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Global Youth Energy Outlook

The Global Youth Energy Outlook is designed to be the definitive tool for understanding what young people want for the future of energy. The first report of its kind, the Global Youth Energy Outlook is an entirely youth-led research project that aims to connect with 50,000 young people from around the world.

Research questions:

  1. What actions do young people want to see happen to deliver a sustainable energy transition by 2030?
  2. How do young people want to be part of energy solutions needed for this transition?

The Outlook will develop unique roadmaps to 2030 for ten global regions, as each region has distinct challenges and opportunities in transforming its energy system. Regional roadmaps will represent the perspectives of diverse young people across the region, gathered through a consultative research process by the Outlook’s Regional Coordinators.

Meet the Regional Coordinators

In February 2020, Student Energy put out a call for applications to join a team of ten young people from around the world who would work together over the next six months to develop the Global Youth Energy Outlook. We received incredible applications from 30 countries, and finally selected twelve Regional Coordinators to form a truly global, multidisciplinary team. The Regional Coordinator team brings expertise in energy, research, policy and international development, and youth engagement.

The Regional Coordinator team will work together with the Global Youth Energy Outlook project management team to co-design research methodology and community engagement strategies.

Regional Coordinators will develop their own strategies for engaging youth in their regions, ensuring that young people from diverse regional and socioeconomic backgrounds are meaningfully represented.

Paola Flores Carvajal
Bolivia | Regional Coordinator for Latin America

Paola studies Industrial Engineering at Universidad San Francisco Xavier (USFX) and is passionate about renewable energy, science, start-ups, and community projects. In 2015, Paola received a scholarship from the Embassy of the United States of America to participate in a Science and Innovation Summer Camp in La Jolla, California where Paola gained life-changing experience about renewable energy and its importance in our future. Since then, Paola has worked on many social projects in Bolivia, and founded Magnífica Warmi with a group of friends, which is a project to work with Indigenous women in issues related to environment and climate change. Paola is the General Coordinator of Student Energy at USFX and is also a participant in the 2020 Student Energy Leaders Fellowship.

 

Kayla Choi
South Korea | Regional Coordinator for OECD Pacific

Kayla Choi is currently majoring in Civil Engineering with a special interest in the  Transportation, Green Buildings, and Renewable Energy. With a specific focus on energy and climate, she co-organized a renewable energy tour in Seoul for both locals and foreigners sponsored by KEEC, planned a curriculum for educating elementary students on climate change in partnership with the Climate Scouts program, arranged environmental campaigns on her university campus, co-planned and spoke at ‘Docking Talking’, a youth networking event to discuss environmental issues and solutions, and worked in the planning committee for ‘Energy Transition Frontier’, a nation-wide program to address wind energy barriers. Currently, she is helping design and plan a community garden project, and researching policy designs to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 along with members at Bigwave.

Jarret Fisher
United States of America | Regional Coordinator for North America

Jarret Fisher is one of two North American Regional Coordinators for the Global Youth Energy Outlook. Jarret was the sole representative for the United States at the 10th Clean Energy Ministerial and 4th Mission Innovation Youth Leaders Forum in Vancouver, Canada in May 2019, and has been involved with local advocacy for a full clean energy transition. Jarret earned her Bachelor’s and MBA from DePaul University in Chicago.

Arsenii Kirgizov-Barskii
Russia | Regional Coordinator for North East Eurasia

Arsenii Kirgizov-Barskii is a MGIMO University student in Moscow, Russia, studying international relations and energy diplomacy in the International Institute of Energy Policy and Diplomacy.

Arsenii is the Assistant Chairman of BRICS Youth Energy Agency and the Founder of its SDG Platform, aimed at promoting the UN 2030 Agenda. The Agency’s Analytical Center prepares on annual basis the “BRICS Youth Energy Outlook”, which is recognized by BRICS Energy Minsters as an important analytical edition for sectoral planning, and operates an active Network for young energy researchers. Arsenii is the First Secretary of the Arctic Student Research Club, doing scientific work on international sustainability issues in the Arctic region. Arsenii has broad experience participating in international events, such as ECOSOC Youth Forum, International Model Arctic Council in Finland, Iceland and Russia, BRICS Youth Energy Summit in Russia.

Linette Knudsen
Denmark | Regional Coordinator for Europe

Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Linette is currently studying for an MSc in Global Development. In addition, she holds an MSc in Global Environment, Politics and Society from the University of Edinburgh and a BSc in Sociology from the University of Copenhagen.

Linette is interested in human-environment interactions, particularly surrounding sustainable cities or the energy-development nexus. For the past year, she has been actively engaged in Student Energy where she has represented youth on the topics of Clean Energy and Sustainable Cities at the CEM/MI 2019 Youth Leaders Forum, participated in the 2019 International Student Energy Summit, and shared her thoughts on the role of youth in transitioning to a just and inclusive energy future as a panelist at the 2019 EU Research and Innovation Days.

