Our Team

Aditya Lukas, Energy Specialist, The World Bank
Aditya Alexander Lukas

Aditya Lukas, Energy Specialist

Energy Efficiency, Efficient and Sustainable Buildings, Efficient City Services

Aditya is a member of the Efficient and Sustainable Buildings team. Before joining ESMAP, he worked at McKinsey & Company, supporting energy sector clients mainly in decisions on strategy and operations. Prior to this, Aditya was a scientist for more than five years at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, where he focused on safe and efficient water supply. He also worked with several water utilities in Serbia and Indonesia to help improve energy efficiency and reduce water losses. He holds a PhD and MSc in Land and Water Management and Civil Engineering from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria; and a MSc in Natural Resources Management and Ecological Engineering from Lincoln University, New Zealand.

Barbara Ungari, Operations Analyst, The World Bank
Barbara Ungari

Barbara Ungari, Operations Analyst

Monitoring & Evaluation, Energy Access, Lighting Global, Efficient Clean Cooking and Heating, Climate Change

Barbara is part of the Energy Access and Trust Fund Portfolio teams. She supports the Lighting Global program, the Lao PDR cookstoves initiative, and coordinates the annual portfolio review and monitoring and evaluation, progress, and financial reports. Prior to joining ESMAP, Barbara worked for the EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (GIZ) in Germany and the Food and Agriculture Organization in Vietnam. She holds a MSc in Environmental Science and Climate Change from the Polytechnic University of Ancona in Italy. 

Besnik Hyseni, Energy Specialist, The World Bank
Besnik Hyseni

Besnik Hyseni, Energy Specialist

Clean Cooking, Mini Grids, Household Energy, Off-grid Electrification, Energy Access

Besnik focuses on the Efficient, Clean Cooking and Heating and the Global Facility on Mini Grids initiatives as a member of the Energy Access team. He manages the portfolio and technical review for these initiatives, and supports to World Bank teams on these topics, as well as facilitates knowledge management aspects. Previously, in the World Bank’s Africa region, Besnik supported the coordination of the Africa Clean Cooking Energy Solutions (ACCES) and the Uganda Clean Cooking Supply Chain Expansion project. Besnik brings six years of World Bank-specific operational and analytical work experience in energy access and household energy—clean cooking, off-grid electrification, in particular—and economic analysis of power projects. Besnik holds a BA in International Relations from Stanford University and a MA in International Economic Policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

Brenda Manuel
Brenda M. Manuel

Brenda Manuel, Senior Operations Officer 

 

Brenda leads ESMAP’s Portfolio Team, including its monitoring and evaluation efforts. Brenda also serves as an advisor, supporting the ESMAP program manager in trust fund, financial, and partnership management. Previously, Brenda worked as a financial analyst of energy and transport projects in Russia and Central Asia. She has over 20 years of experience in portfolio reviews and assessments of outcome, institutional development impact, and sustainability of World Bank programs and projects, as well as trust funds, financial, and resource management. Brenda holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BS in Biochemistry/Biophysics from the University of Pittsburgh.

Bryan Koo, Energy Specialist
Bryan Bonsuk Koo

Bryan Koo, Energy Specialist

SEforALL Multi-Tier Framework, Energy Access, Lighting Global, Geospatial Planning, Energy Subsidy Reform

Bryan is part of the ESMAP SEforALL Knowledge Hub team, focusing on the Multi-Tier Framework. He also serves as the focal point for ESMAP’s work on geospatial electrification planning and supports Lighting Global activities. Previously, as a consultant, Bryan was a field coordinator for the Multi-Tier Framework energy access global survey in Rwanda, Uganda, Myanmar, and Cambodia; supported the power-agriculture nexus component in the Africa Geospatial Electrification Planning activity and an assessment of mini-grid operators in several countries; and was a member of the Nigeria electrification project team. Prior to this, Bryan worked in the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia region on energy subsidy reform and the impact of cross-subsidization on industrial competitiveness. Bryan holds two MAs in Public Policy and Political Science from Georgetown University (USA) and Kyunghee University (Korea).

