Caitlyn Hughes is a passionate advocate for improving human and environmental health by the advancement of solar cooking around our planet. Ms. Hughes is actively leading SCI to achieve the mission of expanding effective and carbon-free solar cooking in regions of greatest need. Under Caitlyn’s leadership, SCI’s strategic focus of advocacy, research and strengthening capacity is successfully being implemented. Caitlyn joined Solar Cookers International in 2014 to gather and analyze data and compile best practices from SCI’s field projects as well as the global solar cooking community. She managed the creation of the Solar Cooking Adoption and Impact survey and presented the results at the 2015 SCI Regional Convention. She collected and presented sector wide data "3 million solar cookers impacting 11 million people" at the ConSol Food 2016 conference in Portugal. She created and manages the most recent iteration of the Solar Cookers International Association. She works with the Solar Cooking Webmasters to manage the world's largest online database of solar cooking knowledge. Caitlyn organizes opportunities for collaborators to share their knowledge through working groups, webinars and conferences, including being a key driving force and organizer for the 6th SCI World Conference in India. Caitlyn significantly contributes to many SCI communications, including grant proposals and reports and educational materials.
Ms. Hughes has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development from the University of California Davis and a master’s degree in Humanitarian Action from Ruhr University in Germany. Her past experiences include interning with Development Assistance Research Associates (DARA) in Madrid, Spain; volunteering with United Action for Children (a local non-profit in Cameroon, Africa); working as an Assistant Director fundraising for non-profits such as Save the Children, The Nature Conservancy, and the Sierra Club; and managing Outdoor Education programs for the City of Davis. She enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and reading.