2017 Mandela Washington Fellows


Isse Abdillahi Hersi


Isse Abdillahi Hersi is a self-educated renewable technologies developer. Isse founded a local NGO called Sustainable Djibouti and launched a social startup, Acacia Green Technologies, where they recently finalized the research and development aspect. Here, they have functioning prototypes of small wind turbines that are two-in-one pump and generator, as well as concentrating solar power (CSP) units and biogas units for rural electrification. Isse recently started to work for a governmental project, a hybrid 100 MWe geothermal and CSP on-grid plant, as project developer and consultant for a pre-feasibility study.


Chinweoke Busola Abuwa


Chinweoke Busola Abuwa has over four years of experience in the Petroleum Industry, with a specific focus on Energy Policy development and implementation. Currently, she is an Economist with the Ministry of Petroleum Resources where she focuses on Energy Policy Evaluation and works with the Senior Technical Adviser to the Minister on Petroleum Fiscal Policy. She is responsible for drafting fiscal legislation for the Petroleum Industry for consideration by the National Assembly. Her work covers the following areas: petroleum economics, energy accessibility, energy infrastructure, the economics of energy regulation and energy security options for Nigeria. She also runs a mentorship program for girls between the ages 18-25. Chinweoke holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Port Harcourt, a Masters in International Business from Hult International Business School and is currently working on an MSc in Energy Economics from the University of Port Harcourt. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Chinweoke intends to continue her work on the economics of sustainable energy systems to lead to improvements in energy availability, accessibility, and affordability for all Nigerians.


Enoch Yeboah Agyepong


Everything about Enoch Yeboah Agyepong resonates care, transparency, and excellence. With over 13 years experience in the private sector, community-based and international development, and volunteerism, he focuses on sustainability initiatives and projects, such as green growth, circular economy and enterprise development, for sustainable livelihood improvement. Currently a development worker and public servant as a Project Engineer on the Ghana Compact II, he works to strengthen the regulatory and policy environment of Ghana's power sector, ultimately to enhance socio-economic development and to reduce poverty. Mr. Agyepong holds a M.B.A from Aarhus University in Denmark and a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana. He functions in various philanthropic capacities. He is a board member of two organizations he partly founded, Renewable Energy Association of Ghana (REAG), where he serves as Secretary and Executive, and Danida Alumni Network of Ghana (DAN-G), where he serves as Chair. Additionally, he is the Business Director of Junior Chamber International (JCI) Accra Royale, Sustainability Director at SigmaStrat, Secretary of Bible Study and Cells Committee for Pentecost International Worship Center- Atomic, a Board Advisor for Enactus Gimpa, and a Steering Committee Member for the project Capacity for the Successful Implementation of the Renewable Energy (C-SIREA) Ministry of Energy/GIZ. Passionate about effective multi-stakeholder collaboration, Enoch, a godly man noted for his service, learning and teaching,will leverage on the experiences of the fellowship to continue to develop critical masses as change agents resolute in their commitment and firm in their decisions, and willing to explore best practices especially of their professional practices to fully benefit many beyond themselves - a mission started from Ghana!


Hilde Amushembe


Hilde Amushembe has over eight years of experience in the electrical engineering field, specifically focusing electrical designs, inspections and maintenance. Currently, Hilde is a Senior Electrical Works Inspector for the Ministry of Works and Transport, where she focuses on building maintenance, lighting designs and low voltage reticulation designs of government buildings in the Khomas Region. Hilde holds a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in South Africa where she focused on Power Systems Harmonics. Hilde is driven by her commitment to infrastructure development in terms of providing electricity to the people. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Hilde plans to continue her work in social development with a focus on advocating for usage of alternative energy sources such as renewable energy (solar, wind, biomass) to empower the less privileged communities.


Stanley Appiah


Stanley Appiah is an Oil & Gas professional with over seven years experience in the energy sector. He has developed skills in planning, strategy, business development and negotiation of energy agreements. Stanley is a Planning Officer who currently serves as Acting Manager of Gas for Volta River Authority, the state-owned power utility. He focuses on securing and managing natural gas supplies for electricity generation in Ghana. Stanley holds a Master of Science degree in International Oil & Gas Management from the Center for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law & Policy (CEPMLP), University of Dundee, UK. In the Oil & Gas sector, Stanley focused on business management, financial project analysis and economic and law-based policy studies. He is highly motivated and driven by a commitment to contribute towards cost-effective and efficient electricity generation and supply. Stanley's passion for public service issues includes the access, affordability, equity and the creation of safety nets for the vulnerable in the energy sector. Upon successful completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Stanley hopes to continue his work in the energy sector with a greater focus on efficiency across the energy value chain.


