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