Professor Nathwani is the founding Executive Director, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) and holds the prestigious Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy for Sustainable Energy. He is also the Co-Director, with Prof Joachim Knebel (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany), of the consortium ‘Affordable Energy for Humanity (AE4H); a Global Change Initiative’ comprising 150 energy access thought leaders, researchers and practitioners from 50 institutions in 22 countries. The overarching vision of AE4H is to drive the scientific, technological and social innovations required for a cleaner, low carbon energy system that also meets the challenge of universal energy access.
As WISE’s Executive Director, he leads the institute’s research and development efforts to foster the development of emerging technologies that includes the full range of emerging energy technologies including solar, wind, bioenergy, geothermal, integration of distributed energy systems with energy storage, ICT for smart grid and micro-grids for off grid supply. His current focus is on competitive energy policies to enable the innovations required for the transition of the global energy system to a lower carbon energy economy.
Prior to his appointment at the University in 2007, Professor Nathwani worked in a leadership capacity in the Canadian energy sector over a 30 year period. He brings a unique combination of academic perspectives with extensive experience in the business sector that includes corporate planning and strategy, energy sector policy developments, integration of environmental sustainability with in power system planning, regulatory affairs and research program management.
Prof. Nathwani serves on several boards at the provincial and national levels. He is the lead Scientific Advisor to the Waterloo Global Science Initiative, established by the Perimeter Institute and the University of Waterloo, and is the lead author of the Equinox Summit-Energy 2030 Blueprint. He is chair of the board of the Canadian University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering; member of the Ontario Smart Grid Forum; board member of the Ontario Centre of Excellence; member of the Clean Tech Advisory Board (DFAIT), Council for Clean and Reliable Electricity; member of the Advisory Panel for the Science Media Centre of Canada; and Advisory Board Member of Sustainable Waterloo. Professor Nathwani has over 110 publications related to energy and risk management, including seven books and is a Registered Professional Engineer (PEO) in the Province of Ontario, Canada.
Prof. Mattheos Santamouris
Research Interests: High Performance Architecture and Building Energy (Solar Energy and Energy Conservation)
Mattheos Santamouris is the Anita Lawrence Chair in High Performance Architecture at the University of New South Wales, Australia, the Director of the Laboratory of Building Energy Research at the University of Athens, Greece and also a former President of the National Center of Renewable and Energy Savings of Greece, Greece.
He is also a professor at the University of Athens, Greece and visiting Professor at the Cyprus Institute, Cyprus; Metropolitan University of London, United Kingdom; Tokyo Polytechnic University, Japan, Bolzano University, Italy; Brunnel University, United Kingdom and National University of Singapore, Singapore.
Mattheos serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Energy and Buildings, former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Advances Building Energy Research, Associate Editor of the Solar Energy Journal and actual or past Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Solar Energy, Journal of Buildings and Environment, Journal of Sustainable Energy, Journal of Low Carbon Technologies, Journal of Open Construction and Building Technology, Sustainable Cities and Society and of the Journal of Ventilation. He has edited series of books on Buildings, Energy and Solar Technologies published by Earthscan Science Publishers in London.
He has edited and authored 14 international books on various topics related to heat island, solar energy and energy conservation in buildings published by Earthscan, Springer, among others. Mattheos is a huest editor of twelve special issues of various scientific journals and scientific coordinator of many international research programmess and author of almost 260 scientific papers published in peer reviewed international scientific journals. He is a reviewer of research projects in 15 countries including USA, UK, France, Germany, Canada, Sweden, among others, and also an expert in various International Research Institutions.
Prof. Dr. Eng. Ahmed Hamza H. Ali
Research Interests: Solar Energy Technology, Energy Audit and Energy Efficiency
Ahmed Hamza H. Ali is a Professor of Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning at Assiut University, Egypt and a Certified Professional Consultant on Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency.
He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Assiut University, Egypt in June, 1986 and December, 1992 respectively. Ahmed Hamza bagged a doctoral degree in engineering from Muroran Institute of Technology, Japan in 1999. He worked as a Professor of Energy Systems at Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Systems and Environmental Engineering, UMSICHT, Germany from March 2006 to April 2008, the Director of Research Excellence Center for Energy Resources and Management (Dean Level), the Chairperson of Energy Resources and Environmental Engineering Department, and a Professor of Renewable Energy Systems, all at the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST) in Alexandria, Egypt from May 2010 to January 2015.
His areas of expertise include basic and applied research in Renewable Energy (Solar Energy Cooling and Heating Nocturnal Radiation Cooling, PV systems design and performance) Systems, energy and buildings (incl. HVAC) and Industrial Energy audit and energy efficiency. In 1994, he became a member of International Solar Energy Society (ISES) till date. Some of the awards to his credit include the Finland Government Award (June 1985 – September, 1985), Japanese Government (MONBUSHO) Scholarship), Japan (October, 1994 – March, 1998), Association of International Education Professional Honours, Japan (April 1998 – March, 1999), the distinguished scholar award from the Arab Fund Program, Kuwait, (March 2010 – February, 2011), and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship, Germany (March 2006 – April 2008).
Ahmed Hamza has published more than 150 papers (over 65 in refereed International Journals, with H index 13), six books and five book chapters.
Prof. Ellen Morris
Research Interests: Energy Access, Energy Entrepreneurship, Gender and Energy, and Clean Energy Policies
Ellen Morris, Ph.D., is a world-recognized expert on energy and international development, with a particular focus on policy analysis, research, strategy development, and writing on energy access, gender equality, and enterprise development. She teaches Energy and Development at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is a Faculty Affiliate at the Center on Global Energy Policy. At Columbia, Ellen serves as a mentor in the Women’s International Leadership Program and is the faculty advisor for the Women in Energy student group at Columbia. Ellen is also an Ambassador for The Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative that was launched by the Clean Energy Ministerial to close the gender gap in STEM fields and serves as a Technical Expert for the Clean Energy Solutions Center. In addition to her faculty appointment, Ellen is the President and Founder of Sustainable Energy Solutions, an international consulting services company that promotes the increased use and deployment of clean energy technologies and services as a means to support economic development and reduce poverty in developing countries. She has recently led pioneering work on gender and energy for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to create the first ever Policy on Gender Mainstreaming for Energy Access along with a Legal Directive for gender assessments in energy projects. Ellen is also a Founding Partner of Embark, a social enterprise that is focused on radically increasing the scale of energy access by empowering thousands of clean energy entrepreneurs in low-income countries. Ellen was also the co-founder of Arc Finance, an NGO that promotes and expands access to end-user finance for modern energy.
