Senior Programme Coordinator, Integrated Sustainable Energy and Ecological Development Association (INSEDA)
Kavita Myles is Senior Programme Coordinator at the Integrated Sustainable Energy and Ecological Development Association (INSEDA). She brings a unique mix of high-level expertise and on-the-ground experience to her work on energy access. Growing up in India, she was inspired by her father who spent over four decades advocating for affordable and clean energy in rural settings. After receiving degrees in economics and international relations and applying her knowledge as a climate change policy researcher, she has spent four years working with grassroots NGOs in India that develop and promote climate resilience strategies and low-cost, low-carbon energy access solutions for rural areas.
Kavita’s ongoing work includes the development of a model for an ‘eco-village’ to demonstrate the community co-benefits of implementing renewable energy technologies, and a pilot sanitation project that uses biogas technology to generate power. “This ties in with three issues that I feel strongly about and have a lot of relevance in India, “ she says,” sanitation, women’s rights and energy access.”
Despite her experience and education, Kavita sees the energy access issue from a distinctly human and intimately local level. At the Summit, she will bring a practitioner's’ view of energy access implementation and wants to address the issue that there are not enough incentives given to private citizens to innovate in the field.