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Makena is a Senior Associate at CLASP leading and managing research for the Low Energy Inclusive Appliances program (LEIA). LEIA is part of a wider effort, Efficiency for Access, a global coalition promoting energy efficiency as a potent catalyst in clean energy access efforts. The coalition programmes aim to scale up markets and reduce prices for super-efficient, off-and weak-grid appropriate products, support technological innovation, and improve sector coordination.
Makena’s work generates data and insights to advice sector actors on how to accelerate the availability, affordability, efficiency, and performance of four near-to-market products (refrigerators, televisions, fans, and solar water pumps) and a variety of cross-cutting horizon and enabling technologies. She has over 7 years of diverse experience in the energy sector in both utility scale solutions and distributed renewables, having previously worked as an engineer in the United Kingdom’s Civil Nuclear Industry, in energy generation and utility scale distribution
Prior to joining CLASP, Makena managed energy access theme prizes and other research effort on pro-poor energy solutions in developing countries. She has authored impact and baseline research on improved institution cookstoves and refrigeration for the rural poor, contributed to research efforts in solar home system market stimulation in Bangladesh, and helped scope energy for humanitarian needs.