Yabei Zhang is a Senior Energy specialist for the World Bank and leads the World Bank’s engagement on clean cooking. Yabei has managed energy projects in the East Asia and Pacific, Europe, and the Central Asia regions, with a focus on household energy and energy efficiency. She led the East Asia regional flagship program Clean Stove Initiative with country programs in China, Mongolia, Indonesia, and Lao PDR, and coordinated efficient and clean heating projects in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. She currently manages the Efficient Clean Cooking and Heating program and the Clean Cooking Fund at the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and coordinates the UK funded Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS) Program with Loughborough University. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Master’s in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.