RFF Welcomes Swaminathan and Luse as New Board Members

Resources for the Future is pleased to welcome Ramya Swaminathan, CEO of Malta Inc., and Jeff Luse, a Principal at Warburg Pincus, to its Board of Directors.


May 30, 2023

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On Thursday, May 18, Resources for the Future (RFF) welcomed Ramya Swaminathan, CEO of Malta Inc., and Jeff Luse, a Principal at Warburg Pincus, to its Board of Directors—an esteemed group of leaders and experts who help guide RFF’s strategic mission.

“We’re incredibly lucky to have a passionate, invested board of directors,” RFF President and CEO Richard G. Newell said. “RFF is fortunate to have these people by our side.”

Ramya Swaminathan is the CEO of Malta Inc., a company developing energy storage systems that use molten salts and antifreeze liquid to store power for longer periods of time than lithium-ion batteries. Swaminathan joined Malta in 2018 after serving as the CEO of Rye Development, a low-impact hydropower developer that electrifies existing non-powered dams. Earlier in her career she was the chief operating officer of Free Flow Power Corporation, another hydroelectric power developer, and a banker at UBS. Outside of Malta, Swaminathan serves as an ambassador at C3E, a group that advocates for women in clean energy.

“The clean energy world is changing rapidly—we not only need companies like Malta to carry it forward, but a strong backbone of research and policy analysis to inform our decisions,” Swaminathan said. “RFF is an incredible institution with a worthwhile mission. I’m looking forward to helping carry that mission forward.”

Jeff Luse is a Principal at Warburg Pincus, where he focuses on energy transition and sustainability investments. Before joining Warburg Pincus in 2015, he worked at Vestar Capital Partners where he focused on financial services and diversified industrial investments. Prior to that, he worked in the Financial Institutions Group at Credit Suisse. He is a Director of ClimeCo, Gradiant Corporation, Montana Renewables, Viridi Energy and Zenith Energy. Luse also works with Eco Material Technologies and Wildfire Energy.

“Private sector investment is vital to realizing the energy transition,” Luse said. “RFF is on the front lines of these issues. It’s great to be part of an organization dedicated to a better climate future that benefits the economy as a whole.”

Resources for the Future (RFF) is an independent, nonprofit research institution in Washington, DC. Its mission is to improve environmental, energy, and natural resource decisions through impartial economic research and policy engagement. RFF is committed to being the most widely trusted source of research insights and policy solutions leading to a healthy environment and a thriving economy.

Unless otherwise stated, the views expressed here are those of the individual authors and may differ from those of other RFF experts, its officers, or its directors. RFF does not take positions on specific legislative proposals.

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