Professional Programs

Development Finance and Sustainable Energy Conference

PSE held a conference in April 2010 that convened thought leaders in the fields of development finance, sustainable energy, and energy finance. In addition to practitioners in these fields, a select group of academics, donors, policy makers, and students joined the discussion of how these fields can work together to expand access to and use of sustainable energy products and services by low-income people around the world.

Conference on Development Finance and Sustainable Energy

Growing out of the School’s 30 year tradition of exploring the complex relationships among the public, private and non-profit sectors, SOM’s Program on Social Enterprise has been exploring the intersections between development finance and sustainable energy, both within the US and in developing countries.  In particular, we want to examine whether the intentional linking of development finance with sustainable energy services can create collaborations that are more effective and efficient than separately pursued efforts in each field.

Our aim for the conference was to bring together leading practitioners and researchers exploring the array of interfaces between development finance and sustainable energy. Speakers and panels explored emerging trends at the service delivery, intermediary, and policy levels. A report, “Making the Connection: Partnerships in Development Finance and Sustainable Energy,” can be downloaded from the Resources tab.


Dipal Barua (Bright Green Energy Foundation, formerly with Grameen Shakti), John Berdes (ShoreBank Enterprise Cascadia), Roger Clark (The Reinvestment Fund), James Dailey (MicroEnergy Credits), Joel Freehling (ShoreBank Corporation), Harish Hande (SELCO Solar Lighting), Richard Hansen (Soluz, Inc.), Noara Kebir (MicroEnergy International), Philip LaRocco (E & Co.), Ellen Morris (Arc Finance), Silverio T. Navarro, Jr. (Asian Development Bank), Binu Parthan (Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership – REEEP), Paul Rippey (Center for Financial Inclusion, Energy Links Project), Joel Rogers (University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Center for State Innovation), Katherine Steel (World Bank, Africa Energy Unit), Corey Stone (Verdigris Ventures), Robert Stoner (MIT Energy Initiative), Mark Thurber (Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, Stanford University), Richenda Van Leeuwen (formerly with Good Energies Foundation), and Jayshree Vyas (SEWA Bank).


Implementing Partnerships in Service Delivery: India

SELCO Solar Lighting: Harish Hande, Founder & CEO
SEWA Bank: Jayshree Vyas, Managing Director
Soluz: Richard Hansen, CEO (Moderator)

Promoting Partnerships in Service Delivery: US

ShoreBank Enterprise Cascadia: John Berdes,CEO
The Reinvestment Fund: Roger Clark
ShoreBank Corporation: Joel Freehling
Verdigris Ventures, Corey Stone (moderator)

Intermediaries: Bridging Gaps Between Energy & Finance

Arc Finance: Ellen Morris, Founder and CEO
Bright Green Energy Foundation: Dipal Barua, Founder & Chairman
Asian Development Bank: Silverio T. Navarro, Jr., Renewable Energy Consultant
Center for Financial Inclusion: Paul Rippey, Senior Fellow, Engergy Links Project (Moderator)

Public Policy: Facilitating (and Hindering) Productive Partnerships

Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, Stanford University:
Mark Thurber, Assistant Director
Renewable Energy  & Energy Efficiency Partnerships-REEEP:
Binu Parthan, Deputy Director
MicroEnergy International: Noara Kebir, CEO
MIT Energy Initiative: Robert Stoner, Associate Director (Moderator)

Sparking Change: New Frontiers in Collaboration

University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Center for State Innovation: Joel Rogers
World Bank, Africa Energy Unit: Katherine Steel
MicroEnergy Credits: James Dailey, Director & CTO
Richenda Van Leeuwen (Moderator)


Dipal Barua, Bright Green Energy Foundation (formerly with Grameen Shakti)
John Berdes, ShoreBank Enterprise Cascadia
Roger Clark, The Reinvestment Fund
James Dailey, MicroEnergy Credits
Joel Freehling, ShoreBank
Harish Hande, SELCO Solar Lighting
Richard Hansen, Soluz, Inc.
Noara Kebir, MicroEnergy International
Philip LaRocco, E+Co.
Ellen Morris, Arc Finance
Silverio T. Navarro, Jr., Asian Development Bank
Binu Parthan, Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership – REEEP
Paul Rippey, Center for Financial Inclusion, Energy Links Project
Joel Rogers, University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Center for State Innovation
Katherine Steel, World Bank, Africa Energy Unit
Corey Stone, Verdigris Ventures
Robert Stoner, MIT Energy Initiative
Mark Thurber, Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, Stanford University
Richenda Van Leeuwen, (formerly) Good Energies Foundation
Jayshree Vyas, SEWA Bank


“Making the Connection: Partnerships in Development Finance and Sustainable Energy” grew out of a year-long research project and the conference hosted by Yale in April 2010. You can download the pdf file here:

To send any feedback on the report, please write to the Program on Social Enterprise (