Taylor Smith is a young professional working in the international development non-profit sector. She has specialized knowledge in climate change, energy access in developing countries and women's issues. At the United Nations she worked to promote the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. In particular, she focuses on Sustainable Development Goal 7: “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.” Taylor currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. In her spare time she enjoys community gardening, going to concerts, and travelling.
"My position as a Research Associate at the IEE is essentially what got my foot in the door at the United Nations. My supervisor at the UN was looking for someone with experience in energy poverty and security, which was my focus while at the IEE. My MELP degree also had a particular focus in international multilateral agreements such as the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement, which complimented my career direction immensely."