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S. Padmanabhan

Sr. Energy Advisor
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-India

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Mr. S. Padmanaban’s career to date spans 35 years of service as an Energy Specialist with multilateral, bilateral, and quasi-governmental organizations in Asia and North America. He has completed over ten years in USAID/India and currently the Program Director of the South Asia Regional Energy Initiative (SARI/E) . Prior to that he served with the Asia Alternate Energy Unit (ASTAE), World Bank in Washington DC in advancing alternative energy programs, specifically energy efficiency in South and East Asia. He has specialized in the energy sector, leading large, high-visibility, and politically sensitive environment and energy sector policy reform programs with host governments in India, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives. Mr. Padmanaban also has significant experience in the design and implementation of power sector reforms and clean energy projects including the planning and establishment of national and regional centers of excellence in energy management and efficiency. Most recently he has been an active member of the USGs Inter Agency Clean Energy/Climate Change team and was responsible for leading USAID/India’s bilateral program design – the $ 58 million Partnership for Advancement of Clean Energy (PACE-D). Prior to his USAID and World Bank service, Mr. Padmanaban served as Deputy Director in the National Productivity Council of India (1976-85) as a fuel efficiency specialist, leading industrial studies covering various sectors, including paper, sugar, textiles, cement, steel and pharmaceuticals. He is the recipient of the All India Power Award, 2010 by the Council of Power Utilities for his contribution to energy development in India and the region, the Energy Professional Development award, 2008 by the Association of Energy Engineers, USA in recognition of advancing capacity development programs in energy efficiency and power distribution management in India and the World Clean Energy Award, 2007 by an international jury constituted by the Swiss based Transatlantic 21 in global recognition of his achievements in advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy. Mr. Padmanaban is presently on a sabbatical (Feb ’11-July ’11) to teach at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University ,Washington DC.