• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024

Demetrios Papathanasiou

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, 9 March

  • 05:00pm - 05:40pm (CST) / 09/mar/2023 11:00 pm - 09/mar/2023 11:40 pm

    From A to Z (Aluminum to Zinc): Assuring minerals for the energy transition

    Energy Infrastructure/Supply Chain
    To meet emissions reduction targets and the electrification of the economy, technologies will need to be deployed over the next decades at a pace and scale far beyond anything previously imagined or experienced. This will require significant amounts of minerals to be brought to the market, putting unprecedent pressure on the mining industry. How can the mining industry scale up in a sustainable way? What changes are required to accelerate permitting processes? What role will recycling play in providing a local supply of material?