Aaron Leopold

Chief Executive Officer

Aaron is responsible for building out the organization’s ability to deliver on its objectives of radically growing both financing and political support of decentralized utilities across the continent. Aaron also serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), a global industry association representing the entire rural energy value chain.

He previously was a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and for nearly five years was Practical Action’s Global Energy Representative, where he acted as thought leader on energy access, and was co-lead author of their annual flagship Poor People’s Energy Outlook report. Aaron was also a co-founder and deputy-director of the Power for All partnership and campaign. Before his focus turned specifically to energy for development, Aaron was the Director of Environment & Sustainable Development at the Global Governance Institute, a Brussels-based think tank he co-founded. He has published on renewable energy in a variety of contexts, and has a Master’s degree in Global Political Economy from the University of Kassel, Germany.