Our Team

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

Aditya Lukas, Energy Specialist

Accelerating Decarbonization

Aditya is a member of the Accelerating Decarbonization team, and his work focuses on decarbonizing the public sector. Within the World Bank, Aditya has supported energy efficiency projects in Kosovo, Turkey, Poland, India, and Ghana. Prior to joining the World Bank, Aditya worked at McKinsey & Company, supporting energy sector clients mainly in decisions on strategy and operations. 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, where he worked as scientist, 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, Energy Specialist, The World Bank
Ashish Shrestha

Ashish Shrestha, Energy Specialist

Integrated Electrification Strategies & Planning | Global Facility on Mini Grids

Ashish leads the Integrated Electrification Strategies & Planning team and is a member of the Mini Grids team at ESMAP. His work focuses on geospatial least-cost electrification planning and optimizing the rollout of grid, off-grid and mini grid solutions towards universal electricity access, including the development of the Global Electrification Platform. Ashish is responsible for the development of mini grid portfolio planning methodologies and their implementation in World Bank operations and is also supporting energy access projects in Nigeria, Ethiopia and Sudan. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked at the public utilities commission in Massachusetts. Ashish holds a BA in Economics from Hamilton College and an MA in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University.

Besnik Hyseni, Energy Specialist, The World Bank
Besnik Hyseni

Besnik Hyseni, Energy Specialist

Energy Access | Financial Innovations for Access 

Besnik is part of ESMAP’s Energy Access team, focusing on electrification and innovative financing for expanding energy access. Within the World Bank, Besnik has provided technical support to projects related to off-grid electrification,  electricity demand stimulation, clean cooking, and economic analysis of electricity access projects. Prior to the Bank, Besnik was a researcher with the Natural Resource Governance Institute. Besnik holds a BA degree 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).

Lead Energy Specialist, ESMAP World Bank
Chandrasekar Govindarajalu

Chandrasekar (Chandra) Govindarajalu

Lead Energy Specialist | Global Battery Storage Program | Energy Climate Finance

Chandra leads the global battery storage program at the World Bank. The World Bank has made the commitment to accelerate deployment of battery storage in the developing world with an aim to finance 17.5 GWh of new battery storage in developing countries by 2025.

Chandra also leads the energy climate finance team which is responsible for mobilizing climate finance from Climate Investment Funds (CIFs), Green Climate Funds (GCFs) and other sources for the Energy and Extractives practice at the World Bank. He has over 20 years of experience between The World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on energy efficiency, energy access, and renewable energy access across 15 countries in South Asia, East Asia, and the Middle East and North Africa.

Chandra holds a PhD in Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware.

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

Chong Suk Song, Energy Specialist

Energy Storage Program | 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 

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.”

Daron Bedrosyan, Energy Specialist, The World Bank
Daron Bedrosyan

Daron Bedrosyan, Energy Specialist

Accelerating Decarbonization | Knowledge Hub

Daron is part of the ESMAP Accelerating Decarbonization and Knowledge Hub teams. His work focuses on efficient, clean cooling technical assistance programs; the Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy (RISE) index, and 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 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.

Defne Gencer, Senior Energy Specialist
Defne Gencer

Defne Gencer, Sr. Energy Specialist

Energy Subsidy Reform Facility | Efficient and Clean Cooling

Defne is the co-lead of the Energy Subsidy Reform Facility. Prior to joining ESMAP, Defne worked as a Senior Energy Specialist in the Bank’s Energy and Extractives Global Practice in the South Asia Region, focusing on energy sector reform, policy and regulation, energy efficiency, sustainable cooling, and agriculture-water energy nexus topics in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.   

Prior, Defne worked in the East Asia and Pacific Region focusing on energy efficiency, renewable energy, rural electrification, regional power trade, and energy sector policy and reform engagements in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam.  Prior to joining the World Bank, Defne worked for the Energy Market Regulatory Authority of Turkey; in a private international energy major in Houston and an international policy think tank in Washington DC.  Defne has an MA from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), with a concentration in energy and international finance.