Nelson Banda


Nelson Banda has over seven years of experience in the energy and environment sector, specifically focusing on policy design and implementation. Currently, Nelson is an Engineer in renewable energy at the Energy Regulation Board in Zambia. He is responsible for providing regulatory oversight to renewable energy infrastructure through conformity assessment and ensuring adherence to technical standards. Nelson holds a Master's degree in Energy Engineering where he focused on sustainable power generation and energy utilization. Nelson is driven by his passion for the energy sector and is committed to contributing to the national agenda of sustainable access to clean forms of energy. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Nelson plans to continue his work to foster the accelerated deployment of renewable energy and efficiency in Zambia.


Miriam Modong Dangasuk

South Sudan

Miriam Modong Dangasuk has over two years experience working in the upstream petroleum industry as a Measurements and Logging Field Engineer. For over a year now, Miriam has been a Water and Habitat Engineer at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). She mainly focuses on rehabilitation of boreholes using solar panels as a source of clean energy to pump water to communities in remote areas for household and irrigation purposes. Miriam also works voluntarily with several clubs and associations making energy and environmentally sustainability information available for public access, using various ways to disseminate it. Miriam holds a bachelor's degree in Chemical and Process Engineering with Honors from Moi University, Kenya. Miriam is committed to pushing for development of better policies and legislation to govern against current bad energy and environmental practices in her country. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Miriam plans to start mentoring centers in South Sudan to continue creating awareness, especially at the grass root levels, on green energy because the existing institutional frameworks and agencies in charge of implementing this are weak.


Beza Keflemariam Gebrekidan


Beza Keflemariam Gebrekidan has over seven years of experience in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector, focusing on business development, analytics, and project implementation. Currently, Beza is a Business Development Manager at dVentus Technologies, a smart meter, renewable energy, and energy distribution components manufacturer and solution provider. She specializes in business development strategies to craft and offer unique solutions to emerging markets and especially to the African energy challenge. Beza holds a Master's degree in Economics from Unity University specializing in business analytics and entrepreneurship. Through the promotion of a technology that improves energy efficiency and water distribution networks for utilities, she is enabling key stakeholders to deliver quality services to the community. Upon completing the MWF, Beza plans to continue her work in providing energy solutions in Africa.


Mountaka Wahabou Ibrah


Ibrah has three years of experience in infrastructure financing and regional integration in Africa. Currently, he works as a Project Manager for the Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) and at the African Union's New Partnership for Africa's Development Agency (NEPAD Agency), in South Africa. Within the Regional Integration, Infrastructure and Trade Division, his activities focus on providing countries and regional economic communities with technical assistance in early stage preparation of trans-boundary projects on energy, transport, and water. Previously, Ibrah was a policy analyst for the infrastructure development and extractive industries programs within the Office of the NEPAD CEO. He contributed to the establishment of the Continental Business Network for infrastructure financing in Africa. This investment advisory platform works on engaging and interfacing high-level African policy makers and industry captains on strategic issues such as sector policy, investment risk rating and the overall promotion of infrastructure projects to the private sector. Upon the completion of the fellowship, Ibrah plans to play a key role in the African transformation agenda by pursuing his work towards the implementation of energy and transport projects continent-wide to boost trade and prosperity.


Janvier Kabananiye


Janvier Kabananiye has more than six years of experience in the energy development sector, focusing on energy policy and climate change resilience. Currently, Janvier is a Senior Engineer in charge of Electricity Transmission and Distribution, where he focused on the implementation of the rural electrification plan and regional power grid interconnection. Janvier holds a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma Christian University, USA. He focused on power system analysis and systems management. Janvier is driven by his commitment to community development through access to basic energy supply and basic infrastructure. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Janvier plans to continue his work in initiating programs and contribute in developing policies and strategies concerning national infrastructure. He is aiming at increasing access to affordable energy, water and sanitation, and transport infrastructure and related services for the population.


