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.
The World Bank
For the past 10 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). I also served 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 case studies of Barefoot Power’s finance and distribution models that senior executives used to develop go-to-market strategies.