Richa is a development economist with more than 9 years of international experience in program management and designing and implementing evaluation research related to the clean energy access sector. She started her career with corporate data analytics, where she project managed a team that supported Hewlett Packard managers take data backed business decisions. She also won the ‘Best Data Analyst’ award in this role. Since then, she has worked with organizations such as the International Finance Corporation as a consultant where she provided advisory services related to sustainable business models to firms installing solar based mini-grids in Indian rural off-grid regions. In her role as the India Country Project Manager at Alliance for Rural Electrification, she was responsible for facilitating technology transfer of decentralized energy generation technologies in India; creating awareness about available policy incentives for increasing energy access among international organizations and identifying options for mobilizing public and private sector engagement. In her current role at the Schatz Energy Research Center, she has played supporting roles in various energy access efforts related to the Lighting Global program. She also leads two consumer research studies related to clean energy access in Uganda and India funded by the UNCDF CleanStart and the IFC respectively. Her work in these studies will help unlock insights for questions related to a) ways in which end-users adopt solar energy access; b) role of flexible financing in enhancing affordability; c) test consumer preferences for various features related to distinct types of solar off-grid energy products; and; d) linkages between energy access and digital financial inclusion and gender.