ACEF Speaker 2020

Yongpin Zhai

Energy Sector Chief,

Dr. Yongping Zhai has been working on energy development in Asia and Africa for more than 25 years. He is currently Chief of Energy Sector Group of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), in charge of overall energy policy coordination and technical support to ADB energy sector operations. He is also in charge of developing energy sector knowledge work for ADB and interacts with worldwide energy sector partners. Prior to his current position, Dr. Yongping Zhai was Director of South Asia Energy Division (2010-2015), ADB, covering energy sector operations in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka. In this capacity, he led ADB’s support to renewable energy, energy efficiency and power trade in South Asia. He also served as ADB’s Lead Energy Specialist (2008-2010), in charge of energy sector in Southeast Asia including Indonesia, Philippines, and the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). In particular, he was instrumental in leading ADB’s support to the power sector’s successful restructuring process in the Philippines. Moreover, Dr. Zhai has played a key role in promoting power trade and cooperation in GMS.


  • Deep Dive Workshop: Collaborative Initiatives on Energy System Transition with Innovative Technologies, Policies and Financing
  • Deep Dive Workshop: Sustainable Cooling Solutions for Asia and the Pacific Region
  • Opening Plenary: Global Energy Challenges and Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic
  • Session 5.1: COVID-19 and the Energy Sector: Technical Perspectives and Opportunities
  • Spotlight Session: Energy Access at the Center in the Fight against COVID-19 and Beyond
  • Spotlight Session: Gender, Innovation, and Climate Change in ADB Projects