Ogunbiyi has a diverse network in energy development AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector She is alsoresponsible for implementing the Nigerian Off-Grid Electrification Programmeand successfully negotiating the Nigerian Electrification Project, to rapidlyconstruct solar mini-grids and deploy solar home systems across Nigeria. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Ogunbiyi is a globallyrespected leader with a broad and diverse international network in the area ofenergy development, which includes key relationships with leading multilateraland bilateral partners and the private sector. She is also one of theCommissioners for the Global Commission to End Energy Poverty. Whilst at the REA, Ogunbiyi was responsiblefor the Energising Education Programme, which aims to provide uninterruptedelectricity to universities and teaching hospitals through off-grid captivepower. She also led gender inclusion activities in the REA and the Nigerianenergy sector. TAGSNigeriaSEforALL Previous articleImproved access to finance will drive successful renewable energy projectsNext articlePartnership promises clean energy for off-grid Kenyans Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. BRICS Generation “Yet the challenge of meeting global energy goals at the speed and scale needed is ever-pressing. Damilola is the right leader at the right time. She has the experience, track record, and passion for sustainable development to catalyse progress, scale energy access, and lead SEforALL with ambition and impact.” “I’m proud to join SEforALL and continue tofocus our efforts on closing energy access gaps, showing that a clean energytransition is possible, and working to give everyone the opportunity of aprosperous, dignified, and healthy life.” SustainableEnergy for All (SEforALL) announced that Damilola Ogunbiyi, current MD of theNigerian Rural Electrification Agency (REA), has been selected as the organisation’snew CEO. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter She was the first woman to be appointed as managing director of the Nigerian Rural Electrification Agency. Speaking on her announcement, Ogunbiyisaid: “As the world faces ongoing development challenges, access to energy isthe key that will help unlock the Sustainable Development Goals. With 2030growing ever closer, smart use of data, new partnerships, and scaledinvolvement of the private sector will be paramount for SEforALL’s work. Before joining the federal government ofNigeria, Ogunbiyi was the General Manager of the Lagos State Electricity Board,which is responsible for public lighting, independent power projects, andenergy development in Lagos State. Ogunbiyi’s appointment—following a highlycompetitive global search led by the SEforALL administrative board—coincideswith the final decade to achieve and meet the promise of SDG7. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Read more about women in energy She will succeed Rachel Kyte, formerSEforALL CEO and Special Representative to the Secretary-General, after Kyteannounced her resignation earlier in the year. By serving in these roles, she willcontinue the close ties SEforALL has with the UN, helping to support evengreater collaboration towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7(SDG7)—affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030. António Mexia, Chairman of the SEforALL administrative board and CEO ofEnergias de Portugal (EDP), said:“Thanks to the leadership of Rachel, SEforALL is in a stronger position thanever to continue its work with the UN and to help the Sustainable DevelopmentGoal 7 movement go even further and faster in closing access gaps. The news followed United Nations (UN)Secretary-General António Guterres announcing the appointment of Ogunbiyi ashis Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair ofUN-Energy. Finance and Policy Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Ogunbiyi’s work inNigeria focused on mobilising the stakeholders and finance needed fordelivering energy access to people and communities that need it most. Ogunbiyi will take up the SEforALL post in early 2020, and from 26-28 May 2020, she will welcome stakeholders from across the SDG7 movement at the SEforALL Forum in Kigali, Rwanda.