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Adedoyin Adebodun Adeleke, a Politecnico di Milano PhD student at the UNESCO chair in Energy for Sustainable Development, has been selected as one of the 30 Under 30 Changemakers in Environmental Education by the North American Association for Environmental Education.
This is an enormous acknowledgement for 30 young specialists in the field of environmental issues and energy, who are under 30 years of age and are working to make a difference through environmental education, in a variety of different ways.
Adeleke is the first person of African descent to be awarded this title. The 30 individuals selected this year join the 60 alumni of the previous editions, gradually forming an important network which will be key to the development of their projects.
Adeleke is from Nigeria, where he graduated in Energy Sciences. Despite his young age, he has already received various recognitions and research grants, including one from the Italian government.
His studies on sustainable energy have focused on one fundamental question: why does Africa have such a low level of industrialisation and so much poverty when it is so rich in natural resources? One of the reasons he has identified is the low level of research and training in the energy field, which prevents efficient use of the resources available.
To draw attention to the issue and search for solutions, Adeleke has founded a non-governmental organisation, the International Support Network for African Development (ISNAD-Africa) which aims to raise global support for projects on transitioning to clean energy and on climate resilience.
As part of this network, he has also started a mentoring programme for research, between African students and researchers, industrialists and professionals to form think tanks across the world which encourage industry-focused research.
News Source: Politecnico di Milano