Managing Director, Energy Team Matthew Mendis
Matthew S. Mendis is a clean energy, environment, and finance expert with more than 35 years of experience in more than 45 developing countries. Initially, Mr. Mendis spent 10 years of his career at the World Bank, including pioneering innovative financing mechanisms for small-scale energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives. Subsequently, Mr. Mendis founded and grew Alternative Energy, Development, Inc., then merged it with International Resources Group (IRG/Engility), where he was corporate vice president for the Energy & Environmental Management Division. He also served as a senior consultant and program manager for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on their Asia Least-Cost Greenhouse Gas Abatement Strategy Program. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Mendis served as president and managing director for C-Quest Capital, a carbon finance and clean energy investment group, managing investments in clean energy globally. Subsequently, he was senior vice president for Nexant’s Government Services Business Unit. Mr. Mendis holds an M.A. in Natural Resources Economics and a B.Sc. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Maryland (UMD). He previously served on the UMD College Park Foundation Board of Trustees and on the Board of Visitors for the UMD College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. He also was previously the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the U.K.-based charity, Energy4Impact, and currently is a member of the Board of Advisors of Sunwealth LLC, a clean energy investment fund.
by Matthew Mendis
This post originally appeared on Devex. The COVID-19 pandemic that has overwhelmed health care systems around the world has also exposed significant weaknesses in another essential element of economic and social development: the global power sector. Dramatic swings in daily electricity demands as countries impose and rescind pandemic lockdowns, and the subsequent economic damage to governments…