Lisa Walker

Lisa M. Walker is the Director of the Energy Office for Power Africa, a U.S. Presidential initiative coordinated by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Its goal is to advance universal access to sustainable, reliable electricity across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) that catalyzes inclusive economic growth. Power Africa leverages the resources of twelve U.S. federal agencies, multiple international donors and over 150 business partners to mobilize investment in large-scale low-emission energy solutions. She manages 23 programs worth $330 million covering more than 40 countries. She further manages Power Africa’s cross-cutting Gender, Enabling Environment and Climate Change initiatives. As part of Power Africa’s senior management team in the field, she regularly briefs USAID and U.S. Embassy leadership on high-level renewable energy and other sector priorities in SSA. She previously served as USAID’s Deputy Office Director for Energy, Trade and Investment in Kenya and East Africa. She has more than 30 years of international trade and development experience. She also served with USAID in Haiti and Vietnam. She is a former start-up entrepreneur and a branding and marketing specialist. She began her career as a political strategist running U.S. electoral campaigns. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Lisa is based in Pretoria, South Africa.