Head, Climate Finance and Policy, International Finance Corporation
Vikram Widge is Head of Climate and Carbon Finance in the World Bank Group’s Climate Change Vice Presidency since July 2014. He leads the external engagement on climate finance and deployment of innovative market-based solutions to mobilize private capital for emerging markets. Vikram also manages the WBG’s carbon finance business with several funds under management and development, the Partnership for Market Readiness that supports countries wanting to put a price on carbon and the initiative on the next generation of networked carbon markets. Until the recent re-organization, he also led IFC’s work on climate policy, climate risk and adaptation, and greenhouse gas accounting and related metrics.
Vikram worked in the private sector for 10 years before joining IFC in 1994. He has extensive experience in supporting and financing clean technologies such as renewable power, waste-to-energy, fuel cells and electric vehicles. He also structured and managed an off-grid solar PV fund for six years.
Vikram has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi (1982) and a master’s degree in resource economics from the University of Maryland (1986), where he was a research scholar and graduate fellow.