Professional Experience

INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANT
(2015 - PRESENT)

WORLD BANK, WASHINGTON DC​

  • Advises governments on energy-water-food nexus policies, institutions, plans, designs and implementation of programs.

  • Leads implementation of major policy changes in power subsidy for agriculture, pilots for climate-resilient income for farmers and climate adaptation through nexus approach in Indian states.

  • Chaired and participated in conferences and seminars to shift policy paradigm on nexus (World Utility Summit in 2018, Assocham Conference in 2018, Government of India NITI Aayog 2019). 

  • Lead author of the World Bank reports titled "Grow Solar, Save Water, Double Farm Income" and "Direct Delivery of Power Subsidy to Agriculture in India".

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANISATION, ROME

  • Worked on Water-Food nexus issues in India.

ASIAN INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT BANK, BEIJING

  • Contributed to policy dialogue with the governments of Cambodia, Laos and India to develop AIIB's lending program.

UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FOR ALL (SE4ALL)
(2013 - 2015)

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER     (Jul - Dec 2015)

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER    (2013 - 2015)

  • Led the global advocacy and mobilization of support for inclusion of energy sector in Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

  • An initiative of the Secretary General His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, SE4All’s Advisory Board was co-chaired by the Secretary General and the President of the World Bank.

  • SE4All was successful in getting targets for energy access, renewables, and energy efficiency as SDG-7. This was in stark contrast to the Millennium Development Goals (2000) that excluded energy targets because of lack of consensus among UN’s member states.

  • As Secretary to the Finance Committee of the UNSE4All Board, presented an assessment of investment needed and sources of financing for achieving the targets of SDG-7. The Committee was co-chaired by the Chairman of Bank of America Merrill Lynch and the President of Brazilian National Development Bank.

  • Presented the SE4All Finance Committee report at UN’s Third Finance for Development Summit in Addis Ababa in 2015.This report was launched jointly by the Secretary General, United Nations and the President of the World Bank.

  • Led the work of G-20 Energy Strategy for Africa in 2015 at the request of Government of Turkey that had the Presidency in that year.

  • Chaired the inauguration of SE4All-Japan Energy Efficiency Hub in Toyama City and Tokyo.

  • Invited as Speaker at USAID sponsored Bangladesh Investment Forum.

WORLD BANK
(1992 - 2013)

ADVISOR - ENERGY  (2013)

  • Provided strategic and operational advice to the Director (Energy), Energy Anchor on corporate policies, regional operations, and the World Bank-UN joint initiative Sustainable Energy for All.

SECTOR LEADER, SOUTH-EAST EUROPE (2008 - 2013)

  • Provided policy advice to the Bank’s senior management, and strategic advice to clients.

  • Supervised the World Bank’s energy and transport portfolio in six countries in South East Europe.

  • Coordinated with the European Commission, bilateral donors (US Agency for International Development, UK’s Department for International Development), European Banks (EBRD, EIB, KfW, and the Export Credit Agencies), and Japanese  agency JAICA for power sector investments.

  • Supervised privatization of electricity distribution in Albania and Kosovo.

LEAD ENERGY SPECIALIST, EAST ASIA AND PACIFIC (2005 - 2008)

  • Managed 1,100 MW electricity export hydroelectric project (Nam Theun 2) developed by a private sector consortium financed by nine multilaterals and sixteen commercial banks and supported by partial risk guarantees issued by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency.

  • Led extensive co-ordination across multiple country clients, IFIs (ADB, EIB, KfW, AfD, Coface, Proparco), periodic briefings to the Bank’s Board of Directors, and consultations with local and international NGOs.

  • The Project included supervision of resettlement of more than 6000 indigenous people, mitigating impacts on more than 70,000 people downstream, conservation of about 4,200 square kilometers of bio-diversity area of international significance, about 100 kilometers of project roads, and complementary projects in rural electrification and rural development.

  • Led the Bank’s energy program in Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) and collaborated with Asian Development Bank China, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar for advancing a regional power market.

SR. FINANCIAL ANALYST, EUROPE AND Central Asia (2002 - 2005)

  • Led projects in a post-conflict area (Kosovo); transition-economy countries (Serbia and Montenegro); regional electricity market program for Serbia, Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo including investments in cross-border transmission links.

  • Led the energy sector reconstruction program in Kosovo which resulted in extensive support from the European Agency for Reconstruction and other donors (DFID, CIDA, USAID, KfW, Cooperazione Italiana).

  • Designed and implemented an energy efficiency program in District Heating in Serbia that was quoted by the World Bank President as a best practice.

SR. FINANCIAL ANALYST, South Asia (1993 - 2002)

  • Played a key role in the Bank’s India power sector program to develop Bank’s strategy, formulate policy advice in the context of rapidly changing political economy and early stages of economic liberalization in India, re-engineer Bank’s existing portfolio and new lending, and develop a new business approach.

  • Steered the reform process in six states through complex dynamics of center-state politics, enactment of new state-level legal frameworks; creation and institutional development of state regulatory commissions; and privatization of distribution. Led policy dialogue with political leaders, bureaucrats, opinion makers, NGOs, and the media. 

  • Supervised several large projects: four hydro projects (Orissa, Karnataka, Kerala), two national utilities (NTPC, Powergrid) and four power system reform and restructuring projects (Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh).

POWER FINANCE CORPORATION
(1988 - 1992)

SENIOR MANAGER - INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT (1990 - 1992)

  • Led the work in developing operational and financial policies, organization structure, and business processes of this newly created financial institution.

  • Developed an Operational and Financial Action Plan (OFAP) for improving State Electricity Board’s operational and financial efficiency, to be used as a basis for lending by PFC and for on-lending of the World Bank and Asian Development Bank loans.

