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Student Energy Is Gearing Up for COP 27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

As the global community continues to face the challenges of the climate crisis, the movement towards sustainable climate action has always been the goal of young people, climate leaders, and Indigenous activists working to draw the line toward a just and equitable transition.

With only 2 days to go before #COP27 begins, Student Energy is preparing to share youth perspectives toward climate action and empower the road to Net-zero together.

Student Energy Team at COP 27

Student Energy will be speaking, facilitating, or hosting events during COP 27. 


Meredith Adler – Executive Director

Helen Watts – Senior Director of Partnerships

Shakti Ramkumar – Director of Communications & Policy

Abdullah Khair – Partnerships Manager

Grace Young – Alumni & Community Manager

Eduarda Zhogbi – Student Energy Senior Advisor

Vaughn-Xavier Jameer – Chapters Associate

Oluwadabira Abiola-Awe – Partnerships Associate

Danielle Kehler – SevenGen Manager


If you are heading to COP 27, Student Energy would love to connect with you. Send Helen, Shakti, or Grace an email at,, or and we would be happy to meet!


Student Energy Delegation in Sharm El Sheikh

Student Energy is working with key partners, including Sustainable Energy for All, the Government of Canada, and NYU Abu Dhabi, to make sure that youth can participate in person at COP 27 Sharm El Sheikh. Student Energy will be having a delegation of 16 Student Energy young leaders who will be working with us on side events and bringing key messages to world leaders while participating in programming throughout the blue zone. Countries represented will include Canada, India, Jordan, Brazil, Paraguay, Nigeria, Trinidad, Uganda, Spain, UAE, Poland, and the UK.

Currently, SEforALL is supporting a delegation of ten young women from developing economies to attend dedicated programs at the SDG 7 Pavilion and throughout the blue zone.


Energy Transition Skills Report Initial Findings Launch

Student Energy, in partnership with Ørsted, will launch initial findings from the Energy Transition Skills Report at COP 27. The report contains survey results and recommendations from 5,000 young people around the world on how to create more accessible and inclusive entry points for youth to enter and stay in careers that accelerate the global energy transition. The findings will be delivered by Shakti Ramkumar, Student Energy’s Director of Communications & Policy, at the Danish Pavilion on November 16 from 8:00 – 9:00.

The Energy Transition Skills Project was launched in 2022 to identify the needs of ready young people for energy transition jobs. 


Youth Impact Framework Initial Findings Launch

With the recent developments of the Youth Impact Framework in place, Student Energy, with the Global Covenant of Mayors, will be sharing the initial findings at COP 27. The findings will be discussed by Shakti at the UNFCCC Innovation Zone on November 10 from 14:00 – 16:00.

The Youth Impact Framework is a set of impact measurement tools and indicators to help youth climate advocates, project leaders, and founders measure and communicate the impact of their initiatives to incorporate youth-inclusive project design principles, by recognizing the impact of youth contributions to SDG 7 and across the Sustainable Development Goals.


International Student Energy Summit 2023 Abu Dhabi Announcement

More than 1,000 young people have already pre-registered for the International Student Energy Summit 2023 (SES 2023) during the first week beginning the summit’s launch last October 27. The Student Energy Summit team will be announcing the International Student Energy Summit 2023 at the Youth Pavilion on November 15. This will be followed by The Student Energy Summit 2023 Abu Dhabi: Uniting the Energy Transition happening at the UEA Pavilion from 14:00 – 14:45. 


Global Youth Energy Outlook Final Report Launch

In 2020, Student Energy launched the Global Youth Energy Outlook, the first youth-led research project of its kind to collect youth perspectives on energy. An online survey and a series of Regional Dialogues have engaged 41,652 young people, aged 18-30, from 181 countries and territories around the world. Now, the final report will be launched at COP 27. 


Find out what else we’re doing at COP 27!


November 8 

How can clean energy mitigate climate change, accelerate development, and support food security? 

  • Shakti will be speaking at the Danish Pavilion from 12:00 to 12:45 with the event hosted by the Danish Chamber of Commerce


November 9

Youth Financing Done Right: How to best structure youth-financing program in developing countries

  • Abdullah Khair, Student Energy’s Partnerships Manager, will be speaking at the Side Event Room 3 – HATSHEPSUTI from 11:30 – 12:30. The event hosted by YOUNGO


Just Sustainability, Circular Economy and Social Justice: employment and social policies to support a just green transition across the globe

  • Shakti is speaking at the EU Pavilion from 19:00 – 20:00


November 10

Youth in the Energy Transition – Panel Discussion 

  • Abdullah will be speaking at the Atoms4Climate Pavilion on November 10 from 9:00 – 10:00. This event is hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency


Launch of the Energy Transition Commission

  • Vaughn-Xavier Jameer, Student Energy’s Chapters Associate, will be speaking at the SDG 7 Pavilion from 10:30 – 11:30. The event is hosted by SEforALL 


Empowering Youth in Climate and Sustainable Energy

  • Abdullah will be speaking at the Green Zone on November 10 from 13:00 – 14:00. The event is hosted by Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.


Investing in Youth for a Just Energy Transition

  • Eduarda Zoghbi, Student Energy’s Senior Advisor, will be speaking on this event, with Grace Young, Student Energy’s Alumni and Community Manager, moderating at the SDG 7 Pavilion on November 10 at 13:30 – 14:30


Fireside Chat with Simon, CEO of GEAPP and Dabira

  • Oluwadabira Abiola-Awe, Student Energy’s Partnership Associate, will be speaking on this event happening at the GEAPP Office from 14:00 – 14:30


November 11

UNDP COP 27 Hour

  • Dabira will be speaking at the UN Broadcast Center from 11:30 – 11:55. The event is hosted by UNDP


Global Alliance for Sustainable Energy Event

  • Meredith Adler, Student Energy’s Executive Director, will be moderating this event happening at the Wind and Solar Pavilion Zone D from 14:00 – 15:30. The event is hosted by the Enel Foundation


Panel Discussion – Energy Transition, Green Jobs and Skills

  • Dabira will be speaking on this event at the WMB Pavilion, hosted by the National Grid


High Level Panel Discussion with Matchmaking Session and Dinner

  • Helen Watts, Student Energy’s Senior Director of Partnerships, will be speaking at the event from 17:20 – 20:00


November 12

There is No Food Security Without Clean Cooking

  • Shakti will be speaking in this event, hosted by the Clean Cooking Alliance, happening at the SDG 7 Pavilion from 9:00 – 10:00


Achieving NDC Targets through Clean Cooking Action

  • The event will take place at the UN Climate Change Global Innovation Hub from 13:00 – 14:00, hosted by the Clean Cooking Alliance


Capacity Building: Energy Literacy to Power a Greener Future (The Commonwealth Secretariat)

  • Helen will be speaking at the SDG 7 Pavilion from 16:30 – 17:30, hosted by The Commonwealth Secretariat


November 14

Where is the Money for a Gender Just Transition?

  • Dabira will be speaking at the SDG 7 Pavilion from 10:30 – 11:30, hosted by UNIDO


November 15

Game Changers Accelerating the Global Energy Transition

  • Eduarda will be speaking at the Climate Action Rooms from 10:00 – 12:00


Unlocking Potential: Working with Young People for a Just Transition

  • Happening at the We Mean Business Pavilion from 10:30 – 11:30, Student Energy will be co-hosting this event with We Mean Business


Africa’s Just Energy Transition: Scaling Up Renewable Energy Minigrids for People and Planet

  • Dabira will be speaking at the UNDP Pavilion from 11:45 – 12:35


Green Jobs in the Energy Transition

  • Dabira will be speaking at the We Mean Business Pavilion from 11:30 – 12:30


COP27 Energy Day Implementation Lab “A cleaner power sector by 2030: Scaling renewable and storage-based systems.”

  • Eduarda will be speaking at the Lotus Room (Action Room 2) from 14:00 to 15:30


Indigenous & Youth Leadership in Canada’s Road to Net-zero

  • Student Energy and SevenGen will be co-hosting this event at the Canada Pavilion from 15:15 – 16:00


November 17

Meeting with Global Affairs Canada

  • Student Energy will be co-hosting and pitching this event at the SDG 7 Pavilion