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Powering Jobs
Date: 08 October 2019
Time: 08:00 EST; 14:00 SAST; 15:00 EAT
Duration: 1 Hour

Facilitator: Josh Ogada (SouthSouthNorth)
Speaker: Dr. Rebekah Shirley (Power for All)

Description:

The off-grid renewable energy industry not only has the potential to connect close to one billion people to clean energy sources and unlock socio-economic potential in so doing, but is also expected to create approximately 4.5 million jobs globally by 2030. Job creation is critical, especially at a time when unemployment has reached record highs across the African continent. To create this magnitude of job opportunities, informed policy interventions are needed. We must better understand the skills required for delivering energy access and leveraging this access for productivity.

Please join us for a conversation with Rebekah Shirley from Power for All to walk us through the findings of their Powering Jobs campaign, which analyses the energy workforce of the future.

Speaker Biography:

Named Africa Utility Week’s 2018 Outstanding Young Leader in Energy, Dr. Rebekah Shirley is the Chief Research Officer at Power for All, where she works to improve access to high-quality data and insights for the energy sector. Her work explores models for integrated energy planning and opportunities for catalyzing decentralized energy markets in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Rebekah earned her PhD from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley, where she also obtained her MSc in Civil Engineering. She has over eleven years of experience in research, analysis and knowledge management. Rebekah is a University of California Chancellor’s Fellow and has won grants from institutions such as the Department of Energy, the Mott Foundation, and the Rainforest Foundation. She currently resides in Nairobi, Kenya, where she is a Visiting Research Fellow at Strathmore University.

Best wishes,

Africa LEDS Partnership Secretariat

Oct 8, 2019 02:00 PM in Johannesburg

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