CLASP Welcomes Archana Walia, Director of India Programs

01 September 2011

CLASP is pleased to welcome Dr. Archana Walia as Director of India Programs. Archana has extensive experience in the design, implementation and management of energy efficiency, clean energy, and environmental programs and projects in India on behalf of two major bilateral development agencies and an international NGO.

Archana was most recently the Deputy Director for the Office of Clean Energy and Environment at the United States Agency for International Development Mission in India. In this capacity, she served as the senior energy and climate change advisor, providing intellectual leadership for activities encompassing clean energy, energy efficiency, sustainable landscape and water.  In her ten years at USAID, Archana led the development and implementation of energy and environmental program strategies with emphasis on initiatives for policy, market transformation, capacity building, and end use efficiency. Archana’s lengthy and very strong relationships with senior leaders and programmatic staff at the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) will be a strong asset as CLASP executes an ambitious program of technical assistance to BEE on the appliance standards and labeling program.

Prior to joining USAID, Archana worked for  the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) for over four years and was the activity manager for the first ever Power Sector Reform Program in India in the state of Orissa. She also served as a Project Officer for the British Council division, administering and managing projects and training programs in the field of Natural Resources and Environment.

Archana is trained as an environmental scientist specializing in aquatic ecology and holds a Ph.D. from the University of New Delhi. She is fluent in Hindi, Punjabi and English.

We are thrilled to have Archana officially join the team on September 5.