Policy and Business Development Officer at Alliance for Rural Electrification.
"Throughout my policy and business development activities, I strive to inspire and convince companies, financiers, NGOs and public organisations to do even more to realise clean energy access and rural development in developing countries."
Who are you?
I’m a person who is strongly driven by two objectives. First, we need to decarbonise the global economy to fight climate change. Second, we need to strive towards universal access to clean energy to enable sustainable development around the world. Indeed, as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon observed: “Energy is the golden thread that connects economic growth, increased social equity, and an environment that allows the world to thrive". It is to contribute to both objectives and to do my share that I work as Policy and Business Development Officer with the Alliance for Rural Electrification. Indeed, in this role I work closely with energy companies, key institutions, financiers and NGOs to boost clean energy access and rural development in developing countries.
Why are you part of Generation T?
I am determined to work towards a more sustainable society. But if we are to achieve this objective, we’re going to need all the help we can get – which means that a strong alliance between the political, the NGO and the business world is paramount. Concretely, in my view, this alliance can achieve a more sustainable society by following two complementary paths. The first path comprises more traditional activities such as classic humanitarian and environmental projects. The second path involves actions which are underpinned by the principle of the Triple Bottom Line or “people, planet and profit”. It is to exchange on such topics and work together with other young professionals that I aspire to be part of Generation T.
A specific example on how your project or activities make a difference and initiate change:
Throughout my policy and business development activities, I strive to inspire and convince companies, financiers, NGOs and public organisations to do even more to realise clean energy access in developing countries. My arguments can briefly be summarised as follows. On the one hand, universal access to clean energy is unlikely to be realised by 2030 considering available government and NGO budgets as well as current investment flows. On the other hand, for the private sector, this represents an enormous business opportunity as the developing countries are characterised by huge renewable energy potential, unmet business and household demand as well as strong economic prospects. Moreover, companies can synchronise their CSR activities with their business interests, thus achieving maximum impact on the ground whilst generating good business.