What I’m Working On These Days
In support of achieving universal access to electricity by 2030, I work alongside regulators, rural electrification agencies, ministries, companies, development partners, and World Bank project teams to design and scale-up mini grid programs in low-income countries, including Chad, the DRC, Ethiopia, Haiti, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia.
Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, I have also been a part of the World Bank Energy Sector Management Assistance Program’s Covid-19 Vaccine Cold Chain Task Force. We are a small team supporting low-income countries to invest in and operate environmentally sustainable cold chains for Covid-19 and other vaccines. This includes solar PV and battery storage systems for vaccine cold storage and vaccine administration sites, clean and efficient vaccine fridges and freezers, and vaccine cold chain planning tools and guidance notes.
The World Bank
For the past 9 years, I have worked with the World Bank on a variety of projects related to energy access. Since 2017, I have helped manage the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program’s Global Facility for Mini Grids. I also provide direct support to regulators and World Bank operations teams in several countries across Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean, and co-authored and co-edited ESMAP’s most downloaded publication ever: Mini Grids for Half a Billion People (June 2019). Since the outbreak of Covid-19, I also serve on the ESMAP Covid-19 Vaccine Cold Chain Task Force. In 2014, I co-authored From the Bottom Up, a book on policies and regulations for mini grids that is one of the World Bank’s most downloaded publications on this topic.
US Department of Energy
I wrote a detailed case study of the policies and regulations that supported the development of over 200 mini-grids in Mali in just over a decade. The case study was published in a recent Clean Energy Ministerial report.
City, University of London – Centre for Charity Effectiveness
Investigating the role of social impact investing and social impact finance in the charity sector, I interviewed over 20 executives from the charity and investment sectors and wrote a synthesis report on the barriers and enablers to deploying social investment/finance in the charity sector. The Centre for Charity Effectiveness is widely considered one of the UK’s top research and consulting centre for charities and philanthropy.
SAFICO, S.A. & MicamaSoley
Reporting directly to the CEO of SAFICO, the parent company of the social enterprise MicamaSoley, I managed a project with the UN to distribute 8,000 solar-powered lamps to rural communities and trained over 50 field staff on proper device usage, maintenance, and after-sales service.
I wrote 12 case studies of Barefoot Power’s finance and distribution models that senior executives now use to develop go-to-market strategies.