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POSTPONED: Bradford Seminar with Pradeep Tharakan, "Enabling the Clean Energy Transition in Southeast Asia: Policy Prescriptions and Financing Approaches"

Open to the Public, Registration Required
Pradeep Tharakan, Principal Energy Specialist, Asian Development Bank (Thailand Office)

This program is jointly organized by C-PREE and the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy & Finance. Additionally co-sponsored by Princeton Environmental Institute and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.

This lecture has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule with the speaker for Fall 2020. Thank you!


This lecture is part of the David Bradford Energy and Environmental Seminar Series, organized by the Center for Policy Research on Energy and Environment. The seminars highlight scholars and practitioners from various fields working on critical research related to science policy. We invite speakers to share new research they are working on, focusing on important policy-relevant issues. Since its inception in Fall 1999, this series has hosted many speakers who are influential in science & environmental policy. Attendance by Princeton students, faculty and staff is encouraged.

All seminars are open to the public on a limited basis with approved RSVP to ccrosby@princeton.edu

About the Speaker

Pradeep Tharakan has over 17 years of experience focused on global energy and environmental issues. His primary expertise is in the origination, financing, and delivery of large-scale clean energy investment programs in the public sector; policy analysis; the fostering of inter-governmental and public-private partnerships for effective development action; and development research.

Pradeep has worked for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) since 2010. He currently serves as a Principal Energy Specialist at ADB’s Thailand offices, and oversees ADB’s sovereign lending and policy support for energy activities across Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam. Previously, he was ADB’s Energy Team Lead for Indonesia and was based in Jakarta from 2012-2016. Pradeep has been involved in the origination, implementation and close-out of public sector energy infrastructure projects in southeast Asia totaling 2.6 billion USD. This includes solar parks, large hydropower projects, and cross-border power trade projects. He has led project facilitation and policy advisory work across a variety of technology areas such as solar auctions, off-shore wind power development, carbon capture and storage, rural electrification, and energy efficient lighting; and a range of financing modalities such as blended finance including use of climate finance; green bonds, and policy-based and results-based loans.

He is currently also assisting the governments of Cambodia and Malaysia to develop long-term power sector development plans, and transition roadmaps for greater inclusion of renewable energy sources.

Pradeep’s research has been published in Nature, Energy Policy, and the Energy Journal, among others, and as ADB reports. Pradeep has a PhD in Energy and Natural Resources Management, a MBA, and a master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration.