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For Immediate Release:
17/2/2014

 

Press Release

Nitin Pandit Completes 13 Year Term as President of the IIEC

Board Appoints Felix Gooneratne as Chief Executive Officer

Bangkok, Thailand, February 17, 2014 – Dr. Nitin Pandit has left the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC) after serving for 13 years as President.Nitin has joined the World Resources Institute (WRI) to continue his career in sustainable development.

Joining the IIEC in May 2000, Dr. Pandit developed many programs and policy implementation initiatives during his tenure to demonstrate how energy efficiency could be delivered in the most cost effective manner in developing and emerging countries.He and his Institute colleagues facilitated the development and testing of a variety of innovative mechanisms, particularly in key Asian counties such as Thailand and India, including energy efficiency building codes and eco-housing, as well as appliance standards and labeling.Other areas that Dr. Pandit and the IIEC focused on included end use water pumping interventions for energy efficiency improvement in housing, hybrid solar thermal systems, climate performance assessment of credit lines for small and medium enterprises, and methodologies to better understand the rural water-energy-biomass nexus.

Through Dr. Pandit’s leadership the IIEC has emphasized the use of innovative financing in order to accelerate the implementation of energy efficiency. The Institute’s path breaking work was recognized with an award from the World Bank’s Development Marketplace, and also jointly by the World Bank, L’Agence Française de Développément, and the Gates Foundation.

With Nitin’s departure, the IIEC Board of Directors appointed Felix Gooneratne to become the Institute’s Chief Executive Officer. Felix has assumed the overall management responsibility for the IIEC’s operations worldwide, having served the Institute since 2001 as the Asia Director based in Bangkok with responsibility for the management of IIEC offices in India, Philippines and Thailand.

In his departing statement, Dr. Pandit wished the IIEC Board, staff, and partners well, and urged the Institute to continue its important work in bringing about critical energy efficiency solutions to meet the considerable dangers of climate change.

The IIEC Board and its colleagues thank Nitin for his work with the Institute and hope that he will enjoy success in his new position with the World Resources Institute.

 

After completing its most recent strategic planning meeting this past January, IIEC recognized four of its staff members for their ongoing work with IIEC, and for their unwavering commitment to the field of Energy Conservation.  The “Long Service Awards” were presented to Naraporn Khumthieng, Sommai Phon-Amnuaisuk, Angelica Dealino, and Kullakant Chertchutham for their continued and outstanding service to IIEC for more than a decade.

As IIEC looks forward to continuing the march towards a cleaner energy future, we take a moment to reflect on the contributions of our devoted staff.  Creating sound environmental policies, and implementing strategies to enact them, requires the support of an involved community and hard-working staff members.  Over the course of our thirty-year involvement in the energy conservation field, IIEC has placed continued emphasis on selecting bright, passion-driven individuals who can help accomplish our energy goals.  Our four award-winners are outstanding examples of the diverse talents and skillsets required to tackle the challenges of inefficient energy use and a rapidly changing climate.  We are pleased to celebrate the sustained efforts of our devoted staff.

 

Naraporn Khumthieng (“Gift”) functions as IIEC’s Administrative Manager, and is based in our Asia Regional office in Bangkok.  She has worked in our organization for fourteen consecutive years, and continues to provide core support to its regional and international efforts.  Having worked with IIEC since March of 2000, Naraporn has a deep understanding of our organizational needs, and knows how to best manage them.  She is responsible for coordinating administrative efforts between all five of our international offices, and plays a central role in communicating with the Thai Revenue and Labor Departments.  Naraporn makes use of her expertise in organizing seminars and meetings, as well as her experience in accounting in order to ensure smooth and timely organizational operations.  Please join us in congratulating Naraporn Khumthieng on her recent award, and in expressing our deep gratitude for her exceptional work! gift

 

Sommai Phon-Amnuaisuk was recently named IIEC’s Director of Asia and Pacific Operations, and has been contributing to regional energy and development-related work for almost two decades.  He has a diverse background, demonstrating expertise in energy efficiency, renewable energy, environmental impact assessment, communications, policy, and project management – to name just a few.  Sommai joined IIEC on the 1st of January, 2001, after holding management positions at the Copper Development Center South East Asia and at the ABB; he has been managing international energy conservation projects from our Bangkok office ever since.  Sommai realizes his passion for energy conservation by driving major energy savings across Asia and the Pacific.  Over the years, he has helped IIEC by identifying global issues, considering creative solutions, and by designing, and implement projects to address them .  Please join us in congratulating Sommai on his reception of the Long Service Award, and for his recent appointment as Director of Asia and Pacific Operations – both of which represent his unwavering commitment to energy efficiency and the global environment.

 

Angelica Dealino combines a wealth of knowledge with years of committed, practical experience that has applied itself to a broad range of countries and projects.  For the past fourteen years, Angelica has provided IIEC with outstanding service, making use of her intricate knowledge of project financing and evaluation, microfinance, provision and training in the evaluation of renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well as financial analysis of large and small-scale projects.  Angelica currently serves as Country Director for our Philippines Office, and has carried out work in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as in Africa and the Middle-East.  Having worked for financial institutions of all sorts – ranging from development banks to microfinancing organization – Angelica brings expert knowledge and refined experience to IIEC.  Since becoming involved with IIEC in 2000, she has held several positions in the Philippines office – moving from Office Manager up to her current post.  IIEC is grateful to have Angelica on board, and is pleased to present her with the Long Service Award.

