Alumni News

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May 2021

Fletcher alumni, Michael Semeraro (F'20)'s capstone was published in Energy Strategy Reviews as a peer-reviewed article, "Renewable energy transport via hydrogen pipelines and HVDC transmission lines."
February 2021

Fletcher alumni, Robert Cowin F09, was named Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Engagement in the Biden Administration's Department of Energy
February 2019

Fletcher alumni, Rachel Kyte and Cristiana Paşca Palmer attend the UN Climate Action Summit

Rachel Kyte, F02, and Cristiana Paşca Palmer, F06, F14, partake in the first Steering Committee meeting at the United Nations Global Climate Action Summit.
February 2019

Illustration by Kasia Bogdanksa.
IERP alumnae and the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity,
Cristiana Paşca Palmer, was featured in Tufts Magazine.

Cristiana Paşca Palmer, F06, F14, is featured in "Force of Nature," an article in this month's Tufts Magazine. Author Elizabeth Gehrman explores Palmer's "desperate fight to slow the global wave of plant and animal extinctions—before it's too late."
January 2019

CIERP creator, Bill Moomaw, enjoying dinner in Singapore with Charlie Chester and other Fletcher School alumni hosted by Nancy Gleason.
Bill Moomaw and Charlie Chester visit Singapore with Fletcher Alumni.

Bill Moomaw, the creator of CIERP, joined Fletcher alumni, Nancy Gleason and Charlie Chester, for a meal in Singapore. The Fletcher School GMAP program is currently doing their residency program in Singapore. Nancy is the Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Yale-NUS (National University of Singapore), and was a wonderful dinner host!
November 2018

Kyte engaged in conversation with Co-Chair of the Cross-Brookings Initiative on Energy and Climate David G. Victor
Rachel Kyte (F02) is a guest at Brookings Institute Talk on the New Dynamics of Global Energy and Climate.

The Brookings Institute hosted Rachel Kyte (F02) to a talk on climate and new energies, following a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Kyte is the CEO of Sustainable Energy for All (several) and the special representative of the U.N secretary-general for Sustainable Energy for All. In this conversation, Kyte discussed the challenges in energy transitions and providing modern energy services to large populations. This event is part of a series of discussions with academics, leaders from industry and international organizations to highlight the energy and climate change challenges.
November 2018

IERP Alum and CBD Executive Secretary, Cristiana Pașca-Palmer
IISD Reporting Services
Cristiana Pașca-Palmer chaired the Innovative Solutions to Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Key Economic Sectors side event at the UN Biodiversity Conference on November 15, 2018 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

Cristiana Pașca-Palmer, the Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, chaired the discussion and mentioned various business models that consider environmental protection, noting the generation of co-benefits.

She also lead a discussion on ways to: "move the business case of mainstreaming biodiversity from impact to opportunity; and use innovation to mainstream biodiversity into business operations."

Read more of IISD's coverage of the UN Biodiversity Conference here.
August 2018

A refrigerator being transported by cart –
IPS article by Thalif Deen
Rachel Kyte (F02) Discusses Rising Temperatures and Access to Cooling in a Recent Interview with IPS.

Rachel Kyte, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Special Representative to the United Nations Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), says that in a world facing continuously rising temperatures, access to cooling is not a luxury.

“It’s essential for everyday life. It guarantees safe cold supply chains for fresh produce, safe storage of life-saving vaccines, and safe work and housing conditions.”

But rising temperatures – made worse by global warming – is not confined only middle income and poorer nations.

Read the full interview with Rachel Kyte here: Amidst Rising Heat Waves, UN says Cooling is a Human Right, not a Luxury.
August 2018

Many remote areas, like the Sundarbans region straddling India and Bangladesh pictured here, have little near-term potential for grid connectivity, making them totally dependent on technologies like solar. – Photo: Dr. Kartikeya Singh
Down to the Last Mile: Key Research Needs for Energy Access is a CSIS policy brief published by Kartikeya Singh, F'16-PhD, Deputy Director and Fellow, Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies. Building on research begun at CIERP, Singh asked scholars and practitioners what kinds of research questions need to be asked to further energy access.

April 2018

From Renewable Energy Magazine:
New “Faces of Energy” Website Provides Global View of Gender and Socially Inclusive Sustainable Energy Efforts
Faces of Energy is an interactive data visualization created by Sustainable Energy for All and ENERGIA that maps stakeholder engagement on gender equality, social inclusion and women’s empowerment at the intersection of sustainable energy and climate change agendas. The site is continually updated as new information and data is submitted.

Contributors include CIERP Professor of Practice Rachel Kyte and former CIERP fellow Rebecca Pearl-Martinez.