Speaker Bio


Prof. Izael Da Silva

Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation,
Strathmore University, Kenya

He is a renewable energy specialist with over 20 years of experience in both research and academic leadership. Currently, he is a Professor and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at Strathmore University. He spearheads the UNITWIN/ UNESCO Chair on Climate Change Resilience and Sustainability at Strathmore University, which serves as a think tank and bridge-builder between academia, civil society, local communities, research and policy-making.

In addition, he is part of the Council of Engineers for the Energy Transition (CEET), an independent advisory council to the UN Secretary-General. He holds a PhD and a Master of Science (MSc) in Electrical Engineering, with a specialisation in Power Systems, from the University of Sao Paulo, as well as a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Electrical Engineering, with a specialisation in Power Systems and Telecommunications, from the Federal University of Parana.

A qualified engineer, he is a member of several engineering societies both within and outside Africa. He is also an Accredited Energy Auditor with Kenya’s Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA), and a Certified Energy Manager with the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), based in Atlanta, Georgia. Over the years, he has worked with government ministries, development agencies (like GIZ, Sida, the World Bank, etc) and industry stakeholders (within and outside Africa) in research and research-related projects, with the objective of deepening the linkage between industry and academia.

His research interests are renewable energy, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), energy efficiency, climate change mitigation and adaptation, demand-side management, energy conversion, energy utilisation and conservation, renewable energy technologies, and renewable energy policies. He has written and published extensively in some of these areas.

Session Details

Wednesday 20th September 2023 | 11:15 am – 12:30 pm | EAT

Climate Change Sustainability and Resilience