Vice President, The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP) in India
Mr. Saurabh Kumar is an Indian Revenue Service officer of 1992 batch. He joined Indian Revenue Service as Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax and worked as Deputy Commissioner in various sensitive intelligence assignments. After IRS he joined the Union Ministry of Power, Government of India as Deputy Secretary in charge of the Budget and Finance wing with the task of appraising large power projects for government investments. He was part of the government structure that was responsible for taking investment decisions in large power projects.
Saurabh successfully led EESL in implementing energy efficiency projects such as UJALA, SNLP, MEEP, and AgDSM.
Saurabh has also worked in various capacities in the Income Tax Department, Ministry of Power, and Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). On the completion of the GRIPS Young Leaders Program in 2006, Saurabh was appointed as Secretary of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) during 2007-2010, the nodal central body for promoting energy efficiency in India & also the core agency for the implementation of the National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency under the Ministry of Power. One of the key projects implemented under his leadership is one of the world’s largest CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) based efficient lighting projects.
An environmentalist, he has served the UN on deputation handling environmental issues in the Asia-pacific region.
Saurabh has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, and has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from National Graduate Institute of Policy Studies, Tokyo, Japan