Partner Working Sessions Speakers

Heather Adair-Rohani  
Team Leader on Household Energy and Health

World Health Organization

Heather Adair-Rohani is team leader on household energy and health at the World Health Organization. She has helped in the coordination and development of the WHO guidelines for indoor air quality: household fuel combustion and is currently leading work to support countries in implementing these...


Rana Adib  
Executive Secretary


Rana Adib is Executive Secretary of REN21, the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century. REN21 is a global public-private multi-stakeholder network on renewable energy headquartered at the United Nations Environment Programme in Paris. Adib was previously REN21’s Research Coordinator...


Donee Alexander  
Senior Director of Evidence and Impact

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Donee Alexander is Senior Director of Evidence and Impact for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. She leads the Alliance’s efforts related to environment/climate, air pollution, public health, standards, technology, fuels and monitoring...


Srdjan Amidzic  
Deputy Mayor

City of Banja Luka

Srdijan Admidzic is Deputy Mayor of the City of Banja Luka in Bosnia. He holds a Masters degree in Economics and also works on the University of Banja Luka, teaching macroeconomics, basics of economy and public finance. Amidzic has been engaged as Project Manager in the district energy project in...


Tunji John Asaolu  
Chairperson of Social Affairs and Health Sub-Committee

African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council

Dr. Tunji J. Asaolu is the Nigerian Representative and Chairperson of the Social Affairs...


Håkan Björkman  

UNDP Global Fund Partnership

Håkan Björkman has been the manager of UNDP’s partnership with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria since 2010. Previously he served 13 years in Southeast Asia as UNDP’s country director in Indonesia, deputy resident representative in Thailand and assistant resident...


William Blyth  
Senior Research Fellow

UK Department for International Development

Dr. William Blyth has worked for over 20 years in the analysis of energy security, climate change and sustainable development. He works part-time as a Senior Research Fellow at the UK Department for International Development. He also holds Associate Fellow positions at Chatham House and at Imperial...


Adam Brown  

Adam Brown has expert knowledge of renewable energy gained through over 38 years of experience working with governments and industry internationally. He has broad experience in renewable energy technology and policy analysis. While a member of the Renewable Energy Division at the International...


Barbara Buchner  
Executive Director, Climate Finance

Climate Policy Initiative

Dr. Barbara Buchner is Executive Director of the widely renowned Climate Finance program at Climate Policy Initiative. [Named]( one of the 20 most influential women in climate change,...


João Castanheira  
Chief Executive Officer


João Castanheira is Deputy Chief Executive Officer at ENGIE Portugal and also CEO at Climaespaço, a subsidiary of ENGIE in charge of building and operating the Lisbon District Heating and Cooling System. Vice-President of EFIEES, the European Federation of Intelligent Energy Efficiency Services...


Aaron Cheng  

PowerGen Renewable Energy

Aaron Cheng is President of PowerGen Renewable Energy, which develops, builds and operates solar micro-grids as part of its mission to create an energy system in Africa that utilizes clean, renewable energy and smarter grids to deliver power to all. PowerGen is based in Nairobi, Kenya and Arusha,...


Luis Costa  
Board Member


Luís Costa is a founding Partner at GET2C where he assists in the company´s overall strategy, supervises the development of the energy business and is project manager for different climate finance, energy and carbon projects. He has more than 12 years of experience in financial, energy and carbon...


Manlio F. Coviello  
Chief of Natural Resources and Energy

United Nations Economic regional Commission of Latin America (ECLAC)

Manlio Coviello is the Chief of Natural Resources and Energy at the Economic regional Commission of Latin America of the United Nations in Santiago, Chile. He is currently Special Advisor to the President of the Energy Commission of the Latin American Parliament. He is also a member of the...


Santiago Creuheras  
Director General for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

Ministry of Energy, Mexico

Santiago Creuheras is currently Director General of Energy Efficiency and Sustainability at the Ministry of Energy of Mexico. He served as Chairman for the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation. Creuheras has held previous positions in the public sector, including Advisor...


