Cofounder and Director, Pollinate Energy
Katerina Kimmorley, is founding Director of Pollinate Energy a social business that provides solar lights in India’s urban slums and a current PhD student at LSE. She completed her Masters in Environmental Economics and Climate Change (EECC) in its inaugural year, 2012.
“Prior to coming to LSE, I was working in Renewable Energy Policy in Australia saw how all the international benchmark policy was coming out of the UK and LSE academics were having a big part shaping it. I came to LSE because I revered so many of the academics at the Department of Geography & Environment and Grantham Institute. Being taught by them and having access to their input into my evolving ideas and plans was an incredible part of the program.”
As part of the program Katerina used her dissertation as the founding research for a social business Pollinate Energy.
“The dissertation process completely changed the course of my life, being given the licence and support to investigate what you are really passionate about was incredibly liberating. It led me to India to investigate the provision of solar lighting in urban slums where I researched the willingness to pay for these life changing technologies – my research in the field showed me the scale and scope of the problem and armed with knowledge, experience and support to tackle them and cofound Pollinate Energy.”
Coming out of the masters Katerina discovered that many more doors in her field were open to her.
“The Masters program both helps you distil what area of environmental economics you are most interested and the multitude of work opportunities there are out there to suit your skills and interests - a hugely valuable way to spend a year”