Alexandra Sombsthay

Alexandra Sombsthay

Diplomatic advisor

Solar Impulse Foundation


Renewable energy expert, Alexandra Sombsthay is working as the diplomatic advisor for the Solar Impulse Foundation.

Previously to this position, she worked at the European Commission in the Directorate General for Energy, in the unit dedicated to Renewable Energy. She was in charge of relations with China, India and the US on overall energy issues over the period 2008-2013. Alexandra was posted 2006-2007 at the EU delegation in Beijing where she initiated the Euro-China Clean Energy Center. She has previously worked as adviser for European Affairs in the cabinet of the Belgian Minister for Environment and Energy as well as for the Minister of Transport. She also worked as a lawyer in a law firm specialized in environment and energy law.

Mrs Sombsthay graduated from the European College of Bruges in 2001 and then passed the Certificat d’Accès à la Profession d’Avocat in 2004 (France). Beyond her professional activities, she has given lectures to Master students of the Business school ESSEC (Paris), Sciences Po (Paris), Master’s students of the Firenze University (A.Spinelli program), the Economic Faculty of Roma, the College of Europe and the Chinese Academy of Governance. She has published a number of articles on the impact of air transport on environment and on China energy policy

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