Rose Mensah Kutin
Director – Abuntu for Africa, Ghana
Dr. Rose Mensah-Kutin is the Director of the Accra-based West African Regional Office of ABANTU for Development, a women’s rights organisation that works to promote gender responsiveness in policies in Africa. She is also the current Convenor of the Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana (NETRIGHT), a membership organisation that focuses on economic justice and women’s land rights.
Dr. Venkata Ramana Putti is the Program Manager of the Climate and Carbon Finance unit at the World Bank. His previous positions at the World Bank Group include leadership of the Energy Access portfolio at the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), and the Carbon Finance Assist program. Before the World Bank, he held senior executive positions at UNDP/GEF, Winrock International and TERI, managing national/global clean energy and environment program portfolios. Dr. Putti has authored and edited over 80 publications including books, peer-reviewed articles and technical reports. He holds degrees in civil engineering and business management and a Ph.D. in energy studies.
Regional Energy Advisor – UNDP Asia and Pacific Regional Centre, Bangkok
Mr. Thiyagarajan Velumail (Rajan) is the Regional Energy Advisor at the UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. His primary focus is on access to sustainable energy services, linking to poverty reduction and climate change.
Energy Team Leader – Enda Tier Monde, Senegal
Mr. Sécou Sarr, is an economist and is specialized in the analysis of energy policy, project planning, sustainable energy services, SME development and on monitoring and evaluation of projects.
Elizabeth Cecelski has worked for more than twenty-five years in research and practice on challenges of energy access in developing countries, specializing in energy, poverty and gender issues, especially in household energy, electrification and rural development.
Director – Centre for poverty analysis
Ms Priyanthi Fernando has begun working on women’s human rights after too long in the development sector. Starting as a junior researcher, and leading organisations and networks working on technology and poverty issues, she is now the Executive Director of the International Women’s Rights Action Watch, Asia Pacific, based in Kuala Lumpur. Priyanthi is passionate about issues of justice and about fighting structural inequalities – especially inequalities relating to gender.