Innovation for Green Growth: Pathways to Sustainability and Development
The 2021 cohort of the Innovation in Global Development PhD program at Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society invites you to the "Development Reimagined Talk Series" centered on co-developing solutions to the 21st-century social problems. With a focus on innovation in green growth, this talk features Mrs. Robyn McGuckin, director of partnerships for P4G, who will share her expertise in creating novel solutions in the nexus of food, energy and water. Through a combination of public-private partnerships, Mrs. McGuckin’s work seeks to establish pathways to green growth through the lens of sustainability and development.
Mrs. Robyn McGuckin is the director of partnerships for P4G which is an impact investor housed within the World Resources Institute. She sources, accelerates and
replicates innovative new commercial models in five sectors: food/agriculture, water, energy, cities and circular economy. The particular emphasis of P4G is to break down market barriers, create links between policy and green innovation and promote market-based solutions in developing and emerging economies. P4G supports partnerships through funding, facilitation and recognition.
Robyn has spent her career developing and advancing ventures that benefit people and planet. Most recently she worked in senior management for Winrock and Global Communities, both organizations that work a wide range of issues from energy and water infrastructure to gender and human rights. Prior to that she was with the global engineering firm MWH (now Stantec). She worked at the U.S. Agency for International Development managing energy projects across South Asia and infrastructure reconstruction in Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon. She has also worked at the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Energy. She has lived or worked in over 20 countries spanning the US, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Her technical expertise is in the areas of clean energy, sustainable water, climate and sustainable development. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in engineering.
Robyn spends her free time with her husband and two young boys, adventuring in the great outdoors hiking, climbing and camping. She was also a competitive cyclist in the DC area and co-founded the cycling club Artemis Racing which is focused on promoting women in the sport.