Demetrios Papathanasiou

The World Bank

Global Director for the World Bank's Energy and Extractives Global Practice

Dr. Papathanasiou leads more than 100 professionals at the Global Units of the Energy and Extractives Global Practice of the World Bank. He coordinates the overall strategic direction of the Practice, advances the knowledge and learning agenda for the Bank’s energy and extractives professionals, and oversees corporate reporting, trust funds, and partnerships for the Practice. Dr. Papathanasiou has worked for more than 20 years with the World Bank Group on Energy and Infrastructure in Africa, Latin America, East Europe and the Balkans, South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific Islands. He has contributed to developing energy policies in several countries and worked on power generation projects using many diverse technologies: thermal, hydropower, solar, wind, and geothermal. He has led large teams on complex utility and sector reforms, as well as sizeable public-private partnership transactions. As the Manager for the World Bank’s Energy Practice in South Asia (2016-2020), he was responsible for a portfolio of more than $10 billion and worked to increase renewable energy projects in the region, expand regional interconnections and exchanges, and modernize networks across the region. A professional Electrical Engineer, Dr. Papathanasiou holds an MSc in Environmental Technology and a PhD in Energy and the Environment from Imperial College in London, UK.

Sessions With Demetrios Papathanasiou

Thursday, 10 March

  • 07:30am - 08:35am (CST) / 10/mar/2022 01:30 pm - 10/mar/2022 02:35 pm

    Africa: Power to the people

    Panel Power & Renewables
    The challenges facing sub-Saharan African power are well known: access, reliability, delivered cost, and sources of funding. Overlaying these fundamentals are the pressures and opportunities associated with the global energy transition. The combination makes for complicated choices in investments and trade-offs for priorities between generation from fossil fuels, large-scale hydro and other renewables, transmission reinforcement and off-grid/captive solutions, fossil plant upgrades or retirements, and site re-purposing; national supply security and regional interconnected trade; and the market models needed to underpin them. How are key African stakeholders weighing these challenges? How could their decisions align or differ from what is happening in other more-developed regions?
  • 11:20am - 12:10pm (CST) / 10/mar/2022 05:20 pm - 10/mar/2022 06:10 pm

    Large-scale Renewables: What are the emerging issues?

    Panel Power & Renewables
    The expected future deployment of clean energy capacity on a massive scale will create an unprecedented call on land use. Competition with other activities and interests can ensue and impact societies, businesses, and the environment. As the renewable energy industry grows, will social and environmental opposition challenge the permitting of infrastructure for clean energy supply? What solutions are proving effective to overcome these problems that cut across the energy space, socioeconomics, and the environment?