework and financial incentives under the Electricity Market Reform to drive investment in CCS.
Pelin worked at E3G between 2007-2013. During her six years at E3G, she led and contributed to a number of major E3G projects and advisory work on climate diplomacy, low carbon innovation and technology cooperation, and power sector decarbonisation and the role of low carbon infrastructure in Europe. Pelin also worked at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London, and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Environment in Brussels.
She holds an MA in Environment, Politics and Globalisation from King’s College London, where she studied as a UK FCO Chevening Scholar, and an MSc in Ecology from Middle East Technical University, Turkey. She’s also recently completed a Japanese Studies course at the Sophia University in Tokyo focusing on Japanese economics and business, and contemporary affairs with distinction.