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Gireesh Shrimali


Regional Expertise
Subject Expertise
  • renewable energy policy
  • economics
  • renewable energy finance
  • energy efficiency
  • off-grid energy
  • business models

Gireesh Shrimali

Director, India

Dr. Gireesh Shrimali is the Director of CPI’s India program, and a Fellow at the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University. He leads CPI India’s team of analysts who work to increase investment for India’s renewable energy and green growth targets, by analysing barriers to investment, and developing policy and financial solutions to those barriers. Gireesh and his team work closely with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, the Ministry of Finance, and other policymakers to help advance India towards its clean development goals.

Gireesh directs the India Innovation Lab for Green Finance (the India Lab), which identifies, develops, and accelerates innovative green finance instruments for unlocking and scaling up investment for green infrastructure and clean growth in India. He also leads CPI’s program management team for US-India Clean Energy Finance (USICEF), which is India’s first facility to help promising distributed solar projects develop into viable investment opportunities, through essential early-stage project preparation support. USICEF is a keystone of the commitment made between the Indian and U.S. governments to mobilize finance for Indian distributed clean energy.

Previously, Gireesh taught at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and at the Indian School of Business (ISB) at Hyderabad, where he helped found the CPI-ISB Energy and Environment Program in collaboration with CPI. His previous work has included topics such as analysis of India’s solar policies, the impact of federal and state policies on the development and deployment of renewable energy in the U.S., and business models for off-grid energy in developing countries.

Gireesh holds a PhD from Stanford University, an MS from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi.

Gireesh regularly speaks at events and as an expert on India’s renewable energy policy and finance to media.