Fauzia Chevonne Okediji has cross-cutting experience in the energy sector supporting the development & implementation of policy & regulatory frameworks, strategic energy infrastructure initiatives, and projects that promote power sector transformation & energy access in Nigeria. Her experience spans across conventional electricity generation & renewable energy sectors, uniquely positioning her to provide strategic advisory services to public & private stakeholders, to support energy transition interventions.
She is an Advisor for Sustainable Energy Access (On-Grid & Off-Grid) with the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) – a technical assistance programme co-funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Power. She supports the government to create an enabling environment for investment and viable business models to achieve sustainable energy access in Nigeria. She has been instrumental in enhancing the framework and market for decentralized renewables, including leading the development of solar mini-grids.
Prior to this, Fauzia worked with Niger Delta Power Holding Company where she played pivotal roles in the implementation and management of the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP) which increased Nigeria’s available electricity generation capacity by over 2000MW. Her role as the first O&M female engineer supporting the commercial operations of the NIPP Ihovbor/Benin Power Station (GenCo) directly contributed to increasing the country’s generation by 450 MW, and encouraged gender inclusion and mainstreaming across the power plants. She has since then continued to advise and support young women 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 a COREN-registered engineer, a corporate member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, and a certified RE professional. She is also a Mandela Washington Fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative and an alumna of the African Leadership University’s Africa Industrial Internet Programme (AIIP).