Chiara Rogate, Energy Specialist
Chiara Odetta Rogate

Energy Access, Geospatial Planning, Renewable Energy Mapping, Renewable Energy

Chiara is the focal point for sector-wide electrification planning, including geospatial tools and renewable energy mapping. She joined the World Bank Group in 2013 as a consultant with the Independent Evaluation Group, focusing on electricity access, and, in 2015, joined the World Bank Africa Energy Global Practice to work on sector-wide electrification planning and programs (grid and off-grid) in Nigeria and Ethiopia, where she continues her operational engagement. Chiara also works on technical assistance to governments and utilities; supports donor coordination; contributed to the World Bank Africa Energy Strategy and the Sahel Energy Access Strategy; and served as an advisor to the ESMAP SEforALL Technical Assistance Facility.

Before joining the World Bank, she was a climate change researcher and a scientific coordinator at the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change. Chiara holds a MA in International Economics and International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University for Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a MA in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies from the University of Bologna, Forli’ Campus.

Chong Suk Song, Jr. Professional Officer, The World Bank
Chong Suk Song

Chong Suk Song, Junior Professional Officer

Variable Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy, Power Systems

Chong provides technical assistance and knowledge management support to the Variable Renewable Energy (VRE) Grid Integration Support initiative, focusing on power system analysis/planning and energy storage systems. He also supports the Power System Planning team, performing analysis for the network impacts of VREs, and several World Bank projects, assessing the technical requirements for VRE penetration. Prior to joining the World Bank, Chong worked for LS Industrial Systems, specializing in Energy Management Systems and Microgrids. Chong holds a PhD in Power System Engineering from Korea University.

Christian Mahler, Energy Specialist, The World Bank
Christian Mahler

Christian Mahler, Energy Specialist

Energy Efficiency, Efficient and Sustainable Buildings, Efficient City Services, Climate Change

Christian works with cities in Africa, Asia, and Europe to perform energy diagnostics using ESMAP’s Tool for Rapid Assessment of City Energy (TRACE), and to develop public infrastructure investment projects, such as energy efficiency retrofits of street lighting to help cities tap into their energy efficiency potential across urban sectors. Christian is also working on ESMAP’s new Efficient and Sustainable Buildings initiative to integrate and scale-up energy efficiency of public buildings, while improving their seismic resilience. He currently works on projects in Kyrgyzstan, Bosnia, and Albania to develop financing mechanisms for scaling up energy efficiency investments in schools, hospitals, and public buildings. Christian has over six years of experience in energy efficiency and climate change mitigation. Prior to ESMAP, he worked as a climate change mitigation specialist with the German Development Cooperation (GIZ). Christian holds a MA in Development Economics from University College, London.

Dana Rysankova, Sr. Energy Specialist, The World Bank
Dana Rysankova

Dana Rysankova, Sr. Energy Specialist

Energy Access, Solar, SEforALL Knowledge Hub

Dana has been at the World Bank for the past 16 years, specializing in energy access and distributed renewables.

Prior to joining ESMAP, she managed energy projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America and Caribbean regions – working in a diverse set of countries, including Tanzania, Kenya, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Bolivia and Brazil. In ESMAP, Dana is coordinating energy access activities. She is co-leading Solar Technical Assistance and Multi-Tier Framework Global Survey programs, and is focal point for SE4ALL Technical Assistance program.

 

Daron Bedrosyan, Energy Specialist, The World Bank
Daron Bedrosyan

Daron Bedrosyan, Energy Specialist

Energy Access, SEforALL Knowledge Hub, Energy Efficiency, Climate Change

Daron is part of the ESMAP SEforALL Knowledge Hub team, focusing on the Global Tracking Framework (GTF) and Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy (RISE), and supports various regional operations as a continuation of the 2015 global rollout of RISE. Within the World Bank, Daron has supported projects in Djibouti, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, and Senegal, as well as helped to implement the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting mandate. Prior to joining the World Bank, Daron was a private sector consultant, advising asset management firms, and a public sector advisor for a new energy efficiency fund as part of the Ontario government’s Climate Change Action Plan. Daron holds an Honor’s BA in Commerce from Queen’s University and a MA in Global Affairs from the University of Toronto.