 

Kullakant Chertchutham (“Lee”) has been with IIEC for thirteen years, and works as our Knowledge Management & Outreach Specialist.  She uses her extensive experience in research and web-based database system design in order to consolidate information pertaining to energy efficiency and climate change.  Kullakant also has experience in integrating online database applications and information services, providing IIEC with a well-rounded technical specialist who understands both implementation and information technology support.  Since taking up work with IIEC in 2001, Kullakant has contributed to a wide variety of projects, making use of her eclectic knowledge base in both the technological and environmental fields.  Most recently, Kullakant has been combining her knowledge of information services integrated with her experience in project implementation in order to help strengthen IIEC’s work in sustainable energy.  Over the years, Kullakant has also organized outreach activities such as conferences and workshops in order to open international dialogue on the energy conservation issues that matter most.  We are delighted to present Kullakant with her Long Service Award, and to recognize her ongoing commitment to energy conservation and IIEC.

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Felix Gooneratne is IIEC’s new CEO, and he conferred the Long Service Awards at IIEC’s ceremony in January – presenting graciously on the work of his staff and colleagues.  Acting as master of ceremonies, he was not presented with an award; however, he certainly deserves recognition for his hard work, and for being one of IIEC’s longest-standing members.  Felix joined the organization as Asia Director in January 2001, and has been an essential part of the team ever since.  He has extensive experience working in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific Regions, where he has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and project management expertise.  During his thirteen years with IIEC, Felix has coordinated efforts between all of its regional offices, and the central development banks and international agencies.  Felix manages effective operationsacross IIEC’s global network by fostering seamless communication between all constituent offices and parties.

 

Rob Pratt, Chairman of the IIEC Board of Directors, recently announced the appointment of Felix Gooneratne as the Institute’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Felix will assume the overall management responsibility for the IIEC’s operations worldwide, having served the Institute since 2001 as the Asia Director based in Bangkok with responsibility for the management of IIEC offices in India, Philippines and Thailand. In 2006, after the successful completion of the USAID funded ECO II Project in India where Felix was the Team Leader, his efforts focussed on expanding the network of projects of IIEC-Asia. During the recent years, IIEC-Asia has expanded to several countries in Asia, Pacific and Africa including Vietnam, Lao PDR, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Malawi, Kenya, Mauritius, Lebanon and the Pacific Islands.

 

IIEC - South Asia OperationsThe IIEC-India operations are currently undergoing major restructuring to meet the challenges and project opportunities in South Asia. The relocation of the office in Pune to Mumbai has been completed and is in the process of establishing a corporate office in New Delhi to manage business in South Asia.

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Sanjay Dube as Director, South Asia. Sanjay was with IIEC during 2001 – 2006 and in his new role will structure the operations in South Asia. Sanjay has over 25 years of experience in planning, management and implementation of energy and climate change programs in India and South East Asia. Sanjay has managed a number of large energy and environment programs funded by different national and international agencies. He has served as Chief of Party for USAID funded "Partnership to Advance Clean Energy – Deployment (PACE-D) Project". Prior to that Sanjay worked as Vice President with Emergent Ventures International and headed their Sustainability and Climate Value Advisory Business Practice. From 2006 to 2010, Sanjay headed the Energy Efficiency & Climate Change Practice at ICF International in New Delhi.

 

We are also pleased to announce the recent hiring of following key staff at IIEC's Mumbai office:

Ameya Udgaonkar has been engaged as a Senior Energy Specialist and will be located at IIEC office in Mumbai. Ameya holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the San Diego State University, California and has been in the energy consulting sector in both India and USA. His expertise is in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy standards and labelling, energy policy and regulations, demand forecasting and econometric analysis. He was with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in New Delhi from May 2011 to November 2013 holding the position of Senior Consultant since March 2013.

 

 

Amit Tripathi has been engaged as an Energy Specialistand is located in IIEC office in Mumbai. Amit’s areas expertise is in the fields of the HVAC andEnvironment industry in India. He was the Manager, Strategy & Business Development for Terracon Ecotech Ltd (Mumbai) in the field of environment, ecosystem services / biodiversity and clean technology. He was also a Project Engineer at Daikin Airconditioning Ltd (Hyderabad).

 

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Under the Promoting Energy Efficiency in the Pacific – Phase 2 (PEEP2) Project, funded by the Asian Development Bank, the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC) is tasked with the development and conduct of energy audit training programs for local experts in each of the Pacific Developing Member Countries (PDMCs) covered under PEEP2 - Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.

The overall objective of the training program is to build capacity of local professionals with the necessary energy auditing skill sets enabling them to provide continuous support to the government departments, building owners, industries and households.Therefore, in addition to the walk-through energy audit training conducted in 2012, IIEC will be carrying out a series of detailed energy audit training workshops from July 2013 to April 2014 in the 5 PDMCs. The first workshops will focus on Module 1 (Walk-Through Energy Audit), and Module 2 (Technical and Financial Evaluation). The second workshops will focus on Module 3 (Contracting, Project Management, and Measurement & Verification of Energy Efficiency Projects) and Module 4 (Detailed Energy Audit – Investment Grade Audit).The Module 1 and 2 workshops were already successfully held from July to October 2013 in the five PDMCs, as shown in the photographs below. The workshops were kindly supported by the PEEP2 implementing agencies in each respective country.


  Attendees of the Energy Audit Training in Tonga (top left), Samoa (top right), Papua New Guinea (middle left),
Cook Islands (middle right) and Vanuatu (bottom)

For more information on the PEEP2 Project, please visit the project website on http://www.ee-pacific.net or contact
David Morgado - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.