May 3, 2022
Today the 8-week African module officially started, with the aim of exploring the fundamentals of the global electricity sector through the lenses of the Sustainable Development Goals. The class of this 2022 edition of Open Africa Power sees the attendance of 150 high-profile African students from all over the continent, with a 52% proportion of women. The lecturers are Enel’s top experts in the energy sector and professors and senior researchers from the University of Cape Town.
The module will be delivered online in cooperation with the Graduate School of Business (GSB) of the University of Cape Town and was opened with an introductory session by Laura Giovannini and Christian Zulberti, Deputy Directors of Enel Foundation; Tracey Crowe, Chief of Staff and Senior Director of Sustainable Energy for All; Rayner Canning, Director Business Development of the Graduate Business School of the University of Cape Town; and Swetha Bhagwat, Florence School of Regulation, Head of FSR Global.
The program is at its 5th edition, having been launched in 2018 in collaboration with top academic partners such as Strathmore University and University of Nairobi in Kenya, University of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, University of Cape Town in South Africa, and Italian institutions such as Polytechnic University of Turin, Polytechnic University of Milan, Bocconi University, Florence School of Regulation, and Venice International University. In this edition, Open Africa Power, which has received significant support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFAIC), will be co-managed by our partner Sustainable Energy for All; together, we aim to give everybody - and especially women - the opportunity to leave their mark in the energy sector.
Throughout the module, classes will cover technological, regulation and economic aspects of renewables and networks, along with ICT digitalization aspects of the electricity industry.
On this first day, Wikus Kruger, Research Lead of power sector investment in sub-Saharan Africa at the Power Futures Lab of the of the University of Cape Town, discussed the power systems of the future, covering the implications of variable renewable and distributed energy, followed by Professor Izael da Silva, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Strathmore University, who explored the theme of leadership for a clean energy world.