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Matthew Tiedemann

Director, Energy for Development


MIA, International Affairs, Columbia University
BA, Russian and Eastern European Studies, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Matthew Tiedemann is a director in the Energy Division in RTI’s International Development Group. He has more than 25 years of experience designing, managing, implementing, and monitoring large, complex projects and building effective teams. Mr. Tiedemann has successfully led projects in South East and South Asia and East and Southern Africa. In addition, he is experienced in providing technical and strategic leadership and supervising financial and programmatic performance and compliance on bilateral, multilateral, and private donor projects.

Mr. Tiedemann currently serves as home office technical manager of the South Asia Regional Energy Partnership, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. He oversees the program’s efforts to improve access to affordable, secure, reliable, and sustainable energy in the region. He has also advocated for access to renewable energy as a multiplier for growth and prosperity with governments, the private sector, and donors. Through his work, he has catalyzed country and global energy initiatives.

Mr. Tiedemann has previously led development projects that integrated rural energy access with governance, livelihoods, health, and water/sanitation; strengthened the capacity of local partner organizations; and translated research into practice.