Yongping Zhai

Chief, Energy Sector Group, Asian Development Bank

Has been working on energy development in Asia and Africa for more than 25 years. Currently, Chief of the Energy Sector Group, Asian Development Bank (ADB), in charge of overall energy policy coordination and technical support to ADB energy sector operations. Also in charge of developing energy sector knowledge work for ADB and interacts with worldwide energy sector partners. 2010-15, Director, South Asia Energy Division, ADB, covering energy sector operations in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka; led ADB’s support to renewable energy, energy efficiency and power trade in South Asia; 2008-10, ADB’s Lead Energy Specialist, in charge of the energy sector in South-East Asia, including Indonesia, Philippines and the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS); in particular, was instrumental in leading ADB’s support to the power sector’s successful restructuring process in the Philippines; played a key role in promoting power trade and cooperation in GMS.