Mr Amit Kumar

Director, Energy-Environment Technology Development Division

Mr Kumar leads research activities in the fields of renewable energy and resource efficient process technology applications.

He has been working on the development and diffusion of cleaner and renewable energy resources based technological solutions in India for over 28 years. His experience ranges from policy and programme formulation, through project implementation, to the design and development of renewable-energy technologies, as well as manufacturing of solar energy devices.

Mr Kumar was actively involved in projects related to the development of Sri Lanka 's policy framework for renewable resource based electricity generation and the integrated energy management master plan for Bhutan, in addition to coordinating part of a multi-country GEF-supported study to assess solar and wind resources in developing countries. He has also managed design, construction and commissioning of one of the largest solar ponds in Bhuj in western India from 1987 to 1996, as well as Asia 's first solar powered cold storage in the early eighties.

He is the Regional Programme Advisor, REEEP (Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership) South Asia Secretariat, and is responsible for REEEP activities in the region.

Mr Kumar is a Mechanical Engineer with specialization in thermal engineering from University of Roorkee (now Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee) where he was awarded the University Gold Medal .