Mathilde Brix Pedersen is a Researcher in the Technology – Transition and System Innovation Section at UNEP DTU Partnership. She has 12 years of experience working on renewable energy and sustainable development. Her work focuses on 1) stimulating large- scale diffusion of clean technologies through markets; 2) firm-level and industry-level process for diffusion, system building and upgrading; and 3) effects of rural electrification at the end-user level regarding productive use, poverty reduction and livelihoods. She currently leads a project that supports local access to and upgrading in clean energy value chains in Kenya and Uganda. Mathilde’s research focuses on institutional, policy- and socio-economic aspects of clean energy diffusion in developing countries, including the role of private entrepreneurs in electrification, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa. In her PhD, she looked at private business models to bring electricity to rural off-grid communities in East Africa through solar-powered mini-grids.