Inger Anette Sandvand Dahlen  
Senior Advisor for Renewable Energy

Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation

Inger Anette Sandvand Dahlen began her career in development at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where she worked as policy advisor and was responsible for portfolios within environment, natural resource management and renewable energy. During her five years in Tanzania, she...


Lillian Dale  
Vice President Business Development


Lillian Dale is the Vice President of Business Development at Statkraft, Europe’s largest producer of renewable energy with a vision of providing pure energy. Statkraft is a leading company in hydropower internationally, but it also produces wind, solar and gas-fired power, and provide district...


Linda Davis  
Director of Partnerships

wPower Hub

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....


Agustín Delgado  
Chief Innovation and Sustainability Officer


Agustín Delgado was appointed Chief Innovation and Sustainability Officer at the Iberdola Group in 2014. He is also responsible for the venture capital program in IBERDOLA (PERSEO), where he coordinates PERSEO´s investment in technology companies related to energy sustainability. He first joined...


Carmen Dienst  
Project Coordinator

Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy

Carmen Dienst is project coordinator in the Division “Future Energy and Mobility Structures” at Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. Since its inception in 2004, Dienst has coordinated the project “WISIONS initiative” ([](, which is...


Olivier Dubois  
Senior Natural Resources Officer and Coordinator of the Energy Programme

Food and Agriculture Organization

Olivier Dubois is Senior Natural Resources Officer and Coordinator of the Energy Programme at the Food and Agriculture Organization. Dubois has worked on land use intensification, forest management and institutional aspects of rural development in more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia-South...


Soma Dutta  
Senior Technical Advisor


Soma Dutta works as a Senior Technical Advisor with ENERGIA, an international network focused on gender and sustainable energy. Until August 2017, she led ENERGIA’s Scaling up Energy Access through Women’s Economic Empowerment programme, which, through its partner organisations in Africa and Asia,...


Farai Evans Chabata  
Entrepreneur, President

Youth in Energy

Farai Evans Chabata is an entrepreneur and youth advocate in South Africa who is President of Youth in Energy, an organisation that advocates for youth participation in energy matters. He is also the Founder and Chairman of Gridbow Engineers and Technical Services, an award-winning electrical...


Stephanie Finigan  
Manager of Operations

Value for Women

Stephanie Finigan is Manager of Operations at Value for Women. She has 10 years of project design, management, and research experience in small business development, women's entrepreneurship, and gender inclusive programmes in developing economies and post-conflict areas. Most recently she has...


Vivien Foster  
Global Lead for Energy Economics, Markets & Institutions

World Bank Group

Vivien Foster was appointed Global Lead for Energy Economics, Markets...


Cristina Gamboa  
Chief Executive Officer

Colombia Green Building Council

Cristina Gamboa is Chief Executive Officer of the Colombia Green Building Council (Consejo Colombiano de Construcción Sostenible, CCCS). She joined the organization in August 2009 after a 16-year career in economic research, journalism and international relations, both in Colombia and the US. Ms...


Jean-Michel Garrouteigt  
Sponsor of the Energy Program in the OMEA Division


Jean-Michel Garrouteigt is currently Sponsor of the Energy Program within the OMEA Division of Orange. He served previously as the Chief Executive Officer of Orange DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) and of Orange Dominicana (Dominican Republic). He has also held international positions in...


Dimitry Gershenson  
Manager-Energy Access


Dimitry Gershenson manages Facebook’s Energy Access Program, which focuses on helping the energy access ecosystem achieve scale by addressing sector barriers through initiatives that support technology innovation, address key information gaps, and enable institutional investment into the market...


Rana Ghoneim  
Industrial Development Officer


Rana Ghoneim leads the global industrial energy efficiency accelerator as part of the SEforALL’s global accelerator platform. She also leads the development of programmes promoting sustainable energy use in industry in the MENA and Africa regions at the United Nations industrial development...


