WIE Rise Together Campaign - Chiedza Mazaiwana

 

 

 

Chiedza Mazaiwana manages a portfolio of early-stage grants for clean energy projects across Southern Africa at EEP Africa. She is responsible for the direct and day-to-day interface with projects and project developers under the Portfolio Management and M&E functions. She has over 10 years experience in energy access which include market activation and policy as well as advocacy work. Prior to joining EEP Africa, she worked with the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund and was the Country Manager for Power for All in Zimbabwe. 

We had the opportunity to sit down with Chiedza and learn more about her experiences as a powerful Woman in Energy.

Why do you believe in Africa’s energy sector?

I believe in Africa’s energy sector because over the past years we have seen significant sector growth spread across the different markets, with more local led innovators actively participating in renewable energy development.

 

What is your advice for women who say they struggle to make themselves heard in the workplace? 

Do not give up, be consistent, do your research and state your facts clearly. Weigh your options on the best possible channels to communicate.

 

How do you deal with women competing with each other in the workplace?

I encourage teamwork, complementing each other and building on each other’s strengths. We are only stronger together rather than as individuals.

 

If you were your country's energy minister what would you do to make it easier for women to enter/stay/thrive in the energy sector?  

Capacity building and mentorship is an essential part of the solution. I would facilitate programs aimed at building confidence and fostering leadership skills for women in the sector, right from tertiary level; and introduce mentorship and business development support for women-led enterprises.

 

What is your favourite book/quote to recommend as inspiration to others?

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” - Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles.

 

Who would you like as a mentor at work if you could ask anyone in the world? Why?

Kandeh Yamukella. He was one of the pioneers of SE4ALL and led with such clarity and vision. He is very passionate about energy access and I admire how he humanises energy access. 

Host Ministry

  • Mineral resources & energy

Host Utility

  • eskom-logo

Host City

  • City-of-Cape-Town

Platinum Sponsor

  • Landis + Gyr
  • Conlog
  • Actom Pty Ltd

Gold Sponsor

  • Lucy Electric
  • Conlog
  • Landis+Gyr
  • General Electric

Silver Sponsor

  • Brady
  • Canada Pavilion
  • G3-PLC
  • IFS
  • Oracle
  • IEEMA
  • Power Africa
  • Longi Solar
  • PRIME Alliance
  • Toshiba

Host Publication

  • ESI Africa

CEO Forum Partners

  • Conlog
  • Eaton
  • Lucy Electric
  • Nyamezela
  • Oracle Utilities
  • Prime Alliance
  • Apua Asea

Municipal Leaders Forum Partners

  • Ntiyiso
  • Salga-logo

Global Knowledge Partner

  • Enel Foundation

Initiate Supporting Partners

  • Sarebi
  • SAIEE
  • FEENIX