GWNET is excited to share the selected mentees for the People-Centred Accelerator Mentoring Programme for women working in energy access. The programme carried out in partnership with Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) received 90+ applications from women working in sustainable energy from Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, and Zambia. 

The quality of applications received was very high and we sincerely thank all applicants for taking part in this process.

The selected participants for the programme include:


  • Mavis Mainu: Renewable energy professional 
  • Doris Payne: Business Analyst, Black Star Energy Ltd


  • Mariam Karanja: Project Secretary, Sustainable Energy Access Forum Kenya
  • Faith Temba: Energy Advisor, Practical Action
  • Esther Wanza: Energy Business Mentor, Energy 4 Impact
  • Mercy Kiio: Electrical Engineer, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
  • Tiana Mutie: Operations & Project Manager, Greenlink Solar Ltd.
  • Clara Kamau: Senior Associate, EED Advisory
  • Caroline Wahu: Customer Operations Associate, SparkMeter


  • Carine Mukashyaka: Chief Investment Officer, EPC AFRICA GROUP
  • Berthille Kampire: Field Coordinator, Practical Action
  • Walda Shaka: Operations Coordinator, Safe Gas Rwanda Ltd
  • Rebecca Bisangwa: Generation Expansion Planning Engineer, Rwanda Energy Group


  • Moliehi Shale: Co-Founder and Managing Director, Nala PayGo
  • Tamara Mkandawire: National Sales and Service Coordinator, Vitalite

We are also delighted to share the mentors for this programme.

Each of these mentors is a senior professional committed to making a difference and having a positive impact on a younger woman’s career in the energy sector. We are proud to have them as part of this programme.

The selected mentors for the programme include:

  • Adwoa Etsiwaa Sey: Board Chairperson, Ghana Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and Fuels
  • Daphne Pit: Founder, Pit Pure Power
  • Elizabeth Muchiri: Gas Business Consultant, Prestige Gas Solutions
  • Filagot Tesfaye: Managing Director, ON ENERGY CONSULT, and President, Ethiopian Women in Energy (EWiEn) 
  • Gladys Gatiba: Project officer, Green Africa Foundation
  • Godfrey Katiambo: Sales and Marketing Manager, SUNami Solar Kenya
  • Iwona Bisaga: Group Research Manager, BBOXX
  • Joan Chahenza: Chief Financial Analyst & Technical Assistant to Regulatory and Corporate Affairs Director, Kenya Electricity Generating Company
  • Julie Roberts: Country Manager, MeshPower Ltd.
  • Mary Njau: Engineer,  Kenya Power
  • Rachel Mwangangi: Assistant Director, Kitui County Government
  • Rene Uwamugirimfura: Project Coordinator, Green Utility for Africa
  • Sabina Anokye Mensah: Chief Executive Officer – Anomena Ventures, National Focal Person-Gender and Energy Network
  • Silvia Herzog: Director, The Charcoal Project
  • Sonia Zavesky: Director, Zavesky Consulting

Each of the selected mentee-mentor tandems will engage in a bilateral exchange between January 2020 and September 2020; with the matchmaking done on the basis of the mentee’s career aspirations stipulated in the application form. In parallel, knowledge-transfer webinars on energy and personal development topics will be organised for the mentee cohort to stimulate growth. 


Become a Mentor – What’s in it for You?

As a mentor, you get the opportunity to give something valuable back to more junior professionals and to expand your own knowledge through the mentees’ perspective. Mentoring will contribute to personal and professional development for both you and your mentee, as well as, shaping the direction of future generations within your field of expertise. If you are interested in volunteering as a mentor in one of GWNET’s mentoring programmes (which involves approx. 1 – 1.5 hours of engagement per month plus optional participation in knowledge-transfer webinars), kindly fill in our Mentor Datasheet.

Stay tuned for updates on the participants and the programme.


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