Yongping Zhai

Yongping Zhai

Asian Development Bank
Technical Advisor, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department

Biography

Dr. Yongping Zhai has been working on energy development in Asia and Africa for about 25 years. He is currently Technical Advisor (Energy), Sector Advisory Services Division, Regional Sustainable Development Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB). He is in charge of overall energy policy and operational support and coordination with ADB Energy Divisions of East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Central and West Asia as well as the Pacific Region. Prior to his current position, Dr. Yongping Zhai was Director, South Asia Energy Division (2010-2015), ADB. He also served as ADB’s Lead Energy Specialist (2008-2010), in charge of energy sector in Southeast Asia including Indonesia, Philippines, and the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). From 1993 to 2000, Dr Zhai was a Principal Program Coordinator/Public Utilities Economist of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in charge of energy projects in Southern African Development Community (SADC). Between 1990 and 1993, he served as an Assistant Professor at the Energy Technology Division, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok, Thailand. Dr. Yongping Zhai graduated from the Thermal Engineering Department, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (1983) and received a Ph.D in Energy Economics from the University of Pierre-Mendès France in Grenoble, France (1989). He has the honorary titles of Distinguished Adjunct Faculty of Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand and Visiting Scholar of Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University, Beijing, China.