Georgina Grenon  
Director, 100% Renewable Energy Solutions


Georgina Grenon leads the creation and development of innovative business solutions at the ENGIEFab team, which is focused on integrating cutting-edge technologies and accessible renewable energy. Prior to joining the ENGIE Group, she was a Senior Policy Advisor at the French Ministry of Ecology...


Jan Grimbrandt  

Boson Energy

Jan Grimbrandt and BOSON Energy are strong believers in the critical role of local customer-centric thermal cooling to build resilient energy systems in both developing and developed markets. With rapid urbanization and global waste volumes growing dramatically, clean and small-scale waste-to-...


Michael Hoelter  
Director of Sustainable Investment

Deutsche Bank Asset Management

Michael Hoelter joined the Sustainable Investments team of Deutsche Asset Management in 2011. He is a portfolio manager and focuses on funds that invest in debt products targeting businesses active in the food, trade and renewable energy sectors, which includes electrification. He oversees...


Richard Hughes  
Senior Program Advisor


Richard Hughes is a Senior Program Advisor at Jhpiego, a Johns Hopkins University affiliate working to improve the health of women and their families around the world. He has over 30 years’ experience working in public health, education and conservation in some of the world’s poorest countries....


Steven Hunt  
Senior Energy and Innovation Advisor

UK Department for International Development

Steven Hunt has been an Energy Advisor at the UK Department for International Development (DFID) for six years. He initially worked on policy and other programmes, including leading the UK’s position on the energy SDG process, leading the development of Results-Based Financing for Low Carbon Energy...


Tom Jennings  
Director, Policy and Markets

Carbon Trust

Tom Jennings leads the energy efficiency practice at the Carbon Trust, leading a team of experts across energy efficiency technologies, business models, policy, economic analysis, programme design and delivery. He has over a decade of experience providing advice to governments on clean energy...


Marc Jeuland  
Associate Professor of Public Policy and Global Health

Duke University

Marc Jeuland is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Global Health at Duke University. His research interests include nonmarket valuation, water and sanitation, environmental health, energy and development, the planning and management of trans-boundary water resources and the impacts and...


Charlotte Aubin Kalaidjian  
Founder and CEO

GreenWish Partners

An entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in investment banking, Charlotte Kalaidjian is the founding partner and CEO at GreenWish Partners. Until 2009, she served as Managing Director at Morgan Stanley where she developed a portfolio of financial assets in France and Switzerland worth several...


Abyd Karmali  
Managing Director

Bank of America

Abyd Karmali is Managing Director and Climate Finance Executive at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, based in London, and is point person for the bank’s $10 billion Catalytic Finance Initiative. Karmali is also part of the team that oversees the bank’s broader financial commitment to mobilize $125...


Steve Kukoda  
Vice President/Executive Director

International Copper Alliance

Steve Kukoda joined the International Copper Association (ICA) in 2004 and is currently the organization’s Vice President/Executive Director. In 2009 he was elected an ICA Officer and was also named to the ICA Management Committee. He develops and maintains relationships with organizations...


Leslie Labruto  
Associate Director of Global Energy


Leslie Labruto is Associate Director of Global Energy at Acumen, where she leads Acumen’s $20 million Pioneer Energy Investment Initiative. Labruto is responsible for driving strategy, portfolio construction and thought leadership for Acumen’s Global Energy Portfolio. Labruto joined Acumen from...


Chebet Lesan  
Founder and Chief Executive Officer


Chebet Lesan is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BrightGreen, a Kenyan company that designs and produces eco-friendly charcoal from agro and organic waste. Between 2016 and 2018, BrightGreen sold over 500 tons of briquettes, saving customers upwards of $35,000, impacting the lives of more...


Mark Lister  
Head of Centre

Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency

Mark Lister heads the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency, the global efficiency hub of Sustainable Energy for All, which aims to double the rate of global energy efficiency improvement by 2030. The Centre is accelerating working models for energy efficiency investment in key sectors in a range...


