Center of Excellence in Higher Education
The First Private University in Bangladesh

Dr. Sebastian Groh

Full Time Faculty
Assistant Professor

Phone: +880-2-55668200 Ext-

Curriculum Vitae




Dr. Groh is a 2013 Stanford Ignite Fellow from Stanford Graduate School of Business and holds a PhD from Aalborg University (Denmark) where he wrote his thesis on the role of energy in development processes, energy poverty and technical innovations. Dr. Groh further received an executive training on strategic leadership for microfinance from Harvard Business School. He published a book and multiple peer-reviewed journal articles on the topic of decentralized electrification in the Global South. 2018 he was announced as an Ashoka Fellow.

Since 2014, Dr. Groh has been working in Bangladesh as the CEO and co-founder of ME SOLshare Ltd. He is Assistant Professor in the MBA program at North South University (NSU) in Dhaka. Previously, he has been working on the trading floor at Commerzbank in Frankfurt, at the microfinance institution ProCredit in El Salvador, at Planet Finance in India and several years at the consultancy firm MicroEnergy International around the globe.

In 2016, Dr. Groh received the UN Momentum for Change Award from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the COP22 in Marrakech. In 2017, he was announced as the winner of the inaugural Renewable Transformation Challenge by Elsevier and the International Solar Energy Society, as well as made it into the SE100 list of most inspiring social innovations and social entrepreneurs around the world. He speaks English, German and Spanish fluently and improves his Bangla day-by-day.


Groh S, van der Straeten J, Edlefsen Lasch B, Gershenson D, Leal Filho W and Kammen DM (Eds.) (2015): Decentralized Solutions for Developing Economies - Addressing Energy Poverty Through Innovation. Springer Proceedings in Energy. XXIV, 294Pages. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-15964-5. URL: *ranked top 25% most downloaded eBooks in 2016 from Springer


Journal Articles

van der Straeten J, Groh S, Pelz S, Batteiger A, Kirchhoff H, Realpe Carrillo N, and Martina Schäfer (2017): From dualism to convergence – A research agenda for energy access. Energy Research & Social Science. Under Review.

Groh S., Pachauri S., Rao N. (2016): What are we measuring? An empirical analysis of household electricity access metrics in rural Bangladesh. Energy for Sustainable Development. Vol.30. pp. 21-32.

Magnasco A, Kirchhoff H, Chowdhury SA, Groh S (2016) Data services for real time optimization of dynamic DC nanogrids. Applied Energy Symposium and Forum, REM2016. Energy Procedia. Vol. 103. pp.369-374.

Aziz S, Chowdhury SA, Groh S (2016) The success of solar diesel minigrids in Bangladesh: a case study of Sandwip Island. Applied Energy Symposium and Forum, REM2016. Energy Procedia. Vol. 103. pp. 316-321.

Koepke M, Groh S (2016) Against the odds: The potential of swarm electrification for small island development states. Applied Energy Symposium and Forum, REM2016.  Energy Procedia. Vol. 103. pp. 363-368.

Groh S, Taylor H (2016) The role of microfinance in energy access – changing roles, changing paradigms and future potential. Enterprise Development & Microfinance.  Vol. 26(4). pp. 307-324.

Groh S, Philipp D, Edlefsen B, Kirchhoff H. (2015): Swarm Electrification - investigating a paradigm shift through the building of microgrids bottom-up. In: Decentralized Solutions for Developing Economies. Groh S, van der Straeten J, Edlefsen Lasch B, Gershenson D, Leal Filho W and Kammen DM (Eds.). Springer Proceedings in Energy. XXIV. Pages 3-22. URL:

 Chowdhury SA, Aziz S, Groh S, Kirchhoff H, Leal Filho W. (2015): Off-grid rural area electrification through solar-diesel hybrid minigrids in Bangladesh: resource-efficient design principles in practice. Cleaner Production. 95. pp. 194-202. URL:

