Suman Sureshbabu

Former Managing Director

Suman Sureshbabu is a Managing Director at The Rockefeller Foundation leading the jobs and livelihoods portfolio for the newly created Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP). GEAPP is a $1.5 billion grant-funded initiative aimed at ending energy poverty, reducing carbon emissions, and improving and enabling new jobs.  She currently focuses on promoting economic development through energy access, with a particular focus on promoting gender equity. Suman’s previous work at the Foundation included a focus on agriculture and community-based urban movements. Prior to joining the Foundation Suman was a Fulbright Scholar in Northern Ghana and has worked on microfinance and gender equity interventions through various consultancies.

Ms. Sureshbabu received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the Johns Hopkins University and a Master’s in Public Affairs at Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs.

Authored Content

  • Mar 31 2022
    Blog Post Renewable Energy Investments Can, and Should, Empower Women Across the Developing World One evening several years ago, I was walking down the main street of a rural community in Uttar Pradesh, India. Everywhere I looked, there was a buzz of activity: neighbors greeting one another, vendors promoting their goods, customers browsing through shops and stalls. Smart Power India (SPI), an initiative of The Rockefeller Foundation, had just supported […] Suman Sureshbabu
  • Feb 24 2020
    Impact Through Innovation Suman Sureshbabu on the Off-Grid Energy Revolution Suman Sureshbabu shares how our Power Initiative hopes to be at the forefront of catalyzing an off-grid revolution, creating #ImpactThroughInnovation by scaling up new technologies and business models.