Nyashadzashe Kunaka
Algeria | Regional Coordinator for Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Nyashadzashe is currently an MSc student in Energy Engineering at Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES). She has been involved in clean energy research work that includes improving the quality of biodiesel to be used in Zimbabwe as fuel to promote renewable energy. She had the opportunity to gain insight into how the Sustainable Energy for All programme was implemented, whereby solar systems were installed to improve health services and the standard of living in the rural parts of Zimbabwe and Malawi. Nyashadzashe is also part of the Student Energy Chapter at PAUWES, working to empower youth to facilitate the adoption of sustainable energy systems that protect the environment.

Joshua Miguel Lopez
Philippines | Regional Coordinator for Southeast Asia

Joshua Miguel Lopez is the Southeast Asia Regional Coordinator for the Global Youth Energy Outlook. He also leads REBOOT, a training program for youth leaders working to realize the Just Energy Transition in the Philippines. Joshua is passionate about using developments in clean energy and digital technologies to solve systemic social issues. He also believes in empowering the people – especially the youth – to create solutions in context.

Joshua also works as Project Officer for the Philippines’ Department of Information and Communications Technology, where he manages innovation and ecosystem development projects. Before that, he worked for the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung on projects ranging from rural development to security sector reform. He also led a technology startup that provided free internet in public spaces in Manila.

Chibunna Ogbonna
Nigeria | Regional Coordinator for Sub-Saharan Africa

Chibunna Ogbonna is a visionary leader, social entrepreneur and renewable energy young professional, as well as a global voice for sustainable energy, youth empowerment and sustainable development. He works towards driving sustainable development across Nigeria and Africa, and he recently represented Nigeria at the IRENA Youth Forum 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He is the convener of the first International Youth Dialogue on Renewable energy held virtually in May, 2020. As a global citizen, Chibunna loves to connect and collaborate with people from diverse cultures, backgrounds and countries to work on impactful projects for a sustainable future. He speaks at national and international platforms on renewable energy, entrepreneurship, environmental sustainability and sustainable development issues.

Tianna Philippot
Canada | Regional Coordinator for North America

Tianna Philippot is one of the Global Youth Energy Outlook Regional Coordinators for North America and the President of the Student Energy Chapter at the University of Manitoba. She will be graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Biosystems Engineering with an Environmental Specialization and Business minor in May 2021. She has worked in environmental engineering consulting, hydro power, and renewable energy research laboratories. As an Indigenous woman, the highlight of her work is implementing practical clean energy education and technology on a global scale and within diesel reliant Indigenous communities. Tianna has an undeniable passion for the environment and innovative energy related research and development. Her main focus is carbon capture, storage, and utilization. She plans to continue research within this field after graduation with hopes of creating a clean technology start-up company.

Nabila Putri Salsabila
Indonesia | Regional Coordinator for Southeast Asia

Nabila Putri Salsabila (Salsa) is a lifelong, fast learner and high achiever who is passionate about energy transition, climate action, and sustainability. She graduated from Bioprocess Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, Universitas Indonesia.

Taking a concrete step towards her belief in energy and electricity as the key to improve people’s quality of life in all aspects, Salsa’s research thesis explored the development of a village model with an integrated renewable energy system (hybrid power generation system and household-scale biogas generation) for rural productivity zone in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, from techno-economic, financing, policy, and environmental perspectives, as an electrification and development strategy in an underdeveloped area. In the future, she aspires to be the driving force towards a sustainable era who contributes to Indonesia and the world by being a consultant, key player and decision or policy-maker in international or intergovernmental organization, and by becoming a Sustainable Development Goals expert in Indonesia.

Syed Faisal Shah
Pakistan | Regional Coordinator for Indian Subcontinent

Syed Faisal Shah is a Pakistani Electrical Engineer, and is a founding Vice-President of the Student Energy Chapter at U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCAS-E) in Peshawar, Pakistan. Syed is also a Youth Minister for Energy at the Provincial Youth Assembly (PYA) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He is also leading a team for the 2020 Student Energy Leaders Fellowship working on sustainable policy formulation for Micro-hydro Power Plants operating in rural and remote communities of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

After completing his Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering, Syed worked in the telecom industry for some time, but his keen interests in energy and sustainable policy development compelled him to further his studies in this field. He received a scholarship to complete his Master’s degree in Energy Management and Sustainability at USPCAS-E Peshawar. Syed is currently in his final semester of his Master’s degree and is conducting research on sustainable policy development for large hydro-power dams in the country. Syed presented his research at two international conferences in 2019, and has participated in many other national energy and innovation conferences and seminars. Syed is passionate about a future in the field of Energy Management and Sustainable Policy Development, and working toward a sustainable and secure energy future.

Ye Zheng
China | Regional Coordinator for Greater China

Ye is a fourth-year Civil Engineering student and the founder of the McGill Chapter of Student Energy at McGill University. As a future engineer, she aspires to become a global thinker and leader in sustainable development; Ye has been actively involved in research projects, clubs, start-ups that are related to sustainable development. In China, Ye co-founded a social enterprise called PDT Food Depot that is focused on finding ways to utilize surplus food, and is helping a start-up called LOHAS to promote composting projects of kitchen waste in cities. She is also conducting research projects with professors at McGill University and Sun Yat-sen University, focusing on quantitative analysis of climate change and the development of green concrete materials. This summer and fall, Ye is based in China to help the Global Youth Energy Outlook to conduct research on youth empowerment focusing on sustainable energy transition in cities.

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