Hercule Mulonda Kalele

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Hercule Kalele has over two years experience in field of energy, especially in the synthesis of new energetic materials. Currently, Hercule works as an Associate Professor at the School of Sciences at the University of Kinshasa, where he teaches courses related to energy and materials sciences. He also supervises internships for students at the Department of Chemistry and Industry. Concurrently, Hercule is the Manager of General African Engineering, a private company specializing in energy cost savings. Hercule completed his Ph.D. in Material Physics and Chemistry with specialization in new materials for energy conversion and storage at Wuhan University of Technology. He hopes to learn more about policy on public management of energy through completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship. Upon his return back home, this will help him face the energy challenges and play a key role in the management of energy for a sustainable development of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Chagaka John Kalimbia

The United Republic of Tanzania

Chagaka John Kalimbia has over six years experience in the fields of renewable energy, minerals exploration, mining, and natural gas pipeline construction. Chagaka currently works as a Project Management Practitioner in the state geothermal development company to comprehensively build up project concept papers, proposals, and rigorous business cases to ensure successful implementation of the geothermal projects. He must identify key project risks and mitigation strategies, establish project costs and schedules, project financing arrangements and direct community benefits associated with developing the resource.Chagaka holds postgraduate diploma in Project Management and Finances and a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering from the United Nations University-Geothermal Training Program of Reykjavik, Iceland and the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, respectively.Using the enormous untapped indigenous geothermal, solar, and wind energy sources, Chagaka aims at being a sustainable energy specialist to facilitate the country's efforts in mitigating adverse effects of climate changes in the electricity supply industry through providing the community with environmentally clean and sustainable sources of power to support various social-economical activities. Upon his return to Tanzania, Chagaka plans to champion creativity in both technical and business contexts in strategic planning, managing, and delivering small and medium scale renewable energy projects.


Kwabena Tontoh Kankam-Yeboah


Kwabena Tontoh Kankam-Yeboah has over five years of experience in power generation. Currently, Tontoh is a Business Planning Engineer at the Volta River Authority (VRA), the largest power generation company in Ghana, where he focuses on the Thermal Generation Eastern Operational Area's performance management issues and business opportunities. His experience spans operations and maintenance, asset management, power projects development and management, and business planning. Tontoh holds a Master's Degree in Engineering and Management from Coventry University. Tontoh has committed to industry best practices and hopes to learn how the energy policies of a country can be improved and implemented through effective public management practices. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Tontoh plans to use his experience to create and develop more efficient power generation and management systems.


Julius Magala


Julius Magala has over nine years of experience in developing markets for renewable energy in East Africa. Currently, Julius works with Energy 4 Impact as the Country Manager for Uganda. He supports businesses to deliver energy access to off-grid communities through innovative business models and offers strategic technical advice. The organization works to finance and expand local markets. Julius holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Renewable Energy Development from Heriot-Watt University where he focused on the economics of renewable energy, renewable energy generation, integration and environmental policy and risk. Julius is driven to reduce the burden of energy poverty and contribute to universal access to affordable and clean energy, especially in under-served markets. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington fellowship, Julius plans to continue supporting businesses to deliver energy access.


Sesame Samantha Marumo


Sesame Samantha Marumo has been involved in the energy sector for over 5 years, researching on renewable energy technologies, particularly biofuels production and the use of solar radiation for electricity generation. Sesame currently works at the Department of Energy, working in the oil and gas section for fuel quality. To Sesame, energy is the key that will unlock the door to Botswana's economy. She believing a person releases their best self when using their gifts and talents and is a good example of this. Sesame is a published author of inspirational books, a poet, horticulturist, small stock farmer, and a growing businesswoman. Sesame is driven by her love for people and a deep desire to deposit positivity in her environment. When returning to Botswana, Sesame plans to teach people about the benefits of renewable energy technologies and promote their benefits. She also plans to be supplier of renewable energy material.


Naïda Mohamed


Naida Mohamed has six years experience in the field of sustainable development with a particular focus on socio-economic and sociological studies. She is currently working as an Environment Project Officer at the Ministry of Environment where she coordinates a waste management project in the capital of Comoros, Moroni. Naida holds Master degrees in Socio-Economic Consulting in France, and Sociology / International Politics, in London. She is skilled in research analysis and management skills to monitor important cross-disciplinary projects with stakeholders from the grassroots levels to local authorities and national policymakers. She worked on an institutional diagnostic study for the Moheli islands Mayors' association on a waste co-management perspective as well as a national project on income generating activities through recycling. After the Mandela Washington Fellowship, she plans to use the Public Management (Energy) skills with her colleagues, supervisors, and partners and provide capacity building in all sectors.