Djeanane Monfort, The World Bank
Djeanane Monfort

Djeanane Monfort, Program Assistant

Djeanane provides operational and administrative support to the ESMAP Team. Prior to joining ESMAP, she worked at the World Bank Country Office in Haiti, the United Nations Office for Project Services, and Christian Aid. Her research focused on sustainable tourism for economic and social development in remote locations in Haiti. Djeanane holds a MA in Sustainable Development from Université du Maine in France and two BA’s in Business Administration from Université de Montpellier in France and Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Technologie in Haiti.

Elisa Portale, Sr. Energy Specialist, The World Bank
Elisa Portale

Elisa Portale, Senior Energy Economist

SEforALL Knowledge Hub, Energy Access, Climate Change

Elisa coordinates and manages the SEforALL knowledge products—Global Tracking Framework (GTF), Multi-tier Framework Global Survey (MTF), and Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy (RISE). Prior to this, she worked on Energy Access for the Urban Poor initiative, Global Status of Electricity Access Report (SEAR), and the Energy Sector Resilience Project; and in several countries in Africa, East Asia and Pacific, South Asia, and Latin American and Caribbean. Before coming to the World Bank, Elisa worked in Sustainable Development and Climate Change Policy at Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM). She holds a PhD in Sustainable Development (Energy) and MSc in Economics, and is a Harvard Kennedy School Fellow in Sustainability Science.

Fernando de Sisternes, Energy Specialist
Fernando de Sisternes

Renewable Energy, Governance, Markets & Planning

Fernando is part of the renewable energy team. Since joining the World Bank in 2016, he has worked with teams in West Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East on strategic energy planning, energy security, regional market integration, and renewable energy grid integration. Fernando has 13 years energy sector experience previously working for the Argonne National Laboratory (USA), the International Energy Agency (France), Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (Spain), and other organizations as an independent policy consultant with published works in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Energy Economics, Applied Energy, among others. He holds a PhD in Technology, Management and Policy, and a MS in Technology and Policy, both from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); a MEng in Electrical Engineering from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid; and a diploma in Chinese language from Peking University.

Heather Austin, Publishing Associate, The World Bank
Heather Austin

Heather Austin, Publications Associate

Communications, Knowledge Management

Heather works to strengthen the impact of ESMAP’s work by ensuring excellence for all research and knowledge products. Heather also manages ESMAP’s corporate identity and branding—in print, online, and at ESMAP-sponsored events—extending the reach of ESMAP assets. She has over 15 years of publishing experience—including acquisitions and marketing—from the World Bank, academia, and the private sector. She holds a BA and MA in English and Comparative Literature, respectively, from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Ivan Jaques Goldenberg, Sr. Energy Specialist, The World Bank
Ivan Jaques Goldenberg

Ivan Jaques Goldenberg, Senior Energy Specialist

Energy Efficiency, Urban, Transport, Water

Ivan leads the Energy Efficient City Services Project Preparation Facility. His work is concentrated on improving service delivery of cities through energy efficiency, working across energy, urban, transport, and water sectors to support client engagement, project identification, preparation, and implementation. Before joining the World Bank, Ivan was Deputy Director of Chile’s Energy Efficiency Agency in charge of policy development and design of the country’s long-term action plan. He has also worked on sustainable transport in Chile and Japan. Ivan is an Industrial Engineer from the University of Chile.

