Dr Debajit Palit is Senior Fellow & Director of the Rural Energy and Livelihoods Division in TERI and has around 24 years of experience working with projects related to renewable energy technologies and DRE. He has led several projects in over 15 countries across India, South and Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The notable programmes and projects include the Lighting a Billion Lives (LaBL) Initiative, OASYS South Asia and SMILE project. He has more than 70 research publications in scholarly journals, conference proceedings & books. Dr Palit also holds a master’s degree in Physics and a PhD in Energy Policy and has written widely on energy access, DRE, rural electrification & energy-gender-poverty nexus.