Deep Dive Lateral Learning Program on Inclusive Energy Solutions

Greg Adamson

Greg Adamson is a Principal Fellow at the Department of EEE, University of Melbourne. He is President of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology, Chair of the IEEE Ethics, Society & Technology Committee, and Chair of the IEEE Special Interest Group on Blockchain. He works in operational risk within the financial services industry.

Narayan Prasad Adhikari

Narayan Prasad Adhikari is Assistant Director and Head of Technical Division of Alternative Energy Promotion Center/Ministry of Population and Environment, Government of Nepal. He is the project manager for off-grid component of South Asia Sub-regional Economic Cooperation Project. He completed B.E. in Mechanical Engineering in 2005 and M.E. in Renewable Energy in 2009 from Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He has enrolled in Center for Development Studies/University of Bonn, Germany for doctoral study in 2012 and currently the study is in final phase.

Pankaj Batra

Shri Pankaj Batra did his B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Diploma in Systems Management from NMIMS, Mumbai, Diploma in Financial Management from IGNOU, New Delhi and Diploma in Public Speaking from Nazareth Speakers Academy, Mumbai. He joined the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) in 1983 through the UPSC’s Combined Engineering Services Examination.

He has worked in the Western Regional Load Despatch Centre (WRLDC) as a System Operator, operation and maintenance of Power House, Switchyard and Dam in Chukha Hydro Power Corporation in Bhutan and operation and maintenance of transmission and distribution system of Bhutan and also erection of the first 220 kV station in Bhutan at Thimphu.

He has also worked in the Grid Management in the CEA Headquarters, monitoring Regional Grids, analysis of grid disturbances and preparation of various technical reports. He was involved in the finalization of issues in the Indian Electricity Grid Code (IEGC), Availability Based Tariff (ABT), Open Access, Power Exchange, etc. He framed the regulations of CEA on Technical Standards for Connectivity to the Grid and regulations on Grid Standards. He has prepared Report on Peaking Power Plants and ensuring adequate Reserves, Investigation of reasons of Stranded Generation Capacity in a scenario of shortages as well as Report on Integration of Renewables to the Grid.

Zhaohong Bie

Zhaohong Bie is a Professor at school of electrical engineering in Xi’an Jiaotong University, a Distinguished Professor in “Tengfei” Project, Shaanxi, China and IEEE Senior Member. She worked as Postgraduate researcher from 2003 to 2004 in Brunel University in the UK and visited Illinois Institute of Technology as Senior Visiting Scholar in the US in 2014.

Her research and teaching focus on reliability evaluation of distribution system and micro-grid, optimal planning of power systems and grid integration of renewable energy resources. Prof. Bie has published more than 60 research papers and 15 research grant records on these and related subjects during recent 5 years. In addition, she leads the State Key Research Development Project, several key and general research projects supported by Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), as well as the national "863" project in years in a row.

Currently she is the Convener of IEC TC8/WG7, the director of Shaanxi Province Smart Grid Key Laboratory and the vice director of National Energy Advanced Grid and Evaluation Technology of Equipment Reliability and Lifetime Key Laboratory. She is also the co-chair of APPEEC 2016.

Rabindra Prasad Chaudhary

Rabindra Prasad Chaudhary is the Chief of the Environment and Social Studies Department, National Electricity Authority, Nepal. His expertise is in Fisheries Biologist, EIA/ ESIA and Environment Management.  He has an M.Sc. in Zoology, 1990, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He has more than 25 years of professional experiences in environmental studies, monitoring and environment and social management of hydropower and transmission line projects. Being the department chief Mr. Chaudhary is currently involved in EIA of 4 projects, IEE of 8 projects and Environment and Social Management of 12 hydropower and transmission line projects located in different part of the country. He is currently working with Users group for compensatory plantation, construction/renovation of the religious structures and community development especially in area of health and sanitation, drinking water and irrigation. Mr. Chaudhary worked as team leader/coordinator for the EIA/IEE of more than 25 hydropower and transmission line projects under taken by NEA.

Prabhjot R. Khan

Ms Prabhjot R. Khan is Associate Social Development Officer (Gender) at ADB, India Resident Mission. Ms. Khan is responsible for overall management, coordination, operational support for gender responsive project design and effective implementation of gender mainstreaming strategies in ADB operations in India to promote gender equality as driver of change.

