Why do you believe in Africa’s energy sector?
It’s full of opportunities as Africa has an abundance of natural resources: sun, wind, hydro, geothermal etc. There are also exciting challenges that still need to be solve solved and we still need to provide energy access to more that 640 million Africans.
What is your advice for women who say they struggle to make themselves heard in the workplace?
Be consistent and persistent in your delivery and engagement. Always voice your views. Where you find yourself continuously ignored, accept the truth that it’s time to find a new place where your value is recognised.
How do you deal with women competing with each other in the workplace?
Competition is natural in all humans. Healthy competition can push people to do better and learn from one another.
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?
Prescribe significant women participation, not only in project ownership and management, also in strategic contractors. Ensure deliberate collaboration with DFIs to support women owned entities and maybe look into various tax incentives encouraging women participation.
What is your favourite book/quote to recommend as inspiration to others?
“Practice listening to your intuition, your inner voice; ask questions; be curious; see what you see; hear what you hear; and then act upon what you know to be true. These intuitive powers were given to your soul at birth.” - Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Who would you like as a mentor at work if you could ask anyone in the world? Why?
Kris Jenner. Albeit controversial, she’s a brilliant branding & marketing strategist who is able to create niche opportunities. Has raised 5 very commercially successful daughters, despite them not being conventionally talented: 2 billionaires and the highest paid model.
What is your superpower?
Being able to see multiple scenarios in resolving problems.