International Solar Alliance (ISA) has announced the appointment of Dr. Ajay Mathur, present Director General of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), as its new Director-General ensuing his election at the first special assembly, held virtually.
Dr. Mathur will succeed Upendra Tripathy, who is serving as Director-General since the foundation was established in 2015.
Dr. Mathur, who will take over the charge of ISA on March 15, 2021, brings with him a wealth of leadership skills in all strategic areas of the energy transition, from politics, research and the commercialization of technology to financing, international cooperation and institutional development.
Commenting on his selection, Dr. Mathur said, “I am honored to lead the International Solar Alliance and I am ambitious in what we can achieve together with our members and partners to move towards a safer, more sustainable, fairer and more prosperous future through solar energy. “
“ISA plays an important role in building the infrastructure and ecosystem for a future without CO2 emissions. With strong foundations already in place, my immediate focus is on identifying and mobilizing the opportunities and capital to accelerate our solarization goals temporarily and in the long term, ”he added.
Before TERI, Dr. Mathur held management positions at the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and the Green Climate Fund. In 2020 he received the IconSWM-CE Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to environmental protection.
Outgoing Director General Upendra Tripathy said, “I am grateful to all of the member countries for their trust and support over the past five years that has helped ISA grow from an idea to an international solar energy organization that it is today. It is so gratifying to see more and more countries join the ISA to pool efforts and resources to take solar energy to the next level. “
The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is an alliance of 121 countries initiated by India, most of them being sunshine countries, which lie either completely or partly between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. The primary objective of the alliance is to work for efficient consumption of solar energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
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