Professor J. Owen Lewis is the former Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI). Professor Lewis is a long-time proponent of sustainable energy practice in the built environment and was founder of the UCD Energy Research Group in 1975. Professor Lewis was elected Dean of Engineering and Architecture at UCD in 2001, a post he held for four years before becoming Principal of the UCD College of Engineering, Mathematical and Physical Sciences. More recently, Professor Lewis has been Bórd na Móna's Director for Innovation and R&D. Professor Lewis possesses the vision, conviction and passion for the sustainable energy agenda for Ireland and overseas. His background in energy innovation will ensure that SEI will play a leadership role in the delivery of national energy policy objectives and in Ireland's efforts to meet its international energy and environmental obligations.