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Rebekah Shirley

Chief Research Officer, Power for All

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Named Africa Utility Week’s “Outstanding Young Leader in Energy”, Dr. Rebekah Shirley is the Chief Research Officer at Power for All, where she works toward better access to high-quality energy data and insights for the sector. She leads the Platform for Energy Access Knowledge (PEAK) team on research and technology development, and is currently hosted as a Visiting Research Fellow at Strathmore University, in Nairobi, Kenya, where she lives. Rebekah earned her PhD from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley where she also previously obtained her M Sc. Energy and Resources and an M Sc. in Civil Engineering. Her research explores models for integrated energy planning and opportunities for catalyzing decentralized energy markets in sub Saharan Africa. Rebekah was a University of California Chancellor’s Fellow and has won grants from institutions such as the Department of Energy, the Mott Foundation, and the Rainforest Foundation that support her work.