Richenda Van Leeuwen
Richenda Van Leeuwen is Executive Director, Energy and Climate, Energy Access Initiative team overseeing the UN Foundation's work on energy access. She joined the UN Foundation in 2010 from Good Energies, a global renewable energy investment company. A sought out speaker on energy access and poverty issues, she has over 20 years of executive management experience with the UN, private sector and non-profits on several continents.
Ms. Van Leeuwen has a range of expertise encompassing not only emerging markets commercial investment in renewable energy technologies, but also the application of a range of renewable energy technologies for poverty alleviation, including business, financing and investment models to support scaling of Base of the Pyramid markets in developing countries. She also has many years of experience leading micro, small and medium sized enterprise investment activities and projects in Africa, Asia and the Americas with a focus on gender equity, as well as experience in refugee issues and post-conflict reconstruction particularly gained in SE Asia and the Balkans. She currently serves on the board of SELCO India, a leading renewable energy social enterprise focusing on energy solutions for poor families in India.