Mr. Raihan Elahi, Lead Energy Specialist, the World Bank is a thought leader in promoting electricity access using innovative technologies and disruptive business models. He is currently managing the Bank’s Lighting Africa Program to promote private sector investment and facilitate policy changes to develop markets for standalone solar products. Under his leadership the Lighting Africa Program has evolved and is supporting electrification of productive uses, such as water pumping, irrigation, etc. to electrifying public institutions, such as healthcare facilities, education facilities, etc. and contributing to broader Bank objectives of human capital development.
Mr. Elahi played a significant role in the design and development of the Bangladesh solar market which electrified about 18 million people. A book written by Nancy Wimmer “The Marketmakers” features the experience. He was instrumental in developing the stand-alone solar market in Ethiopia by attracting private sector participation.
In addition to off grid energy access, Mr. Elahi also works in other conventional energy practice areas, including hydropower, geothermal energy, grid connected solar PV, transmission and distribution network development, power sector reforms, etc.
Mr. Elahi holds an MBA in Finance and an MSc. in Statistics.