The discussion will cover ISA’s strategy to mobilise USD 1000 billion investments to finance 1000GW of global solar capacity by 2030. Topics will include the creation of a unified finance pool and mechanisms for disbursement, bankable solar projects, standard contracts, and trade facilitation in Member Countries, including ISA’s role in helping procure solar goods and services at competitive rates.
Mr Asfaha Beyene has coordinated the preparation of administrative policies and guidelines, and established the Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund at its permanent headquarters in Incheon (Songdo) South Korea, overseeing effective implementation of the Headquarters Agreement. He recruited and trained staff and consultants; established contracts with external service providers, and has represented the Executive Director at various conferences and events to introduce GCF and its objectives.
He has previously been associated with the Sustainable Development Programme, UNFCCC; IRENA; United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Bonn, Germany; and the United Nations Environment Programme in Geneva, Switzerland and Nairobi, Kenya. Mr Beyene has a Masters in Business Administration from Bradford University, UK.
Head of Energy and Digital Transitions Agence Française de Développement
Head of Energy and Digital Transitions, Agence Française de Développement, France
Jean-Pierre Barral started his career as an expert on irrigation projects in Africa, and joined the AFD Group in 1998 to work on infrastructure financing. In 2007, he opened the Proparco South Asia office in Delhi and then headed the infrastructure team of Proparco. After heading the business development team for Africa for ContourGlobal, a private developer and investor in Independent Power Projects, and working for IFC (the World Bank private sector arm) as Principal Investment Officer, he is appointed - head Energy and Digital Transitions - for AFD. Jean-Pierre holds a MBA from INSEAD and is graduate of the Polytechnique school.
Kuljit Singh Popli
Kuljit Singh Popli
Chairman & Managing Director Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd (IREDA)
Chairman & Managing Director, Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd (IREDA), India
Mr Kuljit Singh Popli is the Chairman & Managing Director of IREDA, which is a pioneering developmental financial institution dedicated to the financing of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in India. He has been instrumental in bringing out several new and innovative financial products and to help meet financing requirement for the renewable sector. He is also Country Representative –International Solar Alliance - Affordable Finance at Scale.
Mr Popli has a rich experience of working over 35 years in the Indian Power Sector. He has worked with National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC), where he was associated with design, engineering, and supervision of hydro-electric projects and Power Finance Corporation (PFC), where he worked for appraisal and financing of Thermal, Hydro, Transmission & Distribution projects.
Mr Popli is on the management board of several organisations of national importance and official member of various high-level committees set up by the Government of India in the field of Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency.
Mr Popli is an engineer by profession with added qualifications in finance and law.
Managing Director & Global Head of Environmental Finance and Sustainability Citigroup, Inc.
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Managing Director & Global Head of Environmental Finance and Sustainability, Citigroup, Inc., United States of America
Mr Michael Eckhart is a Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Finance in the Corporate and Investment Banking Division of Citigroup in New York City. Previously, he was founding President of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), a Washington DC-based non-profit organization, where he emerged as a national and global leader in the renewable energy field.
Earlier, Mr Eckhart developed financing for solar energy under the SolarBank Initiative in Europe, South Africa and India; was Chairman & CEO of United Power Systems, Inc.; Vice President of Areté Ventures, Inc.; a strategic planner of General Electric Company’s power systems sector; and a Principal with the energy practice of Booz, Allen & Hamilton.
He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including Renewable Energy Man of the Year of India in 1998, the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2008, the Good Deal for All Award in 2009, the ISES Hermann Scheer Global Leadership Award in 2013, and Biofuels Financier of the Year in 2014.
He has received a degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, and served in the US Navy Submarine Service.
Deputy Executive Secretary United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
Deputy Executive Secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), India
As Deputy Executive Secretary at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Dr Monga provides strategic support to the Executive Secretary and the Secretariat to implement the mandate and activities of the Convention that links environment and development to sustainable land management, and contributes to the global efforts to reverse and prevent desertification and land degradation, and to mitigate the effects of drought in affected countries in order to support climate action and environmental sustainability.
The Convention’s parties work together to improve the living conditions for people in dry lands, to maintain and restore land and soil productivity, and to mitigate the effects of drought. The UNCCD is particularly committed to a bottom-up approach, encouraging the participation of local people in combating desertification and land degradation. The UNCCD secretariat facilitates cooperation between developed and developing countries, particularly around knowledge and technology transfer for sustainable land management.
As the dynamics of land, climate and biodiversity are intimately connected, the UNCCD collaborates closely with the other two Rio Conventions; the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to meet these complex challenges with an integrated approach and the best possible use of natural resources.
Rajiv Ranjan Mishra
Rajiv Ranjan Mishra
Managing Director CLP India Pvt Ltd
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Rajiv Ranjan Mishra
Managing Director, CLP India Pvt Ltd, India
Mr Rajiv Mishra is responsible for running the business of CLP in India. He joined the CLP Group in 2002 and has over 20 years’ of experience in the power industry, both in India and internationally, mostly involved in project financing, investment appraisal, finance and accounting, and general management. He transformed CLP India from a single-asset and project management company to a fully-grown organisation with presence across conventional and renewables sources of energy.
Before assuming the role of Managing Director of CLP India, Rajiv has held a variety of senior positions in the Power Industry viz Deputy Managing Director/Chief Financial Officer of BLCP Power in Thailand, Finance Director of PowerGen India and Finance Director of LG Energy in Seoul, South Korea.
Rajiv has also served as the Chairman of Association of Power Producers, a grouping of nearly 90% of India’s Private Power Generators and is the Co-Chairman of CII National Committee on Power, together with one of India’s largest Industry body representing both the Public and Private sectors.
