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Opportunity and investment potential for electric vehicles in Kenya

The global electric vehicles market is rapidly growing with over 80% of sales in all vehicle segments by 2050 are expected to be electric. Electric two-wheelers have the highest degree of electrification today in African and Asian markets. Increased sales in electric vehicles will be driven by favorable regulations and policy, improved unit economics including cost per unit of EV sold and the development of technology that is contextually viable for each region.   Kenya has announced intentions to eliminate imports of all second-hand cars by 2026 and therein lies an opportunity to invest in and support the influx of electric vehicles. Two- and three-wheelers are the most feasible for EV adoption in Kenya due to the increased convenience, availability and road structure in the region. Kenya is currently a hotbed for innovators and entrepreneurs within the electric mobility space with most companies requiring support to scale -up. Electric vehicles being assembled in Kenya include motorb
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Recommendations to high level stakeholders at COP-26

I nclusion of women and youth in climate change mitigation and a just energy transition can be maximized ultimately by implementing the following recommendations:   1.       Integration of women and youth in Grid connection, off-grid and renewable energy projects -         Opportunities in the energy sector can be used to better integrate women and youth within off-grid energy companies’ operations as well as the general supply chain.  -         Throughout the world, a growing number of companies are leveraging this business opportunity by designing, producing, selling, and distributing off-grid energy technologies – which span solar lights, solar home systems, mini-grids, and clean cooking solutions (including fuels and cookstoves). Companies in the off-grid energy sector have much to gain through taking a purposeful gender and diversity lens throughout their operations and supply chains.   2.       Affordable and inclusive Business models -         Innovative technologies geared towa

What is COP-26 and why is it important for women and youth to have a voice in climate change mitigation?

What is COP? For nearly three decades the UN has been bringing together almost every country on earth for global climate summits – called COPs – which stands for ‘ Conference of the Parties’. In that time climate change has gone from being a fringe issue to a global priority. This year will be the 26th annual summit, giving it the name COP26. With the UK as President, COP26 takes place in Glasgow. COP21 took place in Paris in 2015. For the first time ever, something momentous happened: every country agreed to work together to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees and aim for 1.5 degrees, to adapt to the impacts of a changing climate and to make money available to deliver on these aims. The Paris Agreement was born.  The commitment to aim for 1.5 degrees is important because every fraction of a degree of warming will result in many more lives lost and livelihoods damaged. Under the Paris Agreement, countries committed to bring forward national plans setting out how much they wou

First Impressions - How can we responsibly introduce ourselves to the relevant networks while pursuing opportunities on social media?

Whilst social media is a powerful tool that can be used to network and create/pursue opportunities to advance our careers, if used incorrectly, it could be the reason why we keep missing opportunities that we seek. In the recent past, I have received several messages on social media from all over the world from engineering students, technicians and graduate engineers seeking opportunities within the engineering space and more specifically in electricity access  in Africa   There’s an astounding amount of global talent in the engineering field    and I saw young passionate individuals writing to me but not knowing exactly how to communicate. I believe the simplest things make us memorable. Paying attention to detail is an important part of first impressions. Ensuring your spelling is right and that you are straight to the point gives the reader the idea that you are serious and certain about your goal and will most definitely get their attention. These are some of the considerations I u