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UNDP's Advisory Group for Energy Governance

Helping countries to set up energy governance systems.

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UNDP's Advisory Group for Energy Governance aims to help UNDP shape its Energy Governance offering to countries. 

Made up of 23 experts from across the globe — parliamentary representatives, government bodies, academia, private sectors, non-profit institutions, youth, and other civil society groups —, it will bring an intersectional and interdisciplinary mindset to provide constructive inputs UNDP's work on energy governance, and assess future opportunities, challenges, risks, and trade-offs. 

Current members of the UNDP External Advisory Group for Energy Governance: 

  • Sanjay Jaiswal (Co-Chair). Member of Parliament and Chair, Climate Parliament Network, India. Expertise: Parliamentary system, electricity access, off-grid solutions, health system, development policies  

  • Teresa Kramarz (Co-Chair). Professor and Co-Director, Environmental Governance Lab School of the Environment, University of Toronto. Expertise: Environmental governance, energy transition, critical minerals governance, global affairs, environmental accountability and partnerships.  

  • Dhamir Mannai. Former Member of Parliament and Director, Climate & Energy Section, ADDE-Tunisie, Tunisia. Expertise: Climate protection, policy making, empowering parliaments and parliamentarians, with a focus on the Middle East, North and West Africa regions.  
  • Daniel Duma. Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden. Expertise: Energy and climate policy, sustainable finance and business, development policy, renewable energy investments, risk mitigation.

  • Michael Paramathasan. Former Director of the Treasury Board of Canada. Expertise: Geopolitical risk, government policy execution, international trade, institutional partnerships, and technology ventures. 

  • Bharath Jairaj. Executive Director of the India Energy Program and Global Lead of the Energy Governance Practice, World Resources Institute. Expertise: Social inclusion, poverty reduction, energy transition, energy for development, governance improvement, citizen participation.

  • Michael Thompson. Management and Program Specialist, US Department of Energy. Expertise: Carbon Management and Removal Governance.

  • Yacob Mulugetta. Professor of Energy and Development Policy, University College London, UK and Africa Policy Research Institute, Germany. Expertise: Energy and Development, energy and climate change, institutional development, behavior change.

  • Katherine Arblaster. Vice President, Uranium Energy Corporation. Expertise: Corporate governance, mining, investment, with a focus on Africa.

  • Eduarda Zoghbi. Senior Advisor, Student Energy. Expertise: Gender and energy, energy, and political science, climate investment fund, energy subsidies. 

  • Gopal Nadadur. Vice President, The Asia Group. Expertise: Industry and trade policy, private sector development, poverty reduction, low-skill job creation, economic development.

  • Dhananjay Ravikumar. Research Engineer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. Expertise: Energy technology innovations, hydrogen, fusion, public private partnership on technology innovation.

  • Edi Sartono. Former Deputy Director Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Indonesia. Expertise: Island energy system, government processes and challenges, energy efficiency, demand side governance.

  • Yana Popkostova. Founder and CEO, European Centre for Energy and Geopolitical Analysis, France. Expertise: Geopolitics of energy, energy-climate-security nexus, cross-commodity market trends and strategy, critical raw materials, energy diplomacy and governance, EU net-zero.

  • Sebastian Sahla. Policy Manager, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Norway. Expertise: Governance and sustainability in natural resources, anti-corruption, transparency.

  • Randolph Brazier. Global Head, Clean Power Systems, HSBC, UK. Expertise: Energy system infrastructure, infrastructure politics and regulation, infrastructure funding, new and emerging market mechanisms, data and digitalization of the energy system, open data governance.
  • Hanen Keskes. Senior Officer, Middle East and North Africa, Natural Resources Governance Institute, Tunisia. Expertise: Human and women’s rights, civil society capacity building, energy transition, politics and international relations. 


Youth Representatives


  • Nevin Alija. Head of European Affairs at Strategy and Energy Transition Management, Floene, Portugal. Expertise: Consumer protection, competition law, energy law, international private law, trade law, corporate law.

  • Sadya Toure. British Embassy Bamako, Press and Public Affairs Officer, Mali. Expertise: Civic engagement, Women and youth empowerment, media and press communication, social media policy.
  • Subramaniam Pulipaka. Chief Executive Officer, National Solar Energy Federation of India, India. Expertise: Solar system value chain, manufacturing policy, public-private partnership, renewables in agriculture.
  • Fatoumata Diarrassouba. Co-Founder/Managing Partner, Afrik’Energy Connect Inc., Côte d’Ivoire. Expertise: Rural energy access, mini/micro-grids, economics, strategy development, labor migration and development.
  • David Arinze. Program Officer, Diamond Development Initiatives, Nigeria. Expertise: off-grid energy, energy efficiency and conservation, project conceptualization and implementation.
  • Francis Sakato. Principal Technical Analyst, Independent Consumer and Competition Commission, Papua New Guinea. Expertise: Regulatory and policy areas of the energy/electricity sector in PNG and other SIDS countries. 


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