Lucie has 24 years of experience in communications, with 16 years at the World Bank Group, including assignments with IFC in Nairobi and Dakar. She has worked on environmental and social policies, transport and climate change, and trade and investment climate issues.
As ESMAP’s communications lead, she is responsible for advising ESMAP teams on messaging and communication of ESMAP global knowledge products and program results; raising ESMAP’s profile in international forums and enhancing ESMAP’s digital presence; and supporting regional teams on energy subsidy reform communications.
- Program Management & Administration
Marie-Gisele provides integral support to the Energy Access and the World Bank Power System Planning teams. She has acted as the Sr. Executive Assistant in the Office of the Director and Sr. Director of the World Bank Energy & Extractives Global Practice. Marie-Gisele's experience expands 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 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.
- Renewable Energy
- Offshore Wind
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.
- Foundations for The Energy Transition
- Energy 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.
- Monitoring & Evaluation, Portfolio and Knowledge Management
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.
- Foundations for The Energy Transition
- Closing the Gender Gap
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).
- Industrial Decarbonization
Priyank is joining ESMAP as a Young Professional from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on energy system decarbonization and climate policy issues. He brings expertise in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions from hard-to-abate sectors while exploring environmental justice and climate equity issues. Priyank consulted for the World Bank’s Transport Global Practice, where he led the Bank’s energy efficiency research program in decarbonizing maritime shipping. Priyank holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, where his doctoral work focused on evaluating the environmental, climate, and public health impacts of freight transportation systems, work supported by the National Science Foundation. Priyank also holds an M.S. in Management Science & Engineering from Columbia University, where he was an International Fellow at the School of International and Public Affairs. He did his undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering at the National Institute of Technology, India.
Priyank has operations experience in implementing agriculture, education, and sustainability projects in Africa and South Asia. Working with the Gates Foundation, he led key projects to develop a crop-insurance solution for farmers in Uganda. In the education sector, he conducted outreach programs and raised capital to help start Ashoka University, a $140M initiative to bring liberal arts education to the center stage of South Asia’s higher education sector. Outside of work, Priyank is passionate about making chai, running, and exploring exosolar planets.
- Accelerating Decarbonization
- Efficient and Clean Cooling Program
Rahul co-manages ESMAP’s cross-sectoral Efficient, Clean Cooling program which focuses on efficient and climate friendly solutions for space cooling and cold chains in the health and agriculture (food security) sectors. He is a core member of the COVID 19 Global Vaccine Delivery Taskforce, focusing on the deployment of sustainable cold chains to deliver COVID 19 vaccines in low- and middle-income countries. On a regional level, Rahul is the focal point for Lighting Africa's work on solar electrification of public institutions such as schools and health centers to maximize human capital development and respond to COVID 19 challenges. He also works on the World Bank's Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP) initiative for advancing energy access and regional integration in Eastern Africa.
Prior to joining the World Bank, Rahul worked in private sector energy (wind, solar, nuclear) consulting 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.
- Electricity Access
- Off-Grid Solar/Lighting Global Program
Raihan joined ESMAP as Lead Energy Specialist from the Africa Energy Practice. Raihan brings 25 years of Bank operational experience from two regions – Africa and South Asia. He has worked extensively in electricity sector policy, regulation, utility reforms, regional integration, energy finance, guarantees, renewable energy, and energy access. He has supported client governments introduce new policies, implement public private partnerships and design innovative projects to push the boundaries of energy sector development.
Raihan is a thought leader in promoting innovative technologies and disruptive business models to help countries achieve their development targets in a faster and sustainable manner. Before moving to ESMAP, Raihan was managing the Energy Access Flagship and the Lighting Africa Program. He helped the Lighting Africa Program evolve to support electrification of productive uses, and public institutions to contribute to broader Bank objectives of human capital development. These lessons were effectively used in the Uganda Electricity Access Scale Up Project (EASP - P166685) and Regional Off-Grid Electricity Access Project (ROGEAP – P160708) to provide electricity access to more than 10 million people. In South Asia, Raihan played a significant role in the design and development of the Bangladesh solar market which electrified about 18 million people.
In addition, Raihan has extensively worked on energy practice areas such as hydropower, geothermal energy, grid connected solar PV, regional transmission interconnections, utility performance improvement, and power sector reforms. He has authored numerous livewires and policy research working papers.