Ellen serves as an advisor and Board Member for social enterprises focused on clean energy, including EnVenture (Uganda), Simpa Networks (India), Earth Spark International (Haiti), and Empowered by Light (Zambia) and is the Energy Program Advisor for the Clinton Global Initiative. She started her career in clean energy working for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in the geothermal program. In the early part of her career, she worked as a Fellow on the Science, Space and Technology Committee of the U.S. Congress and was an exploration geophysicist for Texaco. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a doctoral degree in marine geophysics from the University of Rhode Island.
Prof. Venkata Ramayya
Research Interests: Design and Simulation of Renewable Energy Systems, and Biochar-based Climate change Mitigation Strategies
Venkata Ramayya is a professor of mechanical engineering and currently, the Sustainable Energy Engineering Chair and currently leads the Thermal Engineering research group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Jimma University. His basic research interest is in the areas of renewable energy.
He has successfully supervised 28 master’s thesis, 97 bachelor’s projects and 3 PhD’s (as external advisor) on topics relating to energy, biogas, hybrid systems and biomass pyrolysis. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed publications, 100 conference proceedings and a book chapter in an international book publication on sustainable energy related issues.
Venkata has investigated and co-investigated 30 projects (completed or ongoing) most of which are sponsored by international bodies such as the European Union, International Association of Universities, African Union and Development Innovation Fund (World Bank).
He is a member of prestigious societies such as Society for Automotive Engineers, New York Academy of Sciences, American Chemical Society and the Ethiopian Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is also a life member of the Indian Society for Heat and Mass Transfer and the Indian Society for Technical Education.
Venkata has served on several committees and key positions which includes, amongst others, as Head of Center for Energy Studies, VIT-Deemed University, Vellore, India; Member, Board of Studies, Department of Mechanical Engineering for SCSVMV Deemed University, Kancheepuram; Students` Research Project Coordinator, Faculty of Technology, Jimma University, Ethiopia; Member Academic Commission, Faculty of Technology, Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia among others.
He has been a member of the International Advisory Committee of recognized international conferences including the International Conference on Green Energy technologies, 15th-16th April, Bahir Dra University, Ethiopia, 2016; and the International Conference on Emerging Research and Advances in Mechanical Engineering, VEC, India, March17-19, 2009.
Prof. Donatien Njomo
Research Interests: Solar Energy Engineering, Rural Electrification, Climate Change Mitigation, GHG Emissions Inventory
Professor Donatien Njomo holds the position of full Professor of Energy and Environment and Head of the Environmental Energy Technologies Laboratory at the University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon. He teaches graduate level courses including Solar Energy and Renewable Energy Technologies, Photovoltaic and Concentrating Solar Power Systems, Energy and Climate Change, Geopolitics of Energy, Energy Efficiency, Heat Transfer, Thermodynamics. Professor Njomo has already supervised 14 PhD dissertations and 60 Master theses dealing with solar energy and other renewable energy technologies. He has published more than 65 scientific papers dealing with solar energy and renewable energy technologies. He has carried out studies of solar radiation propagation and attenuation through tropical atmosphere and experimental ground based measurements of solar irradiation in Cameroon. He also used 5 km resolution Meteosat satellite imagery to extract solar radiation falling on the Cameroon territory. Professor Njomo has succeeded to develop a powerful non-linear model to simulate the functioning of the solar collectors in tropical areas. He has also developed solar stills to produce safe drinking water from brackish water. He has succeeded to map deforestation and the resultant carbon fluxes in the Congo Basin forest using SPOT-Vegetation satellite imagery for the years 2000 to 2004. In 2001, Professor Njomo received the prestigious Senior Associate Award, for the period 2001 – 2006, from the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) based in Italy, for his contribution to the advancement of non-conventional energy in Cameroon and other developing countries. Professor Njomo also holds a patent on an improved double combustion wood burning cookstove.
Dr. Micheal Atchia
Research Interests: Environmental Education, Sustainable Development Education and Sustainable Development
Dr. Atchia is a senior Mauritian consultant in the Education, Curriculum development and planning and in the Environmental Education sectors, with wide international experience especially in national and regional coordinator positions. He has been a Programme Director at UNEP (Chief, Environmental Education and Training Unit) in Nairobi from 1986 to 1996, responsible during the same period for the “International Environmental Education Programme” of UNESCO/UNEP, active in over 100 member states. He gained his professional experience in both developing countries (Africa, Asia, and South America) and in Europe/North America/Australia. He is a graduate from these Universities: Calcutta (B.Sc with Distinction): London (BSc); Chelsea College of Science and Technology (Postgraduate diplomas in Microbiology, 1st class); Institute of Biology (MIBIOL); Salford in Manchester (MSc, PhD, DSc). Dr Atchia has extensive experience as a specialist and trainer in environmental education and sustainable development education (a field now called ESD which he is credited to have launched in 1993); national curriculum development and planning; science education; integrated environmental management (a field which is he is credited of having launched, with the publication by John Wiley in 1995 of ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS, Integrated Environmental Management, Editors Michael Atchia and Shawna Tropp).
Dr Atchia was an Associate Professor at the MIE (1974-1986), as part of the original team which carried out the mauritianisation of the school curriculum and wrote the first text-books. After retirement in 2003 he spent 2 years at the Ministry of Education Mauritius, as Senior Advisor to the Minister. As a Project Manager especially for large international or regional projects, he has designed several projects (preparation of project documents and budgets), and was as team leader in charge of organisation and administration, monitoring, evaluation and follow-up of projects related to educational reform, environment and sustainable strategies. Furthermore, Dr Atchia is an educator and trainer with world-wide experience (1986-1996) in designing and administering Integrated Environmental Management Training for cadres from developing countries, in collaboration with Universities in Dresden, Geneva, Nairobi, Boston, and Adelaide amongst others. He was responsible for relationships of UN with over 100 centres of Excellence world-wide (mostly top-level Universities) in the specific field of Environment and development.
