Gulnara Abdullina has been involved in renewable energy since 2007. She joined Longi Solar in early 2021 as a first foreign Vice President to lead Longi’s localization efforts in Europe. Before joining Longi, in 2009-2020 Gulnara has served in various executive roles at Jinko Solar, among which Global Business Development Director and General Manager Middle East and Africa. Prior to stepping into solar PV industry, Gulnara Abdullina has worked in various commercial functions in hydrogen fuel cell industry in China and in consumer goods sector in the USA and Russia. Gulnara was selected as one of the young new energy leaders by RECHARGE 4040 Initiative in 2014, which brings together 40 clean energy pioneers under 40 years old. In 2019 and 2020 she was chosen as one of the Top 50 most influential people in the GCC utilities industry by Utilities Middle East Magazine. Gulnara holds a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics from the Ural State Technical University, Russia, as well as an MBA degree from China Europe International Business School, Shanghai, China.
The EU recently published its ‘Fit for 55’ climate plan, updating its Renewable Energy Directive to increase the overall binding target from 32% to 40% renewables in the bloc’s energy mix by 2030. More recently, the lens has been focused on energy security as well as decarbonisation. To get to where we need to be by 2030 will require a huge effort from both public and private sector and the industry will have to overcome some barriers to see deployment scale up to where it needs to be: