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Kwawu Mensan Gaba

Lead Energy Specialist & Global Lead, Power Systems Solutions Group, Energy & Extractives Global Practice

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Kwawu Mensan Gaba has worked as Lead Energy Specialist and Global Lead—Power Systems Solutions Group for the Energy and Extractive Industries Global Practice at the World Bank since April 2015.

As the Global Lead, he is responsible, inter alia, for providing technical leadership and quality assurance for a $16 billion generation, transmission, and distribution portfolio. Prior to that, he managed large hydropower and transmission projects in the South Asia Region. From 2008 to 2010, he was based in New Delhi (India) as the World Bank’s Lead Energy Specialist for India. In that capacity, he led the country energy sector dialogue and managed the World Bank’s energy program in India (a portfolio of about $ 3.3 billion) to support a lower carbon growth path for the sector and foster institutional transformation across the entire supply chain. Prior to joining the South Asia Region, he was a Senior Power Engineer in the Africa Region of the World Bank, where he led policy dialogue and worked on complex national and regional energy projects, including several high-risk hydropower projects. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Gaba worked for Société Générale as the Senior Power Engineer of the Investment Banking Department, where he led the technical due diligence process and formulation of technical risk mitigation strategies for many Independent Power Producer (IPP) transactions in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Before joining the World Bank in 1996, he was head of the planning department for the National Electricity Company in Togo. He is recognized as an out-of-the-box thinker who has received accolades for innovative procurement approaches. He is also the recipient of the World Bank FY2011 Innovation Challenge and FY2015 Big Data Innovation Challenge Awards.

Mr. Gaba holds a master’s degree in power engineering from the Interafrican Electrical Engineering College (Cote d’Ivoire).