Prashanta Kumar Swain has been working as a Fellow and Area Convener of the Centre for Rural Action at TERI. His area of work includes energy access, energy for livelihoods, and energy enterprise development. With expertise in clean proposal development, planning, technical assessment, partnership, training and capacity building, resource mobilization, implementation, and reporting, Mr Swain has implemented several renewable energy access projects, including biomass and solar energy-based systems in rural areas across India for large-scale dissemination of solar lanterns, solar home systems, power plants, solar systems for productive applications, biomass-based improved cookstoves, biomass gasifiers, and more for enhancing energy access and livelihoods in the rural households.
Mr Swain holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management from Xavier University (Earlier Xavier Institute of Management) Bhubaneswar and worked extensively towards promoting solar energy systems in schools and health centres in rural and remote regions of the country. He has developed a network of several civil societies and energy entrepreneurs, particularly in the eastern states, and worked towards their training and capacity building in the clean energy domain.