The Strathmore University team

Prof Izael Pereira Da Silva

Professor Izeal Pereira Da Silva is the Deputy Vice Chancellor – Research and Innovation at Strathmore University. Before that he had 13 years of experience as an Associate Professor at Makerere University in the College of Engineering Design Arts and Technology (CEDAT). Prof. Izael Pereira Da Silva holds a PhD and a Master of Science (MSc) in Electrical Engineering, with a specialisation in Power Systems, from the University of Sao Paulo, as well as a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Electrical Engineering, with a specialisation in Power Systems and Telecommunications, from the Federal University of Parana.His research interests include Sustainable Development Goals, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Sustainable Development and Demand Side Management. In line with this interest, he has started the Strathmore Energy Research Centre (SERC), which does training, research, testing and consultancy services in energy related topics, promoting sustainable development and cooperation among countries.

Dr. Julius Butime

Dr. Julius Butime is an Electrical Engineer with over 10 years of experience in research and academic leadership. He is currently the Dean of School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at Strathmore University and a Senior member of the IEEE. He was formerly Head of Engineering and Technology at the African Advanced Level Telecommunications Institute based in Nairobi. He also was Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Makerere University. Dr. Julius Butime holds a PhD and a Master of Science (MSc) in Electrical Engineering, from the Universidad de Navarra, as well as a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Electrical Engineering from Makerere University. His main areas of interest are Spectrum Management, Computer vision, Radio frequency Techniques and Wireless communication.

Ms Sarah Odera

Sarah Odera is the current acting Director of the Strathmore Energy Research Center where she leads strategy development and oversees day-to-day activities of the center which include research, capacity building and quality assurance for the pico-PV sector. Ms. Sarah Odera holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Sustainable Energy Engineering, from the University of Cape Town, as well as a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Mechanical Engineering from University of Nairobi. During her time at the center she has led projects that involve development of technologies for water desalination, impact assessment of rural electrification and various capacity building initiatives such as energy access to policy makers and solar installations training in Somalia.

Dr. Rebekah Shirley

Dr. Rebekah Shirley is a Visiting Research Fellow at Strathmore University, where she mentors students and young researchers. She is also the Director of Research, Data & Innovation at the World Resources Institute, Africa, where she works to create widespread public access to data and insights, helping to mobilize sustainable development solutions. Rebekah earned her PhD from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley, where she previously obtained her MSc. Energy Resources and a MSc. Civil Engineering. Her research explores power system design in emerging markets, and the integration of socio-cultural, ecological, and resource management perspectives into power system planning tools for Africa, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia.

Mr. Geoffrey Ronoh

Mr. Geoffrey Ronoh is the co-founder and Director of OFGEN Limited an organization that deals with solar PV project development and execution entity. He is also a Researcher at the Strathmore Energy Research Centre (SERC) and one of the founding consortium members of the Kenya Climate Innovation Centre. Mr. Geofferey Ronoh holds a Master of Science (MSc.) in Sustainable Energy Entrepreneurship from University of Nottingham and a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) Electrical Engineering from University of Nairobi. He has been involved in the establishment of national curriculum, training facilities and accreditation programs on renewable energy in East Africa. In addition, he has implemented a large programme for promoting energy efficiency in Kenya’s food sector.