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Bilha Ndirangu named to inaugural Yale Climate Leaders Program


2022 Tutu Fellow Bilha Ndirangu has been named to the inaugural cohort of young climate practitioners of the Yale Emerging Climate Leaders Fellowship program.

This eight-month program offers an opportunity for 16 young climate and clean energy practitioners from across the Global South to broaden their technical skills, deepen their professional networks, and exchange views with top global clean energy and climate change leaders.

“We are delighted to welcome such a diverse and talented group of professionals to join the initial cohort of our climate fellowship,” said Paul Simons, a retired US ambassador and Senior Fellow at Yale’s Jackson School of Global Affairs, who will coordinate the new program.

“We are fortunate to have attracted top talent from all the key regions of the emerging world – from Latin America to Africa, the Middle East, India, China, and Southeast Asia. By networking among themselves, and with top global experts from Yale and beyond, fellows will develop skills and contacts to advance the clean energy transition in the countries and regions that are critical to advancing our global decarbonization goals,” Simons added.

Bilha Ndirangu is a co-founder of Jacob’s Ladder Africa, a sustainable development hub that advances the agenda of youth in Africa towards self-reliance and productivity, with a particular focus on climate action, and leadership and governance.  In this and other roles, she is at the intersection of climate action, technology and education, positioning Africa as an investment destination for the green economy, identifying and scaling relevant technologies, and preparing its youth to provide the requisite skills mix.

The program brings together a mix of government leaders, engineers, renewable energy developers, climate justice advocates, and analysts and modelers, which the Fellowship says is among some of the top climate talent in the emerging world.

Fellows begin the program in late November at the Yale University campus in New Haven, Connecticut, taking part in a series of interactive sessions with prominent Yale faculty and practitioners to set the terms of the global climate change debate. The program then continues with a series of remote learning sessions featuring top international experts on the full range of policy issues associated with climate change and the clean energy transition. The fellowship concludes in June with an in-person week in Paris, including meetings with top international climate change analysts.  Read more at the Yale website.

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