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Padu S. Padmanaban

Mr. Padu S. Padmanabhan is the former Program Director of the South Asia Regional Initiative for Energy and Energy Advisor for USAID/India’s bilateral program.  He served with the World Bank, Washington DC as an Energy Specialist and was a Visiting Fellow with the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Saudi Arabia.  He has over four decades of experience in the design of national and regional energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, including the planning and establishment of centers of excellence in energy efficiency.  He is a trustee of Alttech Foundation, an NGO devoted to advancing water-energy sustainability and the founder member of the Alliance for Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE), India.

Mr. Padmanabhan is the recipient of several international and national awards. These include:  Regional Energy Manager of the Year 2019 Award by the United States Association of Energy Engineers; World Clean Energy Award, 2007 by the Swiss based Transatlantic 21; Hall of Fame Award by the Indian Green Building Council in 2013; All India Power award in 2010, and; Energy Professional Development award, 2008 by the Association of Energy Engineers, India.


Mr. Padmanabhan 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, a PG certificate in Fuel Efficiency from NPC, India and Diplomas in Energy Management from UCTI-IRI, Rome and ILO, Turino, Italy. He lives in Bangalore, India and alternates between Pittsburgh, USA which is his second home.


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