Divina Chingcuanco is currently the Chief of Party for the USAID Energy Secure Philippines Activity. She has extensive project and technical expertise, having served as a three-term Chief of Party spanning 16 years for three USAID Philippines projects. These projects focused on sustainable energy development, climate change and clean energy, and economic resilience through a low emission development pathway.
Under her leadership of the Building Low Emission Alternatives to Develop Economic Resilience and Sustainability (B-LEADERS) project, USAID assisted the Government of the Philippines (GHP) in developing a cost benefit analysis of mitigation actions that the government can pursue to address climate change. This study became the foundation for formulating the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution committed by the GPH under the Paris Agreement. She also led the operationalization of critical incentives such as the feed-in tariffs and Renewable Portfolio Standard under the Renewable Energy Act of 2008.
Ms. Chingcuanco began her international development career as a regulatory and tariff specialist engaged by the World Bank, the Department for International Development, and Asian Development Bank, working across Asia and the Pacific Islands.
In addition to her various roles, she served as a member of the UN High Level Technical Working Group on Energy Access in preparation for the UN High Level Dialogue held in New York in September 2021.