Episode 20 / Richenda Van Leeuwen

A Lifetime Working on Energy Access & Inclusion

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About our Guest /


Richenda Van Leeuwan recently joined the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) as Executive Director after serving as Managing Director for Empowering Clean Economies at the Rocky Mountain Institute, and previously as Chair, International Institutions at the Global LPG Partnership where she led work on clean cooking energy solutions in developing economies. She was also a member of the World Bank’s Energy Program’s (ESMAP) Technical Advisory Group from 2016-2019.

From 2010-2016 Richenda was Executive Director of Energy Access at the United Nations

Foundation, working on development of the UN Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, and

founding and leading a 2,300-member global off-grid renewable energy practitioner network.

Richenda previously served for nearly five years as CEO of Trickle Up, a global microenterprise development organisation and has worked in private equity and impact investing in renewable energy in emerging markets, as well as early in her career on humanitarian post conflict reconstruction in the Balkans.

She is a board director of SELCO India and Energy 4 Impact and an Emeritus founding U.S. Women “Clean Energy Ambassador” within the U.S. DOE Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment (C3E) initiative established within the Clean Energy Ministerial. For several years she served as a member of the Selection Committee for the Zayed Future Energy Prize.

Richenda earned her MBA and BSc (Hons) in Geography from Durham University, UK.

Premiered / November 25, 2020   


Guest Links / 

  • UNDP launches global call to action encouraging nature-based solutions for sustainable development (Sept 2020)Click here

  • How to power a resilient future across the Caribbean (Sept 2020): Click here

  • Powering Health across Africa through COVID-19 and a Changing Climate (May 2020): Click here

  • Op-Ed: DER solutions serve health facilities’ energy needs in SSA (12th May 2020): Click here

  • Renewable Energy Leader Dr. Kandeh Yumkella Joins Rocky Mountain Institute (Feb 2020): Click here

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