Dr Mathan Ratinam has over eighteen years' experience as a design professional and educator and spent the last decade operating at the intersection of design, humanitarianism and international development. He is the Lead Design Specialist in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit at the World Bank supporting operations in Mauritania, Tanzania, Madagascar, Malawi, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. His primary work is on the World Bank’s Climate Technology Program.
The program supports the private sector in developing countries to design and scale novel technologies and business models to address local climate challenges. Ratinam has also been engaged as a strategic designer by the White House, various UN agencies, the US Dept of Defense, international NGOs and serves as an advisor to the Australian Governments Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He holds a PhD in Architecture from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia.