Mr. Dayal leads The Rockefeller Foundation’s global Power & Climate Initiative, aimed at scaling up energy access, and an inclusive energy transition that drives economic and social development. He currently also served as the Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet, where he provided strategic oversight to operationalize and develop key partnerships to build a unique new global effort. Over more than a decade with the Foundation, Mr. Dayal has overseen investments in urban climate change resilience and renewable energy, and led the establishment of Smart Power India, a dedicated platform to support the acceleration of last-mile electrification.
Mr. Dayal joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2008 as its Asia Managing Director, running the Foundation’s regional office in Bangkok, Thailand. From there he led the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network, a major nine-year partnership that equipped over 50 Asian cities to better cope with climate change impacts. He also oversaw the Foundation’s global Inclusive Economies portfolio, a policy and research effort to advance development and impact investments that drive more broadly shared prosperity. Before joining the Foundation, he held a range of senior leadership roles over 15 years with Oxfam in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. This included leading its largest-ever relief and recovery effort in the aftermath of the 2004 Asian Tsunami, and overseeing the creation of Oxfam India.
In addition to his experience across Asia, Ashvin also spent several years working in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, supporting post-conflict reconstruction and economic development programs in Bosnia, Yemen, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Ashvin holds a bachelor’s degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and a master’s degree from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins.