Ujunwa Ojemeni – Founder & President
Ujunwa Ojemeni is an impact investing, energy and development expert with experience in the areas of opportunity maturation, financing, and policy.
At the Office of to the Honourable Commissioner for Energy & Mineral Resources Lagos State, she drives policies, investments opportunities and implementation strategies to deliver reliable energy to the citizens of the State. She is also an Advisor with the Private Finance Advisory Network (PFAN) – the multilateral, public-private partnership initiated hosted by United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) focused on bridging the investment gap between investors and entrepreneurs and project developers by facilitating investment into promising clean energy and climate change projects.
She was previously the Senior Investment Associate at All On, responsible for driving clean energy investments opportunities from origination to closing as well as providing strategic, governance and operational support to All On’s investees.
Before that, Ujunwa coordinated several gas and power development opportunities of up to $300 Million at Axxela Limited (Oando Gas & Power), and earlier at the Management Consulting unit of KPMG, she focused on start-up advisory and business process improvement.
She received her Master’s degree in International Development – Development Finance from the University of Manchester, and has a First-Class Bachelor’s of Science degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
She is passionate about accomplishing the Sustainable Development goals and has contributed significantly in the areas of economic growth, poverty alleviation, gender equality, affordable & clean energy, and quality education in Nigeria. In 2014, when she started her career in the energy sector, there were only 2 women on her team, and she was unclear how to navigate or how to find suitable mentors within or outside the organization, so to promote the participation of women in the energy sector, she founded the African Women in Energy Development Initiative – The AWEDI Network.
Afoma Ofodile – Co-founder & Vice President
Afoma Ofodile is a Commercial lawyer with 7 years of experience in project development, commercial operations and risk management, complex contract drafting and negotiation, legal research and editing, compliance, and corporate governance & legal entity management across the oil & gas and power sectors in Africa.
She is passionate about education, mentorship and economic empowerment. Currently serving as Secretary-CCDM Microcredit Foundation, VP Membership – Toastmasters International (GE AAF Club) and Member – Committee on Continuing Legal Education & Mentorship, NBA Section on Business Law.
Her career aspiration is to become a leading legal, commercial and policy strategist skilled at developing sustainable renewable mini-grid and captive power projects that power factories, small businesses and homes in Africa.
Idara Ekwo Harold-Gbinije – Director of Programs
Idara Ekwo Harold-Gbinije obtained her LL.B from Nigeria’s foremost University of Ibadan in 2002, she holds an MSc in Finance & Law from Bournemouth University, United Kingdom. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2004 where she obtained her BL.
She started her career in the office of the Solicitor-General Ondo State Ministry of Justice as State Counsel/Legal Officer. After several years practising law Idara expanded her skills set by transitioning into Project Management where she became a certified Prince2 Practitioner. Idara relocated to the United Kingdom where she continued her career as a Project Support Officer, Christian Aid United Kingdom an International Charity Organization. She also worked as a Gateway Assessment Officer with the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) in one of the local counties in the south east of England, Idara worked as the Programme Officer at the Open University United Kingdom and Project Development Manager, Solar Nigeria for the People Ltd Nigeria.
Her experience includes regulatory compliance, corporate advisory on project structures and stakeholder engagements. Idara combines diligence with an eye for detail. Idara’s area of expertise is well vast in Corporate Governance, Compliance, Quality Assurance Management and end to end Project Management (initiation to delivery).
She is currently the Managing Partner, EJV Consultancy where she provides cross industry consultancy on Power, Energy, Education, Real Estate, Waste Management & Minimization, Occupational Health & Safety Management, Environmental Management, Health and Safety Training services to the Oil & Gas industry. She loves to explore new cultures and enjoys travelling.
Mary Mensah-Anochie – Secretariat Officer
Mary Mensah-Anochie is a Computational Chemistry PhD candidate whose area of research focuses on the ‘design of sustainable catalysts for the valorization of biomass’.
