Senior Energy Specialist, World Bank
Ashok Sarkar works as a Senior Energy Specialist in the World Bank’s Energy Anchor Unit, where he coordinates the strategic efforts for scaling up energy efficiency operations in the World Bank. While Ashok started his professional career designing large thermal power stations, the last 18 years of his professional career have focused on sustainable energy policy development and investment operations, in more than 30 countries of Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Currently, he is providing strategic technical and policy advice across various regions of the World Bank, particularly for operations in Bangladesh, Mexico and Thailand, for designing and implementing climate change mitigation efforts, using innovative climate finance through carbon finance and CTF. Prior to joining the World Bank, he had worked at the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines; in the USAID’s Office of Energy, Environment and Enterprise in New Delhi, India; at Resource Management Associates, Inc., a private sector international energy consulting firm based in Madison, Wisconsin; and at Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, a power engineering company based in India. Along with his undergraduate training in mechanical engineering from the University of Delhi, India, Ashok holds a master’s degree in Energy Planning and Policy from the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand, and a Ph.D. from the Gaylord Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a recognized expert on CDM, and had served as a member of UNFCCC’s CDM Methodologies Panel in 2005-2007. Ashok has published over 30 papers and delivered over 100 presentations around the world, including as a visiting faculty for eleven years at the sustainable energy summer program of the University of Oslo, Norway.