Student Energy Summit Unites African Future Leaders

african-energy-summit-2014The First African Student Energy Summit will take place from 19 – 20 June at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), Cape Town, South Africa and aims to unite multi-disciplinary researchers and youths from universities across the continent to discuss sustainable energy resource management and the role that students will play in the future of energy development.

The Summit is organized by the Green Shift Africa in coordination with Student Energy, a global non-profit that is creating a movement of young leaders committed to transitioning the world to a sustainable energy future.

Steve Arowolo

Steve Arowolo, Chair of the 1st African Student Energy Summit and Co-founder of Green Shift Africa, says that “Africa’s youths are the continent’s greatest resource; we are empowering a new generation of future leaders who will power the future of energy on our continent.  This summit would be the first in our series of events targeted towards these Africa’s future leaders, and I am excited about the future of this continent. For the first time on our continent, the youth would have the opportunity to contribute to the debates on climate change and energy issues. We are expecting students and researchers from all educational background and levels, every region of Africa will be represented and students’ recommendations from the Summit will be directly submitted to the African Union (AU) Commission and the United Nations (UN) to shape the future of energy and energy development in Africa”.

This two-day event will include focus sessions on Youth Leadership for Energy Security in Africa: Transformation, Capacity-Building and Sustainability; Africa’s Energy Mix; Driving Energy Efficiency in Africa; Energy in(access)ability in Africa; and How do we power Africa – How do we Power the Future?

Keynote speakers include Dr. Monga Mehlwana of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Dr. Wosley Barnard of the South African Department of Energy, Dr. Seth Akutson, a World Bank special assistant to the former Nigerian minister of Power, and Dr. Elizabeth Rasekoala, the Chairperson of the Green Shift Africa, among other speakers and guests from ESKOM, Civil society organizations and government officials.

To register and receive a special 10% discount, please email and use the booking code GADO1.

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