Ms Khan, MA and PhD in Social Sciences, is a development professional with 15 years of development experience across India and abroad in various agencies such as Government of India, NGOs and International Research Organizations etc. Her core strength and area of expertise are gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Na Won Kim

Na Won Kim is a senior environment specialist at East Asia Energy Division at Asian Development Bank. Besides her work in environmental safeguards for energy projects at East Asia, she have been processing and implementing technical assistance, grant, and loan projects relevant to clean energy, renewable  energy, energy efficiency standards, demand-side energy management, emissions trading scheme, waste-to-energy, low carbon development in the People’s Republic of China, Mongolia, and other region.

Pushkar Manandhar

Project Officer (Energy), Nepal Resident Mission, Asian Development Bank

Pushkar Manandhar is currently Project Officer (Energy) in Nepal Resident Mission (NRM) of Asian Development Bank. His current major task is to implement energy projects of various natures, support in processing new energy projects and promote policy and other measures for better energy sector response. He is also energy sector focal person for Nepal Resident Mission of ADB. Prior to joining ADB, Mr Manandhar served as consultant to the ADB, worked with Practical Action and Government of Nepal-Alternative Energy Promotion Centre for various projects funded by EU, UNDP/The World Bank. He has over 10 years of work experience in the energy sector.

Pierluigi Mancarella

Pierluigi Mancarella is Chair Professor of Electrical Power Systems at the University of Melbourne (Australia), and Professor of Smart Energy Systems at the University of Manchester (UK). He got his MSc and PhD degrees from the Politecnico di Torino (Italy), and was a researcher at the Politecnico di Torino, NTNU Trondheim (Norway), and Imperial College London (UK). He then joined the University of Manchester in 2011 as a Lecturer and then Reader, while he also held visiting professorships at Ecole Centrale de Lille (France) and at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago, and a Visiting Research position at NREL (Colorado, US). Pierluigi’s areas of expertise and interests include techno-economics of multi-energy systems, planning of integrated energy infrastructure under uncertainty, business models for smart technologies, and risk and resilience assessment of future networks, on which he has led many projects sponsored by the UK Research Councils, the European Commission, and various industrial companies. Pierluigi is author of four books, five book chapters, and more than 200 research papers. He is an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems and of the IEEE Systems Journal, and the Chair of the Working Group on Energy of the IEEE European Public Policy Initiative.

This talk will provide an overview of the main challenges associated with delivery of a low carbon energy system that is also affordable, secure and resilient. Specifically, it will be discussed how many of these challenges are due to the presence of various types of uncertainty of technical, commercial, regulatory and policy nature, for which suitable modelling aspects and examples will be given. Case studies from projects and experience in UK, Europe, Chile and Senegal will be used to illustrate key concepts such as: the need for flexible planning tools in a "smart grid" regulatory framework; the challenges and distortions that may arise when integrating renewable energy sources in a market environment with energy policy driven subsidies; the need to have an integrated energy services approach in energy network planning; and the potential for communities and microgrids to develop future, resilient energy systems while dealing with uncertainty and hedge the relevant risks.

Stella Mandago

Stella Mandago, currently working as a senior energy officer at African Development Bank in Tanzania field office.  My role is to work with the Government on project and policy related to energy in Tanzania.  Also serves as a non-executive director at Rural Energy Agency (REA) in Tanzania from 2014. Obtained a  masters degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis Minnesota in 2007 and working experience within different capacities includes private sector like Cummins power generation, ABB and Xcel energy.  Besides work, I enjoy reading, long distance running and travelling.

Shri Vivek Kumar Porwal

Born in 1971 in Madhya Pradesh.  Did M.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Selected for Indian Administrative Service in 2000 and was allotted M.P. Cadre.  Served as Assistant Collector Dhar, SDO Indore, CEO Zila Panchayat Guna, Satna and Shivpuri. His services placed at disposal of Andman and Nicobar Island Administration for Rehabilitation Work in Tsunami effected areas of Andman and Nicobar Island by Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. Served as Mission Director, Rajiv Gandhi Watershed Mission and Ex-officio Deputy Secretary, Panchayat and Rural Development Department and Co-ordinator Mid-day Meal Programme and Director, WALMI. He was Collector Tikamgarh, Singrolli, Narsinghpur, Balaghat and Jabalpur. Having vast experience in Land Revenue Management and District Administration. Imparted trainings like Project Analysis and Risk Analysis, Financing Infrastructure Project through Capital Market etc.

Assumed the charge of Managing Director, Madhya Pradesh Central Zone Power Distribution Company Limited, Bhopal in August, 2014.

Sohna Ngum

Sohna Ngum is a Gender Expert at the AfDB Office of the Special Envoy on Gender. Her areas of focus include the financial inclusion of women, and universal energy access. She completed her MA (Hons) at the University of Aberdeen, where she studied French and International Relations. Sohna is a Masters graduate of the University of London (UCL) in Gender Society and Representation. Sohna has a broad international background with a strong knowledge of International Organisations; Gender Equality, and in particular women’s financial inclusion, and legal and property status of women; planning and executing advocacy in Non-Governmental Organisations.

Brajesh Panth

Mr Brajesh Panth is the Technical Advisor for Education responsible for providing technical leadership of Education Sector Group (SG) in ADB and, in collaboration with the operations department, ensure alignment with ADB’s Strategy 2020, and oversee preparation and implementation of Education SG work plan. He has over 25 years of experience in the education sector including sector assessment, project processing, implementation, evaluation, and policy dialogue, covering all levels—primary, secondary, technical and vocational education and training (TVET), and higher education. He holds a doctorate in education administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University. He worked with the World Bank as senior education specialist before joining ADB in 2001. He has worked in Central Asia and South Asia but has also done some work in Ghana and Malawi. He has recently published articles on skills development which now comprises almost 50% of the education portfolio of ADB.

Mohammad Mofigur Rahman

Mohammad Mofigur Rahman is Deputy Secretary in Power Division, Ministry Of Power, Energy & Mineral Resources of The Government of The People’s Republic of Bangladesh. He obtained his MSS in Public Administration from the University of Dhaka. He was Cantonment Executive Officer at Cantonment Board of Jessore Cantonment; Upazila Nirbahi Officer in Mujibnagar of Meherpur; Senior Assistant Commissioner & Magistrate 1st class in the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Narail; Assistant commissioner (land) in Madhukhali Upazila of  Faridpur and also Assistant commissioner and Magistrate in the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Faridpur.

He tried Criminal Cases as Magistrate. He has experienced in Local Governance & Land Governance. He is now working as Council Officer on behalf of the Power Division, Ministry Of Power, Energy & Mineral Resources for the National Parliament.

Satchi Satchi

Graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (formerly University of Roorkee), India in the field of Electrical Engineering in the year 2001. Did Master of Engineering (Energy Planning and Policy) at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia in 2008. Have been working in the Power/Energy Sector from 2002 onwards.

Currently works as Chief Engineer, under Planning and Coordination Division, Department of Renewable Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Bhutan. The overall responsibilities include: formulation of renewable energy policies and guidelines; overall coordination for the implementation of rural electrification programmes; preparation of five year plans and programmes; preparation of fiscal year budgets; issuance of techno-economic clearance and technical sanction for the implementation of renewable energy projects; and evaluation and monitoring of the Department’s programmes and projects).

Suman Subba

Suman Subba has been working with ADB since 2007 as a gender and social development specialist. At present she is a Senior Social Development Officer (Gender) based at Nepal Resident Mission and supports in mainstreaming gender and social inclusion in overall portfolio of Nepal Resident Mission. Prior ADB she has worked in a capacity of gender and social development specialist in GIZ, Australian Aid and UNDP for about 7 years. She holds a Master Degree in Gender and Development from Asian Institute of Technology.

Adnan Tareen

Adnan Tareen is an electrical engineer. He joined ADB in 2007. He is currently working in the Energy Division of the Central and West Asia Department of ADB as Senior Energy Specialist. He has processed and implemented projects in the areas of distribution, transmission, generation, energy efficiency and demand management through innovative approaches like smart metering. He has also been actively involved in energy sector reforms. Currently, he is the focal person for ADB’s $3.9 billion Pakistan energy portfolio. He is also the alternate for Azerbaijan energy portfolio and a member of the Uzbekistan energy sector team. His recent achievement is the development of a $1.2 billion smart metering project in Pakistan. He was also part of the team which developed the smart metering project last year for Uzbekistan ($0.5 billion).

Pradeep J. Tharakan

Pradeep J. Tharakan is a Senior Energy Specialist with the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) South East Energy Division and is based out of ADB’s Thailand office. He is responsible for designing and implementing public investment projects and technical assistance activities that promote clean energy deployment in Laos, Cambodia and Indonesia. Pradeep has a PhD in energy and natural resources management, and masters degrees in public policy and business administration.