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, Senior Energy Specialist, World Bank
Elin Hallgrimsdottir

Elin Hallgrimsdottir, Senior Energy Specialist

Accelerating Decarbonization | Energizing Renewables

Elin leads the geothermal programs both under Accelerating Decarbonization (Geothermal Direct Use) and Energizing Renewables (Geothermal Electrical Generation). Prior before joining ESMAP, Elin worked at Mannvit an international consulting company where she worked exclusively on geothermal projects since 1999. Elin’s areas of specialization include project management, project development, preparation of feasibility studies, process design, commissioning and supervision of mechanical systems, including steamfield and power plant.  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, Ph.D, Sr. Energy Specialist, The World Bank
Elisa Portale

Elisa Portale,Senior Energy Economist

SEforALL Knowledge Hub | Energy Access | Climate Change

Elisa leads the coordination and project management of the ESMAP Energy Analytics Hub which includes: Tracking SDG7: Energy Progress Report, Multi-tier Framework Global Survey (MTF), and Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy (RISE). She has worked on several projects on energy access, particularly: Energy Access for the Urban Poor Program, Global Status of Electricity Access Report (SEAR), and the Energy Sector Resilience Project. Elisa’s experience covers several countries in Africa, East Asia and Pacific, South Asia and Latin American and Caribbean. Prior to ESMAP, Elisa worked in Sustainable Development and Climate Change Policy at Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei. She holds a Ph.D in Sustainable Development (Energy) and MSc in Economics and is a Harvard Kennedy School Fellow in Sustainability Science.

Fernando de Sisternes, Senior Energy Specialist
Fernando de Sisternes

Fernando de Sisternes, Senior Energy Specialist

Accelerating Decarbonization | Renewable Energy | Green Hydrogen

Fernando is an energy specialist leading the Green Hydrogen Support program and the Energy Storage Partnership. Since joining the World Bank in 2016, he has worked with teams in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East on strategic energy planning, energy security, regional market integration, and renewable energy grid integration, including energy storage. Fernando has 15 years of energy sector experience previously working for Argonne National Laboratory in the USA, the International Energy Agency in Paris, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy in Madrid, 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 Engineering Systems: 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.

Gabriela Elizondo Azuela, ESMAP Manager
Gabriela Elizondo Azuela

Gabriela Elizondo Azuela

Practice Manager of the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) at the World Bank

In this role, Gabriela oversees a global portfolio of analytical and advisory activities in the energy sector, as well as the Bank’s energy climate finance operations. 

Ms. Elizondo-Azuela, a Mexican national, joined the Bank in 2003.  Prior to assuming her current position at ESMAP, Gabriela worked in the Latin America and Caribbean Energy Unit and other various Energy units across regional and global teams, contributing to a range of innovative operations in the areas of energy access, clean energy, climate change and became the Global Lead for Clean Energy for the Global Practice. As the Global Lead, she has championed the introduction of innovative initiatives, most recently in the areas of digitalization of energy sector infrastructure and utilities of the future. Ms. Elizondo-Azuela has more than 25 years of professional experience in the environmental and energy fields with specializations in power sector reform, regulatory design, private sector development, power sector planning, renewable energy, and climate change.

Before joining the Bank, she worked for private consulting firms and academia.

Ms. Elizondo-Azuela is a graduate of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (MX) in Chemical Engineering, has a Master of Environmental/Water Resources Engineering degree from the University of Michigan (USA), a PhD of Energy Economics from Imperial College London (UK), and various postgraduate diplomas from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA).

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.

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

Global Facility for Mini Grids | 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.

Juliet Pumpuni, Senior Energy Specialist
Juliet Pumpuni

Juliet Pumpuni, Sr. Energy Specialist

Energy Storage Partnership | Energy Access | Lighting Global

Juliet is co-leading the Energy Storage Partnership Program. She has over 20 years operations and management experience at the World Bank and prior senior positions in the Government of Ghana working on energy sector policy, energy access, renewable energy, slum electrification, power sector reforms, utility regulation, access to modern cooking solutions, gender, as well as the design of results-based financing incentives for access to infrastructure services. Her educational background includes a Masters degree in Public Policy with a specialization in regulation and industry analysis from Harvard University, USA and a Masters degree in Energy and Environmental Economics from ENI Corporate University in Milan, Italy.

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).

