Originally posted at weforum.org here. Coordinated public-sector support once kick-started the technologies, business practices, and markets needed for a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon energy future. Over time, the increasing profitability of clean energy activity has come to drive exponential growth in global annual investment—amounting to more than $333 billion…
Kieran is a Senior Associate at RMI. He currently supports the Chief Executive Officer with research, analysis, communications and cross-Institute collaboration to drive thought leadership, innovation and strategic initiatives.
Kieran’s interests span climate science and modeling; technological and behavioral change; political economy; and market design for emerging technologies and business models. Kieran works with RMI’s Electricity and Climate Finance practices in areas of renewable energy market development, finance and business models in the United States, India and Sub-Saharan Africa. He advises RMI’s Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (SEED) program on finance solutions required to scale the minigrid market in 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 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 worked for an early-stage start-up based in Colombia, which combined atmospheric analytics, grid analytics, and portfolio finance methods to identify optimal portfolios of small- and medium-scale distributed generation renewables projects. Previously, he consulted for the World Bank and Rockefeller Foundation on rural electrification efforts in India, specifically around transparent market-making policy and regulation. Kieran’s prior experience includes researching the global macroeconomics and political economy with the Center on Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), international 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.
Master of Arts, The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Bachelor of Arts, The Johns Hopkins University