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The Energy Seminar: "Navigating Africa's Trifecta of Energy, Climate, and Development with Pragmatism," Michael Dioha

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Abstract: The talk, titled "Navigating Africa's Trifecta of Energy, Climate, and Development with Pragmatism," will delve into a comprehensive exploration of the interplay between energy, climate, and development on the African continent. The discussion will acknowledge the critical intersection of these three elements and propose pragmatic approaches as the guiding principle for charting a sustainable course forward. The African continent, rich in resources and potential, faces a unique challenge of balancing its burgeoning energy needs with the imperative of mitigating climate change and fostering inclusive development. This talk aims to unravel the complexities inherent in this trilateral relationship, emphasizing the practical consequences and tangible outcomes that arise from strategic decision-making. By adopting a pragmatic lens, I will dissect existing paradigms, shedding light on solutions that work in real-world contexts. The presentation will draw from concrete examples, successful case studies, and lessons learned from across the continent. The audience can expect to gain insights into actionable strategies that harmonize energy production, climate resilience, and socio-economic development. Ultimately, the talk seeks to inspire a shift in mindset, encouraging stakeholders to approach the challenges of energy, climate, and development in Africa with a problem-solving orientation. As the continent navigates this trifecta, the pragmatic perspective becomes a beacon, guiding the formulation of policies and initiatives that not only address immediate concerns but also pave the way for a sustainable and prosperous future.


Bio: Michael Dioha is a Senior Energy Researcher at Clean Air Task Force, USA. His research focuses on energy-economy-environment modeling, energy policy, pathways for Africa's energy transition, rural energy planning, and interdisciplinary aspects of energy and climate justice. Before joining Clean Air Task Force, Michael was a postdoctoral research scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford, where he researched the value of electric vehicles in deeply decarbonized electricity systems. Michael has worked on many international projects with people from different backgrounds. He plays advisory and analysis roles for several international organizations, including the International Renewable Energy Agency. He has published several scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals and professional engagements with stakeholders in international energy symposiums. In addition to his role at Clean Air Task Force, Michael holds positions as an Energy Specialist at the California Energy Commission and as a Fellow at the Energy for Growth Hub. He is also recognized as a Fellow of the Solar Energy Society of Nigeria. Active in professional circles, he is a member of many professional bodies including the Association of Energy Engineers, and serves on the Editorial Board of the famous journal Environmental Research Letters by the Institute of Physics. Michael holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Energy & Environment from TERI School of Advanced Studies and holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology. Beyond his professional pursuits, he finds enjoyment in soccer, hiking, and cycling.



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