S. Vijay Iyer is Director of the World Bank’s Sustainable Energy and Extractive Industries Department, where he guides the Bank’s policies, programs and strategies in the energy and extractive industries sectors. This department is also responsible for World Bank-managed global partnership programs including the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program, the Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership, and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Multi-Donor Trust Fund.
He has also served on the UN Secretary General’s Technical Group on Sustainable Energy for All. Before his appointment to this position in June 2011, he was Manager of the Bank’s Africa Energy Group, where he led initiatives for sub-Saharan African countries to support energy access through investments in hydropower, geothermal and electrification projects, as well as innovative programs such as Lighting Africa. An Indian national, Iyer has worked in private industry, project finance and banking.
Iyer has also been a senior official with the Indian Civil Service, holding several positions in public administration and economic development. He holds an MBA from Yale University and a Master’s in Chemistry from Jabalpur University in India.