She is a member of “chem4energy” consortium where she collaborates with other researchers from University of Namibia, University of Botswana and Cardiff University. The consortium is one of the 10 consortia awarded a research grant of £1,243,000 by the Royal Society-Department for International Development (RS-DFID). The grant stemmed from the RS-DFID “Africa Capacity Building Initiative”, a programme to develop collaborative research on sustainability, between scientists in sub-Saharan Africa and scientists in the UK.
She holds a Master’s degree in Physical Chemistry as well as a Bachelor of science degree in Chemistry from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana.
Driven by a passion to achieve numbers 1, 4 and 11 of the UN ‘sustainable development goals’, she is also on the board of directors of “Haven of Love Children’s Foundation”. Through the foundation, she manages the arm ‘budding hope’ which empowers and educates teenage mothers and teenage girls in very rural communities through skill acquisition programs. She also initiated the annual book camp for marginalized primary school kids, to foster reading habits, improve their vocabulary and writing skills as wells as avail books to them.
She aspires to use her organizing, highly analytic and leadership skills to continue to drive projects that would optimize the abundance of resources and promote social impact within West Africa.
Stella Chelangat – Programs & Database Officer
Stella Chelangat is a Geospatial analyst with 5 years’ experience in different fields includes water field, academia field, geothermal field, project development, mobile data collection, integration of Geospatial Information Science (GIS) environment for the company’s assets and infrastructure, databases and programming and data Management proficient and project management efficiency and Indepth researcher.
She recently received her Master’s degree in Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation from the University of Twente, Netherlands (2019) and obtained a Second Class Upper Division Honors in Bachelor of Science in Geospatial Information Science from the Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Kenya (2016). In her completion of bachelors she received commendation award from the Vice-Chancellor for leadership and organizational award and also becoming second position in her final year.
She is passionate about education, mentorship of young women in energy field and achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ways in which Geospatial technology could be used to provide cleaner and smarter energy to improve energy production, transmission, and delivery and change the way we view natural resources. She aspires to be a Gis and remote sensing expert and advocate of gender roles of women in energy field. My passion to join the African Women in Energy Development Initiative (AWEDI Network) is inspired to be able to provide more innovative ways empowering women especially in the area of sustainable infrastructure, which is vital that women’s ideas and experiences equally influence the design and implementation of the innovations that shape the future.
Chika Oparah – Program Officer
Chika Oparah is an Administrative support specialist with 6 years’ experience in Procurement, Operations and Administration Management. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Ambrose Ali University EkpomaChika has worked in different sectors: Healthcare, Telecommunications and the Educational sector where she currently works with Cambridge Education Nigeria limited a non- governmental organization providing support Visa Management, conference support, and Human resource.
She loves to sing, cook and travel.
Igbokwe Chinyere – Program Officer
Igbokwe chinyere is an Electrical Engineer with five years’ experience in power systems engineering with specialization in power distribution.
She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the prestigious Federal University of Technology Owerri with a second class upper division in Elect/Elect Engineering.
She started her career with a one year pupilage Engineers training at Abuja Electricity Distribution company under the NAPTINS graduate Development Scheme. At the end of the program in 2016, she received a commendable award as the Overall best Graduating student and the 1st Female Engineer to receive such award since the inception of the programme.
She was confirmed as an Instructor with National power Training Institute of Nigeria till date where she provides capacity development training in power sector related programme.
Her experience and areas of trainings includes Power systems distribution, Transformer and switchgears maintenance and pre-commissioning, Utility Metering systems, Insights into the Nigerian Electricity Market, Project management, Occupational Health and safety, QMS ISO 9001:2015 , Solar photovoltaics Installation and supervisory course.
She is passionate about impacting lives for God, teaching and promoting the study of renewable energy studies and other STEM related courses amongst young women and girls and how it can be applied to improve their overall wellbeing. This defines her Key drive for joining the AWEDI Network.
Bolutife Yinusa – Programs officer
Bolutife Yinusa obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Physics- Renewable Energy from Covenant University in 2013. She holds a Master’s Degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Loughborough University, United Kingdom in 2016. Her quest in the Renewable Energy Field grew when she did her Industrial Training in a Solar Company in Nigeria.
She is passionate about making a commendable impact in the Energy industry and hopes to encourage more youths and women to embrace the field.
Her career aspiration is to be become a renowned Energy Consultant experienced in the development of small and large scale sustainable renewable energy systems and captive power projects. She however strongly believes that she will have a solution to the numerous challenges the Power Sector in Nigeria is facing.
She is a versatile learner and loves to travel.
Victory Onwusor – Program Officer
Victory Onwusor an Electrical/Electronic Engineer from the University of Benin and a polymath who has worked in different sectors: IT, Energy and the financial sector with experience in project management, business analysis, data analysis & research. In 2017, she worked as a Technical/Business Process Analyst in Interra Networks, where amongst other things – she was part of the team that developed the SOP for the helpdesk solution in the National Assembly. Thereafter, she worked as the Technical Assistant to the Executive Secretary (ES), inthe Association of Power Generation Companies (APGC) where she functioned as a researcher, analyst and also relationship manager to members and other sector stakeholders. She has served as a member of various working groups in-house and also represented the association in various stakeholders’ engagement.
She currently works with the Trade department of ECOBANK Nigeria, a regional commercial bank operating in various African countries, as an Export Officer. She is passionate about increasing energy access in Nigeria and Africa as a whole, due to the fact that low energy penetration is one of the major issues bedeviling its economic development as energy is pivotal for the growth of any economy.
Ugwoke Blessing Onyeche – Program Officer
Ugwoke Blessing Onyeche is a PhD candidate with the Energy Department at the Politecnico di Torino, Italy and a Visiting Research Scholar at Michigan Tech’s Open Sustainability Technology (MOST) Lab, Michigan Technological University, USA. She is also a Junior Research Staff at the Energy Center Lab Torino, Italy and pioneered the development of the Integrated Rural Renewable and Sustainable Energy Planning (IR2SEP) framework for low-income countries to support energy-based economic development. Blessing holds a First-Class Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Master of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering.
She is a member of the Global Energy Prize international expert community and a winner of the Eni Award 2017 Debut in Research: Young Talents from Africa. She is a co-founder of the Young Guru Academy (YGA) Italy, a non-profit organization invested in cultivating role model leaders with volunteers from all around the world to furnish transformative social impact by leveraging on technology and make learning science fun for young children. She is a huge proponent of sustainable energy for all particularly concerning energy security, energy equity, justice in energy access and energy efficiency. Blessing is most passionate about ‘’paying it forward’’ across all spheres of life.
Isioma is a chartered maintenance and reliability professional. She has 9 years technical and non-technical experience in upstream energy production operations, maintenance,reliability engineering and change leadership. She began her industry experience in telecommunications industry where she interned with the forerunners of internet service providers – Swift Networks to deploy internet modems to homes and offices, She later served with EMTS, Etisalat as a drive test engineer with the radio network optimisation team. These experiences developed her appreciation of technology and its impact to bridge knowledge gaps and the importance of marginally continuous improvement of systems.
She joined Shell Petroleum Development Company Nigeria through the competitive Shell Intensive Training Programme and progressed to supervising a multicultural team to conduct instrumentation and control maintenance and improve systems required for export terminal operations.
She is a problem solving coach and facilitator with demonstrated ability towork in multicultural teams to deliver multi-million dollar value improvement in business performance. These efforts have influenced organisational change whilst providing her opportunity to coach over 200 persons including peers, and leaders
Elizabeth Ndiguitha – Partnerships Officer
Elizabeth Ndiguitha is an Electrical and Electronics Engineer with 6 years’ experience as a Projects Engineer in the Electrical Power Industry and Renewable energy environment in East Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Kenya (2014)
As a Renewable Energy Engineer she has experience in supervising Solar and Biogas projects for various clients from IBM, Total Kenya, Catholic University, Institutions, Construction firms to Individuals.
She is passionate about Renewable Energy and the development and mentorship of women in STEM.
Her aspirations are to be a Renewable and Green Energy Specialist and a mentor to women pursuing careers in the field of Energy.
Her hobbies are travelling and singing.
Toluwalase Bakare – Communications Officer
Toluwalase Bakare is a marketing communications professional with 5 years agency experience spread across PR, events management, content, stakeholder engagement, product launches, branding as well as conceptualizing, planning and implementing strategic marketing campaigns.
He has been directly involved at agency level in projects and campaigns for both consumer brands and corporate organizations (public and private sectors). These include NASCO Group, CIPE, Plateau State Internal Revenue Service, Plateau State Coalition of Businesses and Professional Associations, Coca-Cola Nigeria, Guinness Nigeria among others.
He has a master’s degree in Strategic Communication from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a bachelor’s degree in English Language from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He is also an associate of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).
His cardinal areas of interest include communications, governance, personal development and the family. When he is not working on any of the aforementioned, his ears are plugged to African music or playing chess.
Omon Ukpoma-Olaiya – Fundraising coordinator
Omon Ukpoma-Olaiya is a senior executive professional with 12+ years’ experience in Project or Investment Appraisal, Portfolio Management, Deal Origination, Structuring and Execution across Banking & Financial Services with strong industry understanding in Telecommunications, Energy, Power and Manufacturing sector. She possess strong leadership skills and engagement in interacting with Senior Management, Directors, Executives and Board members across various organizations. She currently serves on the Board of Young Africans Leaders Economic Summit Group (YALESG).
Omon attained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Imperial College Business School, London, UK; a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Chemistry and Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Biology both from The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK, USA. She has achieved several local and international training in Finance and Data Analytics.
Omon is currently training to be a certified Public-Private Partnership (PPP) expert with her recent achievement as a Certified Public-Private Partnership Foundation (CP3P-F). She intends to pursue a long-term career in PPPs particularly in Emerging Markets (like Africa) and further impact knowledge in this field through teaching, seminars, amongst others.
Mercy Alaofin – Fundraising officer
Mercy is a Lawyer with experience in Content Writing, Administration and Project Planning. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Kogi State University, Anyigba and proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Yola. She has worked as Project Director at Pearls Africa Foundation and JIDEM Foundation, both concerned with helping to harness youth capacity. Mercy is intrigued by the Energy and Finance sector and she is constantly learning how it works. She has worked as Content Writer at GETAIKI Limited, a technology company based in Jos, Plateau State. She loves reading, writing and is passionate about learning.
Juliet – Funds/Finance Management Officer
Juliet is a Chartered Accountant with experience in Process and Performance Management, who has worked in various client management and business development roles across the public and private sectors.
Juliet has a great quest for knowledge and can be described as a scholar; with a Master’s degree in International Business and various accomplishments in Business and Finance including a Supply Chain certification and she is also a certified English as a second Language Teacher.
She has lived in 5 different countries and is passionate about youth formation and development.
Yorm Abledu – Policy & Advocacy Coordinator I
Yorm is a bilingual Legal Practitioner and a Harvard Certified Negotiator with 4 years’ experience in corporate, commercial and transactional law, She has recorded 100% success on oil and gas dispute settlements and arbitration cases worth about USD 7m.
In 2014, she obtained her master’s degree in oil and gas Law with professional skills from University of Aberdeen, Scotland, where her outstanding academic performance won her the Ede & Ravenscroft 2014 Prize for academic Excellence. Within the same period, Yorm got certified by the Oil and Gas Academy of Scotland as an oil and gas contract negotiator. She was called to the Bar in 2016 after which she joined Bentsi Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah, a leading law firm in Ghana, with practice focusing primarily on corporate law, litigation, oil and gas and mining Law. Currently, she advices on petroleum agreements, regulatory and compliance framework, tax, labor and employment issues in the oil and gas sector.
