Global Director for the Energy and Extractives Global Practice
The World Bank

Dr. Papathanasiou has worked for more than 25 years with the World Bank Group on energy and infrastructure in Africa, Latin America, East Europe and the Balkans, South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific Islands. He has contributed to developing energy policies in several countries and worked on power generation projects using many diverse technologies: thermal, hydropower, solar, wind and geothermal. He has led large teams on complex utility and sector reforms, as well as sizeable public-private partnership transactions. As the Manager for the World Bank’s Energy Practice in South Asia (2016-2020), he was responsible for a portfolio of more than $10 billion USD and worked to increase renewable energy projects in the region, expand regional interconnections and exchanges and modernise networks across the region.

A professional Electrical Engineer, Demetrios holds an MSc in environmental technology and a PhD in energy and the environment from Imperial College in London, UK.


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