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.
Amanda Elam, PhD
President, Galaxy Diagnostics, Inc. International Diana Institute Research Fellow, CWEL, Babson College
Dr. Elam is Co-founder and President/CEO of Galaxy Diagnostics and Research Fellow at the International Diana Research Institute, Babson College. Dr. Elam also advises a number of small businesses in the life sciences and has taught courses and shared research lectures on women’s leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation at a number of leading business schools in the US, Canada, Australia, and other countries. Her dissertation research, Gender and Entrepreneurship: A Multilevel Theory and Analysis, was recognized by the Academy of Management for innovative thought leadership in the field of entrepreneurship. Dr. Elam earned a doctorate in Sociology from the University of North Carolina, followed by postdoctoral fellowships in entrepreneurship at Babson College MA, USA and at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.
Deputy Director of Renewable Energy, Ministry of Energy, Kenya
Mr. Paul Mbuthi holds a BSc. Degree in Environmental Health and a Master Degree in Environmental Planning and Management both from Kenyatta University and a Diploma in Environmental Studies from Technical University of Kenya. He has over 30 years work experience at the Ministry of Energy handling diverse aspects of renewable energy policy and strategy and coordinating the implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation of renewable energy Programs and Projects. He has also been involved in integration of climate change perspectives into energy policy, planning and strategy development. He is a Lead Author in Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) which is refining the 2006 Greenhouse Gas Inventory Methodologies. He is a member of the Multi-stakeholder Technical Advisory Group on SDG 7, among other roles.
Senior Research Scholar in the Energy Program and Deputy Program Director in the Transitions to New Technologies Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria.
Ms. Pachuri holds a Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETHZ) and a M.Sc. from University College London (UCL). Prior to her functions at the IIASA, Ms. Pachauri served as Adjunct Professor at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Dr. Pachauri was Coordinating Lead Author of the Global Energy Assessment (GEA). She serves on the science advisory panel for the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). She is also on the editorial advisory boards for the journal Environmental Research Letters, Current Research in Environmental Sustainability and Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy.
Ms. Soma Dutta is a socio-economist working on development issues surrounding energy access, poverty and gender. She has been supporting policy makers, utilities, programme practitioners, governments, NGOs and international organizations in Asia and Africa. Her areas of work include project design, M&E, research, analysis and capacity building. She has led and supported initiatives on women’s entrepreneurship in energy sector and in mainstreaming gender and social inclusion into energy projects, policies and programs.