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Who is Paddy Padmanathan?

Paddy Padmanathan, a seasoned engineering and energy expert with over 35 years of experience, has been a key member of ACWA Power’s executive leadership team, spearheading its development from a startup in 2005 to where it is today; a leading private developer, owner and operator of power generation and desalinated water production plants. Headquartered in Saudi Arabia, the company now has an investment value in excess of USD 46 billion and generates 31+ GW of power, and produces 5.4 million m3 /day of desalinated water. 

Paddy holds a degree in Engineering from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. Prior to joining ACWA Power, Paddy was Vice President and Corporate officer at Black and Veatch, where he was responsible for developing privately financed power, water, and wastewater projects in over a dozen countries.

Paddy has guided the formulation and implementation of ACWA Power’s cost leadership and business strategy, which is focused on adopting a fuel agnostic and technology-neutral approach and reliably delivering electricity and desalinated water at cost-competitive prices. The company’s innovative approach and comprehensive expertise in developing and operating power and water desalination projects are enabling governments across the Middle East, Asia, and Africa to achieve their energy diversification goals and build a sustainable and prosperous future for their countries and communities.

In addition to his leadership and executive responsibilities at ACWA Power, Paddy also serves on the Board of Directors of several companies involved in the power and water development sector across the globe.

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