Dipti Vaghela

About Dipti Vaghela
  • Network Facilitator and Manager
  • Hydropower Empowerment Network (HPNET)

Raised in the Mississippi Delta, Dipti holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a M.S. in Environment Studies from San Jose State University. Inspired by her family's roots in rural India, Dipti focuses on sustainability of decentralized renewable energy solutions for rural electrification. Since 2003 her parallel roles as researcher, practitioner, and facilitator have synergized communities, local entrepreneurs, field-based NGOs, policy makers, and funding agencies in implementing bottom up, learning-process based approaches to community-based energy initiatives.

In 2012 she co-founded and currently manages the Hydro Empowerment Network (HPNET), a knowledge exchange platform for local practitioners to advance policy, technology, and socio-environmental aspects of micro/mini hydropower, across 10+ countries of South and Southeast Asia. Since 2013 she has supported the Renewable Energy Association of Myanmar (REAM) in facilitating a multi-actor approach to advance Myanmar’s indigenous social entrepreneurs, who have pioneered locally-manufactured and financially-viable hydro and biomass energy solutions. Dipti is a recipient of the 2013 Switzer Foundation Environment Leadership Grant and the 2016 Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship.

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