Meet our country Chairpersons
Our chairpersons are dedicated leaders in industrywho own and direct country programmes in line with AWEaPs objectives to:
Ms. Sarah Mbaya
Sarah Mbwaya is a graduate engineer in Electrical and Electronics from University of Nairobi and holds an M,B.A. in strategic management from United States International University (USIU). She is a seasoned business professional with leadership and senior management experience in renewable energy, information technology, business management, and entrepreneurial practice.
Currently Ms. Mbwaya is a director at Aspectus limited a renewable energy company focusing on providing solar energy solutions to corporates, communities and individuals for their ever dynamic energy needs.
Because of her technical background, training, experience and interest, she is well versed with the renewable energy space, an area she is passionate about and enjoys to work in and has been involved in supervision and design of a number of off-grid and on-grid solar projects. In the recent past, she has worked as a consultant for a number of organizations such as Enablis East Africa a not-for-profit organization where she was the regional project manager, and PriceWaterhouse Coopers Limited where she has engaged on short term consultancy assignments from time to time among others.
Ms. Mbwaya has strong business management, administrative and organizational skills leading to a natural aptitude for institutional development and strengthening which has enabled her to shape the success of companies in the real estate, information technology sector and now in the renewable energy space. Some of these companies have also benefitted from her experience in business and systems development as she has spearheaded transformational approaches that have improved operations, reduced costs, and increased revenue streams. Ms. Mbwaya has also had an opportunity to exercise leadership in corporate governance while she served on the board of directors at Numerical Machining Complex, where was also was the Chair of the Audit Committee. Currently Ms. Mbwaya is the vice chair and acting chair of the Loresho South Residents Association (LSRA) and also the country chair of African Women in Energy and Power (AWEaP) founded by Ms. Bertha Dlamini, the South African Ambassador for the Women in Africa Initiative and establishedwith the sole purpose of enabling women participation in the power and energy sector in 22 countries in the region.
Ms. Mbwaya has had an opportunity to mobilize and fundraise. As a volunteer, she organized the Loresho South Neighborhood Women Association members to meet every month and address issues that affect the neighborhood and their families. She has also been Involved in fundraising efforts for Emerging Young Leaders (EYL) through dinner and golf tournament events. Ms. Mbwaya is passionate about empowering women because she believes that supporting women benefits everyone, including businesses and the economy. She takes time to mentor young people and other women.
Ms. Mbwaya strongly believes in conserving the environment and promoting renewable energy is just one of the approaches. At a personal level, she has planted trees in her farm and its environs and encourages others to do so. She recycles whatever she can from her kitchen and makes compost manure for her kitchen garden. Her believe is that if we can care and love the environment, it will return more for us.
Ms. Mbwaya holds an M.B.A. in Strategic Management, B.Sc. (Hons.) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Solar technician Licenses ERC/SPVT/00590 Class- T3 and solar water heating license ERC/SWHST/00201; she is also an ACCA Diploma holder in Financial management, an Accredited Systems Engineer (ASE), and has several certificates in selling skills, customer care and management.
Ms. Bertha Dlamini
Ms. Dlamini is an Advocate for accelerated participation of African Women and Youth in Africa’s Power and Energy sector.
She is leveraging her experience and vast network in Africa’s power and energy sector to mobilise global stakeholders to work together to remove barriers that prevent effective youth and women participation in Africa’s Power and Energy sector.
She has secured the endorsement of leading industry players and created two targeted initiatives that aim to break-down persistent structural multi-industry barriers that slow-down the participation of African youth and women in the continent’s power and energy sector.
She is the founding President of African Women in Energy and Power (AWEaP) an initiative she founded to accelerate the participation of African Women Entrepreneurs in the full value chain of Power and Energy in Africa, and contribute towards addressing the continent’s energy poverty.
She is also the Founding Chairman of Gen X Theatre Africa (Gen X), an initiative geared at accelerating Youth participation Africa’s Power and Energy sector.
Dr. Constance Van Zuydan - Matshebula
A competent Safety Health Environment Quality (SHEQ) specialist with excellent leadership, management, communication, and co-ordination skills with over 15yrs in the electricity sector. Professionally registered Environmentalist with SACNASP, Lead IRCA Auditor in ISO 9001:2015, Lead 14001: 2015 and OHSAS18001. Her qualifications include a PhD and MSc in Environmental Science from the University of South Africa, Mini MBA from Stellenbosch University, lead audit certificates in ISO standards (ISO14001:2015, OHSAS18001 and ISO9001:2015) from Potchefroom University, TUV Reinland and BSCI in India. I also hold leadership skills from Steve Covey Institute, Total Quality Management from UNISA and Stellenbosch University.
