Adedoyin Adeleke is a sustainable energy researcher and currently pursues a doctoral degree under the UNESCO Chair in Energy for Sustainable Development at the Department of Energy, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy with a scholarship from the Italian Government. Adedoyin holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and a multidisciplinary master’s degree in Energy Studies from Nigeria’s Premier University, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, both in Nigeria. His interest in using theoretical knowledge to impact social and economic development led him to co-invent a 10-seconds chicken de-feathering machine during his undergraduate studies. As his master’s dissertation, he researched on the “Sustainability of Solar Mini-Grids in Nigeria” profiles factors responsible for failure and success of solar mini-grids in Nigeria.
Adedoyin has also received numerous awards for his excellent educational performance including the Federal Scholarship Board Undergraduate Award (2009-2012) which funded his undergraduate studies and the MacArthur Foundation Grant Scholarship (2015 – 2016) at the Centre for Petroleum, Energy Economics and Law, Ibadan, Nigeria for his master’s degree programme; Fellowship from the German Government for the 69th UNEP/UNESCO/BMUB International Short Course on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, and Italian Government Scholarship for his Doctoral Study, among others. He has also received a number of travel grants from the Royal Academy of Overseas Science, Belgium, Centre for Petroleum, Energy Economics and Law, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, among others.
Adedoyin is also very much engrossed into volunteering and championing causes for educational development. While on National Youth Service in Kano State, Nigeria, he initiated and organised six different education-based community development programmes which directly benefitted more than 800 high school students and many others were indirect beneficiaries through his weekly radio and television programmes in the state. Funded by a fellowship from the German government, Adedoyin was one of the 21 young sustainable energy professionals that participated at the 69th UNEP/UNESCO/BMUB International Short Course on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in 2016 at the Centre for International Postgraduate Studies of Environmental Management (CIPSEM), Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany in 2016. He has also participated in many conferences, workshops and summer schools on diverse sustainable energy topics in various countries. He served as a Lead Country Contributor for the Paris-based Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) in preparing its 2017 Global Status Report on Renewable Energy. He also served as a Contributor to the 2017 1 Gigaton Report which tracked contributions of renewable energy and energy efficiency programmes in developing countries to reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, among other contributions to causes for sustainable energy development globally.
Sonma Okoro is the founder and CEO of Lumen Energy Consultancy. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Jacobs University, Bremen. She also holds two Masters degrees; a Master of Science in Microelectronics and Microsystems Engineering from Technische Universität Hamburg and a Technology Management MBA for Engineers from Northern Institute of Technology Management.
For her MBA thesis, she developed investment models for Photovoltaic power plants with energy storage systems at Siemens Energy, Germany.
Her experiences span from the Semiconductor industry to the Energy and Utilities industry. She has worked in exciting Renewable Energy projects including Offshore Wind development and construction in Germany & UK, Off-Grid Solar PV business providing electricity to rural communities in Tanzania.
Oluwadamilola Pikuda is currently pursuing her PhD in Chemical Engineering (with specialization in Green Nanotechnology), at the Biocolloids and Surfaces Laboratory, Department of Chemical Engineering, McGill University, Canada.
She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria and a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, at the Institute Center for Water and Environment (iWater), Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, UAE, where she worked on Semi-Conductor Thin Films for Solar Light Activated Glass.
She is a past recipient of several prestigious scholarships such as Carnegie Female Merit Award, USA (2009-2012), Federal Government Undergraduate Scholarship, Nigeria (2009-2012), Masdar Institute Scholarship, UAE (2015-2016), and currently McGill Engineering Doctoral Award, Canada (2017 – date).
Oluwadamilola’s research interests are photocatalysis, material science, sustainable environment and nanotechnology. Her present research is aimed at developing materials for cleaner and more sustainable environment through instant water filtration system to make portable water more accessible especially in sub-saharan Africa. She has presented her research work at different conferences across the globe, and published several peer-reviewed publications.
Oluwadamilola is also an active member of Nigeria Future Energy Group (NiFEG) which is a non-profit oriented organisation with a focus on providing expertise in the applied energy field. NiFEG promotes sustainability whilst proffering solutions to localized energy problems. Among the successful projects of the group is powering the Kanji and Wolfson lecture halls in Ahmadu Bello University,Nigeria using solar PV panels, as well as providing training sessions on PV panel installation to the university students.
Professor Howard Alper (Chair)
Distinguished Professor, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
Howard Alper currently spearheads the initiative by the Governor General of Canada (Head of State) aimed at promoting global recognition for Canadian research excellence. He is chairs the Canvassing Committee for the initiative. He is also Distinguished University Professor at the University of Ottawa. His basic research spans organic and inorganic chemistry, with potential applications in the pharmaceutical, petrochemical, and commodity chemical industries.
From his research, Alper has discovered new reactions using homogeneous, phase transfer, and heterogeneous catalysis (e.g. clays, dendrimers). He has also used chiral ligands in metal catalyzed cycloaddition and carbonylation reactions, and succeeded in preparing valuable products in pharmacologically active form. He has published 551 papers, has thirty-seven patents, and has edited several books.
Alper is a recipient of numerous prestigious Fellowships including the E.W.R. Steacie (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, NSERC, 1980‑82), Guggenheim (1985‑86), and Killam (1986‑88) Fellowships. Major awards to his credit include the Alcan Award for Inorganic Chemistry (1986), Bader Award for Organic Chemistry (1990), Steacie Award for Chemistry (1993), all of the Canadian Society for Chemistry. The Chemical Institute of Canada has presented Alper with the Catalysis Award (1984), the Montreal Medal (2003), and the CIC Medal (1997), its highest honour. He also received the Urgel‑Archambault Prize (ACFAS) in physical sciences and engineering.
