About Me

James Bio Photo October 2017 SizedHi, I’m James Knuckles. I work on market-based approaches to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 7: providing over a billion people with affordable, reliable, and sustainable electricity by 2030.

I currently work with the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), where I help manage the Global Facility on Mini Grids, a program that supports the development of around 3,000 mini grids in over 40 countries around the world. My expertise is in off-grid energy technologies, particularly solar home systems and mini grids. I have previously worked with the U.S. Department of Energy, a global solar products company, and start-up social enterprises in California, Honduras, and Haiti.

I have a Ph.D. in Management from City University of London’s business school, where I wrote my dissertation on the “development supply chains” of solar home systems sold in low-income countries. I also hold a dual┬áMBA+Master’s in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, and a BA in Mathematics and French from Bowdoin College.

Thank you for your interest!