Practical Action is our delivery partner on the ground in Rwanda and Nepal. Practical Action provides practical power: renewable, locally-sourced, sustainable energy solutions which have the potential to lift people out of poverty. Their vision is for a world where all people have access to the technologies that enable them to meet their basic needs and reach their potential, in a way that safeguards the planet today, and for future generations. The organisation’s ambition is to transform the way technology is used to improve the lives of people living in, or vulnerable to poverty. More information at https://practicalaction.org/
Sarah Rosenberg- Jansen is the Head of Humanitarian Energy for Practical Action, leading sustainable energy work with displaced communities across several countries including Rwanda, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Jordan, and Nepal. Sarah has spent over a decade as an energy professional, with a focus on renewable energy technologies, energy access, development and humanitarian policy. Her work has seen her collaborate with numerous institutions, policy makers and NGO’s, including Imperial College London, the Climate Policy Initiative, and the University of Cambridge. Sarah is also heavily involved in researching renewable energy transitions and socio-technical networks at the University of Oxford and is a authorative published academic in the field of renewable energy in the humanitarian context.
Melania holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management and a MSc in Environmental Technology, specialising in Global Environmental Change and Policy at Imperial College London. Before joining Practical Action, Melania worked in environmental and project management for the private sector, and as an environmental consultant, trainer and college professor. She has also experience in renewable energy-related research (off-grid hybrid renewable energy systems design and Community Energy Systems in developed and developing countries) and she has worked in the early incubation of an off-grid renewable energy start-up. Melania is Project Manager for HEED, and her role is to coordinate actions between partners, local staff and stakeholders; to support the deployment of the project in Rwanda and Nepal; and to provide certain technical and operational inputs.
January is an experienced off-grid energy solutions specialist who worked for a subsidiary company of the Rwanda Energy Group (REG). He has also spent over a decade as an educationalist in the field of Renewable Energy Technologies at Tumba College of Technology. January holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA specializing in Projects Management from Mount Kenya University. He is a Technical Consultant for HEED in Rwanda, and his role implies supporting the on-field delivery of the interventions, providing technical inputs and coordination between the different Rwandan stakeholders.