Clean Energy and Global Development Community,
I just got word of an really interesting event this coming Monday, 12 March.
Drew Sloan, Army Veteran and Rachel Kleinfeld, Truman National Security Project's CEO, will be at the Marines' Memorial Club in San Francisco to discuss their recent book: "Let There Be Light."
Providing electricity to the unlit and unstable parts of the globe is crucial to jump-starting development, improving the environment, and stabilizing fragile states that ferment many of today's security threats. Let There Be Light shows the failures of centralized electricity to meet these challenges—and describes how distributed, renewable energy such as solar and wind power can work. But, Kleinfeld and Sloan argue, it is not enough to harness the power of the elements. To scale, distributed energy must harness the power of the market. Taking on the major challenges that have impeded distributed energy's success, this book describes the roles development donors, social entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, the military, and the business world can play to make lighting the developing world a reality.
DR. RACHEL KLEINFELD
Rachel is the founding CEO of the Truman National Security Project. Named one of the Top 40 Political Leaders by Time Magazine, Rachel appears regularly on national radio and television. Her passion lies in issues that fall along the seams of national security, human security, and development. She has written on building the rule of law in weak states, bioterrorism, energy, and a host of national security issues. Rachel has worked in microfinance in India, served as an election monitor in Pakistan and Bangladesh, and consulted for the World Bank, OECD, EU, and multiple private organizations on building the rule of law, work that she continues as a non-resident Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She serves as a founding member of the State Department's Foreign Affairs Policy Board, which provides the Secretary and other senior State Department officials with foreign policy guidance.
Rachel received her D.Phil and M.Phil from Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar, and holds a B.A. from Yale University. She grew up in a log house on a dirt road in Fairbanks, Alaska, which has one of the world's largest batteries backing up an electricity grid phone to blackouts.
Drew currently works in the Client Solutions Department of the energy efficiency company, OPower. Prior to this, he spent five years in the United States Army, where he served in Afghanistan, was wounded, and after convalescing at Walter Reed, returned to active duty and subsequently deployed to Iraq as the aide-de-camp for a brigadier general. He was awarded two bronze stars for meritorious service and a purple heart. Since departing the military he has worked at both Rocky Mountain Institute under the direct tutelage of Amory Lovins as well and in the Commercialization Office at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
Drew holds a Bachelor's of Science in History from the United States Military Academy at West Point as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
For more information, please visit www.trumanproject.org/book
Where: Marines' Memorial Club and Hotel | 609 Sutter Street (@ Mason St), San Francisco, CA
When: 12 March, Registration at 5:30 pm | Program at 6:00-7:00 pm