39, Adebayo Doherty Road, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.
Barrack Obama’s Mandela Washington training Fellowship for Young African Leaders
Proficiency Certificate Course in Civic Leadership
Glow Initiative for Economic Empowerment is focused on reducing unemployment and creating a sustainable society by supporting women and young people via sustainable life skills. Through our Solar Up Nigeria Program we are supporting rural women and men to become renewable energy entrepreneurs by helping them to acquire solar technology, entrepreneurship and financial skills through training and mentorship which enables them to create and deploy solar solutions and create employment. Our goal is to birth 10, 000 renewable energy entrepreneurs in the next five years.
I oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization, which includes; program development and strategy plan formulation. I developed an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the organization for which all staff. I draft policies for the approval of the Board and prepare procedures to implement the organizational policies. I report quarterly to the board on organization activities and receive feedback. Additionally, I oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization’s programs and services and in charge of recruiting volunteers/staff.
1.) Climate Smart Nigeria
Climate Smart Nigeria (set up with a 10-year goal) works to solve two major economic problems; 1.) Climate illiteracy, which stems from low awareness, according to World Gallup-poll, 70% of Nigerians are not Climate aware. 2.) Poor electricity system which leads to huge dependency on fossil fuels and causes death of SMEs. The Mission is to tackle Climate illiteracy and unstable power sector by championing Climate Change Education in Nigerian institutions and training on renewable energy technologies to attain a Climate Smart Nation.
a.) National Climate Change Awareness Program
Renewable Energy Initiative
2) Renewable Energy Technology Training Institute (RETTI) www.retti.com.ng
RETTI trains and equips the next generation of Engineers and Entrepreneurs with knowledge in the value chain of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency to deliver quality renewable energy products and service after which we provide opportunities for onsite engagement through our advocacy program.
I lead program design, strategy formulation and implementation. I’m in charge of management and fundraising for the institute. I work to recruit faculty and students to our programs, communicate with alumni through our Growth Support Plan (GSP) securing opportunities for them. I form partnerships with community businesses and work with them to fund our program initiatives.
In this role, I served as the overall coordinator for Nigeria on behalf of the company and worked with the Board of Directors to develop a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization. Conducted official correspondence on behalf of the Board as appropriate and jointly with the Board when appropriate. I also worked with volunteers and the Board (Finance Committee) to prepare a comprehensive budget. I worked with the Board to secure adequate funding for the operation of the organization. Together with the board, we secured initial 30, 000 USD for the pilot solar centers.
Transforming Rural Agricultural Communities through Organic Re-engineering (TRACTOR) |
Takoradi, Ghana – October 2015 – Feb 2017
Liaison Officer for USAID Funded Climate Change Project
Current Consultancy Projects
1.) Solar for Girls Entrepreneurship Program (In partnership with the Office of the First Lady of Ondo State Government – Her Excellency, Mrs A. B. Akeredolu.)
For the second year in a role, my team and I have been working as consultants and trainers for the First lady’s Solar for Girls program where we work to train the young girls on simplified solar systems design and PV coupling to generate electricity. We also train them on understanding Climate Change with our illustrative curricular. This August, we worked with the first lady to train 400 girls on the subject matter above.
We are working to design and construct 1000 innovative solar powered MSME (Micro Small Medium Enterprise kiosks), provide education on understanding how solar PV works, (its limitation, operation and maintenance) business development strategies and service delivery for start-ups and established businesses and then facilitate access to efficient and high-quality end-use equipment through sensitization workshop and awareness creation, and improved access to long-term credit. The project aims to promote productive use of energy among MSME community to alleviate energy poverty and improve economic development. My role is to support project management, sensitization workshop and awareness creation on climate change and renewable energy and serve as facilitator for the beneficiaries on business development and solar entrepreneurship leveraging on my experience as solar entrepreneurship trainer and certified business consultant.
3.) In August 2018, I joined the Nigerian Alternative Energy Expo (Nigeria’s largest renewable energy event) as a consultant to advice and support conference strategy design, content and resource development for the conference and their award ceremony.
