Richenda Van Leeuwen
Expert in International Energy Access Policy and Finance
Richenda Van Leeuwen served as Executive Director, Energy Access leading the United Nations Foundation's global work on energy access from 2010 until mid-2016. She founded and grew UNF’s Energy Access Practitioner Network, a 2,300 member global network of private and public sector organizations catalyzing off-grid electrification in developing countries. She also helped develop and promote the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative led by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. This included the UN International Year (2012) and Decade (2014-24) of Sustainable Energy for All, active engagement on climate change issues, and the development of a Sustainable Development Goal focused on energy. She is currently providing advisory and consulting services on a range of international clean and modern energy solutions for developing countries.
Richenda joined UNF in 2010 from Good Energies, a global renewable energy private equity firm, where she led emerging markets renewable energy investments, and was a founding director of the Good Energies Foundation. From 2001 to 2005 she served as the CEO of Trickle Up, an award winning international microenterprise development NGO.
A sought out global speaker on energy access, gender and poverty issues, she has 25 years of global executive management experience with the UN, private sector and non-profits.
She serves on the board of SELCO India, a leading renewable energy social enterprise. She co-chaired the World Bank’s Expert Group for the Climate Investment Fund Scaling Renewable Energy Program, and also serves as a founding U.S. Women’s Clean Energy Ambassador within the Clean Energy Ministerial's C3E initiative, with the U.S. Department of Energy.
Richenda gained both her Bachelors (Geography) and MBA degrees from Durham University.
You can follow her on Twitter: @VanLeeuwenR