Episode 19 - Power Africa: Lighting the Way for Millions
Mar 23rd, 2017 by globalenergyleaders
This week we have a special guest, Urenna Onyewuchi is an aspiring young professional who has taken the bull by the horns to face a monster epidemic that is plaguing Africa. It’s easy to get caught up in the politics over the energy sector, however, do we ever take the time to fully grasp that there are still places in the world that don’t have the ability to even access electricity. Would you look at global energy differently if knew that two-thirds of the African continent doesn’t have access to electricity or what we consider the basic necessities we take for granted.
Ureena received her PhD in Electrical Engineering, Asset Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Urenna is an electrical engineer with Corning Incorporated here in the States. Having grown up in Nigeria and being witness to the lack of electricity in her country. Urenna developed a strong passion to bring electricity to Africa and contribute in anyway possible. She is volunteering on the conference board for PES Power Africa in June for her second time as well as having founded EmpowerDISS in 2013, a program with connections to local high schools in Nigeria working to help more students make the transition into college and beyond through mentorship and working with alumni programs, and will continue to fight to bring the percentage down as fast as possible.
Links from the show:
- Global Night Satelite Pic - NASA
- IEEE PS - Power Africa
- IEEE - LinkedIn
- Power Africa Initiative
- Power Africa: Power Africa
- African Development Bank
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Until next time, keep climbing.