John Tkacik is Director of Analytics and Technology at REEEP, where he leads REEEP efforts to utilise advanced data analytics to de-risk investment into clean energy projects, and improve decentralised and off-grid power systems and electrification planning in Africa and Asia. John is a political economist by training with over 15 years of experience in the sustainable development sector, with a focus on renewable energy and clean-tech, specifically distributed power and mini-grids. John designed and led development of REEEP's data analytics system Edison, which has already collected hundreds of millions of data points on nearly 200,000 energy services in Zambia; the next generation of Edison is currently in development and will support a number of energy access initiatives in data collection and analysis worldwide. He also advises on overall REEEP strategy.
Before coming to REEEP, John worked on behalf of the German government, advising on transatlantic climate cooperation and on a national energy and science initiative. He also was director for global government affairs for a Cologne-based venture capital fund, and has advised clients such as the United Nations Environment Programme, UN University, and UNICEF on sustainable economic policy as an independent consultant.
John studied International Political Economy at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.