Meet the 2020 Leaders Teams

SE Uniport – Nigeria

University of Port Harcourt

Alero Awani, Emmanuel Obilor, Honest Orji, Melford Dike, Victor Omokhuakele, Winner Godson

Educating young students on energy access, renewable/sustainable energy sources, and gender inclusion in the energy sector. After the seminars the students will be given mini-projects to complete, which may include building prototypes of wind-turbines and/or reading lamps. After this step, we will establish energy clubs in the visited schools.


The Energy Talk – Nigeria

Near East University

Olubunmi Olajide

A podcast dedicated to sharing stories and innovations in the energy industry as we race to meet our climate goals.


Optim Energy: Sierra Leone Energy-Smart Schools Project (SL-ESSP) – Sierra Leone

African Leadership University

Jeremiah Thoronka, Joseph Turay, Sheillah Munsabe

Sierra Leone Energy-Smart Schools Project is about laying the foundation for a sustainable future in Sierra Leone, it aims to empower the young generation to take an active role in Energy Efficiency (EE) and Energy Conservation (EC). The project also aims to promote rational use of energy in schools through encouraging students’ participation in Energy Efficiency (EE) and Energy  Conservation (EC) activities. Participants will engage in interactive debates and essay competitions on EE and EC issues and enlist in interactive energy audit exercises. Students will compete to win a study visit to the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE). Schools will also compete for an Energy Efficiency Improvement project development opportunity with Optim Energy.


Charis Energy Solutions – Rwanda

Xinyu University, Cavite State University, INES-Ruhengeri

Thomas Nkongoli, Iradukunda Emmanuella, Michel Mutonkole, Ruzibiza Samantha, Ndizihiwe Anne-Claire

Green Building Design for Musanze Caves Hotel. Musanze Caves Hotel is looking to expand their facilities. Charis Energy Solutions has proposed the owner to design an energy and water efficient facility for free as our Leaders Project.

University of Venda – South Africa

Justice Matome, Fortune Ravhuanzwo, Tanganedzani Tshitavhe


ReconMETU – Turkey

Middle East Technical University

Bader Bİlgİn, Elif BİŞİrİcİ, Büşra Yildirim, Merve Peker, Ozan Can İlhan, İlayda Özırmak

Solving the transportation issue on our campus to all METU members in a practical, sustainable and environmental way. The electric scooters, which are commonly used in city transportation, are chosen for the project. Charging stations will be powered by renewable energies such as solar and wind energy which are sustainable without consuming any not so eco-friendly energy or fossil fuels.


Youth Energy Education Program – Turkey

Izmir University of Economics

Athar Rashid

Educate youth regarding the energy transition, energy conservation and efficiency best practices utilizing digital tools.


Amirkabir University of Technology – Iran

Pedram Abdolhay, Kian Maghsoodi, Pouria Aghanasiri, Seyedeh Farnaz Masoumi, Mohadese Soltanzadeh Zahra, Mahya Gheysari, Sara Mirzaei, Adel Beihaghian, Parisa Alipanahi


EnovaHK: Make the Concrete Jungle Green – Hong Kong

The University of Hong Kong

Kong Wai Cheung, Tsz Ying Ho

An online blog platform, interviewing people and reviewing different articles or research in regards to green technologies on infrastructures in Hong Kong, predominantly focusing on solar power panels and different greening designs.


Socio-economic Impacts of Micro-hydro Power Plants in Rural and Remote Communities of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan and Sustainable Policy Recommendation – Pakistan

U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy, University of Engineering & Technology Peshawar, Pakistan Iqra National University

Syed Faisal Shah, Abdullah Jamshaid, Hammad-ur-Rahman, Majid Feroz, Danish Shahzad

Assessing and evaluating the impacts of Micro-hydro Power Projects (MHPs) on the society, economy, and environment of the rural and remote communities where these are operating. This study will try to answer research questions such as what changes in different spheres of life have happened because of Micro-hydro Power Projects (MHPs) or what are the positive or negative changes at the community, household and individual levels. 


Snvrgy (Sustainable environment and energy Solution) – Pakistan

U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy

Asif Ijaz, Muhammad Shabir Khan, Majid Ullah

Educating middle school (grade 5-10) students about conserving energy by implementing small and easy techniques in their houses.


GEMS Energy Consulting Group – India

Tamil Nadu National Law University, MVSR Engineering College, Osmania University, MAMO College, Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi, Aligarh Muslim University, University of Calicut

Shradha Pandey, Ashwin Reddy, Abdullah Rashid, Ariba Aleem, Mohammad Atif Aleem, Asif Ameen AP

Our Team Project is Global Energy Management System (GEMS). We are a focused group committed to change the course of Energy in our country by striving to eradicate Energy poverty and steer Energy awareness among people. The objectives of the Program are firstly to provide consulting services related to installing solar energy solutions in rural communities.