Rajiv is also a member of a select group of Private sector Entrepreneurs and CEOs, formed by India’s NITI Aayog (the government think-tank) and the Prime Minister’s Office, to advise the Government of India on the policy changes required to create a World-Class Infrastructure in India by 2022.
Senior Director & Head, Energy and Extractive Industries Global Practice World Bank Group
Senior Director & Head, Energy and Extractive Industries Global Practice, World Bank Group, United States of America
Riccardo Puliti joined the World Bank Group as Senior Director, Head of the Energy and Extractives Global Practice in November 2016. In his role, Riccardo leads a team of 400 professionals in their work developing policies and financing in the global energy and extractive industries. The Energy and Extractives practice has a portfolio of approximately USD 40 billion.
Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Riccardo was the Managing Director in charge of Energy and Extractive Industries at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, leading a group of 100 professionals with a portfolio of approximately EUR 11 billion.
Riccardo started his career at Istituto Mobiliare Italiano in 1987 before moving to Banque Indosuez and NM Rothschild where he worked in equity capital markets, always in the energy and infrastructure sectors. During his career, Riccardo has been a nominee or independent member of the board of several energy and extractive companies, including OMV Petrom (where he chaired its Risk and Audit Committee), Interrao OJSC, Irkutsk Oil and Iberdrola Poland. He holds an MBA from Instituto Superior de Estudios de la Empresa (IESE) and postgraduate studies at the Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University) and Imperial College. Riccardo is fluent in five European languages.
S. Vijay Iyer
S. Vijay Iyer
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), World Bank Group
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), World Bank Group, India
S. Vijay Iyer is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Group. He is responsible for overseeing the Guarantee Operations Group of the Agency and leading the Agency’s partnerships with the World Bank Group, other Multi and Bilateral institutions and Governments.
Mr Iyer served at the World Bank Group between 1993 and 2015, where he has held various positions, including Sector Manager, Africa Energy; Director, Sustainable Energy and Extractives; and Senior Adviser, Infrastructure. He joined MIGA from Rio Tinto, a leading global metal and mining company, where he served as Managing Director in India for the past three years. Iyer previously had important positions in public administration and economic development as a member of the Indian Administrative Services, and experience in banking and private industry. He holds MS Chemistry from JabalpurUniversity, India, and a Masters in Management from Yale University.
Chief Executive Officer, Climate Bonds Initiative, United Kingdom
Mr Sean Kidney is CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative, an international NGO working to mobilise debt capital markets for climate solutions. Projects include a green bond definitions and certification scheme with $34 trillion of assets represented on its Board and some 200 organizations involved in its development and governance; working with the Chinese central bank on how to grow green bonds in China, an international Green Infrastructure Investment Coalition, market development programs in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Nigeria and East Africa; and a green finance aggregation platform with UNDP. He is a member of the EU Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, Co-Chair of the India Green Bonds Council and a member of the Green Advisory Committee at the Astana International Finance Centre. He has previously been a consultant on green bonds to the United Nations Secretary-General, a member of the High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance at the European Commission and the Green Finance Task Force of the UK Government.
Chair Signify Foundation
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Chair, Signify Foundation, India
Dr Shalini Sarin is Chair, Signify Foundation (former Philips Lighting) and advisor Signify Solar business. She is also the Chair of the Global Task force of Foundation for ISA and an Independent Director at Linde India.
Shalini has led the HR function for over 3 decades in India, Europe and globally. She also has significant experience in CSR, base of the pyramid social venture & solar business.
She holds a Doctorate in Organization Behaviour, and a Masters in Sociology and Human Resource Management. She has an Advanced Human Resource from Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, an Executive Coach from Motorola University-Chicago and a Psychometrician from British Psychology Society.
Shalini has led and lived through several organization transformations, mergers, acquisitions, IPOs and Organization Restructuring.
Besides this, she loves to mentor and advise some start ups and is on the board of BD Foundation which promotes diversity and inclusion.
She is very passionate about mobilizing action to enable effective ecosystems at the base of the pyramid to build sustainable business models and mentors women leaders & social entrepreneurs. Shalini has authored many articles and presented at various Indian and International Conferences.
Chief, Energy Sector Group, Asian Development Bank, Phillipines
Dr Yongping Zhai has been working on energy development in Asia and Africa for more than 25 years. He is currently Chief of Energy Sector Group of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), in charge of overall energy policy coordination and technical support to ADB energy sector operations. He is also in charge of developing energy sector knowledge work for ADB and interacts with worldwide energy sector partners.
Prior to his current position, Dr Zhai was Director of South Asia Energy Division (2010-2015), ADB, covering energy sector operations in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. In this capacity, he led the support of ADB support to renewable energy, energy efficiency and power trade in South Asia. He also served as ADB’s Lead Energy Specialist (2008-2010), in charge of the energy sector in Southeast Asia including Indonesia, Philippines, and the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS). In particular, he was instrumental in leading ADB’s support to the power sector’s successful restructuring process in the Philippines. Moreover, Dr. Zhai has played a key role in promoting power trade and cooperation in GMS.
From 1993 to 2000, Dr Zhai was a Principal Program Coordinator/Public Utilities Economist at the African Development Bank (AfDB) in charge of energy projects in Southern African Development Community (SADC). Between 1990 and 1993, he served as an Assistant Professor at the Energy Technology Division (Energy Policy and Planning), Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok, Thailand.
He graduated from the Thermal Energy Engineering Department, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (1983) and received a PhD in Energy Economics from Institute of Energy Economics and Policy, affiliated with the University of Pierre-Mendès France in Grenoble, France (1989).