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Sheila Oparaocha joins Energy 4 Impact’s Board of Trustees


Sheila Oparaocha, the International Coordinator and Programme Manager of the ENERGIA International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy, has been confirmed as the newest addition to Energy 4 Impact’s Board of Trustees.

Sheila has seventeen years’ experience in the gender and energy sector.  She leads the ENERGIA International Secretariat hosted by Hivos International, where she coordinates a portfolio of programmes spanning 12 countries in Asia and Africa for the ENERGIA International Network on Gender and Sustainable Development. She is internationally renowned for her work on advancing the role of women in energy and has spoken publically and advocated widely on this subject. 

She also provides technical support to ENERGIA’s activities on women entrepreneurship development, international policy advocacy, gender audits of energy policies, gender mainstreaming in energy programmes, training of trainers and practitioners, research and case study development, network building and knowledge management. 

Sheila is a member of the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Energy for All Partnership. 

Matthew Mendis, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, said:

We are delighted that Sheila Oparaocha has agreed to join the Energy 4 Impact team. Her extensive network of contacts with donor agencies and in the energy sector of developing countries will be crucial in supporting Energy 4 Impact’s goal of providing access to affordable energy in Africa.  Her proven experience in the sector and her detailed knowledge of Africa will serve us well as we further develop our presence in the region.