Expert Team, OxForest.org
Born in Nepal, Prajwal Baral is a specialist in sustainable finance and clean technology. Baral has worked for several public and private sector institutions including the World Bank Group (WBG), Development Bank of Singapore (DBS), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), UN Environment (UNEP) Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System, C40 Cities Finance Facility (CFF), Climate-KIC (the EU’s main climate innovation initiative), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Korean Government on issues ranging from climate change, clean technology and sustainable finance to trade in energy. At Korea Technology Finance Corporation (KOTEC), Baral played a crucial role in setting up a financing facility for climate technologies, backed by a tailored technology rating and valuation system. With DBS Bank, Baral did the first quantification of the green finance opportunities across the South East Asia Region. At the World Bank, Baral works on carbon pricing in Sri Lanka and Vietnam in the capacity of a consultant.
Baral has authored numerous papers and book chapters that cover topical issues in infrastructure and development finance, international trade, energy and climate change. His work has been cited by the likes of G7 Members, sitting Government Ministers and Senators, senior management at Central Banks, popular print media, academic researchers and others. He has an academic background in engineering from Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (India) and Environmental Change and Management from the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford (England).