Fauzia Chevonne Yitra Mohammed


Fauzia Chevonne Mohammed has four years experience in the energy sector, specifically focused on increasing electricity generation, transmission, and distribution for Nigeria. She currently works with Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) on strategies and mechanisms for achieving uninterrupted power supply in Nigeria through the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP). NDPHC owns ten gas-fired power plants with over 4075MW capacity and is currently deploying off-grid solar systems in Northern Nigeria. Previously, Fauzia worked as an Operations and Maintenance field engineer to support the commercial operations of Ihovbor Power Station. She now supports remote teams at eight operational NIPP power stations while contributing to remote community relations and projects. Fauzia holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from Covenant University and a master's degree in Electrical Engineering, Technology, and Business Management from the University of Leeds, UK. Her passion to solve the power challenges in Nigeria led her to focus her thesis on renewable energy technologies in Nigeria. This gave her greater insights into off-grid technologies and its relevance in bridging the energy gap in Africa. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Fauzia plans on continuing in the energy sector, exploring sustainable methods of increasing electricity access to Nigerians.


Evelyn Habumugisha Mugisha


Evelyn Habumugisha Mugisha is an Architect and Project Manager with wide ranging experience in architectural design, and managing portfolios of construction and energy projects both in Europe and Uganda. She has been practicing in East Africa for nine years, including executing projects in post conflict areas and remote locations for diverse clientele in the public and private sector. Evelyn works at UMEME Ltd., the largest electricity distribution company in Uganda, as Portfolio Manager for CAPEX projects within the Capital and Contracts Division. As Portfolio Manager, she provides technical and program support services for the CAPEX program. Evelyn's dreams to provide every household and school in Africa access to safe and clean energy. It is her long term goal to develop strategies to facilitate rural electrification. This would improve livelihoods and increase the gross domestic product of economies with cross sectoral benefits in health, agriculture, education, water and information and communication technology. With combined experience in construction and the energy sectors she established Green Energy Enterprises (GREET) Ltd. as a social enterprise in response to the energy shortage in Uganda. GREET works with communities, schools and businesses to scale up renewable energy generation and put local power in the hands of local people. GREET is poised to start a revolution in the way energy is developed and utilized in Uganda.

Precious Shola Mwamulima

Precious Shola Mwamulima


Precious Shola Mwamulima is a Sustainable Development Strategist, Social Entrepreneur and Postgraduate Climate Action scholar under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Green Climate Fund pursuing an MSc Climate Change and Sustainable Development at the University of Malta. Her Professional work is in the Mining Sector with Konkola Copper Mines, one of the largest integrated Copper Mines in Africa and a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources, a London Listed-FTSE 250 Company. She is a Project Lead in the Sustainability Department which focuses on enhancing environmentally sustainably practices in the industrial ecology and value chain, where she championed the First Green Mine Energy Bio-Diesel Project which is a World’s first for a Tailing Sites and a Sub-Saharan first for Pongamia Piñata. She is the Founder of Chitemwiko Foundation, a Non-Profit Organization that builds a cohesive link between Renewable Energy and Gender in off-grid communities to advance education, agribusiness and environmental sustainability. The Foundation has built the first solar-powered primary school in Fitula rural area which offers free education to 324 children with interactive E-Based Learning Resources and Fish Hatchery with aquaculture training of 108 women in outgrower schemes. Upon completion of the Fellowship Precious intends to leverage her skills to increase attention to the void between gender and energy to reduce the vulnerability of rural women and girls and advocate for pragmatic legal and institutional frameworks for a low carbon economy and climate change adaptation in Zambia.


Sanusi Mohammed Ohiare


Sanusi is a rural electrification expert and advocate. He has over 10 years of experience advising public and private entities on electricity access planning, mini-grid regulations, renewable energy policies and data management system for unelectrified communities in Nigeria. In April, 2017, he was appointed by the Nigerian President as the Executive Director, REF Management, Rural Electrification Agency. Before then, he was a rural electrification advisor under the Nigerian Energy Support Programme of GIZ, a programme co-funded by EU and German Government. Since 2008, over 100 people have benefitted from Sanusi’s free mentoring under his mass literacy initiative in his community. Sanusi holds a BSc in Economics from University of Jos - Nigeria, MSc in Energy Finance from the University of Dundee, Scotland and PhD in Rural Energy Development from De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Sanusi plans to intensify his campaign for electricity access for the rural poor in Nigeria and attract global funds into the REF.