Joeri de Wit, Energy Economist, The World Bank/ESMAP
Joeri Frederik de Wit

Joeri de Wit, Energy Economist

Energy Subsidies, Clean Energy, Electricity Markets

Joeri supports the Energy Subsidy Reform Facility and Global Geothermal Development Plan. He also coordinates activities and develops outputs for the Energy Economics, Markets and Institutions Global Solutions Group. Prior to joining the World Bank, Joeri worked on various energy economics topics, including geothermal energy extraction, oil pricing, designing renewable energy incentives, and estimating demand for hybrid electric vehicles. Joeri holds MAs in Economics from the University of Rotterdam and the University of Chicago, as well as a PhD in Resource Economics from the University of California, Davis.

Jon Exel, Sr. Energy Specialist, The World Bank
Jon Exel

Jon Exel, Senior Energy Specialist

Mini Grids, Urban Poor, Energy Access

Jon leads the Global Facility on Mini Grids and manages the Energy Access for the Urban Poor initiative. He previously worked with the World Bank from 1998 to 2004 on renewable energy operations in Asia and Africa. Jon has also worked with private investors, governments, nongovernmental organizations, and started the first registered mini-hydropower development company under the new energy policy and regulations in Croatia. Jon has over two decades of experience in energy access and alternative energy sector, working with diesel, solar, hydropower, wind, and biomass-based energy systems, developing expertise in the delivery of energy services to large groups of end users; business plans and delivery models; pre-investment and investment plans; market intelligence; and how institutions plan and operate. Jon has lived and worked in Liberia, Indonesia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, East Jerusalem, and Cambodia. Jon holds a MA in Energy Engineering and Business Administration.

Juliette Besnard
Juliette Besnard

Juliette Besnard, Energy Specialist

SEforALL, Energy Access

Juliette is a member of the SEforALL Knowledge Hub team, focusing on energy access, and will continue operational assignments on access projects with regional teams. Previously, she worked on the Global Tracking Framework (GTF) and Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy (RISE) on the energy access pillar; participated in a Sub-Saharan African power-agriculture nexus study; and supported the Renewable Energy for All project in Haiti. Before joining the World Bank, Juliette worked as a consultant for five years with Kurt Salmon Consulting and Weave Consulting, advising the public and private sector on energy infrastructure issues in Sub-Saharan Africa. She holds two MAs from Sciences Po Lille (France) and ESCP Europe (France).

Kelli Joseph, Sr. Energy Specialist, The World Bank
Kelli Joseph

Kelli Joseph, Senior Energy Specialist

Energy Subsidy Reform, Variable Renewable Energy

Kelli works on regulatory, policy, and market design around sector reform and utility of the future efforts, and renewable energy and distributed generation integration. Prior to joining the World Bank, Kelli was the Director of Market and Regulatory Affairs at NRG Energy, responsible for state and national level policy, market, and regulatory activities in retail and wholesale energy markets; and worked in grid and market operations at the New York Independent System Operator. She has worked on several distributed generation projects, including the joint Government of India/Global Environment Facility Biomass Energy for Rural India project with UNDP’s Energy and Environment Team, and with a venture-backed waste-to-energy start-up in the United States. Kelli’s work on the restructuring of India’s electricity market appears in Energy Policy, and she has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Natural Resources Policy, World Development, and Energy Policy. Kelli holds a PhD in Political Science and a MA in Sociology from the University of Virginia (USA), and an MBA, with a concentration in Finance, from IE Business School (Spain), where she was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar; and speaks Spanish and Hindi/Urdu.

Marie Daramy, The World Bank
Marie Daramy

Marie Daramy, Program Assistant

Marie manages the daily transaction processing, along with procurement colleagues. She also coordinates ESMAP’s internal Brown Bag Lunches, trainings, and workshops, as well as serving as Records and Information Coordinator. Before coming to ESMAP, Marie worked the Global Partnership on Output Based Aid (GPOBA), and, before that, in the International Financing Corporation’s (IFC) Executive Director’s Office for Africa. Marie holds BSc from Southbank University in London.

