Ajay Mathur

Dr Ajay Mathur
Director General
International Solar Alliance

The ISA is a treaty –based inter-governmental organization with 114 member countries, which aims to make solar energy the energy-of-choice in its member countries. Dr. Mathur has spearheaded the implementation of solar energy projects and capacity building projects in many developing countries, and the publication of annual progress reports on solar technology, markets and investments. Recently, the ISA has embarked on the creation of a Solar Facility to mitigate the risks associated with solar investments in African Countries, and launched a programme to identify and strengthen solar startups in that continent.

Prior to joining ISA, Dr. Mathur was Director General of the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and earlier, of the Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency. He mainstreamed energy efficiency in India through initiatives such as the Star Labeling program for appliances, the Energy Conservation Building Code, and the Perform, Achieve & Trade program for energy-intensive industries. He was a leading climate change negotiator and was the Indian spokesperson at the Paris climate negotiations. He served as the interim Director of the Green Climate Fund during its foundational period.

Dr Mathur was a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He was appointed a Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Merite by the President of France in recognition of his outstanding commitment to preserving the environment and coping with energy- related challenges. He was a member of the Prime Minister of India’s Council on Climate Change from its foundation in 2008 till 2016, when he resigned on his election as DG of ISA. He has been the co-chair of the Global Energy Transitions Commission and the Clean Cooling Initiatives of the One Planet Summit.

Dr Mathur received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the (then) University of Roorkee, and a Master’s and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois. He has also received the Distinguished Alumnus Awards from both his alma maters.