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.

Alisha Pinto
Alisha Pinto

Alisha Pinto, Energy Specialist 

Energy Access, Clean Cooking 

Alisha worked as an ESMAP consultant for the past 3 years, implementing the MTF surveys and country diagnostic reports in Nepal and Liberia, and supporting the development of the clean cooking agenda. More recently Alisha worked with the South Asia (Nepal) and East Africa (Uganda and Somalia) regional teams. As an Energy Specialist, Alisha will be part of the ESMAP Energy Access team, focusing on the newly-established Clean Cooking Fund.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Alisha was an Associate in Research at the Duke Household Health and Energy Initiative. She also worked at other research and consulting organizations such as the International Water Management Institute, EY-Parthenon Group, and Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations.

Alisha holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Sanford School of Public Policy (Duke University), and a BA in Economics from St. Xavier’s College (University of Mumbai).

Anna Aghababyan Operations Officer
Anna Aghababyan

Anna Aghababyan, Operations Officer

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning, Portfolio Management, Knowledge Management

Anna’s primary area of focus is supporting ESMAP and World Bank regional operational teams on results monitoring, evaluation and knowledge management, as well as our reporting to donors and portfolio management functions. 

Previously, Anna worked in the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) for over 4 years focusing on revamping PPIAF’s monitoring and evaluation system and fostering the culture of learning from the ongoing and completed projects for evidence-based and impactful design of technical assistance.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Anna worked with the United Nations and National Democratic Institute country offices in Armenia, where she oversaw democratic governance, electoral participation and gender related projects.

Anna holds an MA in Development Economics and Public Policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University) and MA in International Affairs from Yerevan State University.

Ashish Shrestha
Ashish Shrestha

Ashish Shrestha

Energy Access, Mini Grids, Geospatial Planning, SEforALL TA

Ashish is part of the Energy Access team, leading ESMAP’s geospatial electrification planning initiative and providing advisory and operational support for mini-grid development in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia through the Global Facility on Mini Grids. He has over a decade of experience at the World Bank, including designing the Bank’s largest investment in mini grids, in Nigeria; coordinating biogas and clean cooking projects in Nepal; and as a researcher with the Development Economics Research Group where his research focus was on renewable energy, climate change and sustainable transport. Ashish holds an M.A. in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University and a B.A. in Economics from Hamilton College.

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. 

Bente Taraldsten Brunes, Senior Energy Specialist, The World Bank
Bente Taraldsten Brunes

Bente Taraldsten Brunes, Senior Energy Specialist

Hydropower Development Facility

Bente has 10 years of experience working with hydropower from project development, detailed design, implementation and commissioning for greenfield, rehabilitation and upgrade projects. She has extensive experience with project management, planning and quality assurance and control. Prior to joining ESMAP, Bente worked for Multiconsult, an international consulting firm.  Bente holds an M.Sc. in mechanical engineering with a specialization in fluid dynamics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. 

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 

Monitoring and Evaluation, Portfolio Management

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).

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.

Claire Nicolas, Energy Specialist
Claire Nicolas

Claire Nicolas, Energy Specialist

Governance, Markets and Planning, Power System Planning Team

Claire is a member of the power system planning team.  Her primary focus is to support the Africa program, as well as maintenance and development of the Electricity Planning Model and growing climate resilience-related work for energy infrastructure.

Before joining ESMAP, Claire worked in the Sustainable Development Chief Economist’s office for almost 2 years focusing on Climate Change mitigation and decision making under deep uncertainty. She provided cross-support to the Energy Global Practice, mostly on projects involving power planning, and to the Environment Global Practice to help teams and clients take long-term uncertainties into account in the preparation of projects and strategies.   Prior to the World Bank, Claire worked for four years in the oil refining industry as a strategic marketing engineer.

Claire holds a PhD in economics on “Robust energy and climate modeling for policy assessment’ from Nanterre University (France), an engineering degree from ENSTA ParisTech, and an M.Sc in Economics from Ponts ParisTech.

Claire is the author of a forthcoming book on “How much is needed? Infrastructure investment for sustainable development.”

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.

Deb Chattopadhyay
Debabrata (Deb) Chattopadhyay

Debabrata (Deb) Chattopadhyay, Senior Energy Specialist

Power Systems Planning

Deb leads ESMAP’s Power Systems Planning team.  The team undertakes analytical work for the Energy and Extractives Global Practice including least cost planning analysis and technical/economic analysis at project level to support operations.   He is a power system engineer and economist with significant experience on energy market design and analysis to address market operation, planning and policy issues.

His work also encompasses a range of other economic issues around electricity supply reliability, design of electricity markets, nodal pricing of electricity, portfolio risk analysis, commercial assessment of carbon capture and storage, cost benefit analysis of smart metering and analysis of renewable energy policies.  

He is also currently an Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering (Power System) at the University of Queensland, and an Honorary Fellow of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the University of Melbourne.

Previously, Deb was a Director with leading consulting firms Charles River Associates (CRA) and Deloitte since late 2000 before becoming an independent consultant in 2012.

He has taught electricity modelling and quantitative methods at University of Canterbury as a Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor between 1997 and 2000. Deb has done a significant volume of work on impact of climate change on the energy sector since 1990 and has done extensive work on marginal cost of carbon reduction, change in generation mix and impact on alternative fuel prices, and economic assessment of low carbon projects.

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.

Elin Hallgrimsdottir
Elin Hallgrimsdottir

Elin Hallgrimsdottir, Senior Energy Specialist

Geothermal, Renewable Energy

Elin has joined ESMAP as Senior Energy (Geothermal) Specialist.  She has extensive experience in the mechanical engineering of geothermal power plants. Before joining ESMAP, Elin worked at Mannvit (consulting) where she worked exclusively on geothermal projects since 1999. Elin’s areas of specialization include project management, project planning, process design for utilization of geothermal energy and commissioning and supervision of mechanical systems, including steamfield and power plant.  Elin is experienced in performing feasibility and pre-feasibility studies for geothermal project development.  She holds a C.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iceland and M.Sc. in engineering from the Technical University of Denmark.

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

Fernando de Sisternes, Energy Specialist

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.

Henrik Rytter Jensen, Senior Energy Specialist
Henrik Rytter Jensen

Henrik Jensen, Senior Energy Specialist

Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficient Buildings, Decarbonization, Renewable Energy

Henrik is leading the new Zero Carbon Public Sector program under the Accelerating Decarbonization window in the upcoming ESMAP business plan for 2021-2024. He holds over 20 years of experience in designing and implementing energy efficiency strategies and policies in developing and emerging economies. He has been advisor to various multilateral development organizations for projects on energy efficient buildings, low carbon cities, energy standards and labeling and energy performance contracting. Henrik holds a master’s degree in Energy Planning from the University of Aalborg, Denmark.

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).

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.

Mark Leybourne, Senior Energy (Offshore Wind) Specialist
Mark Leybourne

Mark Leybourne, Senior Energy (Offshore Wind) Specialist

Renewable Energy, Offshore Wind

Mark has been working in offshore renewable energy for the past 12 years and was previously working at an international energy and environmental consultancy, ITPEnergised, where he was leading advisory, engineering and environmental teams working on offshore wind projects.  He has extensive experience in supporting the development of new offshore wind markets having worked with the governments of: China, India, Korean, Taiwan, and Turkey, Jersey and Barbados, to help establish supportive policies and undertake feasibility studies.  Mark also possesses substantial experience in the tidal energy sector, particularly in the engineering of new technologies and development of projects. Prior to becoming a consultant, Mark completed a PhD in wave energy and a degree in Aerospace Engineering, both at the University of Southampton.

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).

Mirlan Aldayarov
Mirlan Aldayarov

Mirlan Aldayarov, Sr. Energy Specialist

Markets, Connectivity, and Regional Trade 

Mirlan will be leading the Markets, Connectivity, and Regional Trade (MARCOT) theme, within the Foundations for the Energy Transition program in ESMAP.  Mirlan brings extensive operational experience in dealing with energy connectivity and trade issues in ECA, South Asia and Africa.  He previously worked in the Africa energy unit where he led country dialogue and energy programs in several countries and served as a regional energy trade and markets focal point. In particular, he led the regional integration engagement in Southern Africa and is the program manager for the Advancing Regional Energy Transformational Projects Multi Donor Trust Fund (AREP-MDTF) for Southern and Eastern Africa, which will become an associated Trust Fund within ESMAP.

Muhammad Wali Ahmadzai, Operations Officer
Muhammad Wali Ahmadzai

Muhammad Wali Ahmadzai, Operations Officer

Trust Fund Administration and Financial Management &Reporting

Wali is primarily responsible for trust fund administration and financial management/reporting in the ESMAP and Energy Climate Finance programs.  He comes to us from the Afghanistan Country office where he was working on the Bank’s largest single country multi-donor trust fund, the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF). Wali has extensive experience in financial management, Bank’s operational policies and procedures, disbursements and trust fund management. Over the last one year, Wali was with the South Asia Regional Integration Unit and the FCV Group on Development Assignment managing regional and global trust funds.

