Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Announces CEO Transition Plans

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Alliance CEO Radha Muthiah will step down at the beginning of April. Muthiah, who joined the UN Foundation-hosted Alliance in 2011, will stay on in an advisory role and will join clean cooking advocates including former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and former President of Ireland Mary Robinson as a member of the Alliance’s Advisory Council.

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves CEO Radha Muthiah

"Since 2010, this issue has seen extraordinary growth in private sector engagement and government-led interventions, while also empowering millions of women in the process,” said Hillary Clinton, Honorary Chair of the Alliance Leadership Council.

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves has announced its CEO Radha Muthiah will step down at the beginning of April. Muthiah, who joined the UN Foundation-hosted Alliance as Executive Director in 2011, will stay on in an advisory role and will join clean cooking advocates including former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, and former President of Ireland Mary Robinson as a member of the Alliance’s Advisory Council. A search is nearing completion for the new CEO to lead the Alliance as it continues its work to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions.

"Under Radha’s leadership, the Alliance has helped firmly establish clean cooking as a global development priority. Since 2010, this issue has seen extraordinary growth in private sector engagement and government-led interventions, while also empowering millions of women in the process,” said Hillary Clinton, Honorary Chair of the Alliance Leadership Council. “I sincerely thank Radha for her strategic vision and dedication, and I look forward to continuing working with her on the Alliance Advisory Council.”

During Muthiah’s tenure as CEO, clean cooking rose steadily on the global development agenda and is now included in multiple Sustainable Development Goals and in dozens of countries’ climate action plans. The Alliance has created broad awareness and engagement around the issue, gathering more than 1,800 active partner organizations, enterprises, and governments to work together on clean cooking and household air pollution. The Alliance has also helped drive the research, standards development, and innovation that are improving both the quality of stoves and fuels available to the consumer, as well as the new business models that are ensuring affordability and distribution to all who are in need.

“As the Alliance enters the third phase of its 10-year strategy to build a global market for clean cookstoves and fuels, this is a fitting time for a leadership transition to take the organization to 2020 and beyond,” said Kathy Calvin, a member of the Alliance Advisory Council and President and CEO of the UN Foundation, which hosts the Alliance. “Thanks to Radha’s incredible achievements with the Alliance, we are confident that the team will continue the momentum created over the past seven years to drive efforts toward the goal of universal clean cooking access by 2030.”

“It has been an immense privilege to work with so many dedicated, passionate people on this issue, which affects over 3 billion people globally,” said Muthiah. “A common thread throughout my career has been the opportunity to work on issues that have strong social, development and climate impacts. My role as the CEO of the Alliance has allowed me to continue to do just that by taking a market oriented approach to create inclusive, sustainable, healthy growth in developing countries and communities around the world.”

Muthiah will continue in her current CEO role until April and will work closely with the new executive to ensure a smooth transition, as the Alliance works to reduce the devastating impacts of cooking on human health, livelihoods, climate, and the environment.

ABOUT THE ALLIANCE
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a public-private partnership hosted by the UN Foundation to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. The Alliance is working with a strong network of public, private and non-profit partners to accelerate the production, deployment, and use of clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels in developing countries.

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