Soma Dutta works on cross cutting issues of gender, poverty and development in the context of energy access. In the area of energy access, Soma has supported policy makers, practitioners, governments, NGOs and international organizations in project planning; socio-economic, institutional and policy analysis; and capacity building. Soma is the Programme Coordinator with ENERGIA, the International network on Gender and Sustainable Energy. In ENERGIA, she works with a multi-country and multi-partner programme portfolio focused on providing technical and financial support to gender and energy programmes. She currently leads ENERGIA’s Scaling up Energy Access through Women’s Economic Empowerment (WE) programme, which, through its partner organisations in Africa and Asia, supports 4000 women’s micro and small energy enterprises, building their capacities through business development training and technical assistance. The programme has, so far reached clean energy services to 1.78 million people in hard-to-reach areas.