Simon is the World Bank’s Practice Manager for South Asia, overseeing the Bank’s program, of close to $10 billion, in support of energy sector development across the South Asia region. Prior to this Simon led the World Bank’s Energy & Extractives Program in India, which supports the acceleration of India’s energy transition, through significant investments in India’s renewable energy sector, and the turn-around of India’s financially stressed electricity distribution sector.
Mr. Stolp joined the World Bank as its Country Manager in Iraq in 2007, at a time of intense political upheaval and post-conflict reconstruction. He led all aspects of the Bank’s engagement with the Government of Iraq and its international partners. He advised on critical decisions about Iraq’s future economic development and its national energy strategy, and led an emergency financing program of $1 billion. He then led the World Bank’s regional energy program across the Middle East.
Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. Stolp represented the Australian Government in Iraq, where he was seconded to the US Department of Defense to lead the US Government’s $5.5 billion energy sector reconstruction program.
Mr. Stolp’s early career was with Hydro Tasmania, Australia’s largest renewable energy provider, where he led PPP development of renewable energy infrastructure throughout Australia and South-East Asia. Mr. Stolp has also consulted to government, international development agencies, private developers, and financiers in the international energy sector.