Dina Ravaka Ramaromandray


Dina Ramaromandray has been working at the Ministry of Energy and Hydrocarbons as a lawyer since December 2014. She is working on the legal framework and the implementation of the New Energy Policy for 2015-2030 (NPE). She is assigned at the Studies and Planning Department, where she deals with energy planning and strategies in general. In addition, she is a member of the Groupe de Reflexion sur l'Energie (GRE), a focus group on energy which gathers all experts of the energy sector. In 2016, with the support of the GRE, she co-founded a movement called "Malagasy Youth Against Climate Change" that wants to involve young Malagasy people in the process of tackling climate change. She has great knowledge of the energy policies in Madagascar is very familiar with the legal and regulatory aspects of that field. She was rewarded by the Africa-EU Energy Partnership for her work as a young leader in energy access in March 2017. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Dina wants to gather more people, including both policy makers and young people, to find adaptive strategies to fight against climate change with energy solutions.


Errol Jude Helbert Renaud


Errol Renaud is the Principal Officer in charge of the Tariffs and Economic Affairs Unit in the Regulatory Section of the Seychelles Energy Commission (SEC). He graduated with an MSc in Industrial Economics from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Errol started his career in sustainable industry at the Ministry of Environment. Errol's core role in the SEC is developing methodologies in tariff calculation, and rebalancing studies within the electricity sector. Errol has a keen interest in promoting sustainable living and to reverse the climate change effect on small islands in developing states (SIDS). Errol is currently a board member of a sustainable living NGO, bringing awareness to create solutions through renewable sustainable energy.


Jean Philippe Seya

Cote d'Ivoire

Sustainable Energy is the hope of Africa. That is why Jean-Philippe Seya has spent over 5 years of experience in the energy sector. Currently, Jean-Philippe is a Power Project Design Engineer at Aggreko International Power Projects, where he focuses on improving energy access across Africa countries by designing emergency power plants; he has led such projects in more than 20 African countries. Jean-Philippe is strongly involved in community initiatives by training young engineers through academic programs. He holds a master's degree in Industrial Engineering from the National Polytechnic Institute of Yamoussoukro (Cote d'Ivoire) where he focused on energy and sustainable development. Jean-Philippe is driven by his passion for renewables; he believes that improving energy access can lead to a better quality of life within local communities. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Jean-Philippe plans to improve his work's quality by integrating environmental and social concepts learned from courses and activities in a sustainable perspective; why not, even sky is not the limit.


Kadija Simboro

Burkina Faso

Kadija Simboro is passionate about women empowerment and energy engineering. She has over 3 years of experiences in the energy field. Currently, Kadija is an engineer at a private company where she is Development Director for Energy Projects. She has valuable experiences in the field of renewable energies, energy efficiency, and energy policy and planning. She is the General Secretary of the association of renewable energy professionals of Burkina Faso.She also works on issues related to water, environment, and sanitation through advocacy, sensitizing, communication, networking, and local projects. Kadija holds a bachelors' degree in Water and Environmental Engineering. She is also completing a master's degree in Electrical and Renewable Energy. In addition, Kadija is the founder and president of FLA (Femme Leader d'Afrique) Association, an organization of African women scientists and engineers who work for the rights of women and women's access to technology and science. She is also the member of International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES).Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Kadija plans to use her acquired skills to continue her commitment to improving the living conditions in her community. She also expects to develop her own organization focused on energy and environment.


Eltahir Ahmed Mohamed Taha


Eltahir Ahmed Taha has over seven years of experience in the energy sector, specializing in planning and managing development projects. Eltahir is a Project Engineer by profession, currently working for the Sudanese Petroleum Corporation under the Ministry of Petroleum and Gas. His main responsibilities include recommending, evaluating, planning, and managing development projects in order to optimally utilize Sudan's resources and satisfy the demand of the Sudanese energy market. Eltahir is a chemical engineer, a MBA holder, and a Project Management Institute-certified project management professional. He has served as chairman of Chemical Engineering Student Society and is an active member of Sudanese Engineers Union and Tabat Local Community Development Initiative. He is inspired and committed to bring Sudan up to the challenges of the twenty-first century by providing sustainable energy for every Sudanese sector and finding solutions that help generate power from Sudan?s various energy sources economically and utilizing it efficiently. By participating in Mandela Washington Fellowship, Eltahir hopes that he will encounter new great ideas, energy polices, and technologies that suit Sudan's needs. He plans to promote and develop such ideas through business and public organization initiatives.