Mehnaz Ansari

United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)

Senior Regional Representative - South Asia, Indo-Pacific Region

Ms. Mehnaz Ansari is the Senior Regional Representative- South Asia for United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), based at the US Embassy in New Delhi. She is responsible for managing USTDA’s South Asia office and supports USTDA activities in advancing US government’s development priorities, US industry trade interest and US government foreign policy objectives. Mehnaz is responsible for expanding the USTDA portfolio for South Asia including India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan, Bhutan and Afghanistan. Besides advancing agencies priority projects in Civil Aviation and Clean Energy, Mehnaz has been instrumental in introducing new sectors in the region with projects in Rail, Ports, Inland Waterways, Smart Cities, Oil and Gas, Healthcare, Digital, Executive Education, Financial Services, and Public Procurement training through agency’s Global Procurement Initiative by collaborating with South Asian countries. She leads the agency’s discussion on Global Partnership on Climate Change launched by President Biden in 2021 with India and recently helped launch US-India Climate Technology Action Group working with India’s Private Sector. She works with various multilaterals such as the World Bank to ensure implementation of the projects is defined. She leads USTDA’s dialogue on Smart Cities with Government of India, USTDA’s Virtual Business Engagement group and is a member of the agency’s Global ICT Sector Team.

Sessions With Mehnaz Ansari

Wednesday, 9 March

  • 01:30pm - 02:10pm (CST) / 09/mar/2022 07:30 pm - 09/mar/2022 08:10 pm

    Alternative Financing Models for Clean Tech Energy Transition

    Panel Finance & Investment/Trading & Risk Management/ESG

    As the cleantech energy transition accelerates, the finance options open to cleantech companies is rapidly broadening. Everyone from early-stage start-ups to long-term players active in the cleantech market will increasingly want access to newer and a broader range of finance options to help them scale and pivot rapidly. The ease of matching investors with potential cleantech investments that strike the balance between an appropriate level of risk and reward will increasingly gain importance. What are some of the new finance options available to industry players today? Which finance options offer better chances of helping different cleantech scale rapidly? Which clean technologies are proving more attractive to investors in the short term? Are there any new finance options on the horizon that could expedite the pace of the energy transition?