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Ashvin Dayal

Senior Vice President, Power Initiative, The Rockefeller Foundation

Ashvin Dayal leads the Foundation’s global Power initiative aimed at scaling up energy access in order to drive economic and social development. He has overseen the Foundation’s pioneering investments in the renewable energy mini-grid space in India and the establishment of Smart Power India, a dedicated platform to support the acceleration of last-mile electrification. As one of the Foundation’s long-term priorities, Ashvin is responsible for shaping its global power investments with an ambitious goal of ending energy poverty and improving the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people over the next decade.

Mr. Dayal joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 2008 as its Asia Managing Director, running the Foundation’s regional office in Bangkok, Thailand.  From there he led the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network, a major nine-year partnership that equipped over 50 Asian cities to better cope with climate change impacts. He also oversaw the Foundation’s global Inclusive Economies portfolio, a policy and research effort to advance development and impact investments that drive more broadly shared prosperity. Before joining the Foundation, he held a range of senior leadership roles over 15 years with Oxfam in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. This included leading its largest-ever relief and recovery effort in the aftermath of the 2004 Asian Tsunami, and overseeing the creation of Oxfam India.

In addition to his experience across Asia, Ashvin also spent several years working in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, supporting post-conflict reconstruction and economic development programs in Bosnia, Yemen, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Ashvin holds a bachelor’s degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and a master’s degree from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins. He currently lives in Thailand and is in the process of relocating with his family to New York.

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  • May 11 2020
    Blog Post Keeping the Lights On: For Energy Providers and Frontline Workers, Lessons Learned Utilities worldwide have faced an enormous stress test in recent weeks as they ensure the continued operations of electricity systems, providing the critical power that has ventilators running in hospitals, machines whirring at essential businesses, and family, friends, and colleagues connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ensuring the resilient operations of power infrastructure while protecting the […] Ashvin Dayal
  • Apr 20 2020
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    Power Managing Utility Operations in the Context of Covid-19: The Enel Experience As #Covid-19 continues to spread across the world and governments put in place increasingly restrictive measures to stop its spread, it is important that critical facilities and essential businesses are able to operate without disruption, so that hundreds of millions of people staying at home are able to stay connected and stay safe. At the […]
  • May 15 2019
    Blog Post How a More Integrated Approach Could Help to End Energy Poverty This piece first appeared on the World Economic Forum’s blog on May 14, 2019, and re-posted here with permission. With almost four years completed since the United Nations adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we face a narrowing window of opportunity to mobilize the disruptive solutions and ambitious partnerships needed to bend the curve […]
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