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.