Ifeanyi Orajaka, is a 28-years old Social Entrepreneur, Engineer, Green Energy Ambassador, IEEE Smart Village Ambassador, Global Shaper, Mentor and Founder/CEO of GVE Projects Limited Nigeria. While a 2009 undergraduate intern in a leading Oil&Gas multinational operating in Nigeria, he discovered that several rural communities neighboring their facilities were in absolute electricity poverty. This spurred him and his co-founders to innovate a clean-energy solution to lift them out of energy poverty. This subsequently created a new industry (Clean-Energy Access) in Africa, currently valued at >US$100Billion and on-course to surpass the continent’s Telecom boom. Through their passion and commitment, >600million Africans with no electricity access now have bright rays of hope. Since inception, GVE has attracted the collaboration of such renowned organizations as; US Power Africa Initiative, USADF, USAID, General Electric, IEEE, GIZ, DFID, Bank of Industry Nigeria, European Union Energy Initiative, Deloitte etc.
With them, we have installed a cumulative capacity of >500kW, generated >1GWhrs of clean, reliable and affordable electricity impacting >30,000 households, created >500 jobs, trained >260 youths, created >N16million in wealth in these communities. Through his visionary leadership, GVE is on course to impacting one million people. Ifeanyi equally mentors young and aspiring African-Entrepreneurs, to ensure they find their footing in the complexly dynamic but exciting African business environment. He currently has 18 Protégées from 6 African countries. He aspires that; young Africans will take charge and create a socio-economic revolution transforming the continent from a developing to a developed status. Ifeanyi is a recipient of several prestigious awards including the 2016 African Energy Leader of the year, 2016 The Future Awards Africa Prize in Business, and the 2013 USADF/USAID/GE Off-Grid Energy Access Challenge.