Former Managing Director of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Damilola Ogunbiyi has been appointed by the United Kingdom as co-chair of the United Nations (UN) Climate Change conference’s (COP26) Energy Transition Council ahead of the country’s Climate Week 2020.
Before this appointment ,she has been the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All, and will be working alongside Alok Sharma, the UK Co-President who chairs the council.
“We cannot achieve the promise of the Paris Agreement or Sustainable Development Goal 7 – access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all – without a clean energy transition that leaves no one behind.
According to Damilola Ogunbiyi, ” in our world today, just under 800 million people globally lack access to electricity and we must close these gaps with renewable, efficient and affordable solutions” and with the new appointment her plans would tilt towards combating that.
Prior to her new appointment, she was a consultant for the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID) on public-private partnerships and had held various leadership positions in organisations focused on expanding energy access in sub-Saharan Africa.
Ogunbiyi is also one of the Commissioners for the Global Commission to End Energy Poverty, an initiative driven by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and The Rockefeller Foundation.