Yorm is certified in Human Rights and Oil and Gas Law from the Fordham University and her passion for human rights law was reflected in how she won a total of 57 human rights cases involving indigents over a 12 months’ period in her position as Assistant Public Defender under the Legal Aid Commission, where she continues her pro-bono service. Outside the courtroom, Yorm enjoys travelling. She is passionate about women empowerment and gender issues an advocate of SDG 4, 5,7, 16 and 17.
Temitope Oluwatosin – Policy & Advocacy Coordinator II
Temitope is a legal counsel with over 9 years’ experience in transaction and corporate
advisory. Currently, in the financial services sector, she advises on a range of areas spanning energy financing, products, financial technology, cybersecurity, agribusiness, compliance, project financing amongst others.
Temitope holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from the Obafemi Awolowo University and a
licentiate degree from the Nigerian Law School. She has successful taken entry and advanced courses in Arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators(UK). She is also a member of the Association of Young Arbitrators, and the Young ICCA (International Council for Commercial Arbitrators). Temitope has certificates in Fintech and Cryptocurrency from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
A 2014 awardee of the International Bar Association’s Women Interest Group, Temitope is a participant on the Working Group for Trade and MSMEs of the International Chamber of Commerce where she contributes to draft policy statements on Trade and MSMEs.
She has served twice as a member of the Readers’ Committee of the Mandela Washington Fellowship and has contributed to various social impact-driven initiatives such as the GLIN Initiative under the auspices of WISCAR, in addition to being a Financial Literacy Tutor.
Temitope is passionate about Energy security and Financial inclusion.
Victoria Edeha-Anthony – Operations Officer
Victoria Edeha-Anthony is a Mini Grid Developer and an Energy Auditor with over 3 years working experience in the renewable energy industry. Victoria believes that renewable energy is the solution to reduction of carbon and noise emission in Nigeria.
She is also the cofounder of D’ Young Energy, a nonprofit organization that educate school children on the importance of renewable energy to the society and solar energy installation.
Previously, Victoria worked with ICE Commercial Power as a Data Manager and Operations Analyst where she was the Team Lead and Trainer of ICE Operations Team. She was involved in the Engineering, Project Management, Regulatory, Commissioning, and Maintenance of all Solar projects within the company. Victoria was also in charge of analyzing data from all ICE audited sites for deployment.
Victoria has a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and several certificates in Entrepreneurship and Energy, among which include certificate in Entrepreneurship from Entrepreneurship Development Center, Pan Atlantic University, certificate in Energy Audit, Lagos Energy Academy, certificate in Mini Grid Design, Rubitec Academy and certificate from IFP School.
Victoria is a volunteer at Clean Tech Hub, Nigeria and a Mentee at Awedi Network. She is an alumni of Open Source Leader(Common Wealth 100), African ChangeMaker Fellowship, and Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).
Victoria enjoys writing and she is currently volunteering as a Copywriter for Beauge Foundation (NGO) in Lagos.
Dolapo Kukoyi – Board of Trustee
Dolapo Kukoyi is a Partner at Detail Commercial Solicitors and leads the firm’s Power and Gas to Power Practice. She is one of the leading lawyers in Nigeria’s Power sector with extensive experience advising clients in the private sector, government agencies and regulators on a wide range of complex transactions.
Her transactional experience includes advising the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) on the 213 billion naira Intervention Fund for the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry, advising Lagos State Government on the Light Up Lagos project to facilitate the delivery of a total of 3000MW to Lagos State through embedded power generation as well as advising Waltersmith Gas Company Ltd in developing a 40-300MW Gas to Power Plant.
She has also advised a number of renewable off grid developers/funds in the Commercial, Industrial and Mini grid space on their project structuring and the legal and regulatory framework for entry into Nigeria. She advised the Nigerian Energy Support Program (NESP) funded by GIZ on the development of 5 mini grids in Nigeria under the NESP 1 and currently advises on the on grid and rural electrification components under NESP 2
She earned her law degree from the University of Ibadan in 2001 and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 2004.
