One of the key recommendations of this report is to ensure inclusive multi-stakeholder collaboration. This entails communicating clear market signals to suppliers and upstream equipment providers and coordinating closely among practitioners and installers.
- Islands Energy Program
Justin Locke is a Senior Director of RMI’s Empowering Clean Economies Program and is the senior lead for the Islands Energy Program. Justin also is responsible for international strategic partnerships and resource mobilization with the multilateral and bilateral community at RMI.
Justin previously held the position of Infrastructure (Disaster Risk Management) Specialist at the World Bank where he managed the Caribbean adaptation and infrastructure portfolio. Before his tenure at the World Bank, Justin worked for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in the Pacific Region—holding the role of Development Specialist at the UNDP Regional Pacific Center based in Fiji which provides technical assistance to over 14 Pacific island countries. He also held the position of Community and Recovery Specialist for the UNDP Multi-Country Office based in Samoa where he managed the Polynesian sub-region portfolio.
MPA, Public Administration in International Management, Monterey Institute of International Studies
BA, University of California, Davis
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