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Ujunwa Ojemeni, SA (Technical) to the Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources, Lagos state

Ujunwa Ojemeni is an impact investing, energy and development expert with experience in the areas of opportunity maturation, financing, and policy. She is focused on driving the achievement of SDG 7 in Africa by 2030 and is an advocate for gender inclusivity and equal representation in the Energy sector.

At the Office of the Honourable Commissioner for Energy & Mineral Resources Lagos State, she drives policies, investments opportunities and implementation strategies to deliver reliable energy to the citizens of the State. She is also an Advisor with: the Private Finance Advisory Network (PFAN) – hosted by United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), and Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), which is focused on bridging the investment gap between investor, entrepreneurs and project developers.

Ujunwa has coordinated several gas and power development opportunities as well as energy funds worth over $1 Billion. She has received several awards for her phenomenal work in the energy sector including the 2019 Young Leaders Award in the Energy and Sustainability category by the Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association in Nigeria. She was selected as one of 60 young African Clean Energy Leaders by Enel Foundation, and a finalist at the IFC Sustainability Exchange Contest in 2019.

Ujunwa is the founder of the African Women in Energy Development Initiative (AWEDI Network). AWEDI’s aim is to promote the growth of women and female students with interest in the sector through mentorship programs, career sponsorship (acceleration), networking opportunities, professional development and leadership training.

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As SA (Technical), Office of the Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources, Lagos, she coordinates the Lagos Community Electrification Program by working with utilities and development partners to improve electricity access to high impact-low-income communities. She also coordinates the Project Implementation Unit to secure a $10 Million DFI facility.

Furthermore, she also leads the Lagos Metering Program through provision of meters to low-income areas and coordinated the Lagos Smart Meter Hackathon 2020 to design and produce affordable meters (274 software & hardware applications; 65 prototypes).

Ujunwa also coordinates the Lagos Electricity Policy development and secured support from the UK FCDO funded Africa Clean Energy Technical Assistance Facility (ACE TAF) for the off-grid electricity segment.

She has spoken on several regional and international platforms including: MIT Solve 2020, ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Forum in Accra, and the West Africa Power and Energy Cooperation Conference in Dakar. Ujunwa’s articles have been published by both international and local media outlets such as Forbes, Devex and BusinessDay. She holds a Master’s degree in International Development – Development Finance from the University of Manchester, and has a First-Class Bachelor’s of Science degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

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