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Elisa Derby

Senior Program Officer


Elisa Derby is a household energy expert with more than a decade of experience in the cookstoves sector. She manages Winrock’s household energy and health programs, with projects and partnerships that reduce fuel use and exposure to household air pollution — providing technical support, strategic planning, implementation and budget management. Her work incorporates field-based capacity building, formative research, network building, knowledge dissemination, grants management and direct-implementation activities funded primarily through USAID, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the World Bank. Derby is the household energy and household air pollution specialist for the USAID-funded WASHplus project and manages EPA-funded household energy capacity building work held around the world. She has co-authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and testified at the Legislative Hearing on H.R. 4255, the “Accountability in Grants Act of 2012,” on Winrock’s EPA-funded cookstoves work. Internationally, she represents the U.S. as a member of the International Standards Organization Technical Advisory Group/Technical Committee 285 on Clean Cookstoves and Clean Cooking Solutions, and is a regular presenter and moderator at global household energy fora. Derby holds a master’s from the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley.

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Training Trainers to Empower Cookstove Entrepreneurs

May 26, 2016

“Empowerment is more than skills and knowledge — it’s realizing one’s own self-worth and ability to perform more than what we think we can.” This is what one participant in the Empowered Entrepreneur Training Program learned from the experience. Women play a critical role in the cookstove value chain. As primary users of household energy […]
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Building confidence, leadership skills of women in the cookstove value chain

October 29, 2015

Household cooking with solid fuels over open fires and in rudimentary cookstoves, in particular the air pollution it creates, are among the world’s most pressing problems – adversely affecting the environment as well as people’s health. Women can plan an important role in helping more households in developing countries adopt cleaner and more efficient fuels […]
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Winrock’s Elisa Derby co-authors article about maximizing the benefits of improved cookstoves

October 22, 2014

At a meeting of the Working Group to Address Increasing Adoption of Improved Cookstoves, co-hosted by the USAID-funded WASHplus and TRAction projects, several factors affecting successful cookstove adoption were identified. Recently, Winrock’s Elisa Derby contributed to a peer-reviewed article designed to address the most critical considerations identified at the meeting. The article, “Maximizing the benefits […]