by Ahsan Javed, Pakistan (PPRE 2008/10)
SAARC Energy Centre (SEC) was created as the special purpose vehicle to realize the vision of SAARC leaders to establish an Energy Ring in South Asia. This regional institution of excellence is envisioned as a catalyst for the economic growth and development of South Asia region by initiating, coordinating and facilitating regional as well as joint and collective activities on energy sector. It is the platform involving officials, experts, academia and NGOs to tap potentials of cooperation in energy sector including development of hydropower and renewable energy, promoting technology transfer, energy trade, energy conservation and efficiency improvement in the region.
Mr. Ahsan Javed has graduated from NUST, Pakistan in Mechanical Engineering and finished his Postgraduate studies in Renewable Energy from Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany. He previously served as Project Manager at Alternative Energy Development Board and Technical Coordinator at Ministry of Climate Change in Pakistan. He has experience of implementing off-grid Solar PV and micro-wind energy projects in rural areas of Pakistan. He also worked in areas of low emission development strategies and climate change mitigation including CDM and NAMAs. He is presently working as Research Fellow (Renewable Energy) at the SAARC Energy Centre where he is responsible for conducting policy based research studies, capacity building workshops and pilot projects related to Renewable Energy Technologies for South Asian region.
SAARC Energy Centre has recently published following two study reports on Renewable Energy sector in South Asia:
- Study to Assess Renewable Energy Development in South Asia; Achievements and the Way Forward in the Perspective of Policies and Investment Opportunities