We’d like to announce the addition of three new faces to the Potential Energy team! Omnia Amr Abbas is our Field Representative in Sudan, and Getnet Tesfaye and Hilawe Lakew will be our Field Representatives in Ethiopia.
Omnia Amr Abbas (Sudan Field Representative)
Omnia has extensive research experience in climate policy, environmental politics, and private governance. She has been involved in numerous projects dealing with environmental issues and sustainability, including launching Eco Options Egypt, the first environmental issues online magazine in Egypt, and acting as an Energy and Environment Program Consultant for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization in Italy (Cairo Office). Omnia serves as Potential Energy’s on-the-ground representative in moving to a financially sustainable market-based strategy for the Berkeley-Darfur Stove in Darfur and other areas of Sudan. Omnia has an MSc in Environmental and Resource Management from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and a BSc in Biology from the American University in Cairo.
Getnet Tesfaye and Hilawe Lakew (Ethiopia Field Representatives)
Jointly serving as PE’s Ethiopian field representatives through their clean energy consultancy, Ethio Resource Group (ERG), Getnet and Hillawe are helping to launch PE’s newest clean cookstove program.
Getnet Tesfaye has worked for the Ethiopian Rural Energy Development and Promotion Center for 19 years as an energy planner, energy information officer and as a member of several sector strategy and policy development teams. His recent clean cooking related experience includes project development and coordination for the Nordic Climate Fund-supported project for clean cooking promotion in Ethiopia, and the development and implementation of the EU Energy Facility-funded Integrated Rural Household Energy project being implemented by Addis Ababa University. Getnet holds an MS in Energy Systems and the Environment from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Addis Ababa University.
Hilawe Lakew has many years of experience in energy engineering related to industrial, household, and rural energy programs, with particular emphasis on energy efficiency and the harnessing and utilization of alternative energy resources such as biomass, solar and micro hydro. Hilawe has been part of several clean cooking stove design and dissemination projects in Ethiopia, including the design and development of an improved charcoal stove and the development of the improved injera baking stove as a design expert at the Ethiopian Ministry of Mines and Energy. Hilawe obtained an MSc. in Renewable Energy and The Environment from The University of Reading, UK and a BS in Physics from Addis Ababa University.
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