Read this exclusive interview with Bertha Mvati, Head of Vehicle Asset Finance at BasiGo, Kenya.
For International Women’s Month, ESI Africa embraces equity and women’s empowerment to elevate society through a series of Women in Energy interviews.
Interview with Bertha Mvati
ESI: What is your most memorable moment as a woman working in this sector?
My most memorable moment is looking back and seeing the steps we are taking to combat climate change using our nation’s renewable energy. It has also been memorable seeing the difference we make every single day and the impact we make for current and future generations.
ESI: What recent innovations in the mobility industry can you see providing unique opportunities for women in the mobility and energy sector?
There is a lot of emphasis in the generation of clean and renewable energy around the world. This, by itself, presents immense opportunities in the sector. All these are opportunities for women to pursue.
There are also a lot of advancements in technologies around energy in the world that are causing many industries to implement changes and focusing on creating more sustainable environments, from solar power, energy storage and electric vehicles creating a lot of unique opportunities for women.
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ESI: Which strategies do you expect to be the most impactful in the Just Energy Transition?
Creating local demand through the provision of EV Tariffs and incentives to spur the uptake of EV’s in Africa will not only help reach the target ambitions for access to power but will at the same time contribute to ensuring accessibility and affordability especially to marginalized and poor communities, thus achieving both climate and poverty reduction ambitions. Creating Policies within Africa that can also aid in the accessibility of the poor by a large percentage of the population.
ESI: What advice would you give to young women in the energy sector
Show up as your best authentic self, explore opportunities that match your strengths and experience and have fun while at it. ESI