Saurabh Kumar

Mr. Saurabh Kumar is Managing Director at Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL),which is under the administrative control of Ministry of Power, Government of India. Under Mr. Kumar’s leadership, EESLhas implemented the globally-lauded UnnatJyoti by Affordable LEDsfor All (UJALA)programme and Street Light National Programme (SLNP). Mr. Kumar and his team has also been successfully implementing several Demand Side Measures including agriculture, public buildings, and transformative initiatives like e-mobility, smart meters, trigeneration and decentralised solar power plants. He is an internationally recognised authority on the design and implementation of scalable, replicable and impactful business models for promoting energy efficiency across sectors.

An Indian Revenue Service officer of 1992 batch, Mr Kumar worked in various capacities in the Income Tax Department, the Ministry of Power, and the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE)prior to leading EESL.

Between 1992 and 2002, Mr. Kumar worked as Deputy Commissioner in various sensitive intelligence assignments. In the year 1996-97, he was appointed as first officer of the tax department in India to levy tax on national political parties. He also worked in the enforcement wing of the Revenue Department and conducted search and seizure operations against tax evaders.

In 2002, Mr Kumar joined the Union Ministry of Power, Government of India as Deputy-Secretary in charge of the Budget and Finance wing, and was tasked with evaluating large power projects for government investments.

Between 2007 and 2010, Mr Kumar was appointed Secretary of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE),the nodal central body for promoting energy efficiency in India as well asthe core agency for implementing the National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency under the Ministry of Power. At BEE,he was instrumental in implementing one of the world’s largest CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) projects on efficient lighting.

Following his tenure with BEE,Mr Saurabh Kumar led several bilateral projects on energy efficiency with Japan, Germany & France during a 2-year deputation to Bangkok with United Nations Environment Programme.

Mr Kumar has a Bachelor’s in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Indian Institute ofTechnologyKanpur, and a Master’s in Public Policy from the National Graduate Institute of Policy Studies, Japan.