Dr. Michael MacCracken
Research Interests: Climate Change Impact and Mitigation, Climate Engineering and Global Warming
Dr. Michael MacCracken is a climate change and impacts scientist who has been volunteering as Chief Scientist for Climate Change Programs with the Climate Institute in Washington DC since retiring from the University of California in October 2002. His current research interests include human-induced climate change and consequent impacts, climate engineering, and the near-term beneficial effects of limiting emissions of non-CO2 greenhouse gases. From 1968-93 he led studies at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory using computer models to evaluate the climatic effects of volcanic aerosols, land-cover change, nuclear war, and the increasing CO2 concentration. From 1993-97, he served as the first executive director of the interagency Office of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, responsible for encouraging scientific cooperation among nearly a dozen federal agencies, and then from 1997-2002 as senior scientist and executive director of the National Assessment Coordination Office for the first national U.S assessment of the impacts of climate variability and change. Since retiring, in addition to his activities with the Climate Institute (www.climate.org), Dr. MacCracken has also served as President of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (2003-07); as the international atmospheric representatives to the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (2003-11); and as a member of the Synthesis Team for the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (2002-04). In addition, Dr. MacCracken has prepared roughly a dozen legal declarations in support of lawsuits seeking to encourage efforts to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
Dr. MacCracken earned his B. S. in Engineering from Princeton University in 1964 and his Ph.D. in Applied Science from the University of California Davis/Livermore in 1968. His dissertation involved developing one of the world’s first global climate models and then using it to evaluate the physical consistency of several hypotheses for explaining the causes of Pleistocene ice age cycling.
Dr. Ioannis L. Tsipouridis
Research Interests: Renewable Energy Engineering Applications, Climate Change Mitigation
Dr. Ioannis L. Tsipouridis is a renewable energy engineer with over 40years experience in the renewable energy field and he is currently the Chairman and CEO of R.E.D. PRO Consultants, which he set up after leaving PPC S.A., a consultancy active in the fields of renewable energy and climate change. He holds a PhD in Solar Energy, master’s degree in Fuel and Energy (both funded by Science Research Council Grant) and Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering (funded by Local Education Authourity Grant); all form the University of Leeds, United Kingdom.
Starting with his M.Sc. thesis, he has worked all his life, for the development of Renewable Energy Sources (R.E.S.), as an energy engineer. Simultaneously he has been active in promoting R.E.S. development policies as Chairman of Hellenic Wind Energy Association (ELETAEN). He has served in numerous roles on various projects. ……….. served as the CEO of Public Power Corporation Renewables (PPCR S.A.), Greece (2010- 2013); Director, Office of Deputy Minister for Energy Yannis Maniatis, in the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change (YPEKA), in charge (mainly) for renewable energy matters (2009-2010) and a member, of the Board of Directors of the the Center of Renewable Energy Sources of Greece (2010-2013). Dr. Tsipouridis also worked as a Regional Energy Expert of a European Union PHARE programme where coordinated by the Energy Policy Unit of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Bulgaria; headed the Athens branch of an Energy equipment company, specializing in solar water heaters and energy stoves and sewage treatment unit’s installaions and also served as a Consultant and Editor to “Energy Point”, a commercial energy magaizine.
Between 2003-2010 and 22013-2015; Dr. Tsipouridis served as the President of the Hellenic Wind Energy Association (HWEA), which he cofounded in 1990 and has served as Secretary General (1991-2001) and Vice President (2001-2003 and 2010-2013). For his contribution to ELETAEN and to the development of wind energy in Greece, in 2011 the Hellenic Wind Energy Association awarded him the “AIOLOS” prize. He is creator and Editor of “Anemologia” (1999 – to date), the official Journal of the Hellenic Wind Energy Association.
He has participated in numerous conferences including the historic COP21, as well as COP22 and COP23.
Dr. Morgan Bazilian
Research Interests: Energy Planning, Energy and Fragile/Conflict Situations
Dr. Morgan Bazilian is a non-resident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy. In his full-time capacity, he is Lead Energy Specialist at the World Bank. He has over two decades of experience in the energy sector – and is regarded as a leading expert in international policy. His work has ranged from fiscal policy, to systems analysis, to infrastructure investment, to market regulation and governance in all areas of energy policy from upstream oil and gas to power systems. He holds a Ph.D. in energy analysis and was a Fulbright Fellow.
He has published approximately 100 papers in learned journals, and his 2008 book: “Analytical Methods for Energy Diversity and Security” is a seminal work in the field. His work has appeared in Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Foreign Affairs. Dr. Bazilian is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Energy, and served as an advisor to the International Energy’s World Energy Outlook, and Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s Global Energy Outlook. He holds (or has held) academic affiliations at The Royal Institute of Technology of Sweden, Columbia University, Cambridge University, and IIASA.
Dr. Bazilian was the European Union’s lead negotiator on technology issues at the UN’s climate change negotiations, and a member of the UNFCCC Expert Group on Technology. He was the first Chair of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership Programme Board, and a founder of the UNEP Public Finance Alliance steering group. He was a contributing author to the IPCC and the Global Energy Assessment, and served as an advisor to a €200M cleantech venture capital fund and on the Global Advisory Council of the Sustainable Finance Programme at Oxford University.
Previously he was a Deputy Director at NREL. Prior to that, Morgan worked in the United Nations on energy access issues. In this role he was deeply engaged with the design and implementation of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, and managed UN-Energy. Prior to this post, he worked in the Irish Government as Chef de Cabinet for the Energy Minister, and was the Deputy CEO of the Irish National Energy Agency.
Research Interests: Sustainable Energy and Climate Change
Gregory J. Leng is the creator and Director of the RETScreen Clean Energy Management Software at Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetENERGY research centre in Varennes, Quebec. The RETScreen Software is the world’s leading clean energy decision-support tool and is available in 36 languages coverings 2/3rds the Earth’s population. RETScreen is used by more than 560,000+ energy professionals and decision-makers in every country, as well as by professors at 1,000+ universities and colleges for teaching and research.
Greg’s career is focused on the clean energy market, technology and finance interface and he has been working in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields since 1987. Prior to joining NRCan, he was based in Hyderabad, India as the India Country Manager (dLA Consultant) for the International Fund for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (IFREE).
He obtained a Master of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in Energy Engineering (Solar Energy Engineering) and a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Marketing and International Business) from McGill University.
Dr. Athanasios Dagoumas
Research Interests: Sustainable Energy Policy, Economics, Markets and Planning
Dr. Athanasios Dagoumas is an Assistant Professor in Energy and Resource Economics and the Director of the Energy and Environmental Policy Laboratory and at the University of Piraeus. He holds a Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, where he elaborated his PhD in Energy Economics. He has more than 10 years of work and research experience in energy related issues, including working as a Senior Researcher at the University of Cambridge and as a Senior Energy Analyst at the Transmission System Operator and at the Electricity Market Operator in Greece. Moreover he was enrolled as a Special Advisor to the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change in Greece. His extensive experience builds his capacity for an in-depth understanding of multidisciplinary aspects of the energy sector: economic, engineering, environmental and policy. He is keen on developing models for the energy system, the economic-energy-environment (E3) systems and the real energy markets.
