Chief Industry Specialist - Green Buildings and Green Cities,,
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
A champion of sustainable built environments, Prashant Kapoor is a passionate advocate for sustainable solutions that align the interests of businesses, financial institutions, governments, and civil society. He is the entrepreneur who created EDGE (“Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies”) to mainstream resource-efficient buildings in emerging markets. EDGE is free software, a green building standard, and an international green building certification system. More than 40 million square meters of floor space has been EDGE certified globally. Prashant is currently leading the APEX Green Cities Program that supports cities to transition to low-carbon and resource-efficient growth pathways. As a part of the Program, he has developed the APEX online app that allows cities to map out different action plans and evaluate their cost, feasibility, and impact. Under his leadership, IFC has created a green buildings portfolio that totals more than US$6.4 billion. Before joining IFC, Prashant was a director at WSP consultants in London where he led the sustainability strategy and masterplanning business. He holds architecture degrees from Manipal Institute of Technology (India) and a master’s degree from Oxford Brooks University (UK).