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Radha's Message
Radha Muthiah

Dear Friends,

After seven years as CEO of the Alliance, I will be leaving my current role in early April.  It has been an immense privilege to work with you on this issue of clean cooking, and I plan to remain closely engaged with the Alliance as a Leadership Council member in the year ahead.  A search process for my replacement is nearing completion, and we expect a smooth transition to the new CEO, who is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.


Thanks to your support, we have built incredible awareness and engagement around this issue, with more than 1,800 active partner organizations, enterprises and governments working on clean cooking. We have 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. I am also pleased that through our joint advocacy, the issue of clean cooking is now firmly entrenched in dozens of country climate plans and within multiple Sustainable Development Goals.


I have visited and engaged with partners in several of our focus countries in these last couple of months, but regrettably will not be able to see all of you in person.


A common thread throughout my career has been the opportunity to work on issues that have strong social, development, and climate impacts and to bring a blend of public and private approaches and investment to address them. After more than a decade on the international front, the next chapter in my career will be centered in the United States as President and CEO of the Capital Area Food Bank, headquartered in Washington, DC.  As the region’s largest organization working to solve hunger, The Food Bank is at the center of issues that relate to food security, nutrition and health.  I am excited to take on this new opportunity to bring the power of partnerships, technology and innovation to address hunger needs and to see food as a first step in ensuring healthier lives and more inclusive social and economic growth in the capital area.


With my warmest regards,

Radha Muthiah 

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The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a United Nations Foundation-hosted public-private partnership 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's goal calls for 100 million households to adopt clean and efficient stoves and fuels by 2020. The Alliance is working with over 1800 public, private, and non-profit partners to accelerate the production, deployment, and use of clean cookstoves and fuels in the developing world.

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