Dr. Debora Ley
Research Interests: Rural Electrification, Renewable Energy Technology and Policy, and Climate Change
Debora Ley is a Lead Author in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C. She has a PhD in Environmental Change from the Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography and the Environment of the University of Oxford. Her dissertation topic analyzed if rural renewable energy projects can simultaneously meet the multiple goals of sustainable development, climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation and if so, under what conditions, focusing on Guatemala and Nicaragua. She has a MSc in Civil Engineering, with a focus on energy systems, from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BSc in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Ley worked at Mexico’s National Energy Savings Commission in the Cogeneration and Renewable Energy departments before joining Sandia National Laboratories, where she was the Program Manager for the Central America and Mexico Clean Energy and Environment Program, jointly funded by the US DoE and US AID. She later worked at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and the InterAmerican Development Bank, focusing mainly on regional energy integration in Central America. Among the main outcomes of her time at UN were strategies for sustainable energy in the region, and of the inclusion of energy within the Millennium Development Goals. She has also worked as a consultant for the Latin America Energy Organization focusing on rural electrification in Nicaragua, for the World Bank evaluating its rural solar energy programs in Nicaragua and Honduras, and for Chemonics doing strategic planning for Low Emissions Development in Mexico. She is a volunteer with Engineers Without Borders, Johns Hopkins chapter and has published diverse articles on topics of rural renewable electrification, especially technical codes and standards, and diverse topics linking renewable energy, climate change and sustainable development.
Research Interests: Renewable Energy – Policy, Investment and Finance
Kirsty has 27 years’ experience in international climate and energy policy. Since 2004 she has led an initiative, via affiliation as Associate Fellow at Chatham House, on ‘investment grade’ policy: conditions to enable private investment into renewables/low carbon energy. This has been evidence-based work with a central foundation of direct engagement with leading mainstream renewable energy financiers and senior policymakers.
From 2010-2015 she was Policy Head of the Low Carbon Finance Group, a first-of-kind, financier- led group of senior finance practitioners established to factually assist policymakers’ understanding of conditions to mobilise capital at greater scale. The Group’s 5-year span largely focused on the UK’s Electricity Market Reform process.
Prior to that she published synthesis work on ‘investment grade’ policy, as well as financier perspectives on emerging markets renewables investment (research sessions 2008-2010) and MENA region. In addition, she coordinated private investor input to an early development phase of what became the Green Climate Fund (2011).
In 2016 she published the ‘Finance Guide for Policymakers’, for factual reference tool on who does what in finance and why, relevant for renewables and ‘green infrastructure’, published by BNEF with Chatham House and UNEP’s Frankfurt School centre. She is currently focused on how to create effective institutional engagement with private financiers.
In 2015-2016 Kirsty was a Specialist Advisor to a UK Parliamentary Inquiry into Investor Confidence in the UK electricity sector. She has held several invited international advisory roles including World Economic Forum, UNEP Finance Initiative and has been a reviewer and contributing author to the IPCC.
Dr. William Blyth
Research Interests: Renewable Energy and Climate Change Policy, Emissions Trading and Energy Efficiency
William Blyth has worked for over 20 years in the analysis of energy security, climate change and sustainable development. He is Director of Oxford Energy Associates, an independent energy research company, and works part-time as a Senior Research Fellow at DFID (UK government’s aid department). In addition, he holds Associate Fellow positions at Chatham House (one of the world’s top think tanks), and at Imperial College London, supporting research on sustainable energy issues. He is an expert in energy sector economics and policies specialising in transitions to a low-carbon economy and energy access in developed and developing countries.
Dr. Blyth is currently leading a team to develop Botswana’s sustainable energy strategy under their SE4All initiative. He carried out a similar role in Rwanda leading a team within the Ministry of Infrastructure, and developed Rwanda’s investment plan for $50m under the SREP. In recent years, he has worked with the World Bank, AfDB, and EBRD reviewing financial flows and the investment needs of the energy sector in general, and mechanisms to support business models that address access to energy for the poorest in particular.
He has recently worked with a wide range of international organisations including the World Bank, African Development Bank, International Renewable Energy Agency, OECD, International Energy Agency, the Electric Power Research Institute, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, International Institute of Sustainable Development, as well as many UK government departments and institutions. He has published widely on a range of topics related to climate and energy security, and is the author of over 20 peer reviewed papers and books.
William previously worked at the International Energy Agency in Paris, the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen and for AEA Technology Environment. He has a DPhil in Physics from Oxford University.
Dr. Kirsten Davies
Research Interests: Human Rights and the Environment, Climate Law, Community Engagement, Sustainable Development
Dr Kirsten Davies is an academic at Macquarie University’s Law School (Sydney Australia). She has extensive education, policy, governance, management, marketing and board experience. In her career she has held senior management, directorship and chair roles. As CEO of a consultancy business, and through roles with corporate, government and university sectors, Kirsten has worked with expert teams in a diverse range of international and Australian projects and partnerships. Her depth of experience includes leading cultural institutions and community access programs in rural and urban localities.
A committed educationalist and researcher, Dr Davies is widely published and has authored and presented papers at many conferences. At the centre of her work is the engagement of communities. She is the architect of Intergenerational Democracy, a method of whole-of-community engagement and capacity building and the subject of her (2012) book, Intergenerational Democracy, rethinking sustainable development. Kirsten has recently developed an online course on community engagement.
Kirsten holds a Master’s Degree (USyd) ,PhD (USyd) in Sustainable Management and is currently undertaking a second PhD in Law (MQU) . She was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to conduct research in USA, UK and Japan (2002) and was the recipient of the University of Sydney Agri-Management Scholarship for post graduate research (2005). Kirsten was awarded an Australian Government, Endeavour Award - Research Fellowship to undertake sustainability research in Vanuatu (2009) and maintains a close relationship with the South Pacific Region. She was appointed as an Expert Adviser and Lead Author to the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in 2014 (onwards). This role continues to expand her international networks and activities. Kirsten is a member of the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and one of the drafting authors of the recent Declaration on Human Rights and Climate Change.
