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University of Oslo, Norway

Ms Tanja Winther is a social anthropologist and power engineer at the Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo. Dr Winther has a long experience of doing research on the social impact of electrification and gender issues in particular. She is the Project Leader of EFEWEE . She has published extensively on the social impact of electrification and her recent research has focused on electricity's social aspects in Ikisaya, Kenya and the Sunderbans, India (Research project 'Solar Transitions'). She is also involved in research on electricity use and the role of prosumers in Norway and the UK

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Ms Karina Standal is a Human Geographer at the Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo. She is currently finalizing her PhD on the effects of decentralized solar electricity systems on women in two Indian states. In the Project EFEWEE, Ms Standal is contributing in the scoping phase, sharing her experiences in the field of electricity and women's empowerment.

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Ms Kirsten Ulsrud is a Human Geographer, at the University of Oslo. In EFEWEE, Ms Ulsrud is leading the activities in Kenya including case studies and engagement with policymakers. She is also participating in the Indian case studies. Apart from EFEWEE, Ms Ulsrud is leading two research projects on how decentralized electricity systems can be implemented in socially sustainable ways: 'Solar Transitions' and 'Solar xChange'. She is finalizing her PhD on decentralized solar electricity systems in India and Kenya (related to the project Solar Transitions).

The Energy and Resources Institute, India

Mr Debajit Palit is Associate Director and Senior Fellow at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India and is responsible for the Lighting a Billion Lives Programme and Energy Access related activities in TERI. He is co-leading the project EFEWEE and has the responsibilities of project management and work packages on Survey and Dissemination activities. Mr Palit has written widely on energy access and rural electrification issues; particularly, related to South Asia, authored books on mini-grids and rural electricity distribution franchisees, and is currently pursuing a PhD on rural electrification policy. He also forms part of 'Solar Transitions' project.

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Dr Mini Govindan of TERI has a PhD in Development Studies and has extensive experience working in various projects on gender, energy, and sustainable development. She is involved in grassroots institutions development, gender inclusive development approaches in energy projects and capacity building. In EFEWEE, Dr Govindan is responsible for the survey and the empirical part of the Indian case study.

Seacrester Consulting, Kenya

Seacrester Consulting is based in Nairobi, Kenya and specializes in providing advisory services primarily to the private sector in environmental management, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.


Ms Anjali Saini represents Seacrester Consulting and has been providing leadership and technical support to the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund's REACT window (www.aecfafrica.org/react). Ms Saini also forms part of the research project 'Solar Transitions' led by the University of Oslo. In EFEWEE, Ms Saini is responsible for the survey of the Kenyan case study.


Engr. Henry Gichungi is an Associate Expert of Seacrester Consulting. He has wide experience working in the power sector specializing in mini-grids, renewable energy, and grid connection studies. For many years, he worked at a senior level in Kenya Power, Kenya's power distribution utility and has been instrumental in introducing, pilot testing, and rolling out solar (photovoltaic) PV-diesel hybrid solutions by Kenya Power and in scaling up the concept of remote charging stations for off-grid customers in hard-to-reach areas.

Dunamai Energy, Malawi

Dr Magi Matinga is an Energy Anthropologist (PhD) at Dunamai Energy in Malawi and has written an ethnographic PhD thesis at Twente University on women, electricity, and health in South Africa, focusing on how women's experiences affect their perceptions of danger and uses of electricity. Dr Matinga works as a consultant on gender and energy in biomass, electrification, policy, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), and gender mainstreaming. Also she regularly publishes scientific papers. In EFEWEE, Dr Matinga will lead the work package on literature review and contribute to data collection in Nepal.

Social Transformation DivisionThe Energy and Resources Institute
India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road New Delhi- 110003, India
Email: debajitp@teri.res.in

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