Karthik is a Senior Climate Finance Expert with Dalberg Global Development Advisors based in Mumbai. He advises private, public sector, and civil organization partners as well as development finance institutions on climate finance and sustainable finance strategy, strategy planning & implementation, and technical assistance. He has deep knowledge and expertise of best practices and finance access models for environmental and sustainable solutions and has worked with several sovereigns, sub-sovereigns as well as private sector players in Asia/AsiaPac, Europe, Australia, and LatAm. He specializes in sustainable investments, thematic bonds, and innovative finance. At ADB as a senior Sustainable Finance & Capital Markets expert, Karthik has been involved in the end-to-end support to some key ASEAN institutions and corporates to assist in their sustainable strategies by defining frameworks (principally for thematic bonds- Green, Social and Sustainable GSS), project eligibility and origination, impact alignment to standards such as the ICMA and ASEAN Green Bond Standards, Market benchmarks as well as UN SDG pathways, through to downstream impact reporting. Karthik has been involved in innovative finance, having led the Sustainable Finance Framework and Bond issuances for Thailand’s Sovereign and sub-sovereign clients via ADB’s technical assistance program. Previously, he held the position of Commercial Director for the international NGO – Climate Bonds Initiative, covering Funder relationships, Partnerships, Green Certification, Investor Relations and coverage for India, China & Asia-Pacific and continues to advise them on Strategic programs and how standards and evidence can be extended to economies, entities, and companies from a “Transition” financing perspective as an emerging theme of Net Zero pathways. Formerly he was Commercial Advisor to the UK Govt on Green Finance and Capital Markets. He brings prior experience as Managing Director with a UK FTSE subsidiary, Program Director, and Product Development/Management. He holds an MBA in International Business and a Diploma in Financial Markets from Australia. Karthik is a PRINCE2 Certified Program Director & Certified Life Coach.