Dr. Hisham Zerriffi
Research Interests: Energy Access, Energy and Development, Policy, Regulation, Energy Systems
Hisham Zerriffi is an Associate Professor in Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He was previously an Assistant Professor and the Ivan Head South/North Research Chair in the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC. Dr. Zerriffi’s research is at the intersection of technology, energy and the environment, with a particular focus on rural areas of the developing world. Much of his research focuses on institutional factors impacting the diffusion of new technology, determinants and patterns of household energy choice and welfare implications of rural energy use. He is the author of one book and over two dozen articles and book chapters. He was a Lead Author for the Global Energy Assessment’s chapter on Energy for Development and a member of the World Health Organization’s Indoor Air Quality Guidelines Development Group. Prior to joining the UBC Faculty, Dr. Zerriffi was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, Stanford University. Dr. Zerriffi holds a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in Engineering and Public Policy.
Dr. Huong Ha is currently affiliated with School of Business, Singapore University of Social Sciences. She has been affiliated with UON Singapore and University of Newcastle, Australia. Her previous positions include Dean, Director of Research and Development, Deputy Course Director, Chief Editor, Executive Director, Business Development manager, etc. She holds a PhD from Monash University (Australia) and a Master’s degree from National University of Singapore. She was a recipient of a PhD scholarship (Monash University), Temasek scholarship (National University of Singapore), and a scholarship awarded by the United Nations University/International Leadership Academy, and many other scholarships, professional and academic awards, and research related grants.
She has authored or co-edited a number of books including Ha, Huong (2014). Change Management for Sustainability. USA: Business Expert Press, Ha, Huong (2014). Land and Disaster Management Strategies in Asia. H. Ha (Ed.), Springer; and; Ha, Huong & Dhakal, T. N. (2013). Governance Approaches to Mitigation of and Adaptation to Climate Change in Asia. H. Ha, & T. N. Dhakal (Eds.), Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan; and Ha, Huong; Fernando, Lalitha and Mahmood, Amir (2015), Strategic Disaster Risk Management in Asia, Springer. She has produced about 75 journal articles, book chapters, conference papers and articles in Encyclopedias. She has been an invited member of the international editorial boards of many international journals/book projects; the scientific and/or technical committees of several international conferences in many countries; and international advisory board of many associations. She has also been a reviewer of many international journals and international conferences.
Areas of Interest: Environmental and Climate Change Photography
Ashley Cooper has spent the last 13 years travelling to every continent on the planet to document the impacts of climate change and the rise of renewable energy. In that time he has probably seen at first hand more climate change impacts than anyone else. He has documented extreme weather, floods, drought, permafrost melt, glacial retreat, sea level rise, desertification, coral bleaching, emissions, biofuel, tar sands, fossil fuels, coastal erosion, deforestation, fracking, forest fires, sea ice, water resource and every type of renewable energy. As an environmental photographer Ashley has shone a light on the most important issue of our times and his images appear in newspapers, magazines and books around the world, including in his own book, “Images From a Warming Planet”. Ashley lectures widely on his work and works with organisations like World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Climate Outreach to try to get the message out there of the urgency to tackle climate change. Ashley runs two websites www.globalwarmingimages.net and www.imagesfromawarmingplanet.net
Dr. Pradipta Halder
Areas of Interest: Energy, Climate change, Education
Pradipta Halder holds a doctoral degree in forestry from the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) and is currently affiliated with the Business School (UEF) as a Senior Researcher. He is also an Adjunct Professor in Social Sustainability and Bioeconomy with the Department of Historical and Geographical Studies at the UEF. Pradipta is leading a project on consumer adoption wood-based eco-innovations in Finland, India and the Netherlands. He has over ten years of research and professional experiences in the fields of forestry, bioenergy, climate change and bioeconomy from policy and social sciences perspectives.
He has conducted research in Finland, Germany, Croatia, Serbia, India and China. He was a visiting scholar to the Fudan Tyndall Centre in Shanghai and the Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University in Yangling (China). Pradipta has published widely in reputed international journals in the field of energy and environment. Pradipta is also affiliated with the journals such as Biofuels, Energy, Sustainability and Society, and Energy and Environment Research. His current publications can be seen from here: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=_YSmtJUAAAAJ&hl=en
Research Interests: Energy Access (Market) and Utility Energy Efficiency
David Gibson has 32 years’ experience in energy access, utility energy efficiency programs, and facility design and construction. He serves as a Senior Consultant for NRECA International and is the President/Chief Innovation Officer for a consultancy known as Next Grid Collaborative. He holds a master of Liberal Arts Degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management from the Harvard Extension School where he received the Dean’s Academic Achievement Award based on his academic performance. David’s thesis was entitled “Taming a Wicked Problem – Energy Access Planning from an Energy-Poor Perspective. “ His thesis research proposed an enhanced GIS-based energy access decision tool which explores institutional barriers (such as energy consumption subsidies) and enabling environment conditions (such as the “energy addressable market” of households with mobile phones but no access to electricity) in an effort to scale up the market penetration of Solar Home Systems in the ECOWAS region. In an effort to translate his thesis research into practical applications, David is currently working with an off-grid technology service provider to assess the “ease of doing business” among their target countries for initial market rollout. He is also working with the developer of the existing Open Source Spatial Electrification Tool (onSSET) to develop a number of expansion modules to support the initial market rollout of this technology service provider.
David’s experience in Africa energy landscape includes energy access/rural electrification projects in Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda, including Haiti and Philippines which are also developing economies. Some of the projects handled include improved energy access for street markets in Ghana, developing a framework for private investment in rural off-grid electrification projects in Ethiopia, and the development of mini-grid standards and specifications in Tanzania. The clients for these projects include the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), the United States Agency for International Development – Power Africa Program (USAID), the Government of Kenya (GoK), and the International Finance Corporation (IFC).
Mr. Gibson has also served as a Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant to Dr. Robert Pojasek in support of his Organisational Sustainability course.
He has recently been selected to serve a two-year term on the Student Advisory Committee for Harvard’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Program.
Dr. Alexandre Strapasson
Research Interests: Energy and Climate Change Mitigation, Bioenergy, and Sustainable Land Use
Alexandre Strapasson is an Associate Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at IFP Energies Nouvelles in Paris. He has been working on energy and environmental sciences, with an emphasis on the global dynamics of energy, carbon and land use, and the sustainable development goals. He previously worked as an Honorary Research Fellow at Imperial College London, and was one of the lead modellers of the Global Calculator project (www.globalcalculator.org). At Imperial, he lectured in graduate programs in sustainable energy futures, green chemistry, and environmental technology, as well as to supervise students, including from SOAS, University of London.