Short Courses (MOOCS from United Nations Learning and Cousera)
Project Management Professional (PMP) / Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
PRESTIGIOUS SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Assistant Secretary – Women in Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (WIREN)
Former Vice President, Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association of Nigeria (MWFAAN)
Founder and Executive Director
Glow Initiative for Economic Empowerment Pioneer; Climate Smart Nigeria
Glory has dedicated her life for public service. Her sojourn started in 2013 after she discovered 200 widows and orphans languishing in hunger and poverty in a community where she has been posted to conduct her mandatory National Youths Service Corps.
She was competitively selected as one of forty (40) out of fifteen thousand (15, 000) applicants in Nigeria and one of five hundred (500) out of eighty thousand (80, 000) applicants across Africa for President Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship Award.
During the Presidential Summit with President Obama, she was chosen to lead a meet up discussion on Microfinance and energy, a role she played perfectly. She was then selected by her team to present the teams summary and give recommendations to the US white house representatives on a simulation exercise with topic centered around Managing a virus break out.
On her return to Nigeria, she was elected to serve as the Vice President of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Association of Nigeria (MWFAAN).
Glory has since continued to lead change in the fields of climate change and renewable energy in Nigeria. Climate Change is a field that most people are indifference about, despite this, Glory has continued to work assiduously to see that the climate information gets to the nooks and crannies of Nigeria. She spent some time to research on how best Nigerians, including the layman can understand climate change and so in a very ‘Nigerian’ tone authored four books targeted to four groups – The Primary and Secondary schools, the adult public and the layman to communicate the menace of climate change, the intervention of renewable energy and the role of everybody. Her books have been sold more than 1000 times and currently been used in some schools (Books Below).
The knowledge gained through Glory’s years of research and experiences in the climate change and renewable energy sector enabled her to be an ardent contributor in the field of climate change, renewable energy and sustainable development and led to a prestigious invitation extended her to deliver a keynote address alongside US Senator Chris Coons at the University of Delaware / Africa Energy Conference organized by the University of Delaware Energy Institute in April 2016 in Delaware, United States. The conference brought together 24 speakers from companies around the world. I was the youngest of the speakers and one of four women.
Glory has authored four books spanning across climate change and renewable energy:
Something is happening; our world is changing (Understanding the Basics of Climate Change 50 sold and distributed) – a well-researched illustrated curriculum divided into 2 textbook versions for Junior and Senior secondary school students to teach the basics of climate change).
The Concept and Science of Climate Change (200 copies sold) – for the general adult public with the goal of promoting awareness of the economics of climate change and sustainable development.
The Year Ran Mad – (more than 700 copies sold and distributed) a short thriller story which depicts the impact of climate change on livelihood (Agriculture) Illustrated accordingly for kids and the layman.
The Girl who saw Tomorrow – a short novel which delves into the reality of climate change and why it must be taken seriously targeted to secondary school students.
See book details here: http://glowinitiative.org/our-books/
Please see below Published material about Glory
Interview with THISDAY Newspaper:
Interview with Development Innovation Insider Hong-Kong:
Company – Renewable Energy Technology Training Institute: www.retti.com.ng
University of Delaware / Africa Energy’s Conference (Speaking Engagement): http://www1.udel.edu/udaily/2016/may/africa-energy-conference050616.html USA IREX:
https://www.irex.org/people/glory-chinenye-oguegbu Ignite speech on Opportunity at the University of Delaware; https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=
Speaking Engagement with the Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo: http://www.nigeriaalternativeenergyexpo.org/speaker/glory-oguegbu/
Glow Initiative for Economic Empowerment is a non-governmental organization that is set up to harness the economic potentials of communities. It seeks to tackle economic problems such as unemployment, poverty and climate change through exploiting and utilizing raw talents and resources of communities and through education to curb climate illiteracy. Our whole goal is to boost the economic development of Nigeria by pioneering investments in SMEs creation and training, agriculture and renewable energy.