Dolapo is recognized as a Leading Lawyer, Corporate, M&A and Project Finance by the International Financial Law Review (IFLR). She was awarded 40 Under 40 Leading Lawyers in the ESQ Nigerian Legal Awards, 2016; and awarded one of 50 Most Impactful Social Innovators (Global Listing) in the World CSR Awards 2018.
Dolapo is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the NBA Section on Business Law. She also serves on the Advisory Boards and Councils of the following organisations:
- Climate Change Thematic Group Lead, Nigerian Economic Summit Group Sustainability Policy Commission
- Member Executive Committee Ebola Containment Trust Fund
- Member Advisory Board Rescue Technologies Limited
- Member Advisory Board Renewable Energy Access Network
- Non-Executive Director, Arctic Infrastructure
- Ex Officio, Council Nigeria Gas Association
Rachel Moré-Oshodi – Board of Trustee
Rachel is a project finance thought leader with 20 years’ experience attracting and galvanizing companies, government, multilateral and international organizations to responsibly shape the energy and infrastructure sector in Africa. She has worked with some of the best international energy companies, investment banks, and multilateral organizations to execute bespoke public-private partnerships that have fostered economic growth and delivered over $5 billion (USD) worth of pioneering and award-winning projects across the infrastructure and energy value chain globally.
As a former investment banker, Rachel has been instrumental to the successful deployment of some of most pioneering and complex transactions that have shaped the landscape of project finance in Africa. Some of her most notable positions include Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation, the private arm for the World Bank Group and Head Infrastructure West Africa at Rand Merchant Bank – a part of the First Rand Group, where she developed and executed transactions that have supported global trade via the delivery of key infrastructure assets such as roads and ports, and provided sustainable access to electricity, mobile and broadband services to millions of people.
Rachel is passionate about Africa and the belief that true socio-economic development will be realized as Africans continue to invest in infrastructure projects as they conceptualize, construct and drive progressive policies and reforms. She consistently lends her voice to these conversations, ensuring that the adopted frameworks are respectful of the local environment and put the livelihood of the local people at its core.
Rachel holds an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Virginia in the US, an MSc from Institut Supérieur Européen de Gestion in France and is an Executive Fellow, Africa from the Harvard Business School. She serves as Non-Executive Director on the Advisory Board of Inspired Evolution, a South African based renewable and clean energy infrastructure fund.
Lourdes Caposso Fernandes – Board of Trustee
Lourdes Caposso Fernandes is an attorney at law graduated in Portugal in 1997 then in 1998 went to UK to learn English by breaking the language barrier to link people globally and she says speaking fluent English changed her life both personal and professional. Only with Portuguese it would be harder to receive the blessings she has on 23 years an African compliance lawyer. Lourdes is also businesswoman with focus to work inside the Oil and Gas sector promoting compliance, employability and local content mainly advocating for women in this sector. In 2008 founded LCF GROUP – Lecture Compliance First – which is a group of companies working towards legal education and compliance as the sustainable channel of development in Africa.
In 2013 Lourdes went back to HOUSTON Texas as a businesswoman to open two companies Local Content Focus and later in 2017 the IANRER – Institute of African Natural Resources Ethics and Research. She is member of world economic forum Africa since 2012 known as a compliance and human capital Madame.
Lourdes promotes employability from 2008 to 2018 of 575 jobs in Luanda and HOUSTON mainly to young professionals as a first job to provide professional coaching to elevate hardwiseworker mindset
Lourdes is also the founder of the African Human Capital forum (Symposiums and workshops directed to promote Africans’ competitiveness worldwide) for her human capital is the driving force for development. Lurdes created various non-profit organizations to improve Angolan communities. She has had extensive experience in a wide range of legal fields, her ethical values and passions are seen in all the work she’s done and involved. She is currently serving as a Congresswoman at the Angolan Parliament.
Her motto is working together works and her vision is Accepting Africa Advocating África with Education and Integrity