Ashvin Dayal led the Rockefeller Foundation’s pioneering investments in the renewable energy mini-grid space in India and oversaw the establishment of Smart Power India, a dedicated platform to support the acceleration of last-mile electrification. Building from this work, he now heads the Foundation’s global Smart Power initiative aimed at scaling up energy access to drive economic progress for hundreds of millions of people. As one of the Foundation’s four long-term global impact priorities, the Smart Power effort will expand investments in Asia and Africa significantly over the next decade. During his time at the Foundation, which he joined in November 2008, Dayal has also led the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network, a nine-year partnership that supported over 50 Asian cities to better cope with climate change impacts. Before joining the Foundation, he held a range of senior leadership roles over 15 years with the British development organization, Oxfam, in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. He currently lives in Thailand and is in the process of relocating with his family to New York.