The news was released in the Alliance's July newsletter by their interim Executive Director, Leslie Cordes. Her statement can be found below.

"Radha brings more than two decades of experience successfully fostering partnerships and alliances in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. In particular, she has broad experience in leading organizations through transition and toward new opportunities and in developing and executing innovative business models to promote economic development.

Before joining the Alliance, Radha served as the Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Alliances at CARE International, USA. As a member of CARE’s senior management team, she led efforts to create and leverage the organization’s strategic partnerships with Fortune 500 companies, leading universities, and NGOs. Radha first joined CARE as the Assistant Country Director in India, where she oversaw the programmatic, personnel, budgetary, management, and administrative components of the country program and managed CARE’s interactions and partnerships at the national and state government levels. Born in London and raised in Kuala Lumpur, she holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Tufts University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford University. Her experience also includes leadership roles focused on branding, partnership development, and management at ICF International, the American Red Cross, and Mercer Management Consulting.

Radha’s arrival also signals a return to my position as Senior Director of Partnerships for the UN Foundation’s Energy and Climate Program, where I will continue to play an active role in the ongoing development and growth of the Alliance. What started out as a six-week temporary role when we launched last September turned into an incredible experience over the past year that has allowed me to work with a truly dedicated group of professionals to get the Alliance up and running. We can take much pride in the significant progress we have made together over the past year in launching, funding, and advancing the Alliance and its ambitious goals, but the Alliance faces an even greater challenge in successfully executing an action plan to meet our ambitious target for the worldwide adoption of clean cookstoves. I hope you will join me in giving Radha our full support as she takes ownership of this goal.

I also want to recognize Dr. Sumi Mehta, who joined the Alliance in early May as a Senior Technical Manager. Sumi has almost a decade of experience in the health impacts field, with a special emphasis on those issues associated with the use of traditional cookstoves, and has played a particularly valuable role in helping the Alliance tap the global groundswell of interest in addressing non-communicable diseases. I am pleased to welcome Radha and Sumi to the Alliance, and I am eager to continue working with them, as well as the rest of the UN Foundation’s team, to raise the resources necessary to meet our ambitious goals."

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