In 2000, the Governor General of Canada presented him with the first Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal in Science and Engineering. The following year, he was given the National Merit Award for contributions to the Life Sciences. Two years later, he received the Le Sueur Memorial Award of the Society of Chemical Industry (U.K.). In 2004, he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Chemical Research Society of India, in 2006, an Honorary Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada, and in March 2013, was made an Honorary Foreign Member of the Chemical Society of Japan(CSJ), the first Canadian ever to be so honoured by the CSJ. He was also elected a Honorary Member of the Colombian Academy of Sciences in 2011, and of the Mexican Academy of Sciences in 2009.
Alper has served on a number of NSERC committees (e.g. Committee on Research Grants), and as Chair of Boards and Committees including the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE), Council of Canadian Academies, Canadian Research Knowledge Network, and the Steacie Institute of Molecular Sciences, among others. He was also Visiting Executive at the International Development Research Centre during 2006-2010.
In 1996, Alper was appointed in 1996 as a Titular Member of the European Academy of Arts, Sciences, and Humanities, and in 2003 as a member of TWAS-the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World. He was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1999, and in 2002 he received the award of Officer, National Order of Merit, by the President of the Republic of France. In 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2014, President Napolitano of the Republic of Italy, bestowed the award of Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic to Alper, He was named President of the Royal Society of Canada for a two-year term commencing November 2001, and was its Foreign Secretary from 2004-2010. In 2004, he was elected to a three-year term as Co-Chair of the InterAmerican Network of Academies of Science (IANAS). In December 2006, he was elected Co-Chair of IAP: The Global Network of Science Academies, for a three-year term, and in January, 2010, was re-elected to a second three year term as Co-Chair. In 2010, he was also appointed to the U.S. National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering, to the Science Advisory Committee of the World Economic Forum, to the Board of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences-Next Einstein Initiative, to the Advisory Board of the Global Young Academy, and as Vice-Chair of the RIKEN Advisory Council. In 2011, he was elected as Chair of the International Advisory Board of the Knowledge Economy Network headquartered in Brussels. In 2015, he was appointed to the Board of the ambitious Smart Villages initiative. On June 13, 2007, he was appointed inaugural Chair of the Government of Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC) which provides advice to Cabinet and the Prime Minister on science, technology and innovation issues, and the Council also issues a State of the Nation reports every two years benchmarking Canada’s performance on a global basis. The inaugural report was released in May, 2009, the second report appeared in June, 2011, the third report was released in May, 2013, and the latest report appeared in 2015. In December, 2012, the Government of Canada reappointed him to a third term as Chair of the STIC. He completed eight years as Chair of STIC by the end of his third term in May, 2015
He is passionate about Canada, research and chocolate.
Prof. Emanuela Colombo
UNESCO Chair on Energy for Sustainable Development
Emanuela Colombo has achieved both a PhD in Energetic and a Nuclear Engineering MSc at Politecnico di Milano(PoliMI) in Italy where she is Associate Professor and serve at the Department of Energy. She has also been covering the role of Rector’s Delegate to Cooperation and Development at Politecnico di Milano since 2005. She worked for Ansaldo Energia,ABB Research, Fluent (now ANSYS-FLUENT).
She is the scientific coordinator of a number of European projects and international tenders on Green Innovation (Egypt), Sustainable Energy Engineering (Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia), Water Energy and Food nexus (Egypt), Modern Energy services in refugee camps (Lebanon, Somalia, RCA and Colombia) and Capacity Building in Engineering (Tanzania). Over the last decade, she has also been working as expert and advisor for different Italian private players, NGOs and international organisation (UNIDO and AEEP). She is author of more than 120 scientific papers, 56 of them are in scopus or web of science and co-author of the book “Renewable Energy for Unleashing Sustainable Development” by Springer.
Prof. Adeola Adenikinju
Director, Centre for Petroleum, Energy Economics and Law (CPEEL), University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Adeola Adenikinju holds a PhD Degree in Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is a Professor of Economics and he is also a Research Professor at the Centre for Econometrics and Allied Research, as well as Senior Research Fellow, Macroeconomic Study Group, University of Ibadan. Currently, Adeola is the Director, Centre for Petroleum, Energy Economics and Law (CPEEL), a MacArthur Foundation Regional Centre of Excellence at the University of Ibadan that provides multidisciplinary training, research and consultancy in various fields of energy.
Adeola has consulted for many local and international organizations on various energy projects. Such organisations include European Union, United Nations, the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company (NLNG), The African Economic Research Consortium, OECD, UNIDO, ECOWAS, GIZ, UNECA, the World Bank, and the National Data Bank, among others. He was one of the Consultants that prepared the First Perspective Plan for Nigeria. He is also involved in the United Nations Project Link that makes economic projection for the Nigerian Economy. Adeola was a Visiting Scholar to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 1996 and 2005.
His research interests include Petroleum and Energy Economics, Macroeconomic modeling, and Economic Development issues. He has published extensively in reputable Local and International Journals, including the OPEC Review, Energy Policy, Pacific and Asian Journal of Energy, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Nigerian Journal of Economic and Social Studies, and African Journal of Economic Policy. He is a Life Member, and former Business Manager of the Nigerian Economic Society; Member, African Economic Research Consortium; Member, Association of Third World Studies in Philadelphia and Member, the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) headquartered in the United States. Adeola served as the Vice President (2006-2010) and President (2011-2015) of the Nigerian Association for Energy Economics.
He is currently the Editor, Journal of Economic Management. Between 2005 and2007, Adeola served as a Special Assistant to the Nigerian Presidential Adviser on Energy Matters and Senior Special Assistant to the President, Office of the Chief Economic Adviser to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria between 2010-2011.