Kristin Deason, Ph.D, is GGGI’s lead representative in the Caribbean, based in St. Lucia. She works to develop and implement regional green growth programs with GGGI’s partner organization, the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), as well as in the individual member states of OECS. She is currently focused on supporting countries to achieve their NDC targets under the Paris Agreement and accelerating the flow of climate finance to support energy sector resilience.
Previously, Kristin served as the Senior Regional Officer for the Pacific program at GGGI, where she worked in GGGI’s member countries of Fiji, Vanuatu, and Kiribati developing and implementing projects related to renewable energy, green entrepreneurship, and NDC planning and implementation.
Kristin has over 15 years of experience in renewable energy, sustainable transport, project management, and communications. Prior to joining GGGI, she developed renewable energy knowledge sharing programs at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and has also previously worked for leading US consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton where she managed renewable energy projects for the U.S. Army and Navy, and developed energy analyses and communications materials for the U.S. Department of Defense and the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E). Kristin has also worked extensively with the German Federal Government, the European Union, and the U.S. Department of Energy on renewable energy R&D programs and policy. In addition to her native U.S., she has lived and worked in several different countries including Poland, Germany, the UAE, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and Fiji.
She holds a Ph.D in Systems Engineering with a concentration on Energy and Environmental Management from the George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Virginia.