M-G Zoua Morrisson
Marie Gisele Zoua Morrisson

Marie-Gisele Morrisson, Program Assistant

Marie-Gisele provides administrative and operational support to the Energy Access Team and the World Bank Power System Planning team. She has also acted as the Sr. Executive Assistant in the Office of the Director and Sr. Director of the World Bank Energy & Extractives Global Practice. She is competent in numerous World Bank operation systems, monitoring and evaluation, trust fund administration, and human resources related matters. Marie-Gisele is fluent in both French and English.

Marj Araya, Web Content Manager, The World Bank
Marjorie K. Araya

Marjorie Araya, Web Content Manager

Communications, Website Development, International Event Planning

Marjorie implements front- and back-end development for the ESMAP website, subsidiary sites, and activities database. She also designs and produces the quarterly electronic bulletin; maintains ESMAP’s external contacts database; writes news for the web. She also leads the coordination of all ESMAP’s international knowledge exchange and global outreach events, such as ESMAP Knowledge Exchange Forum in London; Mini Grids Learning Events in Kenya, Myanmar, Nigeria; the II Roundtable of the ESMAP Geothermal Development Plan; among others.

Martina Bosi, Sr. Energy Economist, The World Bank
Martina Bosi

Martina Bosi, Senior Energy Economist

Energy Efficiency, Buildings, Climate Change

Martina leads ESMAP’s Efficiency and Sustainable Buildings team, which advances the energy efficiency agenda through support to World Bank energy efficiency lending operations, and she co-chairs the World Bank's Energy Efficiency Community of Practice. Prior to joining ESMAP in 2013, she worked as a Senior Carbon Finance Specialist in the World Bank Carbon Finance Unit, where she was a founding member of the Partnership for Market Readiness and the fund manager of two carbon funds. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2005, she developed expertise in energy and climate policy at the Paris-based International Energy Agency, and before that with the Government of Canada (Natural Resources Canada), where she was a member of the Canadian delegation to the international climate change negotiations.  She holds an MA in Economics from Université Laval (Québec City, Canada).

Nansia Constantinou, Communications Officer
Nansia Constantinou

Nansia Constantinou, Communications Officer

Communications, Knowledge Management

Nansia manages ESMAP’s communications program to strengthen its overall impact. She designs and implements communications strategies that focus on disseminating ESMAP knowledge to key stakeholders and highlighting its role in strengthening the global energy sector’s performance, shaping policy, and informing the World Bank’s development financing. Her areas of expertise include communications strategy development, global engagement, media relations, donor / stakeholder outreach, messaging, and brand management. She has more than 15 years of strategic communications experience gained through various positions in international development institutions and the private sector. She holds a MA in Communications from Syracuse University.

Oliver Knight, Sr. Energy Specialist, The World Bank
Oliver Knight

Oliver Knight, Senior Energy Specialist

Renewable Energy, Energy Access, RE Resource Mapping, Large Scale Solar, Climate Change

Oliver works with the Renewable Energy team, leading ESMAP’s work on Renewable Energy Resource Mapping, supporting 11 country projects in Africa, South Asia, and East Asia Pacific. Previously he led a work program on Results-Based Funding, which closed in 2015. Oliver also supports teams working on renewable energy issues in Pakistan and Vietnam, and has a strong interest in geospatial analysis and open data. He has over 10 years of experience in international development and UK domestic policy issues, working on renewable energy, energy access, and climate change issues. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2011, Oliver worked at the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Sustainable Development Commission.

Rohit Khanna, ESMAP Manager, The World Bank
Rohit Khanna

Rohit Khanna, Program Manager

Energy Access, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Energy Subsidy Reform

Rohit is the Program Manager for ESMAP, overseeing a large portfolio of analytical and advisory activities to inform the energy sector policy dialogue. Under his direction, ESMAP has grown exponentially to support over 250 activities in more than 130 countries; influence World Bank, IDA, and IBRD financing; and leverage billons from global partners to support the growth of and strengthen the design and implementation of investment projects in the sector. Previously, Rohit worked in the World Bank’s Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Clean Technology Fund (CTF). Before joining the World Bank, he was a Program Officer in the UN Environment Program, and worked for Save the Children Fund in its Bhutan Field Office.

