S. Vijay Iyer is Director of the World Bank’s Sustainable Energy Department, where he guides the Bank’s policies, programs and strategies in the energy sector. Until June 2011, he was Manager of the Bank’s Africa Energy Group, where he led initiatives for sub-Saharan African countries to support energy access through investments in hydropower, geothermal and electrification projects, as well as innovative programs such as Lighting Africa. An Indian national, Mr. Iyer has worked in private industry, project finance and banking. He has also been a senior official with the Indian Civil Service, holding several positions in public administration and economic development. He holds a MBA from Yale University and a Master’s in Chemistry from Jabalpur University in India.