FMR Power Secretary, Government of India,
Energy Advisor, World Bank


World Hydropower Congress  |  14-16 May 2019  |  Paris


Speaker biography

R.V Shahi is Energy Advisor for the World Bank. He is working on South Asia Strategy and Regional Collaboration, including the development of Hydro Projects in Nepal and Bhutan as well as the Electricity Market and Transmission Infrastructure.

R.V Shahi was the Power Secretary in the Government of India for five years and during this time he was instrumental in the formulation of many reform initiatives. These include the Electricity Act 2003, National Electricity Policy, Tariff Policy, Rural Electrification Policy and Ultra Mega Power Project Policy amongst many others. During this time, a number of Hydroelectric Projects aggregating to over 5,000 MW were commissioned and an Agreement was reached between India and Bhutan for the development of several Hydroelectric Projects aggregating to 10,000 MW.

He has also authored books including ‘Indian Power Sector – Challenge and Response,’ ‘Towards Powering India: Policy Initiatives and Implementation Strategy,’ ‘Energy Security and Climate Change’ and ‘Light at the End of the Tunnel? Way Forward for Power Sector’.

Furthermore, R.V Shahi is a Fellow of the World Academy of Productivity Sciences, the Institution of Engineers (India), the International Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Indian National Academy of Engineering.

His education includes a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, a postgraduate degree in Industrial Engineering, postgraduate diploma in Business Management (MBA) as well as a Diploma in Advanced Industrial Management from Delft, Holland.

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