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Chinmaya Kumar Acharya

Director, Energy & Environment

Chinmaya Kumar Acharya is the Director of Energy & Environment for ISC’s India program, where he leads the strategy, design, project deliveries and stakeholder management.

Chinmaya has spent over 25 years addressing multiple clean energy and sustainability topics at international, national, and sub-national levels. His experiences include working  with the international development wings of the US and UK Governments i.e., United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and United Kingdom Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (UKFCDO), and tenure at Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, India’s first and only climate-oriented regranting institution. At these organizations, Chinmaya directed clean energy policy and program engagements with the national Government of India and Indian state governments. Additionally at USAID, he spearheaded a South Asia-wide regional clean energy cooperation program involving partnerships between entities from the United States, India, and other South Asian countries. Since 2004, he has consistently led large multimillion dollar project portfolios with global context, and synergistic cross disciplinary themes, partners, and teams.

Chinmaya has also conducted stakeholder engagements in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Germany, Nepal, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sri Lanka, and Switzerland. His voluntary involvements have included serving on the Advisory Panel of the Momentum for Change initiative of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and contributing to India activities of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project.   

Chinmaya has completed post graduate studies in Rural Management from Xavier Institute of Management in Bhubaneswar and obtained a bachelor’s degree in physics from Sambalpur University.