Alexandre was Director and Head of the Department of Bioenergy at the Ministry of Agriculture of Brazil, working on international collaborations and capacity development programmes with several nations, including African countries. He was also Consultant of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for energy and climate change affairs at the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment, participating in UNFCCC negotiations. He is an Agricultural Engineer, holding a Master in Energy from the University of São Paulo (USP), and Ph.D. degree in Environmental Research from Imperial College London, with a Postdoc in Sustainability Science from Harvard.
Research Interests: Microgrid Technology, Demand Side Management, Community Development, Integrated Energy Strategies.
Xavier Vallvé is co-founder and director of the engineering and consultancy firm TTA in Barcelona, Spain. He holds engineering and master’s degrees from the University of Waterloo in Canada and has more than 25 years of experience in rural electrification with renewable energy and distributed generation projects, autonomous as well as grid tied, renewable energy hybrid technology for islands and isolated villages. This involves complementary interdisciplinary activities in economic, social and management aspects as well as engineering in renewable energy generation and storage. Autonomous off-grid electrification needs to address the needs of potential beneficiaries, from basic access to power to develop income generating activities. Within a village, this can be done with microgrids, individual PV stations or a combination of both but involving the community and establishing an adequate business model for long term sustainable operation.
Xavier is well-experienced in distributed generation and micro grids. He has been involved in research, feasibility studies, engineering, project management and commissioning of many PV rural micro grids in isolated villages in Africa, Asia and South America. He is also an active member in international codes and standards committees on this subject.
He has been project director or lead consultant for private and government clients and also for projects by United Nations Development programme (UNDP), United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), World Bank (WB), European Commission (EC), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), among others.
He is director and lecturer of the Master degree “Master en Ingeniería y Gestión de las Energías Renovables” at IL3 (University of Barcelona). He is a member of ARE (Alliance for Rural Electrification), and also member of the Board of Secartys.
Dr. Susanne Nies
Research Interests: Energy Policy and Energy Economics – Power Generation, Transmission, Distribution and Innovation
Dr. Susanne Nies is an expert in European energy policy and regulatory affairs, focusing on electricity and the power sector in Europe. She is currently in charge of strategy, energy policy, stakeholder relationship, corporate communication at the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO – E). As the Corporate Affairs Manager, she leads the work on Transmission System Operator (TSO) – Distribution System Operator (DSO) interaction (Demand side management, aggregation, distribution transmission interfaces).
Prior to this, she worked for EURELECTRIC, a Brussels-based European Electricity Industry Interface with EU Commission and European institutions. She had the role as Head of Unit Distribution System Department from 2014 to 2015, dealing with Distribution System Operators – smart grids, smart meters, energy efficiency, big data, new downstream, electric mobility, standardisation, relationship TSO-DSO, investments in regulated assets, network codes and framework guidelines. She also headed the Energy Policy and Power Generation Department from 2010 to 2014 where she was dealing with Power Generation, leading 12 industrial working groups, experts missions, conferences and lectures on general energy policies.
Susanne Niels holds a PhD in Political Sciences from Bonn University, and a Habilitation at Sciences Po Paris and Berlin Free University, as well as an economics degree from London School of Economics. Until 2008 she was heading the French Institute for International Relations Brussels branch and was affiliated as a senior researcher to the energy programme of the institute, focussing in particular on oil and gas. She has a long track of academic publications, affiliation to research and lecturing, as well as consulting. In addition, she teaches at the Cologne University/ EWI Summer Classes on Energy policy and Energy Economics. Before focusing on energy policy she worked extensively on transition economies in Eastern Europe, international conflict and social policies.
Apart from being a native speaker of German, she is fluent in written and spoken English, French and Russian languages.
Bilkisu is an Editor at the BBC World Service in London in charge of multimedia services. As an expert in Communication for Development, Bilkisu is passionate about protecting the environment, especially on the African continent where she has seen her idyllic lush childhood home virtually disappear amidst an urban sprawl. She has pioneered many innovative projects including in her latest role as Nigeria Editorial Lead where she recently launched BBC Pidgin – the first fully digital language service for Africa.
Pidgin is the first of 3 new BBC digital language services to launch in Nigeria – along with Yoruba and Igbo. Bilkisu was also the pioneer editor of the BBC bureau in Abuja Nigeria, the first Nigeria Country Director for BBC World Service Trust and the Launch SBJ for Focus on Africa TV (BBC World News TV).
Bilkisu has had an illustrious career at various levels including Editor, SBJ and presenter, as a highly accomplished international multimedia journalist, working in radio, on TV and online.
Multitalented and multilingual, she has interviewed several high profile personalities including presidents and prime ministers from Nigeria, Ghana, Libya and the UK.
Bilkisu knows Africa very well and is widely travelled across the continent and globally. She has covered major international events for the BBC including the 2008 US Obama elections, Hong Kong handover to China 1997; the Beijing Women’s conference and the lead up to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa where she led a 30-strong team of BBC journalists on a road trip across West Africa.
She holds a Master’s degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria and has won several awards for academic excellence, as well as the Nigeria Best Actress Award 1992.
In expressing her passion for environmental sustainability, she says, “Information is power. If you empower people with knowledge, they will make informed choices about their environment”.
George Charley Granvorka
Research Interests: Climate Change, Ecosystems Services, Disaster and Risk Reduction
Charley G. Granvorka is an Economist mainly working within the field of Development and Environment with a particular focus on the Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Her first works initially related to development concerns in the context of the Plantation Economy by comparing the economic performance of Haiti and the Dominican Republic from 1960 to 2015 owing to self-builder data bases.She evolved towards Environmental Economics by analyzing the impacts of natural hazards on the domestic economy at the macro and micro levels using tools such as the Cost-Benefit Analysis and Data processing.
Some of her works are exemplified by a Cost-Benefit Analysis of an Integrated Disaster & Risk Management including a Flood Early Warning System and Temporary multifunction shelters in Haiti under the Umbrella of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre. She contributed to the design of an Eco system based development Master Plan for Andros, the Bahamas upon request of the Inter American Development Bank. As a winner of a national bid of the National Agency for Research, France, she also assessed the social and economical costs of the earthquake and hurricane Dean that occurred in Martinique for 2007 in the fields of agriculture, housing and health.
She has authored papers in collective books or peer-reviewed journals on various topics related to environment, tourism, poverty, risk management, sea governance or urban revitalization, all SIDS specific indexed on www.academia.edu.org. She monitored thesis at the Master 2 level and occasionally reviews blinded papers in environmental Journals (Israel, Romania, United States of America, Algeria). She acts as both an Independent Consultant and teacher and is a member of various Economist Associations and Les Expertes France, which is a network specially dedicated to women created by the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.