 Groh S. (2014): The role of energy in development processes - The Energy Poverty Penalty: Case study of Arequipa (Peru). Energy for Sustainable Development. Volume 18, February 2014, pp. 83–99. URL:

 v.d. Straeten J, Friederici K and Groh S (2014): Taking a micro perspective in the global challenge of climate change: The „Microenergy Systems” Research Focus at the Technische Universität Berlin. In: Springer Series Climate Change Management: International Perspectives on Climate Change – Latin America and Beyond. Leal Filho, W., Alves, F., Caeiro, S., Azeiteiro, U.M. (Eds.). 2014, IX, 316 p. 69 illus. pp. 135-150. Springer International Publishing, Switzerland. URL:

 Beermann H., Dornberger U., Sebitosi B., Groh, S., and v.d. Straeten J. (2014): Value chain thinking and energy projects – A problem-centred value chain approach to energy based upgrading of rice farmers in the Philippines. In: Decentralized Solutions for Developing Economies. Groh S, van der Straeten J, Edlefsen Lasch B, Gershenson D, Leal Filho W and Kammen DM (Eds.). Springer Proceedings in Energy. XXIV. Pages 109-122. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-15964-5_10. URL:

 Allet M., Bénard M.A., Forcella D., Groh S., Huybrechs F., Schuite G-J., Palomares C., Ramirez J., Taylor H. (2014): The Green Index, an innovative tool to assess the environmental performance of MFIs. European Microfinance Platform. Brief No. 5. Luxembourg. URL:


Newspaper Articles

Groh S (2018) Rural Bangladesh has already embraced renewable energy. Here’s what the rest of the world can learn | World Economic Forum.

 Groh S (2017) Taking on the new energy world | Dhaka Tribune.

 Groh S (2017) The power of thinking small and solar | The Daily Star.

 Groh S (2016) Bangladeshi company honoured with UN climate award | Dhaka Tribune.

Groh S (2016) Creating Solar Villages in Bangladesh | Dhaka Tribune.

Groh S (2016) A response to - Bringing electricity to more Bangladeshis | The Daily Star.


  • World Economic Forum tech Cohort of 2018 (
  • Ashoka Fellow 2018
  • USD 1M Energy Grant by UN - Powering the Future We Want (
  • First winner of the Elsevier’s and the International Solar Energy Society’s Renewable Transformation Challenge 2017
  • Selected for the SE100 in 2017: List of the top 100 Social Enablers around the world
  • Start-Up Energy Transition Award 2017 by German Energy Agency (DENA)
  • UN Climate Change Award: 2016 UNFCCC Momentum for Change Award – Lighthouse Activities at COP 22 on behalf of ME SOLshare
  • Intersolar Award 2016 – Outstanding Solar Project on behalf of ME SOLshare
  • Best Climate Practice Contest on Energy Poverty (2014): ICCG award for the 3rd best innovative projects facing the dual challenges of climate change and energy poverty on behalf of ME SOLshare
  • CTI-PFAN Asia Forum for Clean Energy Financing for SOLshare business model (2014) on behalf of ME SOLshare
  • PhD full scholarship by Hans-Böckler Foundation (2012 - 2015)
  • Luxembourg Green Business Award for the Energy Inclusion Initiative (2012) on behalf of MicroEnergy International
  • University Meets Microfinance by the European Union (2011)
  • DAAD (2010)
  • Erasmus (2009)
  • PhD in Economics, Postgraduate School Microenergy Systems, TU Berlin / Aalborg University

Thesis: „The Role of Access to Electricity in Development Processes - Approaching energy poverty through innovation

  • Stanford Ignite Fellow: Powering Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Stanford Graduate School of Business, USA

  • Strategic Leadership for Microfinance: HBS-Accion Program at Harvard Business School, USA

  • Master of International Economics; Major: Development Economics at University of Goettingen, Germany

Thesis: Bridging the gap between micro and macro analysis – Residential and micro-business energy demand modelling for the case of Peru

Exchange student at “Universidad Dr. José Matías Delgado”, El Salvador

Exchange student at “University of Pune”, Department of Management Sciences (PUMBA), India

  • B.Sc. in Economics at Universty of Mannheim, Germany

Thesis: Efficient Market Hypothesis in Africa’s Sub-Saharan Stock Market

 Exchange student at “Universidad Carlos III de Madrid”, Spain


ME SOLshare Ltd -

BUS 501 - Business Mathematics
BUS 525 - Managerial Economics
BUS 530 - Economic Condition Analysis

Energy Poverty
Social Entrepreneurship
Sharing Economy

4th Industrial Revolution