Nadia Taobane - Solar, Renewable Energy, Climate Finance
Nadia Taobane

Nadia Taobane - Senior Energy Specialist

Solar, Renewable Energy, Climate Finance

Nadia is a member of the Solar Scale-Up team, as well as the Energy Climate Finance Team, working with the Climate Investment Funds, Green Climate Funds, and Global Environment Facility. Before joining ESMAP, Nadia was the Project Development Director for the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen) where she managed solar project development and finance activities; structured the financial, legal, tax, procurement, environmental, and social aspects of related transactions; raised project financing; and developed and negotiated related project documents. Prior to this, she was a business lawyer for Latham & Watkins LLP (an American law firm in Paris), advising clients on French and international transactions. Nadia holds a MBA from École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP-EAP) Graduate School of Management (France) with a specialization in Financial, Legal, and Tax Engineering; and a MA in Business and Tax Law from University La Sorbonne (France).

Nathyeli Acuña, Gender Specialist
Nathyeli Acuña

Nathyeli Acuña, Gender Specialist (joining July 2020)

Gender, Energy Access

Nathyeli has worked as a Strategic Alliances for the Americas Consultant in the International Committee of the Red Cross.  Prior to that, she was at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) from 2012 to 2019, where she worked as a Gender and Diversity professional.  Nathyeli focused on gender equality in the sectors of citizen security, digital government, public management, transparency, and urban development. She also co-led the implementation and monitoring of 2011-2013, 2014-2016, and 2017 IDB’s Operational Policy on Gender Equality and its Gender Action Plan. She has also worked as a consultant for gender and urban mobility in climate change adaptation and mitigation projects.  Prior to the IDB, she worked on the design and implementation of public-private urban development projects (in Argentina), and economic empowerment initiatives (Costa Rica and Central America) in rural and vulnerable contexts. She holds an Economics degree from the Costa Rica University and Master´s in Urban Economics from the Torcuato Di Tella University (Argentina).

Pauline Chin
Pauline Sen Chin

Pauline Sen Chin, Senior Program Assistant

Raluca Golumbeanu
Raluca Golumbeanu

Raluca Golumbeanu, Senior Energy Specialist


For the last six years, Raluca worked with the Global Partnership on Output-based Aid (GPOBA) as Senior Infrastructure Specialist leading the design, implementation and impact evaluation of RBF energy access projects across Africa and Asia. She co-manages the Myanmar National Electrification Project. Prior to GPOBA, Raluca worked in the Africa Energy Unit where she managed the Africa Electrification Initiative and contributed to lending projects in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso. 

Raluca, a Romanian national, holds an MA degree from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and Masters in European Business from the Romanian Academy of Economic Studies. 

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.

Tarek Keskes, Jr Professional Officer
Tarek Keskes

Tarek Keskes, Junior Professional Officer

Energy Efficiency, Energy City Services

Tarek is a member of the Efficient City Services team. Prior to joining ESMAP, Tarek served in a variety of capacities including Team Leader of a GIZ study “WEF Nexus Country Assessment” in Tunisia and Deputy Team Leader of a GIZ project “Sustainable Energy in the Provinces of Midelt and Tata” in Morocco. He served in several civil society organizations including the youth division of the “UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network” and the “Maghreb Young Leaders Organization,” which he co-founded.

Tarek will work primarily on ESMAP’s emerging program on electrification of transport.  He holds an electrical engineering degree from the Technical University of Munich.

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.

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.

Yadviga Semikolenova
Yadviga Semikolenova

Yadviga Semikolenova, Senior Energy Economist

Energy Subsidy Reform Facility | Hydropower Development Facility

Yadviga has extensive experience in energy policy issues as well as implementation of complex infrastructure projects.  Before joining the ESMAP team, Yadviga was Senior Energy Economist in the AFR energy team and led the Rwanda energy program that included the Rwanda Energy Sector Development Policy Loan (DPL) Series. She also led implementation of the Regional Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric Project which finances construction of an 80MW hydropower plant. Prior to AFR, Yadviga led high-level dialogue on energy subsidies reforms in Ukraine and initiated energy subsidies engagement of the Bank in Uzbekistan. As part of ECA energy team, she worked on a range of energy activities in Albania, Southern Caucasus countries, Ukraine and other countries in Europe and Central Asia.

Prior to joining the World Bank Group, she was an Assistant Professor of Energy Economics in Colorado School of Mines. Yadviga, a Ukrainian national, holds a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.

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.