Dr Debajit Palit

Professor of Energy, NTPC School of Business, Noida

Dr Debajit Palit has more than 25 years of experience working in the domain of renewable energy, clean energy access, energy transition, rural electrification, distributed generation micro-grids, energy-gender-poverty nexus and water-energy-food nexus. He is featured in the Top 2% World’s Scientists Ranking for the years 2019 to 2022 by Stanford University and Elsevier BV.

Currently, Dr Palit is a Professor of Energy at the NTPC School of Business, Noida. Before joining the NTPC School of Business in April 2022, Dr Palit was a Director & Senior Fellow at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), an independent global research and policy think-tank, in New Delhi. At TERI, he has completed nearly 200 analytical, technology design, action-research and implementation projects and has led 70+ projects including the award-winning Lighting a Billion Lives Campaign and OASYS South Asia initiative. From 2012 to 2022, Dr Palit led the Social Transformation/Rural Energy & Livelihoods Division, supervising a multidisciplinary team of 20+ research professionals and technical staff.

He possesses vast national and international experience, working in projects for UN organisations, Bilateral organisations, The World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and national governments across 17 countries in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. He has written widely on energy access and rural electrification issues and has published 3 books and around 150 research papers in peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, books and magazines. He is a sought-out speaker on rural and renewable energy, energy transition, mini-grids, water-energy-food, energy-livelihood and energy-gender-poverty nexus and has participated in more than 100 national and international conferences and workshops across Asia, Africa, Europe and the America. Dr Palit is conversant with policy and programme formulation and has been part of various Government of India Committees and Expert Groups on energy & rural electrification and a jury member for various academic & corporate awards.

Dr Palit holds a Master of Science in Physics, Post Graduate Diploma in Non-conventional Energy Technology and PhD in Energy Policy.