Rutu Dave, Energy Specialist
Rutu Dave

Rutu Dave, Energy Specialist

Energy Access, Urban Poor, Efficient Clean Cooking and Heating, Climate Change

Rutu is part of the energy access team, leading the work for urban poor and marginalized persons. Her focus has been on implementing ESMAP products in the field—including using the Multi-Tier Framework (MTF) as a tool. She is also working on monetizing outcomes for the Lao PDR Clean Stove Initiative. Previously, Rutu worked across various sectors of the World Bank, including energy access, energy efficiency, climate change, and trade and environment. Prior to joining the World Bank, she worked at the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), focusing on mitigation, adaptation, and sustainable development. She also worked at the European Commission at the Directorate General Trade’s Sustainable Development Unit and at the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. She has studied at the University of East Anglia, UK; Wageningen University, the Netherlands; and Yale University and Harvard University, USA.

Sabine Cornieti, Energy Specialist, The World Bank
Sabine Cornieti

Sabine Cornieti, Energy Analyst

Renewable Energy, Solar, Climate Change

Sabine is part of the Renewable Energy team, supporting global solar deployment operations with a focus on Burkina Faso, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Vietnam. Previously, Sabine worked with the World Bank’s Climate Change Group engaged in renewable energy policies. Before joining the World Bank, Sabine was an Associate Business Developer for EREN Renewable Energy in Jakarta, a large wind and solar independent power producer. She focused on market analysis, project acquisition due diligence, financial modeling, and technical development of solar and wind projects developed under feed-in-tariff and auctions schemes in Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. She also worked with GIZ in Indonesia on renewable energy policies, and with UNDP in New York on evaluating post-conflict programs. She holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Nottingham, UK, a MSc in Economics from Sorbonne Paris 1, and specialized in Renewable Energy Policies at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, USA.

Sheoli Pargal, Lead Energy Economist, The World Bank
Sheoli Pargal

Sheoli Pargal, Lead Energy Economist

Energy Subsidy Reform, Knowledge Exchange, Technical Assistance

Sheoli co-leads the Energy Subsidy Reform Facility; and provides strategic, operational, and technical support to the ESMAP Program Manager, as well as advice and guidance to ESMAP team. She joined ESMAP in September 2016 after six years in the Energy Practice in the World Bank’s South Asia Region where she worked on utility governance, regulation, and performance in India; and on system-wide sector strategic issues in Bangladesh. She has broad cross-sectoral experience stemming from assignments in infrastructure operations in Latin America, environmental policy and regulatory research, and country services. Sheoli spent 2006-07 on External Service at the Secretariat to the Committee on Infrastructure in the Planning Commission in India, working on government investment policy initiatives and public-private partnerships frameworks for infrastructure. Sheoli holds a PhD in Economics from Northwestern University.

Tatia Lemondzhava, Energy Specialist, The World Bank
Tatia Lemondzhava

Tatia Lemondzhava, Energy Specialist

Mini Grids, Energy Access, Energy Efficiency

Tatia is part of the Energy Access team, with a focus on integrating mini grids and off-grid solar into electrification programs. Previously, Tatia spent nearly six years in the World Bank’s Africa region, working on mainstreaming grid-based, mini grid, and off-grid energy access solutions into lending projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, promoting regional power integration in West Africa, and supporting the energy efficiency agenda in Energy and Extractives Global Practice. Before joining the World Bank, Tatia worked with Sidar Global Advisors, where she oversaw research and business intelligence in the energy and infrastructure sectors for Eurasian public and private sector clients. She holds an MA International Economics, International Affairs and Energy Policy from the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and an MSc in European Political Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Thomas Flochel, Energy Economist, The World Bank
Thomas Flochel

Thomas Flochel, Energy Economist

Energy Subsidy Reform, Energy Access

Thomas leads the knowledge work and provides technical assistance to governments for the Energy Subsidy Reform Facility. He recently led the production of a guidebook on energy subsidy reforms, calling on the expertise of nine World Bank sectors. He also launched and manages an online peer-learning platform for government officials and experts at the World Bank to discuss energy subsidy reform concerns. Additionally, Thomas leads several World Bank lending operations that focus on renewable investment, energy access, and utility reform, mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining the World Bank, Thomas worked in research and impact investment in Africa. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Edinburgh.

Thrainn Fridriksson, Sr. Energy Specialist, The World Bank
Thrainn Fridriksson

Thrainn Fridriksson, Senior Energy Specialist

Geothermal, Renewable Energy

Thrainn is part of the Renewable Energy team and leads the work on the Global Geothermal Development Plan. Thrainn supports several World Bank teams in preparing and implementing projects involving geothermal energy in countries such as Armenia, Turkey, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, St. Lucia, Nicaragua, and Fiji. He also leads knowledge work and capacity building related to geothermal energy. Currently, Thrainn is working with colleagues at ESMAP to develop guidelines for addressing gender issues in geothermal projects and, recently, he developed guidelines on how to address greenhouse gas emissions from geothermal power projects. Before joining the World Bank in 2014, Thrainn worked as a geochemist and project manager in Iceland’s geothermal sector for 11 years, mainly responsible for project management of exploration, production monitoring, and capacity building projects. Thrainn holds a BSc in Geology from the University of Iceland and a PhD in Geochemistry and Mineralogy from Stanford University, California.

 

Tigran Parvanyan, Energy Specialist, The World Bank
Tigran Parvanyan

Tigran Parvanyan, Energy Specialist

SEforALL Knowledge Hub, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency

Tigran works with the SEforALL Knowledge Hub and Renewable Energy Teams. Previously, Tigran worked as a Private Sector Development Specialist, managing the Getting Electricity indicator of the Doing Business report. Tigran is originally from Armenia, where he managed the IFC Armenia Sustainable Energy Finance Project, promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy finance in Armenia and throughout the Europe and Central Asia and the Middle East and North Africa regions. Before that, Tigran worked with USAID and other donors to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy in Armenia, working with the private sector, as well on policy and regulatory aspects. Tigran holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Yerevan State Engineering University and a MA in Public Policy, with a concentration in Energy Policy, from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Yabei Zhang, Sr. Energy Economist, The World Bank
Yabei Zhang

Yabei Zhang, Senior Energy Specialist

Efficient Clean Cooking and Heating, Energy Efficiency

Yabei leads the Efficient and Clean Cooking and Heating initiative, focusing her support on cooking programs in Africa and South Asia. Since she joined the World Bank as a Young Professional in 2008, Yabei has managed energy projects in the East Asia and Pacific, Europe, and Central Asia regions, with a focus on household energy and energy efficiency. She led the regional flagship program the East Asia and Pacific Clean Stove Initiative with country programs in China, Mongolia, Indonesia, and Lao PDR; and coordinated efficient and clean heating projects in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Prior to joining the World Bank, Yabei worked at the Joint Global Change Research Institute. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland and a MA in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Zuzana Dobrotkova, Energy Specialist, The World Bank
Zuzana Dobrotkova

Zuzana Dobrotkova, Energy Specialist

Renewable Energy, Solar, SEforALL Knowledge Hub

Zuzana is working primarily on Renewable Energy, co-leading the Large-Scale Solar initiative, advising to renewable energy streams of work of SEforALL Knowledge Hub, and supports World Bank solar deployment operations in West Africa. Previously, she worked for the International Renewable Energy Agency in Abu Dhabi and the International Energy Agency in Paris. With over 10 years of experience in the energy sector, Zuzana’s areas of expertise include: renewable energy markets and policies; power sector modelling; energy accounting; and statistics. Zuzana holds an MSc in Mathematics from Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, and an MA and a PhD in Economics from the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education in Prague, the Czech Republic.