United Nations Environment Programme environment for development

Position: Task Manager, Climate Change Mitigation UNEP DTIE
Phone: +66 2 288 2102

Area(s) of Expertise:  Conrado S. Heruela is involved in managing programs on improving energy access, renewable energy development, and integrated energy & environment strategies for different UN agencies and Asian countries.  Dissemination and Commercialization of Renewable Energy Technologies, Rural Energy Development Planning & Programme Implementation, Energy Efficient Technologies, Energy Planning & Policy Analysis, Decentralized Energy Programmes

In 1976, Conrado did environmental engineering work, first with the UP Industrial Research Center and later with the Philippines San Miguel Corporation. In 1982, he moved into energy; he joined the Philippine Ministry of Energy (now Department of Energy or DOE) and work there; first with the Non-Conventional Resources Division and later, as Director of Energy Utilization and Promotion Services. During this time, he was also a lecturer at UP Engineering Graduate School. During his stint with the DOE, he initiated a decentralized approach to promoting renewable energy in rural areas through area-based planning methodologies that integrates energy and rural development programs. In 1992, he joined the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and moved to Bangkok, Thailand to work as energy planning/policy specialist for the FAO Regional Wood Energy Development Programme (RWEDP), where he became involved in capacity-building activities in 16 Asian developing countries for almost another decade. He continued working for a FAO as a consultant and also for others.  He has worked for the UN Economic & Social Commission for Asia & the Pacific (ESCAP), the Council of Renewable Energy (CORE) for the Mekong Region, Winrock International, International Resources Group, Center for Energy & Environmental Research & Development, WB-Global Village Energy Partnership (GVEP) Program, ENERGIA (gender & energy network), and the Asia-Pacific regional offices of UNDP and UNEP. In 2007, he became Chief Technical Adviser of the UNDP Sustainable Rural Energy Development Programme for DPR Korea (North Korea) and moved to Pyongyang. When UNDP operations in North Korea were suspended almost a year later, he moved back to Bangkok, from where he was recruited to join the UNEP-DGEF office in Nairobi in 2008. When DGEF was dissolved and its Climate Change Team integrated DTIE, he moved back to Bangkok in 2012  to be with ROAP, to support the work of the ROAP Climate Change team with a focus on task managing  GEF Climate Change projects in the Asia-Pacific region .