MEREDITH ADLER, Executive Director
Meredith Adler is Student Energy's Executive Director. She oversees the strategy and operations of the organization and building a movement of students across the world committed to a sustainable energy future. Prior to taking over this role in 2015, Meredith acted as the Global Community Manager for Student Energy, where she developed the chapters model and managed online content and communities.
Meredith is passionate about community, energy, and strategy. She thrives in dynamic environments and loves to build bridges between solutions and people.
Prior to joining Student Energy, Meredith was Communications Coordinator for Clean Energy Canada where she project managed the Tracking the Energy Revolution report series and kept all communications trains running on time. Before that, she could be found doing anything from running a youth trail construction crew in the Cascades, to coaching a campus tours team, to working on youth leadership programming in Latin America. A degree in Geography from The University of British Columbia kickstarted Meredith’s obsession with energy and environmental policy.
If you can’t find Meredith in the office, she’s probably off on a mountaintop or hanging off the edge of a rock face somewhere - with her trusty dog Yoshi in tow.
Helen Watts, Director of Innovation and PartnershipS
Helen Watts is Student Energy’s Director of Innovation and Partnerships, building partnerships with public, private and civil society organizations and advocating for meaningful youth inclusion in decision-making.
Helen was one of the founding designers of Greenpreneurs, an entrepreneurship accelerator program for youth in the Global South co-led by Student Energy, Youth Climate Lab, and the Global Green Growth Institute. She continues to oversee and advise on the program as it enters its third year, to ensure the program continues to deliver on barriers youth face to entrepreneurship —including accessible education, local and global mentorship, and access to capital.
Helen has spoken at forums around the world to advocate for the value of youth and to raise global ambition on climate and energy action. Helen published works for the 2016 World Social Forum and is one of Canada's 2018 Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25.
Before Student Energy, she was at the global youth leadership organization AIESEC, and with the International Organization for Migration at the United Nations reporting on migration policy.
Helen loves a good nap, runs long distances very slowly, and accepts any and all science-fiction recommendations.
olivia reshetylo, Director of Global Youth Engagement
Olivia is Student Energy’s Global Director of Global Youth Engagement. She oversees our global Chapter program that works with over 40 international Student Energy Chapters on clean energy projects and initiatives around the world. Olivia also lead in the development of the Student Energy Leaders Fellowship Program, which provides core energy systems education and builds future work skills for young people to take action on the energy system, through a 10-month web-based program paired with mentorship and a team community project.
Olivia has a passion for leadership development and creating opportunities for youth to shape their own energy futures. Olivia holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Management from Mount Royal University.
When she's not working, Olivia is happiest with her hands in the dirt gardening. She's always keen for good conversation about sustainability and urban planning over some delicious local food.
Shakti Ramkumar, digital engagement coordinator
Shakti recently graduated from the University of British Columbia, studying Geography. She now works as Student Energy's Digital Engagement Coordinator, leading in implementing Student Energy's communications strategy.
She has worked as a Sustainability Researcher for the City of Surrey, designed and taught a course on energy, climate science and sustainability for middle school students in her hometown in rural southern India, and has participated in a Students on Ice expedition to Antarctica. In her free time, she likes to read, cook experimental vegan meals, and appreciate dogs.
Greta Jang, Communications Assistant
Greta is a Communications Assistant at Student Energy. She is responsible for delivering energy-related news and opportunities and showcasing the organization’s events and accomplishments through Student Energy’s social media channels.
Greta first experienced working in digital communications after volunteering for the YWCA of Metro Vancouver’s Youth Education Programs, helping create a Facebook campaign to recruit future volunteers. She is currently studying psychology at the University of British Columbia.
When she isn’t working or studying, Greta spends her time practicing yoga, reading, painting, and napping.