Sandeep is a Senior Energy Specialist with 30 years of experience in energy infrastructure, extractives, and finance, in both the public and private sector contexts. He has served on the ground in Africa and South Asia, and also handled significant assignments in East Asia and Latin America. Currently he is covering energy and green growth issues in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region, with a focus on Kazakhstan, Moldova, and Ukraine (before the war). His extensive experience includes designing, negotiating, financing, and operating complex energy projects, nurturing multi-sectorial and institutional dialogue around decarbonization (as co-lead Country Climate and Development Report (CCDR) for Kazakhstan), scale-up of energy-efficiency, supporting energy storage infrastructure for renewables integration, assessing financial viability of a national Transmission System Operator, and engagement in industrial modernization through deep energy audits and deployment of innovative clean technologies under public-private partnerships. He holds degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, Cornell University in Ithaca, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and the French Petroleum Institute (IFP) in Paris. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) with practical understanding of project finance and power purchase agreements (PPAs).