Natalia Realpe Carrillo

Dr. Natalia Realpe Carrillo

Fellow (Alumni)

Natalia holds a PhD Degree in access to energy from the Institute of Energy Engineering (TU Berlin) and a Master Degree in Industrial and Network Economics of TU Berlin. Natalia has worked for around 9 years in the field of microfinance as senior project manager and energy consultant at MicroEnergy International GmbH. In 2018, she launched HEDERA (officially established in 2020), aimed at transferring her doctoral research results - the Progress out of Energy Poverty Index (PEPI) Toolkit for the microfinance sector - into the private sector and further develop and offer digital tools for the impact investment sector. With HEDERA, Natalia was awarded the EXIST grant (2018), the Gründerwettbewerb Digitiale Innovationen (2019), and selected for the Green Startup Program of the Deutsche Bundestiftung Umwelt (DBU) in 2020. With a strong background on impact assessment, tools development, evaluations design and a large network in the sector, she delivers trainings, leads studies and initiate multi-sectorial collaborations for projects development and research. Natalia is co-head of the Green Inclusive and Climate Smart Action Group of the European Microfinance Platform, short-term lecturer at the Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences - Masters in Energy Policy and at the TU Berlin Campus El Gouna - Masters in Business Energy Engineering.