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Katya Whyte

Development Officer
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Katya Whyte is a Senior Associate with RMI’s Islands Energy Program and Shine Initiative. As part of the Islands Energy Program she manages the $2 million Global Environment Facility grant and is a project manager for the team’s portfolio in Turks and Caicos where she recently ran the procurement process for a 1 MW solar PV project, the first utility-scale renewable energy project for the local utility, Fortis TCI.

As part of the Shine initiative, Katya has led the development of the Market work stream for the community-scale product platform.


Prior to her time at RMI, Katya was at Virgin Unite, the charitable foundation of the Virgin Group, where she developed case studies on companies committed to sustainable initiatives for Richard Branson’s book Screw Business as Usual. This stimulated her interest in environmental causes and prompted her move to Carbon War Room, a nonprofit that merged with Rocky Mountain Institute in 2014.

Katya was brought up in London, where she was educated at the French Lycee and is a native speaker of English, French, and Croatian, and also competent in Spanish.


BA, Economics and Social Sciences, French Lycee

East European Studies, University College London

University of Zagreb, Croatia.


Washington D.C.