“I am taking part in ISA because I believe that access to clean energy is the bedrock of sustainable development. It enables better living for people, powers businesses, catalyzes socio-economic transformation, and helps to cut down harmful emissions to establish a healthier environment and climate protection.”

Chibunna Ogbonna is an entrepreneur from Nigeria with over 4 years of professional experience in the sustainable energy industry. He is the co-founder and chief executive at Kiru Energy Limited, a company committed to enabling better access to sustainable energy across Africa. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and plans to gain a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School by 2024.

His project at ISA focuses on developing a sustainable business case for the deployment of solar-powered smart grids in Nigeria to improve access to electricity for residential homes and SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) enabled by digital technology. He will be working with his team to develop a business plan and mobile platform that eradicates the bottleneck of affordability, a major hindrance to reliable electricity access in Nigeria. He plans to gain hands-on experience through an internship with sustainable energy companies in Germany while building relationships for future collaborations. The direct result of his ISA Project will be the implementation of the business model to connect target customers to smart grids using a mobile application. He believes that SDG 7 is at the center of enabling the achievement of other UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.