Dr. Sebastian Groh
Full Time Faculty
Phone: +880-2-55668200 Ext-
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.
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: http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319159638. *ranked top 25% most downloaded eBooks in 2016 from Springer
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: http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-319-15964-5_1#page-1.
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: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/09596526/95.
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: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0973082613001087.
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: http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-319-04489-7_10.
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: http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-15964-5_10.
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: http://www.e-mfp.eu/sites/default/files/resources/2014/10/Green_Index__2014_Block_final.pdf.
Groh S (2017) Taking on the new energy world | Dhaka Tribune.
Groh S (2017) The power of thinking small and solar | The Daily Star. http://www.thedailystar.net/op-ed/the-power-thinking-small-and-solar-1403668.
Groh S (2016) Bangladeshi company honoured with UN climate award | Dhaka Tribune. http://www.dhakatribune.com/climate-change/2016/11/18/bangladeshi-company-honoured-un-climate-award/.
Groh S (2016) Creating Solar Villages in Bangladesh | Dhaka Tribune. http://www.dhakatribune.com/climate-change/2016/08/13/creating-solar-villages-bangladesh/.
Groh S (2016) A response to - Bringing electricity to more Bangladeshis | The Daily Star. http://www.thedailystar.net/op-ed/politics/response-bringing-electricity-more-bangladeshis-1230457.
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
Full Time Faculty
Phone: +880-2-55668200 Ext-