Leila is currently the Director for Sustainable Energy Markets in the Energy & Climate Change Directorate at the Metropolitan Municipality of the City of Cape Town, South Africa. This new department, set up in 2017, aims to facilitate energy security, energy diversification and innovation in meeting energy needs and reducing energy poverty. In addition, the Department has been tasked with managing the low carbon development path in Cape Town towards its Carbon Neutral 2050 commitments. She was Director of Development and Operations at SA Mainstream Renewable Power Developments (2009 –2014) a renewable energy projects development company that successfully built almost 600MW in South Africa. Prior to this she was Managing Director at Sustainable Energy Africa a leading energy NGO in South Africa focusing on the energy, poverty and sustainability nexus.