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Aileen Nowlan
Ashoka: Innovators for the Public

Aileen is a Senior Associate at Ashoka’s Hybrid Value Chain Initiative. At Ashoka, Aileen works to transform sectors to serve low income people. Aileen focuses on analyzing gaps in value chains, understanding business model innovations, and developing methodologies to make partnerships sustainable.

Previously, Aileen worked at McKinsey & Company in the New York office and co-led the McKinsey Alumni in Development chapter. She first learned about responsible business working at the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics in collaboration with the World Bank and the UN Global Compact. Aileen received her undergraduate degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She has lived and worked in China, India, and Canada.

Posts by Aileen Nowlan

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    New Report: Clean, Safe Energy for the Base of the Pyramid

    For those who haven’t lived in the darkness that 1.6 billion people without electricity face at night, it is perhaps surprising that energy be ranked among other pressing concerns such as health, or education, or housing. For the poorest people of the world, access to clean and safe energy is an entry into a new life.

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    Reliable Access to Energy in Slums: There’s Hope

    For the past months I’ve been researching market-based solutions for access to energy for low-income communities. I’ve come across everything from efficient cookstoves to rural cooperatives that have the potential to replicate and serve billions of people. Most exciting for me are the models that connect slum residents to power and gas grids...

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    Guest Post: Clean Development Mechanisms for the Base of the Pyramid?

    You?ve probably read many stories of solar, biogas, and wind enterprises bringing clean energy with associated health, dignity and other benefits to the BoP. Underlying this movement is a seemingly simple framework known as the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). It has the power to enable clean energy enterprises, but it?s under siege.

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