Makena is a Senior Associate at CLASP, leading research on the Low Energy Inclusive Appliances programme, an initiative of the UK government’s Department for International Development. Prior to joining CLASP, Makena managed energy access theme prizes under DFID’s Ideas to Impact programme. She has also authored impact and baseline scoping research on improved institution cookstoves and refrigeration for the rural poor, contributed to research efforts in solar home system market stimulation in Bangladesh, and helped scope energy for humanitarian needs. Before that, she spent four years as an engineer in the UK Civil Nuclear Industry. Makena received her M.Eng in civil engineering from Manchester University. Outside of work, Makena enjoys painting and making things, slowly turning any home she inhabits for more than a month into a studio/workshop.