Dr. Pranab J. Baruah is the Country Representative for Qatar.
In 2021, he served as the Head of GGGI’s Impact and Evaluation Unit (IEU) that conducts evaluations and evidence reviews for organizational learning, improvement, and accountability. Pranab led the project to develop GGGI’s Strategic Outcomes (SOs) framework and methodologies that form the basis for the organization’s development impact agenda aligned to the Paris Climate Agreement and major SDGs. In this role, he also oversees IEU’s works in strengthening, championing, and mainstreaming the impact agenda in GGGI’s planning, monitoring, and evaluation processes by working closely with key internal and external stakeholders.
Prior to this, Pranab served as a Principal Specialist to shape and lead GGGI’s technical assistance and capacity-building activities around NDC implementation, clean energy transition planning, and green employment and technology (innovation) assessments. In that role, he developed strategic cooperation with several key development partners, especially the African Development Bank Group, the Govt. of Japan, the State of Qatar, and a number of UN organizations (e.g. ILO, UNDP, UNESCAP). In 2019, he served as the first Country Representative of the Qatar Program and led negotiations with the government to conclude a diplomatic agreement and ~$10M of Qatari funding to support climate resilience in member LDCs and SIDS.
Pranab holds a Ph.D. in engineering and previously held senior roles in world-leading research groups at the University of Oxford, the University of Tokyo, and the Institute of Global Environmental Strategies (IGES, Japan). There, he led large multidisciplinary modeling and policy analysis works on energy transition pathways, global terrestrial carbon budget assessment, and satellite remote sensing of the environment.
With an MBA in Strategic Carbon Management and a professional certificate in green buildings design (LEED AP), Pranab’s consultancy experience includes working with the accounting firm EY and a boutique consultancy to deliver supply chain ESG performance analyses and carbon reduction plans for multinational corporations.
Pranab hails from the Assam state in India and has lived and worked 20+ years across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. He is fluent in Japanese and several other languages.