About Donna Gaya
I am currently completing a master’s in business economics (with a finance emphasis) from the Católica Porto Business School (Portugal). I hold a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Alabama where I researched ionic liquids for use in carbon capture technologies. I have also been an active member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) where I served as both vice president and secretary and made significant contributions towards promoting women in engineering and increasing awareness of STEM.
Having lived in both rural and urban areas of Kenya, I have had first-hand experience of the effects of irregular or no electricity supply within the community. This led me to focus my master’s thesis on investigating the correlation between renewable energy and economic growth in African countries. I chose to work with Power for All because I believe that greater energy access not only spurs national economic growth but also improves the individual quality of life. This internship provides me with the best platform to communicate alternative energy solutions and benefits to a broader audience beyond academia.