Fauzia Chevonne Okediji is currently the Advisor for Sustainable Energy Access (On-Grid & Off-Grid) at the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) – a 48 million EUR technical assistance programme co-funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Power. She has been instrumental in enhancing the market for distributed renewables and low-carbon energy solutions in Nigeria, including collaborating with the Government to develop policy & regulatory frameworks, incentives, tools, and providing advisory and capacity development for stakeholders (incl. private sector), and facilitating strategic partnerships to mobilise investments and scale-up transformative projects. She led the design & implementation of a framework – Interconnected Mini-Grid Acceleration Scheme (IMAS) – which paved a way for Utilities (DisCos) to enter partnerships with private developers to develop grid-connected/interconnected solar mini-grids to provide reliable electricity & improve the livelihood of over 130,000 people across several regions in Nigeria. Her orientation is to continue to support and promote collaborations on strategic initiatives to achieve power sector transformation, energy access, climate action and global energy transition.
Prior to this, Fauzia worked with one of the largest utilities in Nigeria – Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) – where she played pivotal roles in the implementation and management of the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP) which contributed to increase Nigeria’s available electricity generation capacity by over 2000MW. Her role as the first female O&M engineer supporting the commercial operations of the Ihovbor/Benin Power Plant (GenCo) directly contributed to increase the country’s generation capacity by 450MW, and encouraged gender diversity & inclusion across the utility. She has since then continued to advise and support young females to prepare and advance their careers in the Energy sector.
Fauzia holds a master’s degree in Engineering, Technology, and Business Management from the University of Leeds, UK. She is also a certified RE professional, a Mandela Washington Fellow of the US Young African Leaders Initiative, and an alumna of the African Leadership University’s Africa Industrial Internet Programme (AIIP). She also volunteers and participates in activities that foster knowledge and experience sharing across Sub-Sahara Africa.