Press release: Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Names Dymphna van der Lans as Chief Executive Officer
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (Alliance) today announced the appointment of Dymphna van der Lans as its new Chief Executive Officer. Dymphna succeeds Radha Muthiah, who will continue to serve as a member of the Alliance Leadership Council.
Dymphna brings more than 25 years of experience managing and leading global development, energy, and climate initiatives in the nonprofit and private sectors. In her most recent role, she led international corporate engagement with the World Wildlife Fund’s Climate & Energy team. Previously, she worked with the Clinton Foundation as CEO of the Clinton Climate Initiative and has also served as the senior director for public policy programs at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
“Dymphna is a dynamic and high energy leader with a commitment to tackling complex, interconnected issues,” said Kathy Calvin, head of the Alliance Leadership Council and CEO of the UN Foundation, which hosts the Alliance. “Her extensive leadership and innovation in the nonprofit and private sectors match well with the Alliance’s market-based approach to solving one of the world’s most pressing issues. I am confident Dymphna will build on the incredible progress on clean cooking that Radha has led so ably.”
Dymphna, who will join the Alliance full-time on April 23, has served as the director of global renewables, infrastructure, and energy efficiency at a specialist investment banking firm in London, and also worked for seven years at BP, where her last appointment was as BP Alternative Energy’s director of distributed energy markets. Her native language is Dutch, and in addition, she speaks English and Chinese fluently and has conversation ability in both French and German. Dymphna has worked and lived in China, India and Kenya and worked with island nations in the Caribbean and the Indian and Pacific Oceans to support their transition away from polluting diesel fuels to renewable sources of energy. She holds advanced degrees from both Leiden University and the University of Beijing. In addition, Dymphna earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Rice University and is also a graduate from Dialogos, Leadership for Collective Intelligence, and the Kellogg School of Management’s Sales and Marketing Leadership Program.
“I am excited to join the Alliance, an organization that’s made tremendous progress on one of the toughest challenges of our time,” said Dymphna. “It’s clear there’s no single solution to this issue – it’s going to take a whole systems approach. Together with our dedicated partners, entrepreneurs, and donors around the world, I’m confident the Alliance can continue the momentum it has built and ultimately help achieve universal access to clean cooking solutions.”
Since its founding in 2010, the Alliance has raised significant global awareness and engagement around this issue, with more than 1800 active partner organizations, enterprises and governments working on clean cooking. The Alliance has also helped drive the research, standards development, and innovation that are improving both the quality of stoves and fuels available to the consumer, as well as the new business models that are ensuring affordability and distribution to all who are in need. Through joint communications and advocacy, the issue of clean cooking is now firmly entrenched in dozens of country climate plans and within multiple Sustainable Development Goals.
Photo courtesy of Russ Keyte.