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Campaign update: May 2021

The Vienna Energy Forum Virtual Series

May 12th, 2021 Power for All chief Campaign Officer William Brent participated in the VEF Virtual Series on food systems to explore how to galvanize political action in the alignment of the energy transition with the food systems transformation, focusing on opportunities in developing countries. The outcomes of the consultations will feed key global events in 2021, including the Sustainable Energy Forum, the High-level Dialogue on Energy, the G20 Forum and the United Nations Climate Conference (COP26).

Q&A: Medical Equipment & Clinic Electrification Report

May 5th, 2021, Efficiency for Access, in partnership with Power for All, facilitated a discussion on the report’s key findings with Payal Parekh from Power for All, Rakshya Thapa from UNICEF, Jeff Stottlemyer and Siena Hacker of CLASP, Susan Wilburn and Sonia Roschnik of Health Care without Harm, Anshur Gaur of d.light, and Dr. Belita Zulu, District Health Director of Zumba District Health Office in Zambia. Last month, Efficiency for Access published a first-of-its-kind health report on the integration of medical equipment in clinic electrification efforts. The WHO estimates that 70% of medical devices in the Global South do not function and remain unused, in large part because the design of most medical equipment does not reflect the needs of off- and weak-grid clinics. Click here to watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYNUo-gg7F4

New Team Members

Power for All is excited to welcome four new members to our team. Isaac Eprhaim Tumusiime joins the campaign as a Data Analyst. Isaac also works as a managing consultant and founder of NEEMAN technologies limited, where he leads the Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Information Technology projects at the company since 2018. He is also a technical support executive team member at the Centre for Advanced Strategic Leadership Think Tank (CASTLE), a Ugandan based think tank, and volunteers with the Association of Energy Engineers Uganda Chapter as the Board Secretary. Isaac is currently pursuing his MBA with the University of South Wales and is a graduate of the Ndejje University where he attained an accelerated BSc. Electrical Engineering. He holds a BSc. in Telecommunications Engineering from Makerere University and is a Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) with the Association of Energy Engineers based in Georgia, USA.

Suzanne Smit is our new Senior Research Manager. Suzanne holds a Ph.D. and Master’s in Sustainable Development, both from Stellenbosch University, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and a National Diploma in Public Relations Management. Suzanne previously worked as an operations manager and business development manager in  the United Kingdom before embarking on an academic career in South Africa which included roles as project manager, lecturer and lead researcher. She has worked on numerous national and international projects and published in several international, peer-reviewed journals. Her interests and expertise relate to sustainable development, urban metabolism, green economy, informal economy, informal settlements, gendered aspects of growth and development, stakeholder engagement, and sustainable and ‘just’ cities, while she has amassed skills in research, facilitation, training, project management, modelling, mentorship, and business management.

Simran Khataw is our communications intern. Simran is a postgraduate Honours Environmental Geographical Science candidate at the University of Cape Town. She recently graduated with distinction in bachelor’s degree, majoring in Environmental Science, Sociology and Politics. She joins Power for All with experience in content creation, project management and research analysis centred around environmental sustainability on the African continent and the globe. Her background in East and Southern Africa has enabled her to gain valuable contextual knowledge that has shaped her understanding of the nuance and growth on the African continent. Throughout university, she has become deeply interested in relationship building and knowledge transfer in relation to environmental sustainability. At Power for All Simran hopes to learn and engage within realms of sustainable and equitable energy access.

Pranathi Sridhar is our communications intern. Pranathi is a graduate student in Communication Studies from Mount Carmel College in Bangalore and is currently pursuing her MA in Society and Culture studies. She has worked on projects in the digital marketing, book editing and public policy spaces and holds experience in content creation, copywriting and copyediting. With an avid interest in creative writing; gender, culture and policy studies,  Pranathi hopes to gain a better understanding of the world around her, as well as contribute to these fields.

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