Dimitris Mentis is the Lead of the Energy Access Explorer, WRI's data driven approach to achieving universal access to energy services. Dimitris focuses on the development and application of open source, dynamic, geospatial platforms and analytical tools to support governments, private companies, donors and other development-oriented institutions in identifying high priority areas where access to energy should be expanded while ensuring socio-economic development. Previously, Dimitris led the Sustainable Energy for All team at KTH Royal Institute of Technology where he developed the innovative Open Source Spatial Electrification Toolkit (OnSSET) in collaboration with colleagues and international partners, such as the International Energy Agency (IEA), United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), World Bank, ESMAP, ABB and others. Dimitris has also focused on mapping technical potential of renewable energy resources at national and regional level through a complex GIS assessment, a research initiative supported by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Further, Dimitris has worked on assessing the climate land energy and water nexus at different scales; water desalination on island case studies in cooperation with the Hellenic Ministry of Energy, Environment and Climate Change and the National Technical University of Athens, and trans-boundary river basins in cooperation with United Nations Economic Commission of Europe (UNECE).

Dimitris holds a PhD in Energy and Environmental Systems (KTH Royal Institute of Technology), an MSc in Sustainable Energy Engineering (KTH Royal Institute of Technology) and a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (National Technical University of Athens).

During spare time, Dimitris loves spending time with his family and close friends, enjoys visiting favorite places or exploring new, while biking, football and squash are some of his favorite activities.