Francesco Tornieri

Principal Social Development Specialist, Office of the Director General, South Asia Department

Mr Francesco Tornieri is Principal Social Development Specialist (GAD) at the South Asia Department (SARD) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and a member of the Gender Equity Thematic Group. Mr. Tornieri has been working passionately for more than 20 years in the area of social development, with focus on gender equality, women’s empowerment across all sectors of operations, with focus on infrastructure, gender-responsive policy/legal and governance reforms and gender-related capacity development, social justice, post-conflict rehabilitation and reconstruction, across Sub-Saharan West, Central and East Africa and across the Asia-Pacific. He is the Gender and Social Inclusion Focal Point at the South Asia Region Department (SARD) of the ADB.

Mr Tornieri joined ADB in 2004 working in the Social Development, Governance and Gender Division (SDGG) in the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC). Prior to his current role, Mr. Tornieri has worked as Social Development Specialist (GAD) at the Africa Region of the World Bank (1996-2004), Washington DC, where he was involved in the implementation of a broad range of gender- and social inclusion related initiatives and directly responsible for the Gender and Law Program in Sub-Saharan West, Central and East Africa.

Harsha Wickramasinghe

Mr Harsha Wickramasinghe, Chartered Mechanical Engineer by profession, graduated from University of Moratuwa with the specialization of Mechanical Engineering in 1992.  Serving in plantation and industrial sectors, he gained exposure to many industries and processes with special focus on operational efficiency.  He has also associated with renewable energy development, fuel substitution and rehabilitation of hydropower projects.

Having obtained an MBA from the University of Colombo, he ventured into consulting in Enterprise Resource Planning and promoted the concept of ‘value perspective’ in enhancing productivity of industrial systems.

He was instrumental in developing several renewable energy technologies and projects for rural energy applications and contributed to reduce project costs to bare minimum levels, opening up the off-grid services to large number of villages.  With this exposure, he joined the Energy Conservation Fund, which he transformed to become an institution of national repute and was appointed as the CEO of this institution. 

He contributed towards developing the first ever comprehensive energy policy of Sri Lanka as the convener of the National Energy Policy Committee.  He was among the key contributors to the design of cost based technology specific tariff regime and the introduction of net-metering concept to Sri Lanka. 

He was one of the architects of the new organisation Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority, which paves the way for energy efficiency improvement and renewable energy development in Sri Lanka.  He leads the energy efficiency thrust and strategy development of this authority at present. 

Priyantha D C Wijayatunga

Professor Priyantha D C Wijayatunga graduated with First Class Honours from the University of Moratuwa specializing in Electrical Engineering.  In 1992, he obtained a PhD in Power Economics from Imperial College, London where he held the prestigious Beit Scientific Research Fellowship for doctoral studies.  He joined Asian Development Bank (ADB) in 2008 and is presently a Principal Energy Specialist.  He was a Senior Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Moratuwa and the Dean of the Faculty of Information Technology which he founded in 2001. 

Dr Wijayatunga, in 2003 operationalized the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka, the energy sector regulator and served as its founder Director General a position he held until 2008.  He also served as a member of the Ceylon Electricity Board in 2002–2004.  He was one of the lead authors of Sri Lanka Energy Policies and Strategies of 2008/09 and a key contributor to the Sri Lanka Electricity Act of 2009.  He has contributed extensively to energy sector policy making in Sri Lanka for many years.  He was the Chairman, South Asia Forum for Infrastructure Regulation in 2006.  He is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and a Corporate Member of the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET), London and Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka.  Also he is a Senior Member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), USA. He has been leading and contributing to processing key energy sector loans in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.  He has been the ADB focal point for regional energy cooperation in South Asia since 2008.  He has experience in energy sector policy making, regulatory and Climate Change activities over 25 years and has authored or co-authored over 75 publications in the field of energy including the ADB publication on “Power Trade in South Asia:  Opportunities and Challenges”.

Ranishka Wimalasena

Ranishka Wimalasena is a senior project officer (Energy) in the ADB Sri Lanka Resident Mission. He has 12 years of professional experience in Energy, Project Management and Industrial Engineering. Prior to joining ADB, he had mainly worked with the private sector including Hayleys Industrial Solutions, Sri Lanka and CBS Power Solutions, Australia managing energy projects and renewable energy designs. He holds a masters degree in Energy Planning and Policy from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia; and BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.


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