Dr. Laura Stachel, Co-founder and Executive Director of We Care Solar, is a retired obstetrician-gynecologist with an M.D. from University of California, San Francisco and an M.P.H. in Maternal and Child Health from University of California, Berkeley. Her doctorate research with UC Berkeley on maternal mortality in Nigeria in 2008 alerted her to the deleterious effects of energy poverty on maternal health outcomes.
She co-founded the non-profit organization We Care Solar to bring solar electric solutions to maternal and child health care in regions without reliable electricity. We Care Solar has equipped more than 3,900 health facilities in over 20 countries with the We Care Solar Suitcase, a compact solar energy system providing essential medical lighting and power to last mile health centers. Laura has been active in the UN Foundation’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative and has co-chaired a Practitioners Working Group on Energy and Health.
For their work at the intersection of renewable energy, public health, gender equity and education, Laura and We Care Solar have received numerous awards including the 2019 Zayed Sustainability Award, the 2018 UC Berkeley School of Public Health Influential Alumni Award, the 2017 UNFCCC Momentum for Change Award, the 2015 UNDESA “Powering the Future We Want Award,” the 2013 CNN Heroes Award, the Katerva Gender Equality Award, the C3E Clean Energy, Education, and Empowerment Award.