In 2008, India Today named Dr. Hande one of the 50 pioneers of change in India. Dr. Hande earned his Doctorate in energy engineering (solar specialty) at the University of Massachusetts (Lowell), and has an undergraduate degree in Energy Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur. He serves on the boards of many organizations, both national and international.
Co-Founder, Centre for Sustainable Development in Africa
Dr. Lawrence Jones has 20+ years of experience in the energy industry. He joined Alstom Grid in 2000, and is currently North America Vice President for Utility Innovations and Infrastructure Resilience, and serves on the global Business Development team for Smart Grids and Smart Cities. He was previously Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, Policy and Industry Relations, and served as Director of Strategy and Special Projects, Worldwide, in the Network Management Systems business and led its global Renewable Energy Integration activities.
Dr. Jones advocates for the use of smart, clean, and renewable energy technologies around the world. In September 2010, he was appointed by the United States Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to a three-year term on the 15-member Federal Smart Grid Advisory Committee established to carry out duties authorized by section 1305 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. He was recently reappointed to serve until in 2016.
Dr. Jones also serves on the Advisory Boards of several industry conferences and smart grid research programs within the Americas, Europe and Africa. He is co-founder and President of the Board of Directors of the Center for Sustainable Development in Africa (CSDA), and a member of the Board of Chess Challenge in DC.
Dr. Jones was principal investigator of the 2010/11 Global Survey on Renewable Energy Integration in Power Grids funded by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the US Dept. of Energy. In 2000, he co-founded the International Workshop on Large-Scale Integration of Wind Power and Transmission Networks for Offshore Wind Farms, a prominent wind energy conference. He received the Renewable Energy World Network 2012 Excellence in Renewable Award for Leadership in Technology, and the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group 2012 Achievement Award. He holds patents for technologies that enhance situational awareness in power system operations, and is Editor of Renewable Energy Integration: Practical Management of Variability, Uncertainty and Flexibility in Power Grids.
Senior Climate Change Specialist, Clean Energy, Asian Development Bank
Jiwan Acharya is a key member of ADB’s Clean Energy and Climate Change Team, and is responsible for overseeing several ADB initiatives including Energy for All and Technical Support Facility under the Carbon Market Program. He is also spearheading ADB-led Energy for All Partnership, which aims to provide energy access to 100 million people in Asia and Pacific by 2015. He is now focusing on mainstreaming climate change in ADB’s operations through promotion of clean energy, low carbon technologies, CDM, and access to energy, among others.
Before joining ADB in 2006, Mr. Acharya was Senior Research Officer for Winrock International in Kathmandu, Nepal. He has an MA in economics, an MS in energy systems and management, and a BS in electrical engineering. Mr. Acharya’s personal story, from energy poverty to energy leader, is inspiring to all: http://adbmyview.blogspot.fr/2012/03/jiwan-acharya-nepalese-childhood.html