Ashish Shrestha is a Consultant with the World Bank’s Energy & Extractives Global Practice, where he serves as a technical expert for the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) Global Facility for Mini-grids, providing advisory and operational support for mini-grid development in Asia and Africa. He is currently leading preparation of the mini-grid component of the Nigeria Electrification Project. Ashish was previously the coordinator for several World Bank energy access projects in Nepal and a researcher with the Development Economics Research Group, where his research focus was on the nexus of clean energy and climate change, including bio-energy and forest carbon, as well as sustainable transportation. He holds an M.A. in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University and a B.A. in Economics from Hamilton College.