Ruseh Oghenekaro

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Master of Science in Energy • Heriot-Watt University

Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Industrial Chemistry • University of Benin

Bio

Coming from a background where sustainability challenges may be considered prevalent, Ruseh’s interest in sustainable energy was kindled by incessant power shortages and outages in her country. This drove her to pursue a Master’s degree in Energy from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh where she focused on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient Technologies.

She subsequently joined the leading Development Finance Institution in her home country, Nigeria, where she was part of the pioneering team mandated to provide finance for clean energy and renewable energy projects in rural, peri-urban and urban areas. The novelty of the sector in her field of operations threw light on the challenges with the perception and acceptance of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient Technologies, but through hard work, commitment, advocacy and forging collaborations, financing opportunities began opening up, albeit slowly. This was a huge lesson in resilience for her. She was directly involved in rural electrification pilot and replication projects across 17 villages, pan-Nigeria which saw her earn a commendation from her CEO.

From Ruseh’s experience in implementing related projects, clear relationships were established between savings on energy costs (by substituting fossil fuels for more sustainable energy sources) and financial bottom lines. It however magnified diverse challenges with achieving other non-energy related sustainability goals. This opened up a keen interest in approaching the concept and practice of sustainability in a more holistic manner.

Ruseh is ISO 27001 and ISO 9001:2015 certified and is also a Project Management Professional (PMP).

In her free time, Ruseh loves to watch stage plays and movies, as well as spend quality time with family and friends. She hopes to become a sustainability expert.