Michael Eckhart is a Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Finance at Citibank, based in New York City. He is involved with REN 21, IRENA, the IEA’s Renewable Industry Advisory Board, and as a financial advisor to SE4All. Previously, he was founder and President of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) in Washington, DC. In the 1990s he led the SolarBank Initiative in Europe, India and South Africa, where he founded the Eskom-Shell Solar Energy Company. Earlier, he had a 20-year career in power generation. He has received numerous awards including Renewable Energy Man of the Year of India, the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, and the ISES Global Leadership Award. He received a degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, and served in the US Navy Submarine Service.