Dr. van Zuydam’s leadership skills have been recognized in various institutions where she is serving as Chairperson of the Southern African Power Pool ESC, Board Chairperson at Renewable Energy Association Eswatini (REAESWA), Eswatini Environment Authority as Board of Trustees, SHE FORUM Eswatini as Deputy Chair and Secretary and Global business roundtable as national executive secretary and in Eswatini Standard authority in various technical groups. Part of the steering committee on third national communication for Swaziland on climate change. Have successfully lead environmental department in the leading electricity industry in the country which received Green Parastatal award in two succession years. Has conducted interdisciplinary research in the Safety Health and Environment field and published scientific papers. She is the founder of the International Centre for Sustainability and Excellence (ICSE). She is the current Chairperson for AWEaP Eswatini.
To address some of the challenges faced in the continent, women must be involved as change agents, in decision making and clean energy value chains to bring innovation, sustainable energy solutions that can turnaround the economy in African countries.
Ms. Motselisi Ramakoae
Motselisi Ramakoae holds an MSc in GIS and Environmental Studies from University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and has completed Leadership training (PFAL) at the London School of Economics. She is the founding director of Morali Consultants www.morali.co.ls a Lesotho based consulting company providing Environmental Management and Social services to the mining industry, construction and infrastructure projects.
The company also provides services in Sustainable Development, Energy sector and in Environmental Monitoring and Evaluation with experience in projects funded by the United Nations, Global Environmental Fund, African Development Bank and World Bank.
Ms. Irene Kiwia
Irene Kiwia is an accomplished entrepreneur whose career spans over 18 years in Business
Management, Media, Public Relations Communications, Gender and Youth Empowerment. She is the Founder and CEO of Frontline Management, a management firm with 3 dynamic divisions;
Frontline Porter Novelli, a PR and communication division that is a global partner of Porter Novelli the US-based PR leader owned by the communication conglomerate OMNICOM, and has a presence in over 85 countries.
Frontline Solutions – A technology division that builds solutions to complex social challenges including KWEA a soon to be launched platform established with the aim to provide high quality products to consumers at affordable prices using e-channels and direct selling as an alternative trading channel, through elevation of local manufacturing capacity, using best in class quality systems, technology and supply chain management.
Ms. Laureen Adam
Laureen Adam is a leader in the Energy and wellness entrepreneurship space, with business interests that span the full value chain from product development, to consumer interface to industry-wide equipment supply. Her flagship brands, Amara’s Health Spa and Trios Health Centre offer a unique combination of a health spa and a health food eatery on the same family-friendly premises. The health spa has dominated the sector for a number of years now, bridging the gap between modern medicine and natural health practices through its unique products and services. This has made alternative healing options available to all and especially those with chronic conditions.
Ms. Habiba Ali
CEO/founder Sosai, Community, Environment, Gender and Energy Development Expert. Winner WeEmpower UNSDG Challenge Africa.
An experienced development professional in the energy and environment industry. Habiba has years of experience woking in rural norhern Nigeria and is versatile and dynamic with the workings of northern Nigeria which is applicable to other rural African communities.
An interesting Person with a cognitive story of behavioural change and benefits of livehood development in rural areas.
Habiba Ali is the managing director and CEO of Sosai Renewable Energies Company, one of the largest distributors of renewable energy in Nigeria. Sosai Renewable Energies provides renewable energy products like solar lamps, water purifiers and solar panels, as well as energy consulting services to help bring clean, renewable energy solutions to Nigeria’s budding communities. Ali also co-founded the Developmental Association for Renewable Energies (DARE), and is a member of the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air and the Nigerian Energy Network. She holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
Ms. Nambula Kachumi
Nambula Kachumi is Executive Director of WECREATE http://zambia.wecreatecenter.com/, a women’s entrepreneurship Center focussing on addressing gender barriers to entrepreneurship, increasing access to economic resources, and supporting female owned businesses in emerging markets.
She is a Private Enterprise Development Professional with over 12 years experience in entrepreneurship ecosystem support and inclusive development. Passionate and eager to see African women entrepreneurs succeed and create wealth in mainstream economies, Nambula has influenced impact and program design in key development areas ranging from co-designing financial products and business development strategies for emerging markets, resource mobilization for impact funds, convening entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems, catalysing public private partnerships among others. Through various program and policy work, Nambula has significantly contributed to the design and roll-out of a number of gender-integrated enterprise development initiatives in Zambia and in the region http://zambia.wecreatecenter.com/citi-microentrepreneurship-awards.
Prior to co-establishing WECREATE, her previous engagements included projects addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such as the EU’s Mining Sector and Energy Diversification Program (MSDP), the DFID supported Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program, inclusive innovation projects with Making Cents International, to mention a few. These and a few others have fed her passion and interest in women’s entrepreneurship and innovation for sustainable development. Nambula has played a leading role within the Zambian entrepreneurial ecosystem and across the region in influencing policy around financial inclusion, business leadership, private enterprise development and women’s participation and access to quality education, training and business support. She currently sits on two boards; the National Advisory Board for impact capital (NABS) and the SME Development Consortium. Nambula is also Country Lead for the Zambia Entrepreneurship Summit, an annual event co-hosted during the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) by WECREATE and the US Embassy in Zambia http://zambia.wecreatecenter.com/zambia-entrepreneurship-summit/.