Katherine Lucey  
Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Solar Sister

Katherine Lucey is Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Solar Sister. She brings 20 years of investment banking and non-profit leadership experience to advance women’s leadership in the energy access sector. She is a 2015 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year, an Ashoka Fellow, a...


Monica Maduekwe  
Programme Officer

ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE)

Monica Maduekwe is a programme officer at the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) in West Africa, with experience in developing regional policies and regulatory instruments. She has worked on several energy programmes, including the ECREEE Gender and Energy Programme...


Rachel Mahmud  
Program Manager for Gender

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Rachel Mahmud is Program Manager for Gender at the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. She is a gender specialist with expertise in women’s economic empowerment, gender mainstreaming and enterprise development. She is responsible for the design and execution of the Alliance’s gender strategy and...


António Martins da Costa  
Executive Board Member


Antonio Fernando Melo Martins da Costa has served as a member of the Executive Board of Directors of EDP Energias de Portugal, S.A. since 2006. In 2007, he assumed functions of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Horizon Wind Energy in the US. He was also a member of the Executive Board...


Atef Marzouk  
Interim Executive Director

African Energy Commission

For over 20 years, Atef Marzouk has worked in electrical energy production from renewable energy, focusing especially on wind turbine, energy strategies and policies, as well as international cooperation. In 2007, he was appointed Senior Policy Office in charge of Renewable Energy at the African...


Aliysha Mayfield  
Senior Clinical Advisor on Strategy

Partners in Health

Alishya Mayfield is the Senior Clinical Advisor on Strategy for Partners In Health (PIH), an Associate Scientist in the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. After initially working in congressional politics, Dr....


Emily McAteer  
CEO and Co-Founder

Odyssey Energy Solutions

Emily McAteer is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Odyssey Energy Solutions, a software platform that is simplifying, streamlining and reducing the costs of developing and financing rural electrification projects around the world. Prior to Odyssey, she was Chief Revenue Officer at Frontier...


Alan Miller  
Climate finance and policy specialist

Independent consultant

Alan Miller is an internationally recognized authority on climate finance and policy. His clients include UNDP, US AID and Sustainable Energy for All. In January 2014 he retired after 16 years working on climate change issues for the World Bank Group,10 years for the International Finance...


Neha Misra  
Co-Founder & Chief Collaboration Officer

Solar Sister

Neha Misra is the Co-Founder...


Vijay Modi  
Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Director, Infrastructure Programs, Millennium Villages Project

Earth Institute, Columbia University

Vijay Modi is a professor in the Mechanical Engineering department and the director of the Quadracci Sustainable Engineering Lab at Columbia University. While his early work was on heat transfer and micro-electro-mechanical systems, his recent work has been on energy infrastructure design...


Ellen Morris  
President and Founder

Sustainable Energy Solutions

Ellen Morris, Ph.D. teaches Energy and Enterprise Development at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. In addition to her faculty appointment, Dr. Morris is President and Founder of Sustainable Energy Solutions, a professional services company that promotes the increased...


Clay Nesler  
Vice President, Global Sustainability and Industry Initiatives, Building Technologies and Solutions

Johnson Controls

Clay Nesler is Vice President, Global Sustainability and Industry Initiatives for the Building Technologies and Solutions business of Johnson Controls. He also chairs the company’s global sustainability council. Since joining Johnson Controls in 1983, Clay has held a variety of leadership...


Sanusi Mohammed Ohiare  
Executive Director

Rural Electrification Fund (REF), Rural Electrification Agency, Nigeria

Sanusi Mohammed Ohiare is currently the Executive Director, Rural Electrification Fund (REF) at the Rural Electrification Agency of Nigeria. He has over 10 years of experience advising public and private entities on electricity access planning, mini-grid regulations, renewable energy policies and...


Gerard J. Ostheimer  
Lead and Secretariat

Sustainable Energy for All Bioenergy Accelerator

Dr. Gerard Ostheimer serves as the Global Lead for Sustainable Bioenergy for Sustainable Energy for All. In collaboration with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Dr. Ostheimer co-founded below50, which works to deploy the world’s most sustainable low-carbon fuels. He now serves...


