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Lily Odarno

Director of Energy, Development and Climate in Africa

Lily Odarno is CATF’s Director of Energy, Development and Climate in Africa. She leads CATF’s effort to address the dual need of expanding affordable energy in developing economies and creating a global decarbonized energy system. Working with a strong network of local partners, the Energy, Development and Climate in Africa program advocates for actions and policies that can support the energy needs of growing African economies, address climate concerns and re-calibrate international efforts to the actual needs of African countries.

Lily joins CATF from the World Resources Institute where she led the establishment of the Institute’s Energy Access Initiative in East Africa. She later led policy engagement and the uptake of data and analytic tools for integrated energy planning, in partnership with government energy agencies, ministries, private and civil society organizations across the region. Prior to that, Lily worked with the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy and the UNEP DTU Partnership, where she conducted research in West Africa under the former Clean Energy Development Program.

Having lived, studied and worked on three continents, Lily deeply appreciates the uniqueness of energy challenges across geographies and the all-important role of local context in developing energy systems that are meaningful for people, the economy and the environment. She has written extensively on topics at the intersection of energy and development in Africa.

Lily holds a BSc in Biological Sciences from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, an MSc (Eng.) in Environmental Management from the Aalborg University in Denmark, and a PhD in Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware.