TERI’s Dr Ajay Mathur Elected as New Director General of ISA

India-led International Solar Alliance (ISA) has announced Dr. Ajay Mathur, current Director General of TERI, as its new Director General following his election at the first special assembly, held virtually. Dr Mathur will succeed Upendra Tripathy, who is serving as Director General since the ISA was founded in 2015.

February 15, 2021. By Manu Tayal

India-led International Solar Alliance (ISA) has announced Dr. Ajay Mathur, current Director General of TERI, as its new Director General following his election at the first special assembly, held virtually.

Dr Mathur will succeed Upendra Tripathy, who is serving as Director General since the ISA was founded in 2015.

Dr. Mathur, who will take charge of ISA on March 15, 2021, brings with him a wealth of leadership expertise across all key areas of energy transition, from policy, research, and technology commercialization to financing, international cooperation and institutional development.

After his selection, Dr Mathur, said, “I am honored to lead the International Solar Alliance and am ambitious about what we can achieve together with our members and partners to transition to a safer, sustainable, equitable and more prosperous future for all through solar energy.”

“ISA has a vital role to help establish the infrastructure and ecosystem for a zero-carbon emission future. With strong foundations already in place, my immediate focus is to identify and mobilize the opportunities and capital to accelerate our solarization goals in the interim and long-term,” he added.

Prior to TERI, Dr Mathur held leadership positions at the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and the Green Climate Fund. In 2020, he received an IconSWM-CE Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to environmental protection. 

On Dr Mathur’s appointment, Barbara Pompili, Minister for Ecological Transition of the French Republic and ISA Co-President, commented, “at a time when we have reached a new milestone with the recent decision to open ISA membership to all UN Member countries, France, as co-President of ISA, extends its full support to Dr Mathur. We are fully confident that he is the right person to further the development of ISA, particularly through its universalization, robust governance and support to concrete initiatives to facilitate solar power deployment, such as the ‘STAR-C’ program.”

The Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy for India and ISA President, RK Singh, said that “the ISA has grown to become an able global body working effectively towards energy access, energy security and energy transition. I look forward to working constructively under our new Director General and alongside other esteemed Members to take this important mandate forward against a backdrop of growing support around the world for the low-carbon transition.”

COP26 President Alok Sharma said: “I am delighted that Dr Ajay Mathur, an invaluable friend of COP26, is taking up this important post. The International Solar Alliance has been a key partner in driving the international collaboration we need to a low carbon future, and I look forward to working together ahead of COP26 this November.”

Outgoing Director General Upendra Tripathy commented, “I am grateful to all the member countries for their trust and support over the past five years which has seen ISA grow from an idea to the go-to international organization on solar energy that it is today. It is so pleasing to see more and more countries joining the ISA to work together to pool efforts and resources to bring solar to the next level.”

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