Champions of the Clean Cooking Cause

Walt Patterson

Physicist and Author

Walt Patterson joined Chatham House as an associate fellow in 1991. He was senior research fellow 1993-2000 until retirement, since when he has again been associate fellow. He is also a visiting fellow in the Sussex Energy Group at the University of Sussex, and a founder-member of the International Energy Advisory Council. A postgraduate in nuclear physics from the University of Manitoba in Canada, he has been actively involved in energy and environment since the late 1960s. Electricity Vs Fire: The Fight For Our Future is his fourteenth book. He has also published hundreds of papers, articles and reviews, on topics including nuclear power, coal technology, renewable energy, energy systems, energy policy and electricity.

Nancy Wimmer

Entrepreneur, Researcher, Author and Advisor

Nancy Wimmer is author and advisor to the World Council for Renewable Energy. Her work in developing countries began with microcredit and the Nobel Prize winning Grameen Bank in Bangladesh in 1990. Since 1996 she has also worked with Grameen Shakti, which pioneered an innovative business model to provide solar systems to remote village households. Her practical work has since led her to the rural parts of Egypt, El Salvador, India, Honduras, Nepal and Peru. She has lectured and published extensively and advises investors and entrepreneurs. Her most recent publication is the book: THE MARKETMAKERS―Solar for the Hinterland of Bangladesh.

Rachel Kyte

Dean at The Fletcher School

Rachel Kyte is dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University. A 2002 graduate of Fletcher’s Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP) and a professor of practice at the school since 2012, Kyte is the first woman to lead the nation’s oldest graduate-only school of international affairs. Prior to joining Fletcher, Kyte served as special representative of the UN secretary-general and chief executive officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL). She previously was the World Bank Group vice president and special envoy for climate change, leading the run-up to the Paris Agreement. She was also vice president at the International Finance Corporation. In her UN role and as CEO of SEforAll, Kyte led efforts to promote and finance clean, reliable and affordable energy as part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Damilola Ogunbiyi


Damilola Ogunbiyi is the CEO of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy. She is also a Commissioner for the Global Commission to End Energy Poverty and the Co-Chair of the COP26 Energy Transition Council. She is a global leader and advocate for the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7), which calls for access to reliable, affordable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030, in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change. Prior to joining SEforALL, Mrs. Ogunbiyi was the first female Managing Director of the Nigerian Rural Electrification Agency where she was responsible for successfully negotiating the Nigerian Electrification Project which is a USD 550 million facility to rapidly construct solar mini-grids and deploy solar home systems across Nigeria to close energy access gaps.