As a senior executive, Amit Bando leads international initiatives focusing on clean energy (CE), water security and resilience issues. With an exceptional ability to develop, implement, monitor & evaluate strategic/operational plans for strong organizational growth, Mr. Bando has been at the forefront of change management at several institutions. His proven leadership skills include the ability to attract, select and motivate talented and diverse staff in a dynamic multicultural environment. He specializes in policy design, clean technology deployment, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) as well as training, outreach and communications.
Mr. Bando is actively engaged with public and private sector partners to promote access to energy and water by designing and implementing “climate, energy and water smart” urban infrastructure development programs. He has pioneered the development of market-based incentives for clean energy development and environmental protection. Among other initiatives, he has:
• Evaluated over 40 projects for Global Environment Facility (GEF) funding supporting energy efficiency improvement, renewable energy development as well as forestry and natural resource management;
• Designed 30+ clean energy and energy-efficient projects and loan programs in the cement, chemicals, pulp & paper, steel, sugar and textile sectors in China, India, Vietnam, Philippines, Mexico, Russia, and Ukraine;
• Conducted evaluations of the US State Department’s Asia Pacific Partnership (APP) initiative to identify “lessons learned” on international cooperation & public-private-partnerships for clean technology deployment;
• Designed/implemented capacity building initiatives on data collection/inventory systems, and modeling/analysis of energy, water and global climate change issues in South Asia, ASEAN, China, Korea, Serbia, Russia and Turkey.
• Developed new analytical techniques to evaluate program/projects for the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – these methods are used widely by other IPCC experts; and
• As a senior policy scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE), helped design the SO2 emissions trading program and the trading framework for the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) while also leading a team of 70 technical experts to develop the U.S. National Energy Modeling System (NEMS).
As a policy advisor, Mr. Bando is working with the Global Alliance for Energy Productivity (GAEP) to secure policymaker and corporate commitments to improve energy productivity that reap multiple benefits such as improved access to energy, enhanced energy security, significant monetary savings and economic growth. He provides written/oral testimony to experts at forums such as the G-20 Summit, World Economic Forum, The World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Clean Energy Ministerial. Specifically, he has provided expert advice to the ADB on program/policy issues impacting large multi-country investment programs (totaling several billion dollars).
Mr. Bando has launched several high-profile global initiatives using innovative fundraising & program development activities. He has worked in over 60 nations and serves on the Steering Committees of key global initiatives launched by the United Nations (UN), World Economic Forum (WEF), Global Green Growth Institute (3GI), and the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) while serving on the International Advisory Council of the Commission on National (U.S.) Energy Efficiency Policy and the Board of Directors of the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC).
Using “train-the-trainer” techniques Mr. Bando delivers market-based solutions to clients’ problems. He has helped private sector entities understand development-finance issues and implemented training programs for Fortune 100 firms. Mr. Bando has published extensively and developed/presented numerous workshops. He has authored the book: Economic Evaluation of Environmental Impacts (ISBN 971-561-080-3) that is widely used by development professionals worldwide.
Mr. Bando has taught at the U.S. Graduate School as well as the Universities of Paris, Chicago, Minnesota, Illinois and New Mexico (where he founded a for-profit entity working on U.S.-Mexico border issues).