Head, Energy Access / Climate Change Advisory Services, International Finance Corporation
Building on his work developing innovative sustainable energy market development projects for more than 25 years, Russell provides thought leadership and oversight in leading IFC’s growing energy access advisory business. He currently leads IFC’s global network of off-grid lighting programs under the Lighting Global program. He also leads IFC’s work across advisory services in support of IFC’s strategic focus on Green Growth. In this capacity Russell chairs the Corporation’s Green Growth Steering Committee that sets strategy and prioritizes resources for the Green Growth business.
Russell’s work mobilizing commercial clean energy and energy efficiency financing with partner banks catalyzed IFC’s current business in sustainable energy finance investment. His innovations in market transformation provide the model for IFC’s advisory services programs which seek to leverage IFC’s position in commercial markets to accelerate uptake of climate-friendly technology and expand access to energy and water. The creator of the Lighting Africa program, Russell’s work focuses on innovative business models which enable commercially sustainable private sector delivery of energy and water services.