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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

Senior Advisor, Former India Director

Dr. Gireesh Shrimali was the CPI India Director from 2015 to 2018, building the program from the ground up. During this time, he founded and directed the India Innovation Lab for Green Finance (India Lab), which identifies, develops, and accelerates innovative financial instruments for scaling up investment in renewable energy. He also founded and incubated the US-India Clean Energy Finance (USICEF) initiative, India’s first facility to help distributed solar projects develop into viable investment opportunities. He continues to play a critical research advisory role for CPI in India and beyond. As such, he works closely with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, the Ministry of Finance, and other policymakers to advance India towards its clean development goals.

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.

In addition to his role at CPI, Gireesh is a Research Fellow at Stanford University. Gireesh holds a PhD from Stanford University, an MS from the University of Minnesota, and a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.

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