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Women's Month STEM Training spotlight: Susan Irene Akinyi


Susan Irene Akinyi, trainee in SEforALL, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Training programme.


I'm Susan Irene Akinyi, a passionate advocate for renewable energy and sustainable development. With a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Kenya, I hail from Nairobi, Kenya, where I am currently a trainee in Sustainable Energy for All 's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Training programme.  

What motivated you to participate in the STEM Training programme?

My journey into the energy sector was driven by a deep desire to create positive change in my community and beyond. Witnessing the adverse effects of traditional energy sources and unsustainable waste management practices fueled my motivation to participate in the STEM Training programme. I saw it as an opportunity to gain valuable skills, knowledge, and experiences to contribute meaningfully to the clean energy transition.

How has your experience as a STEM Trainee contributed to your personal and professional growth?

Participating in the STEM Training programme has been transformative for both my personal and professional growth. Working closely with the Ministry of Energy on energy audits and collaborating with local communities on waste management initiatives has broadened my perspective and honed my technical skills. Moreover, the programme has provided me with invaluable mentorship, networking opportunities, and exposure to cutting-edge developments in the energy sector.

What is one memorable moment you experienced during your time as a STEM trainee?

One memorable moment during my time as a STEM trainee was when I had the opportunity to present my project on Geospatial Clean Cooking Modelling at the ICTP/Joint Summer School on Modelling Tools for Sustainable Development. It was incredibly rewarding to share my work with fellow scholars and experts in the field and receive positive feedback on its potential impact.

How have you used your experience as a STEM trainee to contribute to the empowerment of women at the local, national or international levels?

As a STEM trainee, I am committed to empowering women in the energy sector at both local and international levels. Through my involvement in SEforALL's initiatives and community outreach programmes, I strive to promote gender equality and encourage more women to pursue careers in sustainable energy. By serving as a role model and mentor to aspiring female professionals, I hope to inspire the next generation of leaders in the field.

What advice would you give to women and youth who aspire to build a career in sustainable energy?

For women and youth aspiring to build a career in sustainable energy, my advice is simple: Be fearless, be persistent, and be passionate. Embrace every opportunity to learn, grow, and make a difference. Seek out mentorship, build strong networks, and never underestimate the power of your voice and your ideas. Together, we can drive positive change and create a more sustainable and equitable energy future for all.

Connect with Susan on X (@Hyrenesusan).



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