Director of Partnerships
Dr. Linda Davis is the Director of Partnerships at the wPOWER Hub, where she directs efforts to build a global partnership promoting the central role that women must play in leading the adoption of clean cooking and lighting technologies to address both energy poverty and climate change. Dr. Davis was the former advisor to SmartCook Energy, a start-up company focused on introducing ethanol as a cooking fuel to Sub-Saharan Africa. She worked previously as the Director of Biorefinery Enzymes responsible for Business Strategy and Marketing at Verenium Corporation (now part of BASF) in San Diego, CA. She has previous extensive experience in senior-level positions within the renewable energy sector, including algae-based biofuels and cellulosic and starch ethanol. Dr. Davis earned her undergraduate degree in Food Science and Technology at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya. She completed her PhD in Microbiology and Biotechnology at the University of Western Sydney. She also holds certificates in Petroleum Refining, Project Management, Finance and Accounting (Stanford University) and Designing Renewable Energy Systems (University of Nairobi).