ACEF Speaker

MK Balaji

Director – Advanced Energy Systems,
USAID Southeast Asia Smart Power Program

With over 33 years of experience in energy, finance, and sustainability, M.K. Balaji is a senior management professional and Specialist Leader at Deloitte Consulting. He currently serves as Director-Advanced Energy Systems at USAID's SE Asia's Smart Power Program (SPP), and previously led off-grid electrification for USAID Power Africa's Nigeria Power Sector Program and was also Chief of Party of USAID-Private Finance Advisory Network-Asia (PFAN) program. Balaji has held C-Level assignments in manufacturing, energy, project development, and private equity. He has worked on various assignments in the climate finance and energy sectors, supporting project development and raising financing for clean energy projects. Balaji is a Chemical Engineer and holds an MBA in International Business and certificates in Solar Technologies and Blockchain Technologies.


  • Session 2.2: New Business Models and Approaches