Energy Specialist at World Bank Group
Ananya Rubayat current works as the Advisor – Communication and Gender in the Energy Cluster of GIZ Bangladesh. She has over twelve years of experience in the Development Communications Sector. Being passionate about the environment, she has worked with national and international organisations on biodiversity conservation, waste management, climate change, and now, sustainable energy. She enjoys combining art, storytelling and technology to aware more and more people about environmental protection.
Ms. Rubayat has an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and a Masters in Development Studies from the University of Dhaka.
Chiara Vidussi has 10 years of experience in working in South Asia, in projects covering infrastructure, energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate change mitigation, both in the institutional context, and the private sector investments area. She also worked previously for the European Commission in Brussels, in Development Cooperation projects involving blended finance and gender issues. She is currently programme manager in the energy sector at the European Union Delegation to Bangladesh.
Programme Manager – Energy and Environment, European Union Delegation to Bangladesh
Tanzina Dilshad currently serving as the Programme Manager for Energy and Environment at the Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh since 2020. In her present role, she is mainly working on Bangladesh renewable energy facility for promoting investments in renewable sector, with a special emphasis on climate mitigation. Tanzina actively engages in blending investment projects and harnessing European Fund for Sustaianable Development (ESFD+) grants to drive sustainable development in the region.
Before her current position, she channeled her expertise into meaningful work with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bangladesh, where she made contributions to energy and environmental portfolios. Prior to her tenure at UNDP, Tanzina held the role of Senior Research Officer at the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), where she was deeply involved in climate adaptation and resilience research .While at BCAS, she played an integral role in conducting research on Himalayan water adaptation and resilience, focusing on South Asian countries, including Bangladesh.
Tanzina’s journey in the field of environmental and energy-related initiatives began with her pursuit of a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from University of Chittagong. In 2016, she earned the esteemed Commonwealth Scholarship, enabling her to pursue her master’s degree in Climate Change at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom.
Programme Coordinator Youth & Gender-Focused Initiatives, Devtale Partners
Socio-economist with a Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) degree and multi-disciplinary background in Economics and Anthropology. Over ten years of experience at the World Bank providing cross-sector analytical and operational support for Energy and Social Development units. Technical expertise in quantitative and qualitative analytical methods, policy analysis, social safeguards and operationalizing research. Interested in topics related to social sustainability of energy infrastructure development such as social inclusion, gender, benefit sharing, corporate social investment, community engagement, and behavioral change. A Nepali National and U.S. Permanent Resident.
Mr. Md. Arif Raihan Maahi is a social and Tech policy entrepreneur in Bangladesh. Mr. Maahi is the founder of the nation’s largest engineering youth association.
Mr. Maahi is the pioneer professional to introduce energy and environment education with capacity development programs among the youth in Bangladesh. He is an active advocate for green energy in the country. With his strong advocacy, protest and youth campaign the government postponed imposing taxes on solar panels back in 2017. He worked with international organizations like gIZ, UNDP on various climate change issues. Mr. Maahi was the keynote speaker on Youth Day for UN SG Envoy on Youth. Mr. Maahi is an ‘International Visitor Leadership Program’ alumnus of the U.S. State Department which was awarded for Education, Employability and Entrepreneurship program.
During the One Decade Mr. Maahi gave numerous speeches, appeared in TV programs and mentored thousands of youths from Home and Abroad regarding technology for social good. He is committed to serve the nation in coming years through innovations and evidence driven policy reform endeavors.
This strong civil society and entrepreneurial journey has given us an opportunity to explore many industries and gather experience on various development interventions. After serving in the government, private sector for a few years we have decided to establish a platform to serve the next generation development agenda through innovations and change communications. We are also aiming to support evidence driven policy advocacies and interventions. This is how a Civil Society Organisation’s leader progresses to an industry problem solving platform named ‘Devtale Partners’.