TECHWOMEN SEMINAR: Global R&D Challenges in Energy and Water: Perspectives from Three Countries

TECHWOMEN SEMINAR: Global R&D Challenges in Energy and Water: Perspectives from Three Countries

Seminar Abstract 

With an average annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of over 5%, African economies are well poised to triple their energy consumption in the next few decades. There is huge opportunity to help provide the best international experience in energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RE) development across the African continent, therefore contributing to reducing energy poverty, mitigating pollution, and enhancing job creation and sustainable development. Central Asia is a region with more developed energy infrastructure but facing a major water and energy crisis in the near future. In the longer term, the region needs to make better and more efficient use of water resources, both by investing in large water storage and hydropower capacity and by more efficient utilization of water. 
ETA is participating in the Techwomen program, whose mission is to empower, connect, and support the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by providing them access and opportunity to advance their careers, pursue their dreams, and become role models for women and girls in their communities. Through this program, ETA is hosting 3 emerging leaders - Safiya Aliyu from Nigeria, Nothando Ndlovu from Zimbabwe, and Irina Mun from Kazakhstan to help them develop their projects, increase their knowledge, and grow their network.
In this lunch talk, each emerging leader will talk about their country's energy situation and share their ideas to address some of the most emerging needs. 

Seminar Speaker(s) 

Nothando Ndlovu
Nothando Ndlovu is an Applied Physics Lecturer at the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. She is also a team member of the Renewable Energy group where she is conducting research on tech-economic viability of solar + biomass hybrid systems. Nothando holds a Master’s degree in Physics from the University of Fort Hare, South Africa, and a Bachelor (Hon) in Applied Physics from the National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe. Previously, she was an assistant Project Manager for residential solar installations. She is hosted at the Berkeley Lab and is being mentored by Reshma Singh and Stephanie de la Rue du Can.

Irina Mun
Irina Mun is a lead water, drainage, and sewage systems engineer from Kazakhstan. Currently, Irina is a lecturer at Kazakh Government Industrial University giving education in the Sustainable Urban Drainage Technologies. Irina also co-founded startup company named Hydrolab, whose goal is to provide water and sewage systems for small villages that do not have access to basic facilities. We also are introducing our customers to environmental friendly technologies and strive to redesign cities, i.e. drainage systems,  to make it more greener and sustainable.

Safiya Aliyu
Safiya Aliyu has been in the renewable energies industry in Nigeria since 2006. She is the General Manager at Sosairen, which she joined in 2010. Given her extensive experience in improved cookstoves, solar systems, and project management, she now leads the Matan Arewa Sosai Initiative (MASI), which empowers women to become entrepreneurs in the renewable energy sector. Under the guidance of her mentors at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Reshma Singh and Stephane De La Rue Du Can, she is interested in gaining knowledge on how to scale her already existing business of solar systems and also getting ideas of reducing transaction cost.


Oct 22, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm