Introducing our thought leaders
The people behind EEAP
We invite you to be guided by our thought leaders through the varied topics, learnings and discussions involving energy evaluation.
The development of EEAP has been guided by an Organising Committee: Kevin Cooney, Phil Degens, Charles Michaelis, Li Pengcheng, Nina Campbell, Melanie Slade and Edward Vine.
Charles MichaelisBOARD MEMBER
With good evaluation, in 10 years the world has a better chance to meet the Paris goals and be well below 2 degrees warmer.
Nina CampbellBoard member
Evaluators and policy makers need to work together to grow the evidence base.
I have been working in the energy efficiency and climate change policy field for 10 years, both at the international level (within the International Energy Agency) and the national level (in the New Zealand government). We urgently need to progress the energy transition, and, as a social scientist, I believe that step-change solutions can be found by drawing on social science perspectives which enable us to understand the role of energy-users in the system, and the wider socio-technical context that energy systems operate within.
Unique social norms and values, practices and identities give rise to an infinite array of different “energy cultures”, and our energy culture has a profound effect on the way we use energy, the way we respond to energy policy and to messages about sustainability and climate change. Through adaptive listening and robust and inclusive evaluation we can start to decipher these cultural influences, to understand what works and what doesn’t and how to do the job better.
What’s more, energy policies are having multiple benefits/ impacts across societies and economies that are often missed from traditional, KwH-focused policy assessment. As a result, we are undervaluing the role that energy and climate projects have in bringing about wider changes in society and improving quality of living across the board.
Awareness of this missed opportunity is growing fast, and evaluators and policy makers need to work together to grow the evidence base and our methodologies for doing so in innovative ways. Increased collaboration and international knowledge sharing is critical to this, especially in smaller countries of the Asia Pacific region, like New Zealand, and networks like IEPPEC and EEAP are where the action happens.
Li PengchengBoard member
Li Pengcheng works in Resource and Environment Branch of China National Institute of Standardization (CNIS).
Archana WaliaBoard member
Evaluation when carried out in a timely and correct manner is important to determine the achievement of the objectives, identify any problems associated with programme planning and implementation, provide insights for learning which, in turn, contributes towards better designed programmes, improved management and a better assessment of their impact thereby facilitating decisions on further resource commitment.
Dr. Archana Walia is a practicing development professional with over twenty-four years of core experience of working on issues across the sectors ranging from climate change; clean energy, energy efficiency, urban development, water management and integrated resource management.
She has served in several leadership position as a country director, deputy office director, senior climate change advisor and a team leader with demonstrable experience to lead teams of professionals and administrative staff, planning strategies and programs, managing the portfolio for results, planning budgets and financial management.
Serving as the Director of India program at CLASP, she provides leadership, management, and strategic direction to all program activities to ensure the efficient use of resources and achievement of results. She oversees strategies and activities for India’s participation in the Global programs such as Superefficient Appliance and Deployment program (SEAD) under the Clean Energy Ministerial as well as actively develops business development strategies.
Archana served as the deputy director of the Office of Clean Energy and Environment at USAID/India. In this capacity, she served as the senior energy and climate change advisor at USAID providing intellectual leadership, advisory and analytical inputs in the development of climate change program strategies including clean energy, sustainable landscape and water. Her experience ranges from developing program strategies and analyzing the financial, economic, institutional, technological and environmental costs and benefits of various regulatory, policy and technological changes especially relating to clean energy and energy efficiency. Prior to this, Archana worked with the Department for International Development (DFID), UK bilateral agency for over four years managing the first ever Power Sector Reform Program in India in the state of Orissa. She worked with the British Council division as Project officer for three years administering and managing projects and training program in the field of Natural Resources and Environment.
Boonrod YaowapruekBoard member
Boonrod believes evaluation is a very important step that we can’t ignore. It is the whole game to understand more and gain lessons learned & feedbacks to grow and to become better, wiser, and stronger.
Boonrod Yaowapruek is currently the Director and Head of climate finance practice at Creagy, a result-oriented consultancy specialized in energy and climate change.He has over 18 years of experience in clean energy and financing in Asia. Recently, Roonrod was the investment mobilization lead at USAID Clean Power Asia and the clean energy finance team leader at USAID PFAN-Asia, where he led the team to work with policy makers, developers, investors, and financial institutions in identifying barriers and facilitating the clean energy investment across Asia. He also served in various roles as originator, structurer, analyst and consultant at GDF SUEZ (Engie), Eneco Energy Trade BV, ABN AMRO Bank NV and ERM-Siam.
Since 2015, Boonrod has been focusing his work on monitoring and evaluation for clients to ensure that their programs/projects are effective, efficient and sustainable. Creagy supported the Ministry of Energy to monitor and evaluate national energy policies and their energy projects funded by the Energy Conservation Fund (Encon fund) in Thailand. Some people still don’t understand differences between ‘evaluation ‘ and ‘audit’, and think an evaluator is an evil trying to catch their bad. Boonrod believes evaluation is a very important step that we can’t ignore. It is the whole game to understand more and gain lessons learned & feedbacks to grow and to become better, wiser, and stronger. He really hopes we grow this evaluation community to make our world grow sustainably.
Mel has spent nearly thirty years in energy efficiency policy development and implementation in many parts of the world.
She started out working in the UK Government on industrial energy efficiency and has worked with many other governments to establish similar programmes, perhaps most notably, the Government of China in the 1990s.
She also spent six years chairing the Equipment Energy Efficiency Committee – the Australian and New Zealand Government committee overseeing the regulation of minimum energy performance standards and labels for lighting, equipment and appliances. One of the key policies Mel led while in Australia was the phase-out of inefficient lighting. Australia was second only to Cuba in this endeavour and has shared its experience widely both in the developed and developing world.
Mel moved to the International Energy Agency in February 2014 to manage the Energy Efficiency in Emerging Economies Programme. Mel and her team work with policy makers in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand and Ukraine to develop more effective energy efficiency policy, track its progress and assess its potential.
In 10 years, the world will have eliminated (or highly reduced) the use of fossil fuels as we use renewable energy for sustaining society.
I am currently an Affiliate at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), where I was involved in the evaluation of energy efficiency programs and technology performance measurement for over 36 years. I have been working with colleagues around the world in developing a community of evaluators of energy programs in Asia Pacific. As part of this effort, I have been involved in organizing workshops in Asia, as well as organizing our first conference in Asia in Bangkok in November 2017.
Evaluation is critical for improving our way of life: Developing new energy programs and policies as well as improving existing energy programs and policies, for implementing the path to sustainability.
My work and career is evaluation! My close network of colleagues are involved in evaluation, and I look forward to working with others (especially the “next generation”) in promoting evaluation.
Effective evaluation will lead to many opportunities in the private and public sectors in the design, implementation and evaluation of renewable energy and energy efficiency programs and policies.
I am interested in this area of energy evaluation because of the opportunities for improving society, and I am excited in working with new and experienced individuals and organizations in this effort. Evaluation is often misunderstood and under appreciated: I hope this community of evaluators will change that image.
Evaluation can guide us on the path to a clean energy future in ten years and beyond.
I have been working in the energy evaluation field for over 30 years. For the last decade I have been the Evaluation manager at the Energy Trust of Oregon in the USA. I am a IEPEC Board member and act as the liaison between the EEAP and IEPEC.