Energy Director, Power Africa
Dr. Kate Steel joined USAID’s Power Africa in late 2014, where she leads the Energy Sector team in providing technical and policy expertise to create the right enabling environment for private sector investment in Africa.
Before coming to AID, she focused on renewable energy and energy access investments in Africa and South Asia at Google. Dr. Steel began her post-academic career at the World Bank, having been selected to the Young Professionals Program. As a program manager for Lighting Africa, she helped grow the program from pilots in Kenya and Ghana to a global program with activities across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
Early in her career, Dr. Steel consulted on energy access projects in South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya. She received a PhD in Engineering Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a MS in Engineering-Development Technologies from University of Melbourne, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.