MANAGER - FINANCE (1988 - 1990)

  • Developed lending products, business lines, and appraisal techniques for lending to state power utilities, and appraised financing of Kolaghat power plant extension (West Bengal), Tuticorin thermal power plant extension (Tamilnadu), transmission and distribution strengthening in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Kerala.

BANK OF INDIA
(1978 - 1988)

INVESTMENT BANKER (1986 - 1988)

  • Developed new business territory, managed several public issues of equity and bonds, including an offer-for-sale bond issue of Power Finance Corporation that was a trail blazer in Indian capital markets.

HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT OFFICER (1985 - 1986)

  • Managed recruitment, training, placement, skill and career development of Executives. 

BRANCH MANAGER, RURAL AREAS (1978 - 1984)

  • Financed agricultural operations and micro-enterprises.

  • Managed some very difficult branches in the heartland of Uttar Pradesh, India.

  • Turned around one chronic loss making branch into a profit-earning branch (Sandi, District Hardoi) and won award for highest business growth in another branch (Noida).

 

Conferences

 

World Bank - Government of India Dec 2019

World Bank-NITI Aayog Workshop “Grow Solar, Save Water, Double Farm Income”

(Report) (Press)

World Utility Summit, New Delhi Jan 2018

(Member Page) (Speakers) (Gallery) (Presentations) (Water-Energy-Food Nexus Org)

IWMI Tata Conference   2018

South Asia Regional Groundwater Forum  2016

Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry, India   2016

Busan Global Water Forum, Busan, Korea  2016

Singapore International Energy Week 2015

(Interview) (Session Video) (Speaker Gallery)

OECD International Conference on Innovation for Inclusive Growth, New Delhi  2015

(OECD Conference: International Support for Inclusive Innovation-Day 2 Session 5)

EU-Arica Energy Partnership, Addis Ababa  2015

(Report)

Africa Utility Week, Capetown  2015

(Report) (Conference) (Press) (Keynote)

UN-IEA World Energy Outlook  2015

United Nations - International Energy Agency Presentation of World Energy Outlook

(Report) (Press)

UN Third Finance For Development Summit, Adis Ababa 2015

Financing Sustainable Energy, co-chaired by HE Ban Ki-Moon and WB President Jim Kim

(Finance Committee Report) (Conference Agenda, pg 36) (UNDP report on Climate Change Community) (International Institute of Sustainable Development report of drafting session at the UN) (Video of Presentation and Consultations at UN) (SE4All reporting of consultations at the UN) (Secretary General and World Bank President remarks at panel chaired by Mohinder Gulati)

G-20 Turkey Presidency - Africa Energy Access Plan 2015

(Report-draft released) (G20 Ministers adopt the report)

Sustainable Energy For All Global Forum 2015

(TERI Press Release) (Agenda)

Delhi Sustainable Development Summit  2015

(Agenda) (Gallery)

Economic Times Global Summit   2015

Speaker, US Administration, White House, Washington DC   2015

Thematic briefing to the Permanent Representatives to the United Nations, Vienna

Sustainable Energy for All Water-Energy-Food Nexus  2015

The Economic Times, Global Business Summit   2015

UNDP Indian Railways Energy Efficiency Conference

(Documents)

National Council for Science and Environment   2015

(Conference Agenda, Participated in Opening Plenary Session) (US Department of Energy Report on Conference Proceedings) (Recording of Plenary Session)

Toyoma Global Energy Efficiency Forum for Cities    2015

(Opening Speech and Keynote address – Agenda) (Asia Energy Efficiency and Collaboration Center Reporting) (Energy Efficiency Center of Japan report of proceedings)

Vibrant Gujarat   2015

(Times of India Report) (The Economic Times Report) (Hindu Business Line Report)

Vienna Energy Forum  2015

(Forum Agenda and Presentation) (Panel Speakers) (IISD-Summary of the proceedings)

Energy Charter  2015

(Document)

United Nations Asia-Pacific LDC Ministerial Conference, Kathmandu 2014

(Presentation) (Website)

Africa Energy Indaba, Johannesburg  2014

(Conference Report) (Press) (Press) (Press) (Press) (Press)

Sustainable Energy For All Global Forum 2014

(UN Report) (World Bank Website Report) (UN-IISD Report)

Climate Summit, New York  2014

United Nations Climate Summit

(Session)

Commonwealth Games, Glasgow  2014

(Documents)

US State Department - Bangladesh Investor Forum  2014

(IISD Report of the Forum)

World Water Week, Stockholm  2014

UNDP - Islamic Development Bank Conference, Ankara  2014

Publications

 
  1. Mohinder Gulati, Satya Priya, Edward Bresnyan, ‘Grow Solar, Save Water, Double Farmer Income.’ The World Bank. 2019.

  2. Gulati, M., & Pahuja, S, ‘Direct delivery of power subsidy to manage energy–ground water–agriculture nexus’ 2015.

  3. SIEW, ‘5Qs with Mohinder Gulati, Acting CEO, UN Sustainable Energy for All Initiative.’ October 2015.

  4. Mohinder Gulati and Sanjay Pahuja, ‘Direct delivery of Power Subsidy to Agriculture in India’.
  5. ‘Scaling Up Finance for Sustainable Energy Investments’ The World Bank. July 2015.

  6. ‘Direct Delivery of Power Subsidy to Manage Energy-Ground-Water-Agriculture Nexus’ Presented at World Water Week. 2015.

  7. Campos, J.E. and Pradhan, S. (eds) ‘The Many Faces of Corruption: Tracking vulnerabilities at the sector level.’ The World Bank. 2007.

  8. ‘Reforming the Power Sector: Controlling Electricity Theft and Improving Revenue’ The World Bank. 2004.