Kieran Coleman

Kieran is a former Manager at RMI, working with its Strategic Insights Team to design and build whole-systems solutions that accelerate the global energy transition.


Kieran’s interests and activities span technological and behavioral change; political economy; and market and policy design to properly value emerging technologies, business models, and people. Kieran previously supported RMI’s Chief Executive Officer with research, analysis, communications and cross-Institute collaboration to drive thought leadership, innovation and strategic initiatives. Kieran works with RMI’s Electricity, Sustainable Energy for Economic Development, and Climate Finance practices in areas of renewable energy market development, finance and business models in the United States, India and Sub-Saharan Africa. His previous work with the Shine Program focused on developing business models, ownership and financing structures to enable and scale inclusive value propositions in the U.S. community-scale solar market. He has also supported RMI’s work in India, where he helped to facilitate the early-stage design and development of a $40 million catalytic concessional finance facility to leverage $1 billion in private capital toward distributed solar investment. Kieran joined RMI in August 2015.

Previously, he co-founded a distributed energy analytics start-up in Medellín, Colombia. He has consulted for the World Bank and Rockefeller Foundation on rural electrification efforts in India. Kieran’s prior experience includes researching global macroeconomics and political economy with the Center on Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), economic forecasting with the PNC Financial Services Group’s Economics Group, and a year-long position supporting the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Iraq Political-Military Affairs. In his free time Kieran is a roving reader, writer, cyclist, and performing artist.


Master of Arts, The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Bachelor of Arts, The Johns Hopkins University