Seema N. Patel is the Program Manager for Fuels for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. Since joining the Alliance in 2014, Seema has managed the Fuel-related activities at the Alliance including analyses, tool development, policy engagement, and capacity building with fuel partners. She has led efforts to increase performance, affordability, usability, and access to a broad range of fuel options. Prior to joining the United Nations Foundation, she was a Manager at BCS, Incorporated where she led a team of consultants to evaluate and communicate the R&D efforts of the the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Office and assist them in implementing their programmatic goals. Previous to that, Seema was a Project Manager at a web firm consulting for small businesses and NGOs while simultaneously serving as an associate at the William James Foundation, a non-profit designed to support entrepreneurs to develop socially responsible businesses. At the World Resources Institute, Seema researched market opportunities and innovative business models relevant to base of the pyramid populations in emerging economies and developing blog content for theirNextBillion.net: Development Through Enterprise online portal. Seema also worked at the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi, Kenya researching environmental policies and capacity building practices in various African countries. Seema holds an M.A. in International Relations and Environmental Policy from Boston University and a B.A. in Environmental Studies and minor in Peace Studies and Anthropology from Loyola University Chicago.