United Nations Foundation
Manager of Energy Access
Ruchi Soni is Manager of Energy Access at the United Nations Foundation, where she oversees the Energy Access Practitioner Network and the Foundation’s involvement in the Mini-Grids Partnership. She worked for the World Bank for nine years, where she was responsible for the design and scaling-up of commercially-viable and innovative business models for electricity access. More recently, she was the program manager at wPOWER, a U.S Department of State initiative, where she directed program development and donor management. Soni has worked on policy issues, authored several publications on energy issues and contributed to global knowledge flagship products like RISE. She has been involved in designing and implementing national-level energy programs in Asia Latin America and Africa. She was also responsible for program coordination, and resource planning for many of these programs and studies. Soni has also had stints with International Finance Corporation and Engineers India Limited. She holds a Master’s degree in environmental studies from the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) University.