Our Team

Scott Kennedy

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Scott comes to Energy Action Partners with over sixteen years' experience working in education, research, and human development. Prior to Energy Action Partners, Scott was an associate professor and Dean of Research at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, where he oversaw the Institute’s energy and sustainability research and founded multiple initiatives on renewable energy and community development. He also served as the director of the Prajnopaya Foundation, leading its healthcare initiatives in northern India. Through his career, Scott has developed a strong interest in unifying human development objectives with engineering practice, particularly in the context of energy systems. Scott received a PhD in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University and a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University. He also acts as an advisor and consultant to various capacity building initiatives in higher education, and energy and the environment in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.​

Ayu Abdullah

REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR SOUTHEAST ASIA

Ayu believes strongly in the value of service, universal responsibility and in improving lives and eradicating inequality and inequity. With an engineering background and a strong interest in community engagement, Ayu joins the management team of Energy Action Partners after conducting research in community-based electrification systems, and developing participatory planning tools for rural energy systems. Prior to that she lived in Somaliland, volunteer teaching while working on small, community-sized systems (wind and micro-hydro). Born and raised in Penang, Malaysia, Ayu has BSc and MSc degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University, and an MSc in Engineering Systems and Management from the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.  ​

PROGRAM ASSOCIATE

Sonia currently has ten years (and counting!) of engaging in various community-centric projects. Everything that she does revolves around increasing accessibility to knowledge for all, as she believes that knowledge is the key to breaking damaging cycles and overcoming many prevalent issues in society. Having graduated with a Degree in Graphic Design, Sonia also has work experience in translation, copywriting, event management and planning communication strategies.

PROGRAM ASSOCIATE

Lara is passionate about social equity and sustainability, and is keen to contribute to participatory, community-based development initiatives. Lara studied at Queen’s University, where she completed a BA in Global Development Studies, with a Minor in Gender Studies. She has worked with various organizations dedicated to social justice issues, ranging from food security and poverty reduction to digital rights. 

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER INTERN

Michelle is in the final year of her Computer Science degree at Northeastern University, with previous experience in IT, software engineering, and web development. She believes in a human-centered approach to engineering and using technology to improve people's lives.