May 8, 2023
Today the training path of Open Africa Power 2023 officially started with the 8 weeks African module, aimed at exploring the fundamentals of the global electricity sector through the lenses of the Sustainable Development Goals. The class of this 2023 edition of Open Africa Power sees the attendance of more than 100 high-profile African students, selected on the basis of the enhanced requirements of the OAP 2023 call for application. In the coming months further modules of the Program will explore the new frontiers of the electricity sector and the regulation of energy access.
The aim of the OAP program, with 400 alumni in its first 5 editions representing almost 40 African countries, is to support the new generation of African leaders deeply engaged with their country’s clean energy future, of paramount importance to unlock the continent’s sustainable growth.
The program is now at its 6th edition, 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. Open Africa Power, which has received significant support from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFAIC), as for last year edition will be co-managed by our partner Sustainable Energy for All; together, the two organizations aim to give everybody - and especially women - the opportunity to leave their mark in the energy sector.
The classes of this first module of OAP 2023 – the African Module - will cover technological, regulation and economic aspects of renewables, networks technology, electrification, regulation and ICT digitalization of the electricity industry. The African module will be delivered online in cooperation with the Graduate School of Business (GSB) of the University of Cape Town, with lectures by Enel’s top experts in the energy sector and professors and senior researchers from the GSB.
On this first day, Wikus Kruger, Director of the Power Futures Lab at 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.
The African Module was opened with an introductory session by Christian Zulberti, Deputy Director at Enel Foundation; Kanika Chawla, Chief of Staff at Sustainable Energy for All; Jodie Martin, Head of Executive Education at the Graduate Business School of the University of Cape Town; and Swetha Bhagwat, Head of FSR Global at the Florence School of Regulation.