Clean Energy 4 Africa

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We are a youth-led organization with a diverse team of professionals from all over the World.

Fidaa Mergani

Project Coordinator

Fidaa Mergani

Project Coordinator
Fidaa Mergani is a Project Coordinator at CE4A. She is a recent graduate from the University of Nottingham Malaysia, with a Masters in Engineering degree (MEng) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. With great interest in renewable energy and energy management, she has tailored her degree and career choices to learn, share and contribute to the field. Her MEng research focused on harvesting vibration energy through a hybrid piezoelectric and electromagnetism transducer. Throughout and after her degree she has sought internship opportunities at different companies to gain exposure to the renewable energy and electricity market in Sudan and Malaysia. Fidaa is also keen on empowering communities. She was elected as Vice Chairperson of the Student Council and the chairperson of the Elections Committee in 2020 at the University of Nottingham Malaysia. Along with her team she was able achieve an unprecedented student engagement at the General Elections of 2020/2021. At CE4A she hopes to bring together her passion for renewables and empowerment to transform the lives of millions.

Mohamed Alhaj

Founder & Director

Mohamed Alhaj

Founder & Director
<div class="tlp-short-bio"> Dr. Mohamed Clean Energy 4 Africa founder and director. He is a competent renewable energy engineer and an experienced and award-winning researcher with 7+ years experience in the renewable energy field. Mohamed holds a Ph.D in sustainable energy from Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar and currently works with the Public Utility Company in Qatar. His main interests are concentrated solar power systems, modeling and analysis of renewable energy systems, clean energy finance, life-cycle assessment, and renewable energy education. </div> <div class="tlp-member-detail"> <p class="has-text-align-justify">Mohamed completed his PhD, at 28 years old, at <a href="https://www.hbku.edu.qa/en&quot; target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="Hamad Bin Khalifa University (opens in a new tab)">Hamad Bin Khalifa University</a> (in Qatar), where he worked on developing a sustainable solar-driven seawater desalination technology. His PhD research, which received several prestigious awards, investigated the technical performance, environmental impact, and economic feasibility of solar-driven low-pressure thermal desalination, particularly for water-scarce countries such as Qatar. Dr. Mohamed has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in prestigious and high impact journals in renewable energy, desalination, and environmental sciences such as <a href="https://www.journals.elsevier.com/desalination&quot; target="_blank" rel="noopener">Desalination (Elsevier)</a>, <a href="https://iopscience.iop.org/journal/1748-9326&quot; target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="Environmental Research Letters (IOP Publishing) (opens in a new tab)">Environmental Research Letters (IOP Publishing)</a>, and <a href="https://www.elsevier.com/locate/issn/01968904&quot; target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="Energy Conversion and Management (Elsevier) (opens in a new tab)">Energy Conversion and Management (Elsevier)</a>. Moreover, his PhD research received the "<em>Best Green Sustainable Initiative</em>" Award (2018) by the Ministry of Energy & Industry in Qatar. Mohamed completed a MSc. in Energy Technology from <a href="http://www.ukm.my/portal/&quot; target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="The National University of Malaysia (opens in a new tab)">The National University of Malaysia</a> and a BEng. Honors (in the First Class) in Mechatronics Engineering from <a href="https://www.nottingham.edu.my/index.aspx&quot; target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="The University of Nottingham (opens in a new tab)">The University of Nottingham</a>. More details about Mohamed’s research can be found in the <a href="https://cleanenergy4africa.org/about-dr-mohamed-alhaj/research/&quot; target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="Research page (opens in a new tab)">Research page</a>. The papers published by Dr. Mohamed can be found in the <a href="https://cleanenergy4africa.org/about-dr-mohamed-alhaj/scholarly-achievements/&quot; target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="Scholarly Achievements page (opens in a new tab)">Scholarly Achievements page</a> and his Google Scholar profile can be viewed <a href="https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=TZMPDJ4AAAAJ&hl=en&quot; target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="here (opens in a new tab)">here</a>.