Dr. Cindy Cisneros Tiangco has over 20 years of energy sector experience focusing on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and climate change. As Senior Energy Specialist in ADB’s Central and West Asia Energy Division for the past seven years, she led the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Pakistan, and the Kyrgyz Republic, including a 100 MW solar photovoltaic project in Uzbekistan and a 20 MW plant in Afghanistan poised to be built within 2018. Cindy is now leading a regional initiative to promote the emerging floating solar technology in the region. She is working with education specialists to install solar systems in schools in Pakistan and Georgia while developing mini-grids and rooftop solar projects to increase energy access in underserved communities of Afghanistan. She continues to develop innovative clean energy projects in Central and West Asia all with co-financing from various multi-donor funds and multilateral development banks.
Prior to ADB, Cindy provided consulting services and led international teams for studies and technical assistances funded by the ADB, World Bank, AFD, UNDP, GEF and the private sector. She was Technical Advisor for the Philippines Climate Change Commission and provided inputs to the Philippine Climate Change Act and UNFCCC negotiations. Her project involvement covered solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, efficient lighting, landfill gas to power, biodiesel, biomass, and other climate change mitigation projects.
Cindy holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Australia’s University of New South Wales, a Master of Engineering in Energy Technology major in New and Renewable Energy Sources from Thailand’s Asian Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering cum laude from Silliman University, Philippines.