Degrees of Change – India

University of Illinois, University College London

Tanmay Takle, Isha Kulkarni

Developing Degrees of Change, an online platform promoting climate action literacy in India. It aims to provide analysis, resources and thought leadership on sustainable energy and initiatives driving systemic change.


Energy Maniacs – Pakistan

Nadirshaw Eduljee Dinshaw University of Engineering and Technology

Malaika Jabeen, Sheikh Mohammed hammas, Izma Sajid, Anas Hassan, Sahrish Nasir

Utilizing algae in production of biofuel and increasing its growth as it is environmentally friendly. This project is influenced by “Project Omega” by NASA. Our main objective is to first research the production of algae as biofuel, and then propose our report to energy companies as this has never been implemented in Pakistan before.


Girls4Rurals – Nepal

Khwopa Engineering College

Sadikshya aryal, Kuldeep Bandhu Aryal

Build an educational youth engagement program focusing on young girls in rural communities in Nepal,
with the goal of raising awareness and knowledge on renewable energy technologies, creating solutions that are gender inclusive, inspiring the next generation of energy change-makers and addressing gaps in energy access for rural families.


Renewable Energy Knowledge Initiative (REKI) – Nepal

Durham University

Kushal Gautam, Pramod Rijal, Robin-Joshua Meinke

Supporting the Center for Rural Technologies (CRT/N) in developing courses on renewable energy for school years 1-8, and lobbying its importance to the government of Nepal. This project is linked to the fourth, seventh, eleventh and thirteenth Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Quality Education, Affordable and Clean Energy, Sustainable Cities and Communities, and Climate Action.


Student Energy at Universitas Padjadjaran – Indonesia

Padjadjaran University

Fariz Muhammad Rizwan, Ghaziyani Fathin Naadirah, Fazri Adnand, Fadhlih Rizqon Khalish, Leviansyah Elfara Putra, Kenny Yohanda, Arya Fajrul AryaIkhsan Rinaldi, Lia Yuliansah, Risna Nur Liyani, Nayla Quinta Djamal

Implementing an electric bike sharing program with solar charging stations across the university campus.


Grid Light – UK/Spain/Germany/Australia

Durham University, RWTH Aachen University, The University of Melbourne

Freya Espir, Julia Cilleruelo Palomero, Kitty Stacpoole, Lars Schelhas, Natalie Carter, Monika Blankenburgs, Michael Ehrenstein

Innovating a product that will empower and educate the energy consumer to make more carbon conscious decisions with regard to their electricity use. Grid Light’s mission is to build a bridge of communication between the energy sector and the end energy consumer.


Aalborg University – Denmark

James Peter Harris

Increasing grid literacy by presenting the methods through which energy is generated, bought and sold on markets and showing how current grid solutions may not be optimal for 1) renewable integration and 2) isolated/geographically challenging environments.


Life Cycle Analysis of a Wind Turbine’s production – Denmark

Technical University of Denmark

Jessika Pecl, Felix Wursthorn, Aditya Surendran

Defining the impact of the initial stages of material extraction and production of the individual components, especially focusing on carbon emissions.


AberGoGreen – Scotland

University of Aberdeen

Rebecca Smith, Natalie Leader, Bobby Gossai

A summit to educate, engage and create change in the community in Aberdeen.


Sun’N’Go – Switzerland

Alexander Loris 

A social business delivering clean energy to off-grid communities through a modular solar energy center run by local entrepreneurs


FRESH (Fast Response Emergency Solar Heat) – Spain/Sweden/UK

Imperial College London, UPV, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Mihai-Andru Angheliu, Marco Antonio David Hernández, Franck Schué, Joaquin Quesada

Delivering heating as a fast emergency response to locations affected by natural catastrophes or a political crisis. Heating will be delivered by means of an existing device, built by a Spanish start-up called Solatom. As this device is built by SolAtom, our goal for this project is to present the idea to the United Nations that could then deliver this device to the population in need. Thus, we will act as intermediaries between the start-up and the agency(ies).


Eco-Spark – Germany

Hochschule Rhein-Waal, ISPE, University of Munster

Ketlli Tozaj, Faton Gashi, Markus Fittkow, Mariya Poryazova  

STEM disciplines have been the unpopular choice for many children to follow. In the last years, there have been several efforts from different organizations to change that tendency. This research project aims to discover their strategies and find out the correlation between the STEM disciplines and the energy sector.


R 3 (Russian Renewable Risks) – Russia

Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration

Elena Romanova

Identifying the risks of the energy transition and finding out the tools and resources that may help to integrate the renewable energy sources without undermining Russia’s economy. Our project realizations will enable them to implement the research’s results within small communities and evaluate the time-bound targets in practice.


Energy Efficiency Blog – Canada

University of Victoria 

Christina McNeice, Julia Sinclair 

Designing on online platform to raise awareness about energy efficiency and energy conservation. 


Green Jobs for All – Canada

University of British Columbia 

Laura Chen, Leona Khong, Carmen Kim, Rachel Cheang

Developing policy recommendations for the city and province to build an inclusive green economy that empowers immigrant communities in the Canadian green workforce, based on consultations with said communities.


The Road to Sustainability – Canada

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology  

Jon Jull, Maria Trujillo Montes, Kathleen Garand 

Measuring the sustainability of NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology) using a recognizable ranking method, seeking input from faculty, admin, and students, and then providing a roadmap of possible and suggested improvements to the main campus of NAIT.


Future of Alberta Biorefinery Research Report – Canada

University of Alberta 

Muhammad Zubair, Rehan Pradhan 

Researching past, current, and future trends in the Alberta biorefinery industry, bridging the gap between industry and academic perspectives.

Light up with Piezoelectricity – Canada

Bow Valley College

Anabela Oliva

Creating an alliance among educational institutions to see if we can develop piezoelectric tiles. This will also provide the opportunity to create awareness regarding our active role shaping our community with greener options.


P.E.B.E.R. Prokaryotic Efficient Biofuel Energy Resource – Canada

University of Calgary

Cara Orr, Yvaine Stelmack, Rakshit Narayanan Devaraj Baskar 

Developing a small scale system that harvests biogas and biofuels from the manageable human waste collected in a household or community to produce renewable energy.


Heat Loss Study at the Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) – Canada

University of Manitoba

Brittany Guarino, Tianna Philippot, Dryden Lanoway, Liam McLeod, Jesse Scheffelmaier

Implementing hot water pipe heat loss reduction study at IISD-ELA, a remote off-grid campus, to accelerate IISD-ELA’s energy transition. We will explore retrofit options for hot water pipes and study the impact of energy and cost savings for insulation of said pipes.


Electricity Metering at the Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) – Canada

University of Manitoba

Brittany Guarino, Tianna Philippot, Dryden Lanoway, Liam McLeod, Jesse Scheffelmaier

Implementing additional electricity metering at IISD-ELA, a remote off-grid campus, to accelerate IISD-ELA’s energy transition.


The Banyan – Canada

University of Waterloo

Aida Mollaei, Snehaa Suryanarayanan, Betsy Tesy Mathew, Sohani Withanage

Assessing the potential for installing smart lighting options in non-residential buildings, specifically educational facilities such as schools and universities. We would like to initiate our project from the campus of the University of Waterloo, and hopefully extend our scale as we progress with our research.


Alicia Campney – Canada

York University

Developing a policy recommendation for a municipal government. My community does not have renewable energy projects of its own but the local government is very concerned with making environmentally friendly public sector changes – I think there are missed opportunities. It could be useful to make suggestions to them about developing their own project or partnering with an industry proponent.


Western University Climate Crisis Coalition – Canada

University of Western Ontario

Grace Young, Sam Andison, Elijah Dietrich, Dan Nejman, Serena Mendizabal

Gathering a coalition of student groups, clubs and associations to: a) pressure our school’s administration to tackle more aggressive emissions targets, b) divest from fossil fuel assets within the school’s endowment pool, and c) develop and propose student-facing initiatives and sustainability solutions on campus.


Challenge Enbridge Gas’ 2021 Dawn-Parkway system expansion and Ontario’s energy plan – Canada

Ryerson University

Brody Robinmeyer

Collaborating with different people and organizations to influence the Ontario Energy Board.


Community Climate Council: Eco Summit – Canada

University of Waterloo, University of Guelph, Ryerson University

Divya Arora, Aneta Brynkus, Samantha Casey, Miranda Baksh, Mithila Jeganathan

Running an online community summit, in collaboration with eco clubs from local schools, to educate, inform, and get feedback from the local community about existing renewable and clean energy infrastructure in our region that they can access and how they can reduce their individual / household energy consumption.


