Roxanne Rahnama is a consultant in the Macroeconomics and Growth Division of the World Bank’s Development Economics Research Group. Until June 2018 she was a graduate fellow at the MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design, where she collaborated with the MIT-Comillas Universal Access Lab on projects related to rural electrification in lndia and sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to the Tata Fellowship, she worked on a series of development economics research projects with professors at the University of California, Berkeley, Columbia Business School, and Barnard College. Her research on gold mining and trust in Ghana has been published in the Berkeley Economics Review and Columbia Economics Review, and she has forthcoming publications with co-authors on regulatory approaches for energy access in the Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy Journal, among others.
Roxanne holds an S.M. in Technology and Policy from MIT and a dual B.A.-B.S. in Economics and Environmental Economics & Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.
Electrification rates in low income countries have faced steady improvements in the last few decades, with impressive technological advancements in both the grid and off-grid sectors. Nonetheless, large-scale demand and supply-side challenges of electricity access and reliability persist through Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, putting into question the feasibility of universal electricity access by 2030. I […]