Ashok Mangotra is a former Civil Servant with over 35 years’ experience of working in a wide variety of public positions and sectors in the States as well in the Central Government of India. Over a decade has been spent working in the fields of conventional and renewable energy. As Joint Secretary in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), he was a member of India’s negotiating team at the Climate Change talks and was made the point-person for “mechanisms” on behalf of G-77 and China at these negotiations. He started the CDM process in India.
While in MNRE, he helped formulate the policies and implemented one of the largest renewable energy programmes of the world. As National Project Director he implemented four of the pioneering UNDP/GEF GHG-abatement projects in the fields of small-hydro, waste-to-energy and rural energy. He retired as Secretary to the Govt of India in the Ministry of Home Affairs where he was also responsible for the overlay of Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction.
An Honours Graduate in Electrical Engineering from BITS, Pilani he has a Post Graduate degree in Public Administration from the Indian Institute of Public Administration. Currently he is engaged in conducting research for a PhD from TERI-University in the field of climate change and renewable energy policy of India.