Julia Panzer  
Director of Strategic Communications


As Director, Strategic Communication, Julia Panzer heads the internal and external communication function at Danfoss Cooling globally, managing alignment of communication and strategy with macro trends such as sustainable cooling, food waste and energy storage. Panzer oversees Danfoss’ thought...


Mekalia Paulos Aklilu  
Researcher- Climate Change, Energy & Development

UN Economic Commission for Africa

Mekalia Paulos Aklilu is a researcher at the African Climate Policy Centre of the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Ethiopia. She comes from an eclectic, multi-disciplinary background and has expertise in climate change, sustainable energy and sustainable development policy analysis,...


Jonathan Phillips  
Director, Energy Access Project

Duke Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Jonathan Phillips joined Duke’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions in October 2017 as director of Duke University's Energy Access Project. Phillips was the senior advisor to the president and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation during the Obama Administration. In...


Katrina Pielli  
Power Africa Senior Energy Advisor and Lead for Beyond the Grid


Katrina Pielli is a Power Africa Senior Energy Advisor and Lead for Beyond the Grid with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Ms. Pielli leads Power Africa’s off-grid energy access team, Beyond the Grid, focused on adding 25 to 30 million new household and business connections in...


Rita Poppe  
Advocacy Officer


Rita Poppe is advocacy officer for Green and Inclusive Energy at Hivos. She works in the field of energy access and climate finance at global level, connecting on-the-ground energy realities with international policy and finance. Ms. Pope has a background in politics, international relations and...


Jem Porcaro  
Senior Director of Energy Access

United Nations Foundation

Jem Porcaro is Senior Director of Energy Access at the United Nations Foundation. In this role, he leads UNF’s Energy and Women's Health work, which seeks to expand the sustainable electrification of health clinics in a range of developing countries, as part of the organization’s broader engagement...


Elisa Portale  
Senior Energy Specialist

World Bank

Elisa Portale is a Senior Energy Economist in the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) at the World Bank. She leads coordination and project management of the ESMAP knowledge products: the Global Tracking Framework (GTF), Multi-Tier Framework Global Survey (MTF) and Regulatory...


Marcel Raats  
Senior Energy Advsior


Marcel Raats graduated as chemical engineer at Eindhoven University, and started his career as a private consultant in waste and energy projects. In 2000 he joined (one of the predecessors of) the Netherlands Enterprise Agency RVO as an energy specialist, focusing on renewable energy and energy...


Surabhi Rajagopal  

ACCESS Coalition

Surabhi Rajagopal is currently the Coordinator of the ACCESS Coalition, a global coalition of CSOs and practitioners working on energy access issues across regional, national and international levels. She has been working in the energy access space since 2011 with SELCO Foundation and the Clean...


Karin Reiss  
UNIDO Sustainable Energy Expert


Karin Reiss is a UNIDO staff and works as a Sustainable Energy Expert based at the SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE) in Windhoek, Namibia. She has a strong focus on regional cooperation and networks in sustainable energy and supports SACREEE in its institutional set...


Maria del Pilar Restrepo Mesa  
Deputy Director Environment, Metropolitan Area of Aburra Valley

Government of Columbia

Dr. Maria del Pilar Restrepo Mesa is currently the environment deputy director of the Metropolitan Area of the Aburrá Valley. She is a specialist on environmental management with an emphasis on energy projects. She graduated from the National University of Medellin, Colombia and also has a Master's...


Ralph Ripken  
Senior Consultant


Ralph Ripken is a Senior Consultant at E4tech, a strategic sustainable energy consultancy based in London and Lausanne. He has seven years of experience in the sustainability and renewable energy sector, with particular experience evaluating sustainable energy projects in a development context....