</p> <p class="has-text-align-justify">Dr. Mohamed Alhaj is highly skilled in the modelling of renewable energy systems, concentrated solar power technology, environmental life-cycle assessment, thermodynamics, and desalination technology. In addition, he is the founder and associate editor for the <a href="https://www.scienceopen.com/collection/SRF_AJET">African Journal of Engineering & Technology</a>, which is a new peer-reviewed journal published by the <a href="https://s-rf.org/&quot; target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="Sudanese Researchers Foundation (opens in a new tab)">Sudanese Researchers Foundation</a> (SRF); the largest Sudanese NGO focusing on scientific research and development. Dr. Mohamed is also reviewer for several high quality peer-reviewed journals such as <a href="https://iopscience.iop.org/journal/1748-9326&quot; target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="Environmental Research Letters (IOP Publishing) (opens in a new tab)">Environmental Research Letters (IOP Publishing)</a> and <a href="https://www.elsevier.com/locate/issn/01968904&quot; target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="Energy Conversion and Management (Elsevier) (opens in a new tab)">Energy Conversion and Management (Elsevier)</a>. Dr. Mohamed has given many talks and presented several seminars on renewable energy, solar-desalination, and higher education. In June 2021, Dr. Mohamed was invited to deliver keynote remarks on energy access at the UN High-Level Ministerial Segment on Energy Access. In 2018, he was invited by the Singapore National Water Agency to participate in the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/siwwywls/&quot; target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="Young Water Leaders Summit (opens in a new tab)">Young Water Leaders Summit</a>, a side event of the Singapore International Water Week. Dr. Mohamed’s talks and lectures can be viewed in the <a href="https://cleanenergy4africa.org/about-dr-mohamed-alhaj/talks-and-lectures/&quot; target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="Talks and Lectures page (opens in a new tab)">Talks and Lectures page</a>. He is also regularly invited to deliver talks on renewable in Sudan by universities and government agencies due to his immense expertise in the Sudan renewable energy market.</p> <p class="has-text-align-justify">Mohamed is also highly involved in community outreach and volunteering work. In the academic year 2017/2018, he was selected to be the <em>Graduate Students’ Representative</em> for the College of Science and Engineering at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) where he led the team that organized the first ever Research Day event for the College. In 2019, Mohamed and his colleague Mrs Mehzabeen Mannan, were awarded the Community Engagement Award by the HBKU Student Affairs for their initiative on teaching young students the principles of water conservation (as part of the community outreach events in the Sustainable Built Environment Research Group). Dr. Mohamed is was the Publishing Director for the Sudanese Researchers Foundation (SRF) in the period August 2019-September 2021, where he developed the SRF's first peer-reviewed journal.</p> Learn more about Dr. Mohamed’s research journey and interests, scholarly works, and talks and lectures in the following pages: <ul> <li><a href="https://cleanenergy4africa.org/about-dr-mohamed-alhaj/research/&quot; data-type="page" data-id="983">Research</a></li> <li><a href="https://cleanenergy4africa.org/about-dr-mohamed-alhaj/scholarly-achievements/&quot; data-type="page" data-id="1510">Scholarly Works</a></li> <li><a href="https://cleanenergy4africa.org/about-dr-mohamed-alhaj/talks-and-lectures/&quot; data-type="page" data-id="1522">Talks & Lectures</a></li> </ul> <h2>Long-term Vision</h2> <p class="has-text-align-justify">Dr. Mohamed’s <strong>long-term vision is to transform Clean Energy 4 Africa to a leading consultancy firm that provides technical advisory services, training and capacity-building programs, in depth market research and intelligence, and advises the public and private sectors on the sustainable utilization of renewable energy in Sudan & Africa</strong>. Africa has nearly 600 million people without access to electricity and at the same time, this continent has abundant renewable energy resources that can be used to scale energy access and boost development. The challenges are immense; ranging from technology to regulations and human capacity. We need to propose solutions and start implementing now!</p> </div>

Akmal Alsagh

Programs Manager

Akmal Alsagh

Programs Manager
<div class="tlp-member-detail"> <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> Akmal is CE4A Programs Manager and Country Representative in Sudan. Akmal is a mechanical engineering student who has a passion for solving real-life problems, and that was one of the reasons he was getting into the renewable energy field. His main interests the Hydropower and climate change. He was introduced to the renewable energy field in 2020, he thought of how to find a solution to the energy problem in Sudan. Since that he starts to work on a project which he calls “(GWVT) Project“, which is a new technology for Small & Micro hydropower plants. From that point, he starts to learn more about the renewable energy field especially in the hydropower field, and gathering information and learning the needed skills and knowledge. He has good skills in technical writing, project management, and building teams, and strategic planning. His contribution to the world is being a positive person and try to give a solution that can help in solving the energy problem in Sudan and thinking like a problem solver not as a gullible person. </div> </div> </div> </div>

