Natalia Kulichenko-Lotz is a Lead Energy Specialist in the Energy and Extractive Global Practice at the World Bank. Her work addresses energy sector policy dialogue and sector reform, energy access, power generation, transmission and distribution networks, as well as advanced energy technologies, including concentrating solar power and carbon capture and storage, and related policy and project development. She holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, and MBA with specialization in international finance. Her technical expertise relates to energy policy and power generation technologies including thermal and renewable energy power generation, carbon capture and storage, and energy efficiency programs. Dr. Kulichenko-Lotz leads the WB energy sector portfolio in Nigeria, which includes implementation of several projects as well as development of new activities, focusing on power sector reform and distribution sector recovery programs. Prior to her position in Nigeria, Dr. Kulichenko led the WB energy program in Burundi and Tanzania, including the development of a pipeline of investment projects, sector policy dialogue and engagement of the private sector into financing energy sector projects in the country.
During her career, Dr. Kulichenko-Lotz developed and managed programs in South Africa, Botswana and Mexico, where she led teams of specialists to develop pilot CO2 capture and storage projects. Currently, Dr. Kulichenko manages the World Bank Trust Fund on Capacity Building for Carbon Capture and Storage, and provides oversight of activities, financed by the subject trust fund. She also provided technical supervision of work programs of various WB Trust Funds, which finance activities related to increase energy access, reform and improve management of electric utilities, develop energy policies and deploy modern energy technologies.
Prior to joining WB, Dr. Kulichenko-Lotz worked in several U.S. government and international organizations including the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Agency for International Development, Asian Development Bank, Pacific Gas and Electric Utility as well as other private companies and electric utilities. Her assignments focused on planning of generation capacity development, and a variety of energy sector projects including thermal and renewable power generation (such as Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle, pulverized coal combustion and combined cycle natural gas, thermal solar power, and hydro power plants) and advanced energy storage systems. A geographic range of her work includes Northern America, Southern and Eastern Africa, the Maghreb countries, Eastern and Central Europe, Central Asia, and South and East Asia.