Ifeoma Malo, Campaign Director, Power For All (Nigeria), has won the prestigious Power Industry Leader of the Year 2020.
Malo a member of the extractive360 Advisory Board is also the CEO of Clean Technology Hub. She has worked extensively providing solutions across the power sector value chain.
A qualified Attorney, Malo leads the Nigerian campaign of Power4All to promote Distributed Renewable Energy (DRE) in Nigeria and is one of the country’s leading energy access experts. She has advised a range of government agencies on how best to support market growth, and engaged both the national media, faith community, donor groups and agencies in the promotion of DRE.
The Power Industry Leader Award is the largest industry award in sub-Saharan Africa, organised by ESI Africa, PowerGen and the African Power and Energy Elites Publication, which celebrates industry players from across the globe who are working on the African continent in the areas of Power, Utilities, and Water.
Malo was nominated in the Power Leadership category alongside seven other industry influencers that are active in the private or public sectors, and are innovative in their leadership approach and strategies in improving and advancing the power, utility and water value chain on a regional or country level.
Speaking on the award, Malo told e360 that her selection as the winner in that category, in an award that is the most recognized regionally was a major surprise, “but I was totally honoured, humbled and happy at the same time to have been selected,” she said.
“I recall being contacted via email by the organizers, saying that I had been nominated for the Power Industry Awards in the Leadership category – I didn’t have any idea who could have nominated me, but it was really a privilege to be in the same category with pretty incredible people involved very important and amazing work in the power and utility sector both locally, regionally and globally,” she said.
While expressing gratitude to colleagues and friends who voted her in as a winner, she commended organizers of the award for putting together an amazing platform that recognizes the work and impact of industry players in their various sectors.
“I must say that this award is itself as much a win for me as it is for everyone doing their bit to end energy poverty and ensure that electricity on the continent does not remain a benefit of a privileged few, but that this technology is used to transform lives and communities across the continent,” Malo said.
The award follows a transparent selection process with a global call for nominations every year. The final selection is made by an external advisory board that is composed of experienced industry figures from around the world.
The respective Elites categories are focused on excellence in leadership in the sector as well as across pioneering projects applicable to both the public and private sectors, extending across power generation, transmission, distribution, water, independent power producers and project developers.
Calling on the industry at large, Malo noted that while a lot of work has been done, there remains a lot to be done especially in achieving the vision for universal energy access and rural electrification across Africa.
She urged industry players to work towards creating a sustainable and inclusive impact around energy access that will not only benefit the continent, but the world at large.