Senior External Affairs Officer
Lucie Cecile Blyth

Communications Lead

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 (Marj) Araya, Web Content Manager

Website Development | Newsletter | International Event Planning

Marj implements front- and back-end development and oversees the overall design of the ESMAP website, subsidiary sites, and activity databases. She designs and produces the quarterly electronic newsletter; writes news for the web; and maintains ESMAP’s external contacts database.  Marj leads the coordination of all ESMAP’s Donors’ Consultative Group Meetings and all International knowledge exchange and global outreach events, such as: ESMAP Knowledge Exchange Forums in Austria, Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom; Mini Grids Learning Events in Ghana, Kenya, Myanmar, and Nigeria; and the ESMAP Geothermal International Conferences.

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

Mark Leybourne, Senior Energy (Offshore Wind) Specialist

Renewable Energy | Offshore Wind | Green Hydrogen

Mark is the co-lead of the World Bank Group’s Offshore Wind Development Program and is also part of ESMAP’s Green Hydrogen program. He has worked in the offshore renewable energy sector for all of his career. Prior to joining ESMAP, he worked in an energy and environmental consultancy, where he was leading engineering and environmental advisory teams on the design and planning of offshore wind projects. He has extensive experience in supporting the development of new offshore wind markets, having worked with the governments of: Azerbaijan, Barbados, China, Colombia, India, Jersey, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Turkey, and Vietnam, to help establish supportive policies and undertake feasibility studies. Mark has a PhD in Offshore Renewable Energy and a degree in Aerospace Engineering, both from the University of Southampton, UK.

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

Martina Bosi, Senior Energy Economist

Accelerating Decarbonization | Energy Climate Finance

Martina leads ESMAP’s cross-sectoral Efficient, Clean Cooling technical assistance program (under Accelerating Decarbonization) where the main focus of her work is on energy efficiency, cooling, buildings and development.  She also works closely with the Energy Climate Finance team on the mobilization of climate finance for cooling and collaborates with the Bank’s Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice in the context of the Bank’s support to countries’ COVID-19 response, with a focus on reliable and sustainable vaccine cold chains and health facilities.  Martina is also involved in World Bank operations in a number of countries, including Mexico (as co-task team leader), India and Tunisia.  She has extensive experience in carbon finance, as well as energy and climate policy analysis from earlier positions with the World Bank Carbon Finance Unit, the International Energy Agency and Natural Resources Canada. She holds BA and MA degrees 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

Energizing Renewables | Accelerating Decarbonization | Energy Climate Finance

Nadia is leading the ESMAP Energizing Renewables program and is part of the Green Hydrogen team of the ESMAP Accelerating Decarbonization program as well as member of the Energy Climate Finance team.

Her work focuses on energy transition programs across multiple markets, supporting sustainable and bankable deployment of renewables and green hydrogen, mobilization of private capital and associated fundraising efforts, in particular climate finance. She is leading the Sustainable Renewables Risk Mitigation Initiative (SRMI), launched at COP24 to support countries develop sustainable and bankable renewable energy programs, leveraging private investments while maximizing socio-economic benefits.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Nadia was managing the business development & project finance aspects of the renewable energy projects of a public entity, from structuring the related transactions to raising their financing as well as developing and negotiating all associated contractual documents. Prior to this, she was providing transaction advisory as a business lawyer, advising clients on French and international transactions. Nadia holds 2 MAs from ESCP Europe Graduate School of Management (France) and the University La Sorbonne (France) in addition to her admission to the Paris Bar.

Nathyeli Acuña, Gender Specialist
Nathyeli Acuña

Nathyeli Acuña, Gender Specialist 

Closing Gender Gaps in Energy Transition | Clean Cooking | Decarbonization | Energy Access

Nathyeli is leading the ESMAP Gender and Energy Program. Her work focuses on the inclusion of the gender perspective within Energy Sector interventions to foster women's participation in the sector, promote the use of productive uses of energy among women-owned businesses, and include more women as users of energy. Within the World Bank, she has been leading the implementation of the new Gender and Energy program globally while also providing gender technical support to the Africa region of the World Bank.  Before joining ESMAP, Nathyeli worked as a gender expert for the Inter-American Development Bank. She was also a consultant for gender and urban mobility in climate change adaptation and mitigation projects. Nathyeli holds an Economics degree from the Costa Rica University and a Master´s in Urban Economics from the Torcuato Di Tella University (Argentina).