Ana Victoria Rojas  
Senior Energy Adviser

IUCN, Global Gender Office

Ana Victoria Rojas is a sustainable development specialist with more than 18 years of experience working on climate change, energy, poverty, gender and sustainable development. Rojas is the senior energy adviser for IUCN’s Global Gender Office, where she provides technical support on the gender,...


Joshua Rosenthal  
Senior Scientist

Fogarty International Center, U.S. National Institutes of Health

Joshua Rosenthal is a Senior Scientist at the Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is an ecologist with a longstanding interest in the integration of public health, environment, and international development. Dr. Rosenthal leads NIH research and policy...


Daniel Schroth  
Advisor to the Vice President for Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth

African Development Bank

Dr. Daniel Schroth is the Advisor to the Vice President for Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth at the African Development Bank. He was previously the coordinator of the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Africa Hub hosted by the AfDB in partnership with the AU, NEPAD and UNDP. Schroth also...


Andrew Scott  
Senior Research Fellow

Overseas Development Institute

Andrew Scott is a senior research fellow in the Overseas Development Institute's (ODI) Climate and Energy Programme. He has more than 30 years of experience in international development policy, practice and research in Africa, South Asia and Latin America. His experience includes technology...


Luc Severi  
Manager, Energy Access

United Nations Foundation

Luc Severi is Manager of Energy Access at the UN Foundation (UNF), overseeing the work on nexus issues, in particular on energy gaps in the health care sector and the humanitarian sector. Severi manages the UNF's day-to-day activities on its Powering Health Care initiative and is contributing to...


Rebekah Shirley  
Director of Research

Power for All

Dr. Rebekah Shirley is Director of Research, Power for All. She is also currently a Visiting Research Scholar at Strathmore University, in Nairobi, Kenya, where she lives. She remains an Affiliated Research Fellow with the Energy and Resources Group (ERG) at the University of California, Berkeley...


Ruchi Soni  
Manager of Energy Access

United Nations Foundation

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...


Laura Stachel  
Executive Director and Co-Founder

We Care Solar

Dr. Laura Stachel, Co-founder and Executive Director of We Care Solar®, is a retired obstetrician-gynecologist. She holds an M.D. from University of California, San Francisco and an M.P.H. in Maternal and Child Health from University of California, Berkeley. She was a staff researcher at the Blum...


Jessica Stephens  
Global Coordinator

African Mini-Grid Developers Association

Jessica Stephens serves as Global Coordinator for the African Mini-Grid Developers Association, representing mini-grid developers of sustainable and renewable energy solutions for rural electrification in Africa. Stephens is an entrepreneur with nearly a decade of experience starting-up...


Lucy Stevens  
Senior Policy Adviser for Energy Access

Practical Action

Lucy Stevens is Senior Policy Adviser for Energy Access at Practical Action in the UK, where she has worked since 2002. She leads Practical Action’s policy and evidence strategies in energy, including the team that produces its flagship ‘Poor People’s Energy Outlook’ publication and associated...


Emma Stewart  
Director, Urban Efficiency & Climate

WRI Ross Center For Sustainable Cities

Emma Stewart is the Urban Efficiency...


Rebecca Symington  
Executive Director and Trustee

Mlinda Foundation

Rebecca is Executive Director and Trustee of the Mlinda Foundation, Board Member of the Mlinda Private Limited company in India and board member of the Alliance for Rural Electrification. Mlinda’s rural electrification programme in India has installed 17 mini-grids and aims to reach 50 by 2020....


Rianne Teule  
Senior Advocacy Officer, Renewable Energy

SNV Netherlands Development Organization

Rianne Teule is a Senior Advocacy Officer on Energy at the SNV Netherlands Development Organisation. As part of the Voice for Change Partnership, she helps increase civil society organisations’ voices to improve the enabling environment for inclusive and sustainable development. At SNV, she is...


Fatou Thiam Sou  
Coordinator of the Planning Studies Unit

Ministry of Oil and Energy, Senegal

Mrs. Fatou Thiam Sou is in charge of the Ministry of Oil and Energy of Senegal of Studies and Planning. An economist by training. she graduated from the National School of Applied Economics of Dakar and is a holds a Master degree in Economic Analysis from the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the...