She has been invited-speaker at various high level international meetings; UNEP, New York, Ecole Polytechnique, France, ProEcoServ, Trinidad and Tobago, COP21, Paris, France, UNDP/University of Baranquilla, Columbia.
Research Interests: Climate Change and Environment Nexus, Sustainable Energy (Policy and Economics)
Luca Petrarulo is a Consultant with 10 years of experience in international environmental projects and research. He holds a Master of Science in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University and a Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution from Lancaster University. His technical expertise is multi-disciplinary and focuses on climate change (adaptation and mitigation), environment and sustainable development, governance and aid effectiveness (harmonization of donor interventions, regional and international cooperation for instance), renewable energy, transport, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E). He has special interest on projects that links impacts of climate change to environmental changes. This has been mainly developed at the international level working for a variety of clients including the EC, GIZ, DFID, AFD, CDKN, UK DECC, UK FCO. Luca has worked on many high-profile international projects, mainly in Asia and Latin America. For instance, he was one of the key technical experts in preparing the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) of Bangladesh and Nigeria for the global climate Paris Agreement. He also recently led the climate change, energy, and environmental assessment of the EU development assistance to the Pacific region covering 19 countries and territories. Luca is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian.
Dr. Temilade Sesan
Research Interests: Energy Poverty, Gender and Energy, Renewable Energy Policy
Temilade Sesan is an international development consultant with expertise in the areas of energy, health, agriculture and gender. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria), a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Nottingham (United Kingdom) and a doctorate degree in Sociology and Social Policy also from the University of Nottingham. Her doctoral work on improved cookstove development constituted a platform for exploring the potential that sustainable energy technologies – including biomass, biofuel and solar energy technologies – have to improve the well-being of the poor, and the barriers that have limited their uptake in Africa to date. Temilade’s research brings together a range of themes, including appropriate technology development, participatory development, women’s empowerment, and livelihoods improvement. Her work regularly brings her in contact with national- and state-level policy makers, civil society organisations, academia, and representatives of small- and medium-scale businesses in the fields of energy, health, and the environment.
Dr Sesan has disseminated her research findings to global audiences via numerous presentations made at conferences in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. She has also published articles investigating the links between energy poverty and development in the practitioners’ journal Boiling Point and the academic journals Energy Policy, World Development, Progress in Development Studies, Community Development Journal and Technology in Society. She currently works as an independent consultant in Nigeria, with a client list that includes Heinrich Boell Stiftung Nigeria, Marine Power Limited, the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, the University of Nottingham, the French Agency for Development and the World Bank. She also teaches a module on renewable energy policies and markets at the Centre for Petroleum, Energy Economics and Law, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
Steven von Eije has an extensive background in renewable energy with a passion for sustainable development. Steven recently joined Enclude as consultant sustainable business practices to implement and expand the clean energy portfolio. Steven has over 8 years of work experience in the renewable energy sector. At the Energy Delta Institute in the Netherlands Steven developed a strong training background while he gained extensive knowledge on the energy sector in developing countries. Steven gained experience in the development sector while working for Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) in Vietnam. He worked on projects to support the development of local enterprises that delivered clean energy products and services using result based finance mechanisms. Steven acted as Chief Technical Advisor to the award winning Biogas Programme for the Animal husbandry sector of Vietnam.
Additionally, he designed the result-based finance incentive option auction in order to accelerate the development of the advanced clean cookstove sector. As sector leader renewable energy he was responsible for the management of a team of national and international experts which supported the Vietnamese government in their ambition to develop renewable energy.
As Energy Analyst for the Energy Delta Institute, an international energy business school in the Netherlands, Steven has developed and improved executive energy education programs. Furthermore he has acted as a lecturer in several courses on renewable energy and energy transition related topics. He has also consulted for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Energising Development ,Climate and Clean Air Coalition,RVO,SNN (Northern provinces of the Netherlands) EU and Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, among other organisations on various topics such as on renewable energy investment and financial analysis, biogas energy programme, sales of carbon credit, reversed auction for result based finance incentive options for improved cookstove, among others. Steve speaks Dutch, English, French and German languages.
Areas of Interest: Renewable Energy Finance and Environmental Policy
Joanne Lee currently serves as a Programme Officer for Renewable Energy Finance at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) She is a clean energy and sustainability professional with a vast experience is both research and industry. She has expertise in renewable energy finance, environmental policy and corporate sustainability. Her passion for the field is reflected in various roles right from her study period when she worked for organizations such as United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), GreenWorld Capital, Yonsei Institute among others on environment, climate and sustainability topics.
Within her role at IRENA, Joanne provides advisory services specialized in risk mitigation and innovative financing structures. She has managed a long-term research project with a published comprehensive report on the subject. In addition, she leads a research project on institutional investment in renewable energy, supports project identification and funding proposals, and organizes numerous stakeholder meetings on renewable energy finance involving government officials, financial experts and high-level participants around the globe. Joanne has developed strong expertise in the utilization of public guarantees for renewable energy project.
Before joining IRENA, Joanne worked with Meister Consultants Group in Boston as a Research Fellow from December 2012 to August 2013 where she established sustainability metrics and quantitatively assessed ESG performance of over 100 companies in Boston. Her work also involved leading a US Department of Energy publication on emergency and resilience planning with solar PV, developing databases for solar energy and energy efficiency financing options and providing guidelines for designing a successful community solar project.
Research Interests: Off-grid Electrification and Project Development, Business Model Design and Implementation
Peter Dauenhauer has a combined background in economics and sustainability of off-grid energy projects. He holds a BA Economics from University of Washington, MSc Economics from University of Amsterdam. His past work has included the design of off-grid projects in developing countries, management of the Malawi Renewable Energy Acceleration Programme (MREAP), sustainability evaluations and feasibility studies for energy access projects. These projects have been conducted in Malawi, Gambia, Kenya and Zambia. He has served as chair and co-chair of the IEEE Power and Energy Society Working Group: Sustainable Energy Systems for Developing Communities (SESDC) since 2014 and leads the Energy Use Task Force. He actively volunteers with Kilowatts for Humanities (KWH) (business model design, data acquisition system, and research support) and with IEEE Smart Village (Malawi development Liaison).
Peter is currently completing his PhD at the University of Strathclyde in Energy for Development. He works at Seattle University as a Faculty Adviser for senior design projects involving data acquisition systems. His current publications are available here: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=MKE7M3QAAAAJ&hl=en
Olufunke Alaba holds a doctoral degree in Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She did her post-doctoral research at the School of Economics, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Olufunke is Senior Lecturer and researcher at the Health Economics Unit, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town, also in South Africa where she conduct research researching on applied microeconometric modeling, Development and Poverty Economics, Social determinants of health including energy and health nexus.
