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Lily Odarno joins Clean Air Task Force as Director of Energy, Development and Climate in Africa

Washington, D.C – Clean Air Task Force (CATF) is pleased to announce that Lily Odarno has joined the organization as Director of Energy, Development and Climate in Africa, leading the launch of a new program to address the dual needs of expanding affordable energy in developing economies and creating a global decarbonized energy system. 

In this new role, Lily will focus on reframing the global energy access debate to better clarify the relationship between development needs and global climate goals, and to calibrate international efforts to the actual needs of developing nationsShe will initially focus on sub-Saharan Africa.  

It’s critical to both the planet and its people that we reconcile the growing energy demands of developing economies with the imperative to decarbonize the global energy system,” said Armon Cohen, CATF Executive Director. CATF is committed to tackling this challenge, and we’re thrilled to have Lily Odarno join us to lead that effort. 

Lily joins CATF from the World Resources Institute (WRI), where she managed WRI’s energy access policy and planning  engagements in Africa.  She previously worked with the UNEP DTU Partnershipunder the former Clean Energy Development Program. She holds a PhD in Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware. Read Lily’s full bio here. 

Bold, pragmatic and inclusive actions are needed to navigate the pressing challenges of energy poverty, rapid urbanization and climate change in developing economies,” said Lily Odarno. “Africa can, and must take the lead in shaping an energy future that improves the lives of its people, holds promise for its growing economies and sets the stage for eventual decarbonization. I am very excited to join CATF to lead this charge.

About the Clean Air Task Force 

Clean Air Task Force (CATF) is a non-profit organization working to safeguard against the worst impacts of climate change by catalyzing the rapid global development and deployment of low-carbon energy and other climate-protecting technologies. We work towards these objectives through research and analysis, public advocacy leadership, and partnership with the private sector. With nearly 25 years of nationally and internationally recognized expertise on clean air policy and regulations and a fierce commitment to fully exploring all potential solutions, CATF is an environmental advocacy group with the bold ideas needed today to solve the climate crisis. CATF is headquartered in Boston, with staff working virtually around the U.S. and abroad. 

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