A thought leader in the field of sustainable energy market development, Russell leads IFC’s global energy access advisory business. In this role he works with the private sector to mobilize commercial investment that accelerates uptake of climate-friendly technology and expands access to energy and water. Russell is the creator of the World Bank Group’s Lighting Global program and he oversees IFC’s global portfolio of energy access programs. Previously head of IFC’s climate change advisory business, Russell led IFC’s climate advisory strategy, and built a global portfolio to strengthen climate resilience and scale adoption of low carbon technologies and practices. Russell’s work with commercial banks was the foundation of IFC’s $1 billion sustainable energy finance business. Prior to joining IFC, Russell was President of the International Institute for Energy Conservation, building the organization to a seven country 75 person operation. Previously, as Vice-President of the US ESCO Energy Management Services, he developed distributed generation and energy efficiency projects throughout the United States. While completing his studies in energy and natural resource policy and finance at the University of North Carolina (BA, with Honors) and Harvard University/Kennedy School of Government (MPP), Russell did econometric modeling at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and worked on the first energy performance contract (ESCO) agreements in the United States at the law firm of Lane and Edson, LLC.