Charles FeinsteinSector Manager, Water and Energy, East Asia and the Pacific Sustainable Development Department
Charles Feinstein is presently Sector Manager for Water and Energy for the World Bank’s East Asia and the Pacific Sustainable Development Department. In this role he provides guidance to the Department’s management team and staff on energy and water sector strategy development, innovation, quality assurance, knowledge management and portfolio development. Before to taking up this post in July of this year, he was Sustainable Development Leader for Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands based in Sydney, Australia, responsible for a diverse Sustainable Development portfolio in 12 client countries.
Prior to assuming his position in Sydney, “Chas” was Sector Manager for Energy operations in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Region. As such he was responsible for overseeing the Bank’s energy lending and advisory program in 30 countries comprising over 100 investment and analytical and advisory activities with an aggregate value of approximately $3 billion. In this role he led policy dialogue and strategy formulation designed to address the triple challenge of assuring energy security, environmental sustainability and economic competitiveness for the countries in the region. Prior to his appointment in the ECA Region, he was Sector Leader and Lead Energy Specialist in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region where he led the growth of the Finance/Private Sector/Infrastructure agenda in the Caribbean and implemented innovative financial mechanisms for supporting private sector-led development of Mexico’s abundant renewable energy resources, re-establishing the Bank\\\'s role in the energy sector after an absence of over a dozen years. Mr. Feinstein’s work builds on his earlier service as a recognized energy expert, and his role as co-author of the World Bank’s landmark Environmental Strategy for the Energy Sector strategy paper (“Fuel for Thought”).
Through the 1990’s, Mr. Feinstein was Team Leader for Climate Change in the World Bank’s Environment Department. In this position he was responsible for managing the development of the World Bank/Global Environment Facility (GEF) climate change project portfolio, valued at over $1 billion in grant and concessional finance, and for advising on World Bank policies related to climate change. Mr. Feinstein has also been instrumental in fostering new public-private partnerships for climate change mitigation, such as the early practical demonstration of market-based systems for greenhouse emissions abatement, which culminated in the launch of the path-breaking $180 million Prototype Carbon Fund.
Prior to his World Bank employment, Chas served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer and Peace Corps Associate Country Director in the Pacific Islands. An alumni of the East-West Center in Honolulu, Mr. Feinstein is trained in electrical engineering and resource economics.