Bishal Thapa

Senior Director, CLASP

Bishal brings 22 years of global experiences working with a wide range of public and private sector partners across energy, climate, energy efficiency, environment, and sustainability. He brings expertise in designing, developing, and implementing multi-dimensional energy sector projects with governments, development agencies and private sector entities. As an economist by training, his expertise includes financial analysis, quantitative modelling, policy, research and project design. He also has demonstrated track record in the design, implementation, and financing of distributed energy systems, having worked extensively with on and off-grid solar solutions. Outside of work, Bishal is an avid writer, frequently focusing on political and social issues. He holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Maryland and an undergraduate degree in economics, mathematics, and political science from Monmouth College.


Established in 1999, CLASP is a leading international nonprofit organization at the epicenter of collaborative efforts to combat climate change and drive the transition towards a more energy-efficient future. With a primary focus on promoting appliance efficiency for the wellbeing of people and the planet, CLASP aims to ensure that no one is left behind due to inefficient appliances or limited access to energy sources. The organization actively supports the achievement of United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 7, which aims to provide affordable and sustainable energy for all. CLASP works closely with governments and partners to empower low-income communities and improve lives in a climate-friendly manner. Through its dedicated efforts, the organization remains steadfast in its commitment to expanding access to clean energy by implementing efficiency standards and labels for appliances, lighting, and equipment. With its global presence across Washington, DC; Nairobi, Kenya; New Delhi, India; Brussels, Belgium; and Jakarta, Indonesia, CLASP operates across continents to drive positive change on a global scale.