Clean Air for Bishkek – Canada/Kyrgyzstan

York University

Aibakyt Baekova, Alina Baekova, Aiana Baekova

Reducing fossil fuel emissions to improve air quality in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. We plan to identify the key sources of emissions and populations vulnerable to poor air quality as well as recommend several avenues in our policy recommendations.


The Climate Cyclists – Canada

University of Toronto

Suzanne Ross

Cycling across Canada and North America to raise awareness about transportation based climate change solutions. My journey will reveal the wonders of our Earth and engage citizens in a conversation about the way they play, move, travel, and commute. Prior to May, I will be speaking in high schools across Toronto to raise awareness about sport-based climate change solutions.


Modular Waste Water Treatment Plant – Canada

Queens University, Ryerson University

Annabel Vrba, Maria Butt

A detailed research and prototype proposal encompassing market research, detailed product
description, instructions, Legislative barriers/regulations, applications and environmental
benefits. Detailed pilot project example situated in Costa Rica and Northern communities in
Northern Canada.


Energy Efficiency Audit – USA

University of South Florida

Manuel Rosenzweig


Student Energy at University of California, Davis – USA

Anish Sinha, Jake Highleyman

An online symposium on the politics of decarbonization in California. A webinar series, looking at the four largest contributors to GHG emissions – electricity, transportation, agriculture and industry from the perspective of how it affects the three aspects of Green New Deal – technology, labor and justice.


Youth Association for Energy and Sustainable Cooperation (YAESCO) – Mexico

Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon

Ariel Antonio Gallego González, Omar Jair Licea Martinez, Elizabeth Moreno Morales, Diana Carolina Coronado de la Cruz, Yaneth Nava Velázquez

Raising awareness of renewable energy solutions and encouraging young people to be part of the actions carried out to mitigate climate change through online community engagement. The participation of the community in general will be necessary, including local businesses, the government’s social and cultural development sector and environmental activist groups.


Student Energy at University of Guadalajara – Mexico

Naomi Monserrat Aguirre Rivera, Luis Gustavo Vargas Reynoso

Call for energy code. Calling to the student community to participate in contributions to open source projects that have a positive impact on climate change and the performance of the electricity grid.


K’iin Project – Mexico

Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan

Vanessa Oreza, Abner Fuentes, Mauricio Canto, Raul Huchim Burgos, Ricardo Sánchez

Implementing renewable energy (Solar PV) at our university campus and taking renewable energy to a community that does not have easy access to energy.


Young Energy Professional (YEP) Panel Discussion and Networking Event – New Zealand

University of Auckland

Ajith Viswanath Sreenivasan, Claire West

Networking event targeted to recent grads, YEP, and seasoned professionals. There will be several guest speakers encouraged to speak on a topic chosen through submissions received by a poll of current members of YEPNZ.


Helios Energy Literacy Project – Trinidad & Tobago

University of the West Indies, St. Augustine

Jernella Chedick, Deja Hosein

Educating primary school children (8-11yrs) about energy literacy through lesson plans and a renewable energy project that can be implemented in the school/community. Lesson plans will include background into our energy sector and how we can implement renewables specific to Trinidad and Tobago.


JAKE – Brazil/Mexico

Faculdade Independente do Nordeste (FAINOR), UVM

João Pedro Araújo Bonfim, Erika Noemi Jimenez, Karine Ferreira Araújo

Developing JAKE, a web-based platform that will collect data from users such as location, quantity of electronic equipment, number of rooms at home, types of electronics equipment, the frequency that equipment is used and so on. The data will be used to a) reduce the waste of energy; b) inform about waste and over consumption of energy; c) help the customer to have a more sustainable routine towards energy consumption.


Piruw-E – Peru

University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC)

Mauricio Alonso Gómez Amaya, Juanita Lisbeth Orosco López, Alejandra Valdivia Espinoza, Grecia Delgado Espinoza

A one day forum regarding the current situation of electromobility in Peru, how can it be improved and the
new technologies developed in the recent years. The forum will have the participation of energy experts from the government, energy companies and academic projects.


Solar pumping system for sustainable community agriculture – Bolivia

Catholic University of Bolivia, San Pablo

Nassia Jhoselin Salvador Palacios, Grisel Eliana Quispe Aramayo, Christian Ricardo Tusco Zegarra

What we want is to empower vulnerable rural communities starting with the technical teaching of sustainable methods to be able to strengthen their farming methods from engineering solutions with renewable energies, focusing on education about renewable energy.

Yaku for Life – Bolivia

University of San Francisco Xavier of Chuquisaca

Paola Flores, Areli Diaz

Researching solar powered water purification systems, and developing energy education workshops for elementary school kids.