LPG For Development Summit Part 1 - Achieving SDGS with LPG
Research Director of the Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS) Program and Professor of Global Energy Challenges, Loughborough University, UK
Ed Brown is the Research Director of the Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS) Program and Professor of Global Energy Challenges at Loughborough University in the UK. Ed is a geographer with nearly thirty years of research experience in international development. His interests lie in the fields of energy access and low carbon energy transitions, questions of transparency, governance and corruption and financial globalization and the financial needs of the poor. As well as being the MECS PI, Ed is the Co-Coordinator of the UK Low Carbon Energy for Development Network which works on building bridges between the divergent branches of academia working on energy and international development issues. He is (or has recently been) Principal Investigator on a wide range of research and innovation projects in the energy access, energy planning and clean cooking fields.
Global Head of Energy, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), New York
Marcel Alers is UNDP’s Global Head of Energy. Marcel is an experienced development professional and has 35 years of experience in environmental and energy management. He first joined UNDP in 1999, focusing on GEF funded project development and developed a significant portfolio of clean energy projects, including a large number of energy efficiency projects in particular in the buildings sector. After leading UNDP’s programming in the area of sustainable energy for many years, since 2018 he has been UNDP’s Global Head of Energy, focusing on energy policy and strategy. Prior to joining UNDP, Marcel worked as a senior environmental specialist at the African Development Bank with a special focus on energy and infrastructure. Before that he managed several sustainable forest and protected area management projects in Cote d’Ivoire and in several Central African countries.
Chairman, Global LPG Partnership (GLPGP), USA
Kimball Chen is the Chairman of the Global LPG Partnership (“GLPGP”), the UN and EU backed Public Private Partnership that assists developing countries to implement LPG supply (bottled gas) for clean cooking, to achieve urgently needed reduction in the 4 million household air pollution deaths per year, severe deforestation, climate change-forcing black carbon emissions and gender inequity caused by cooking with wood and charcoal and by associated fuelgathering. GLPGP collaborates closely with the UN and its major agencies, including WHO, UNHCR, UNDP, UNEP, the World Bank and UNDESA. He also serves as Chairman of Energy Transportation Group, Inc. (“ETG”). Founded in 1972, ETG has focused on development and operation of LNG and LPG logistics companies serving developed and developing countries and was the pioneer in modern, large-scale LNG shipping. In the period 2001-2013, ETG served as LNG Shipping Advisor to China and to the founding of the Chinese LNG sector. His family includes influential Ministers of State and leaders in the political and economic modernization of China. Mr. Chen has advised many governments on strategic LNG and LPG policy issues, including the United States, Turkey, China, Romania, Portugal, Pakistan, Argentina and others. In the period 2012-2015, he served as President of the World LPG Association, the global voice of the LPG industry. Mr. Chen also served on the International Chamber of Commerce G20 CEO Advisory Group which communicates policy recommendations from global private sector leaders to the G20 Heads of Government. Mr. Chen contributed particularly to ICC recommendations on providing affordable, modern sustainable energy to all. Mr. Chen's past and present public activities include the Council on Foreign Relations, various Harvard University committees, the Board of Directors of Financial Services Corporation (New York City’s economic development bank in the 1980’s), the Board of Trustees of the Eisenhower Fellowships and the Board of Trustees of Groton School. His educational background includes the B.A. degree magna cum laude (Classical and English Literature) in 1973 from Harvard University and the M.B.A. degree in 1978 from Harvard Business School.
Team Leader on Energy and Health, World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva
Heather Adair-Rohani is the team leader on energy and health at the World Health Organization Headquarters. She has helped in the coordination and development of the WHO guidelines for indoor air quality: household fuel combustion and is currently leading work to support countries in the implementation of these Guidelines through the Clean Household Energy Solutions Toolkit. She also actively participates and represents WHO at various global initiatives focused on health, air pollution and energy like UN Energy, Sustainable Energy for All, Inter-Agency Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators, and the Global Strategy for Women, Children and Adolescent Health. She has coordinated a multi-stakeholder survey harmonization process and the expansion of the WHO household energy database, as well as WHO’s database on electricity access in health care facilities among other activities aimed at enhancing the evidence for policy-makers and to build country capacity to address air pollution, energy access and related health impacts.
CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy, Vienna, Sustainable Energy for All
Before joining SEforALL, Damilola Ogunbiyi was the first female Managing Director of the Nigerian Rural Electrification. She was also responsible for the Energizing Education Programme which will provide uninterrupted electricity to 37 federal universities and seven teaching hospitals through off-grid captive power.
Damilola previously worked as the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Power and Head of the Advisory Power Team (APT) in the Office of the Vice President. She was responsible for the Power Sector Recovery Programme (PSRP), which is a series of policy actions, operational, governance and financial interventions to be implemented by the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) over a five year period (2017-2021).
Before joining the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN), Mrs. Ogunbiyi was the first female to be appointed as the General Manager of the Lagos State Electricity Board, which is responsible for public lighting, independent power projects and energy development in Lagos State.
Mrs. Ogunbiyi entered public service as the Senior Special Assistant to the Lagos State Governor on Public-Private Partnerships (PPP). Prior to her appointment, she was a consultant for the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID) on public-private partnerships.
Mrs. Ogunbiyi maintains a keen interest in mentoring and empowering young people through skills acquisitions. She created the Lagos State Energy Academy to build the capacity of young people in renewable energy technology.
Mrs. Ogunbiyi is one of the Commissioners for the Global Commission to End Energy Poverty which is an initiative driven by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and The Rockefeller Foundation.