Empowering Clean Economies

Helping people in emerging economies to leapfrog straight to the clean energy revolution.

What Is the Empowering Clean Economies Program?

The Empowering Clean Economies Program (ECE) takes a holistic, country-led approach to energy transition planning and implementation across numerous sectors. It contributes to interwoven positive economic, social, and environmental impact, while supporting existing national and global energy access targets and increasing resilience to climate change. The team works at the invitation of governments, utilities, and other key stakeholders across a wide range of geographic contexts in Africa, the Caribbean, and, increasingly, Southeast Asia. Each country has unique local characteristics, but the adoption of proven approaches and toolsets and the application of RMI's expertise have already proven to help fast-track clean energy adoption in low- and middle-income economies across sub-Saharan Africa and Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

Why It Matters

Low- and middle-income countries can meet their national energy plan goals and provide reliable and affordable energy access to their communities—and support their health and enhance their livelihoods— embracing and maximizing the contribution of clean energy solutions.

What We’re Doing

Within the Empowering Clean Economies Program, current focus areas include:

Caribbean Islands

Accelerating the transition of island economies from a heavy dependence on fossil fuels to clean energy and energy efficiency.

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Sub-Saharan Africa

Working with partners in sub-Saharan Africa to increase access to energy and to support economic development at the household and community levels.

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Southeast Asia

Addressing the technical, economic and regulatory barriers preventing clean energy transition in Southeast Asia.

Our Team

Van Leeuwen

Managing Director

Justin Locke
Senior Director

Eric Wanless
Senior Principal

Roy Torbert

Christopher Burgess
Projects Director

James Sherwood

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Kaitlyn Bunker

Kelly Carlin

Stephen Mushegan

Katie Lau
Marketing Manager

Edward Borgstein

Owen Lewis
Operations Manager

Fidel Neverson
Project Manager

Martyn Forde
CARILEC Renewable Energy (CAREC) Community Manager

Alexander Komakech Akena
East Africa Regional Coordinator

Sachi Graber
Senior Associate

Megan Kerins
Senior Associate

Elizabeth O'Grady
Senior Associate

Scarlett Santana

Ana Sophia Mifsud
Senior Associate

Ebun Ayandele

Sidney Jules
Senior Associate

Kester Wade

Callie Ruh
Compliance Manager

Katya Whyte
Development Officer

Wayne Omonuwa
Nigeria Energy Lead

Andrew Allee
Research Fellow

Ruosida (Star) Lin
Senior Associate

Zihe Meng
Senior Associate

Olatunde Okeowo head shot

Olatunde Okeowo

Shelley Backstrom

Shelley Backstrom
Program Coordinator