Olufunke has consulted for a number of local and international organizations including the African Economic Research Consortium, UNIDO, the World Bank, and the UNU-WIDER Finland. She was a Visiting Scholar to the World Bank in 2004.
Research Interest: Solar PV Engineering – Planning, Design, and Installation
Habashy Ibrahim is a Renewable Energy Specialist with several years of experience in planning, design, engineering and installation of PV power plants in Egypt and beyond. He is currently the Head of the Technical Sector at Greengate Solar where he supervises and leads Engineers who design PV power plants, plan and develop PV projects, oversee installation and quality, as well as coordinate the testing and maintenance of PV plants. As the Technical Head, he is also responsible for hiring, training and mentoring other Engineers and supporting staff.Before joining Greengate Solar, he worked in a similar role as Head of Technical Department at several Renewable Energy companies in Egypt, such as The Engineering Company for Energy and Environment Services, Esolar for Renewable Energy, Sun Network for Energy Solution. He is widely trained and certified in Solar technologies, GIS analysis, systems simulation and modelling.
Habashy Ibrahim holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, and worked for several years in Heavy Vehicle field and in Power Stations Machinery as a trainer prior to joining the Renewable Energy industry.
Prof. John C. Anyanwu
Lead Research Economist, African Development Bank(AfDB)
John C. Anyanwu is Lead Research Economist in the Macroeconomic Policy, Forecasting & Research Department of the African Development Bank. Prior to joining the AfDB, he was full Professor of Economics, Department of Economics & Statistics, University of Benin, Nigeria; Health Economist/Economic Adviser to Resident Representative, WHO, Lagos, Nigeria; and Consultant to the AfDB and International Health Policy Program. He had also been Chief Planning Officer in the former Strategic Planning Division of the AfDB. Anyanwu holds a Ph.D and MSc in Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Economic Development from the University of Houston-Victoria, USA. He had had training/Executive Education courses at London School of Economics (UK) & Harvard University (USA) and was a Visiting Scholar at Cornell University (USA).
Among others, Anyanwu has conducted studies and published in the areas of Gender Equality (Education, Health, Employment, etc), Women and Men, Macroeconomics & Economic Growth, Development and Planning Economics, Economics of Poverty and Inequality, Public Finance, International Finance, Money and Banking, Regional/Monetary Integration, Natural Resources and Natural Resource Management and Socio-Economics (especially Health Economics & Economics of Education). Part of his passion is working to see gender equality in education, health, employment/empowerment, pay, etc. as a key source of high, sustained and inclusive development. He is Editor, African Development Review, a quarterly journal of the African Development Bank devoted to the study of development issues in Africa.
Anyanwu is a member, Association for the Advancement of African Women Economists (AAAWE), International Health Economics Association (iHEA), the African Finance and Economics Association (AFEA), and the National Economic Association (USA), and belongs to a number of research networks such the Global Development Network (GDN), African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), the Institute of International Finance (IIF), and the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). He is a life member and former Secretary & Vice President, Nigerian Economic Society. Anyanwu had been a Director and President of the African Finance and Economics Association (AFEA).
He has authored over 130 (this includes over 100 journal articles) scholarly publications in national and international journals in addition to authoring/co-authoring more than 35 book chapters and a number of books. Anyanwu has also been a key speaker and has had his papers read at more than 100 conferences/seminars/workshops worldwide. He benefitted from PhD Thesis awards and many research grants and had attended a series of managerial/leadership courses.
With excellent written and spoken English and some reading, spoken and written knowledge of French, Anyanwu has an excellent ability to analyze situations, a strong analytical mind and writes with clarity and precision. He always approaches his work with diligence and commitment while being helpful to, and collaborative with, all his colleagues.
As a person, Anyanwu is a person of character – courteous and polite – bright but humble. He easily gets along well with his colleagues, superiors as well as peers while displaying a high team spirit accompanied by high sense of maturity and diplomacy.
Dr Fridah Kanana Erastus
Senior Lecturer, Department of English and Linguistics, Kenyatta University, Kenya
Fridah Kanana Erastus is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Linguistics, Kenyatta University, Kenya. She holds a Bachelor of Education (Arts) degree, Master of Arts degree in English and Linguistics from Kenyatta University, and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Frankfurt, Germany. Her research interests are in Bantu Linguistics, Dialectology, language use and multilingualism, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy. She has several publications to her name.
Fridah works as a resource person for Siemens Foundation, Germany, in their youth empowerment programme; Commonwealth of Learning (COL) projects on rolling out of Open Resources for English Language Teaching (ORELT) modules; Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, where she is contracted to develop the English and Communication Curriculum for the proposed National Open University of Kenya (NOUK); German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and The Kenya DAAD Scholars Association (KDSA) as a research and academic mentor. She is also a reviewer of several refereed journals and a Board member of several organisations. Fridah is also among the 20 inaugural fellows of the Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP) and a member of the prestigious Global Young Academy (GYA).
She has successfully supervised several masters’ students. Currently she is supervising three PhD students and over 30 postgraduate students. She has many years of experience as an academic mentor, having worked in the University for over 14 years. Some of the mentorship initiatives she has been involved in include proposal writing for PhD, grant writing and writing for publication. She has also experience in South- South and North-South Collaboration having worked on successful projects with scholars from across the world. She is an active member of a network of scholars working on African Urban Youth Languages in Africa, a network spearheaded by the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Fridah joins the International Support Network for African Development (ISNAD) with a wealth of national, regional and International experience.
Dr Anna Görner
Managing course director, Centre for International Postgraduate Studies of Environmental Management (CIPSEM), Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
Anna Görner is the Managing Course Director at the Centre for International Postgraduate Studies of Environmental Management (CIPSEM), Technische Universität Dresden, Germany.
She has several years of experience in designing and implementing training programmes for professionals from developing and newly industrialised countries, including short courses on renewable energy sources and energy efficiency. She also serves on the selection committee for the International Climate Protection Fellowship Programme of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The study programmes guided by her are designed to support the participants for their tasks of planning, coordination and management of environmental resources within ministries, agencies or local government units – thus enabling them to actively support the environmentally sound and sustainable development of their countries.
For this, theoretical training discussing environmental problems and solutions complements a multitude of excursions presenting impressions of successfully implemented environmental management practices and providing opportunities for professional exchange. The third important aspect of the courses is the chance for dialogue among fellow participants coming from different regions of the world.