Mr. Padu S. Padmanaban is the former Program Director of the South Asia Regional Initiative for Energy Integration (SARI/EI) and Senior Energy Advisor for USAID/India’s bilateral program. He has served with the World Bank, Washington DC as an Energy Specialist in advancing alternative energy programs in South and East Asia. Currently he is a visiting researcher with KAPSARC, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia working on energy productivity issues in the GCC countries. He has significant experience in the design of power sector reforms, regional energy integration, energy-water nexus, clean energy and energy access projects including the planning and establishment of national and regional centers of excellence in energy efficiency.
He is a recipient of the Hall of Fame Award by the Indian Green Building Council in 2013, the All India Power award in 2010, the Energy Professional Development award, 2008 by the Association of Energy Engineers and the World Clean Energy Award, 2007 by the Swiss based Transatlantic 21 in global recognition of his achievements in advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy. Mr. Padmanaban taught at the School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC.
He has a B.E. in Mechanical Engg from the University of Madras (1973), a PG certificate in Fuel Efficiency (1974-76) from NPC, India and Diplomas in Energy Management from UCTI-IRI, Rome (1981) and ILO, Turino (1983), Italy.