Esther Mukami Githinji

Programs Manager

Esther Mukami Githinji

Programs Manager
<div class="tlp-member-detail"> Esther Mukami Githinji is a lawyer based in Nairobi, Kenya with a passion in renewable energy. She is a graduate from the University of Nairobi with a Bachelor in Laws. During her undergraduate studies she specialised in energy law and environmental law. She is soon to be admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya after successfully completing the Advocates Training Program at the Kenya School of Law. She has worked previously in different capacities in various law firms and government institution in Kenya. She is well versed in the legal frame work that pertains to energy. She is a good researcher and legal analysist. She is always looking for avenues to grow, gather knowledge and apply her skills with respect to renewable energy. She is committed to making the most of every opportunity to become an effective lawyer and a valuable member of the community. To build and contribute through participation in national, regional and international legal arena. </div>

Ailly Sheehama

Mentorship Program Coordinator

Ailly Sheehama

Mentorship Program Coordinator
Ailly Sheehama holds an LLM in International Oil and Gas Law & Policy from the Centre for Energy, Petroleum, Mineral and Policy, University of Dundee, UK. She is a registered candidate legal practitioner in Namibia and holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Namibia. She is currently working at the African Energy & Minerals Management Initiative (AEMI) as an Energy Consultant/Country Director representative of Namibia/Project Manager for the AEMI Mentorship programme. Her role involves assisting in the management and coordination of the AEMIs strategic initiatives. She previously worked as a Public Prosecutor at the Office of the Prosecutor-General in Namibia. She has participated in policy commentaries such as reviewing and preparing written comments on the Draft Ethiopian Petroleum Resource Development Policy August (2020) and the Namibian Draft Regulations to the Wildlife And Protected Areas Management Bill 2021. She is also a legal researcher and analyst and is soon to publish an AEMI policy paper titled THE ROLE OF COURTS IN ACCELERATING THE ENERGY TRANSITION: CULTURAL THEORY PERSPECTIVE, as well as having her work published in the Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy, Special Issue on: Energy Access and Energy Security in the Global South: Pertinent Issues Post- COVID 19, in an article titled EQUATOR PRINCIPLES 4-REVISED CLIMATE CHANGE RISK: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR PROJECT FINANCING IN AFRICA, AMIDST THE ONGOING ENERGY TRANSITION? She is part of the 2021 Student Energy Leader Fellowship, which aims to provide a platform for combining energy education, skills development, and mentorship from top energy players from around the world. She is very proactive in participating on an international platform and networking with organizations where she can add actionable value by contributing her knowledge and skills.

Varun Khanna

Sustainable Energy Consultant

Varun Khanna

Sustainable Energy Consultant
Varun is a data scientist and consultant with an electrical engineering background. With over 20 years of experience in the power generation industry, he has travelled the world and has extensively designed and implemented power generation facilities and utility capital and asset management programs including the implementation of a number of renewable based microgrids and automation in the energy sector for Solar, Wind, Hydro, waste water and energy from waste. He likes to explore the relationships between numbers while uncovering and revealing the stories contained within the data. In the age of big data, these stories become realistic and valuable solutions and strategies for businesses. His data science knowledge has contributed and enhanced utilities and smart grid efforts through system modelling, outage detection and prediction and fraud detection. Varun has been involved with the development of machine learning based solutions and believes that this holds the key to the optimization required for energy transition. He sees a future that contains bidirectional power grids operating on a transactive platform. Varun has written a number of articles on transactive energy, decentralization of the grid and data driven decision making.

Lundi Ndudane

Blog Editor, Consultant

Lundi Ndudane

Blog Editor, Consultant
Lundi Ndudane brings extensive experience from the public, private and NGO sector. His work focuses on the intersection of politics, economics and business in the energy space. He has done work for Alexander Forbes, Standard Bank, Eskom, Porsche and Distell. Lundi is registered for a Masters in Political Science focused on Political Economic Risk analysis at the University of Stellenbosch and holds a certification in the subject from the university. He additionally holds a political science focused postgraduate qualification from Rhodes University and a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Fort Hare.