Pauline Chin
Pauline Sen Chin

Pauline Sen Chin, Senior Program Assistant

Rahul Srinivasan, Energy Specialist, The World Bank
Rahul Srinivasan

Rahul Srinivasan, Energy Specialist

Energy Access | Renewable Energy | Energy Efficiency

Rahul is a part of ESMAP’s Energy Access and Renewable Energy teams. His work focuses on electrification of public institutions (health centers, schools etc.) and deployment of climate friendly cold chains for delivering vaccines and strengthening health infrastructure.  He is a part of the World Bank’s Global COVID 19 Vaccine Delivery Taskforce. Additionally, he is a core member of the World Bank's Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP) and Horn of Africa (HoA) initiatives for advancing energy access, power markets, and regional integration in Eastern Africa. Rahul has supported various renewable energy (solar, geothermal) and climate resilience initiatives in the Caribbean ranging from project design and implementation to project closure. Prior to joining the World Bank, Rahul worked in private sector energy (wind, solar, nuclear) consulting for 5 years as a Senior Engineer and Client Manager. He holds a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mumbai, a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Raluca Golumbeanu
Raluca Golumbeanu

Raluca Golumbeanu, Senior Energy Specialist

Access | Improve Livelihoods and Human Capital

Raluca leads Improving Livelihoods and Human Capital Development as part of Electricity Access Team. The initiative aims at promoting productive use of electricity and electrification of public institutions, which are expected to enhance the socio-economic impact of the electrification programs.  In the context of Covid-19, she coordinates ESMAP’s support to the electrification of health and vaccine storage facilities. She also co-leads the energy access program in Myanmar. Raluca started her career at the World Bank in Africa Energy Sector where she managed Africa Electrification Initiative and various lending energy projects.  Prior to joining ESMAP, she designed results-based financing for access to infrastructure in Global Partnership on Output-based Aid.

Rutu Dave, Energy Specialist
Rutu Dave

Rutu Dave, Energy Specialist

Energy Access | Leave No One Behind (Refugees and Host Communities) | Clean Cooking Fund  | 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.

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, Energy Specialist, The World Bank
Tarek Keskes

Tarek Keskes, Energy Specialist

Accelerating Decarbonization | Energy Storage | Innovative Solar | Utilities for the Energy Transition

Tarek is part of the Accelerating Decarbonization, Energy Storage, Innovative Solar, and Utilities for the Energy Transition teams. He serves as ESMAP’s technical backbone for electric mobility, coordinates the knowledge work on battery sustainability, and contributes to the efforts on distributed photovoltaic systems. Tarek supports the World Bank operations on transport electrification and decarbonization in Europe, Southeast Asia, and in the MENA region. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked for the German development agency GIZ on various sustainable energy projects in Africa and the MENA region. Tarek holds a Master’s degree in Electric Engineering and Information Technology from the Technical University of Munich.

Tatia Lemondzhava, Energy Specialist, The World Bank
Tatia Lemondzhava

Tatia Lemondzhava, Energy Specialist

Global Facility for 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.

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, Senior Energy Specialist, The World Bank
Yabei Zhang

Yabei Zhang, Senior Energy Specialist

Energy Access | Clean Cooking Fund | Energy Efficiency | Renewable Energy

Yabei is a senior energy specialist, leading the Clean Cooking Fund. She manages the global knowledge products, engages and coordinates with internal and external partners, and supports clean cooking programs development and implementation in Africa and South Asia. Yabei has over 15 years of experience in household energy, energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate change, environment health, and urban development. Before she joined ESMAP in 2017,  Yabei had managed various energy projects in East Asia and Pacific (EAP) and Europe and Central Asia (ECA) regions. She led the regional flagship program the EAP 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 with focus on solar energy and climate change modeling. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland, a Master in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a BA in Finance from Renmin University of China.

Zuzana Dobrotkova, Senior Energy Specialist, The World Bank
Zuzana Dobrotkova

Zuzana Dobrotkova, Senior Energy Specialist

Renewable Energy | Accelerating Decarbonization | Foundations for the Energy Transition

Zuzana is a renewable energy specialist, leading the Innovative Solar program, working extensively distributed and floating solar, energy storage and socio-economic benefits of renewables, including jobs.  Zuzana is advising on renewable energy in Industrial Decarbonization and Utilities for Energy Transition programs and supports World Bank solar and storage deployment operations in West Africa and Morocco. Previously, she worked for the International Renewable Energy Agency in Abu Dhabi and the International Energy Agency in Paris. With 15 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.