Amadou Thierno Diallo  
Director Global Practice, Economic and Social Infrastructure

Islamic Development Bank

Amadou Thierno Diallo is Director of Global Practices, Economic and Social Infrastructure at the Islamic Development Bank (IDB). He leads the bank’s engagement on issues such as energy, transport, agriculture, water and sanitation. This engagement includes development and implementation of...


Alexis Tubb  
Project Manager

Clinton Foundation

Alexis Tubb works with the Clinton Climate Initiative’s Islands Energy Program, in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Institute, where she supports the national governments and utilities of island countries as they integrate and install clean and resilient energy projects. Tubb advises the WIRE...


Richenda Van Leeuwen  
Chair, International Institutions

Global LPG Partnership

Richenda Van Leeuwen led Energy Access at the UN Foundation from 2010-2016. She launched and built the 2,500 member "Energy Access Practitioner Network," focused on off-grid and mini-grid renewable energy solutions. She is currently Chair, International Institutions at the non-profit Global LPG...


Vivian Vendeirinho  
Founder and Managing Director


Vivian Vendeirinho is Founder and Managing Director of RVE.SOL, a green mini-grid (GMG) project developer...


Xiao Wang  
Programme Officer

Copenhagen Center on Energy Efficiency

As Programme Officer, Xiao works with the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency and UN Environment's broad networks to engage government stakeholders and potential private sector partners to develop and implement energy efficiency projects at the city and national level. She is also the lead on...


Sheila Watson  
Deputy Director, Director of Environment and Research

FIA Foundation

Sheila Watson is Deputy Director, Director of Environment and Research at the FIA Foundation, a UK-based charity committed to promoting safe sustainable mobility across the world. She is also Executive Secretary of the Global Fuel Economy Initiative, which seeks to support development of fuel...


Adrian Whiteman  
Head of Statistics

International Renewable Energy Agency

Adrian Whiteman is currently head of statistics at IRENA, based in Abu Dhabi. He has a BA and PhD in economics and is responsible for the collection of renewable energy statistics for all renewable technologies and all countries across the world. Before joining IRENA, he was at the Food and...


James Wilde  
Managing Director

Carbon Trust

James Wilde is Managing Director of Innovation...


Davida Wood  
Lead, Energy Access and Governance

World Resources Institute

Davida Wood leads the energy access work and energy governance practice at the World Resources Institute. Prior to joining WRI, Wood was with the USAID’s Office of Infrastructure and Engineering, where she developed and managed a portfolio of projects at the nexus of democratization and energy...


Sarah Wykes  
Lead Analyst, Climate Change and Energy

Catholic Agency for Overseas Development

Sarah Wykes is the Lead Analyst on Climate Change and Energy for the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), which works with partners in 37 countries. She has 15 years of experience working with international development and human rights organisations, including at the board level....


Ariel Yepez  
Chief of Energy Division

Inter-American Development Bank

Ariel Yepez is Chief of the Energy Division at the Inter-American Development Bank. He is responsible for guiding the bank's energy strategy to implement projects, initiatives, and knowledge products that promote a sustainable development agenda in the energy sector in Latin America and the...


Heike Carl Zatterstrom  
Chief Communications Officer

Boson Energy

Heike Zatterstrom leads BOSON Energy’s efforts to spread knowledge about the potential of waste-to-cooling and the positive impact that sustainable and distributed thermal cooling solutions can have in reducing stress on utilities, communities, health and the environment. Zatterstrom is an...


Zhihong Zhang  
Senior Program Coordinator, Climate Investment Funds

World Bank Group

Zhihong Zhang joined the Climate Investment Funds in 2011 to manage the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and the Scaling up Renewable Energy Program in Low Income Countries (SREP), with a combined portfolio of $6 billion in 46 countries. He has led the development of CTF and SREP investment...