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Monica Maduekwe
Project Assistant
ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Tell us about the company you work for.

ECREEE is a specialized agency within the framework of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) with a mandate to contribute towards sustainable development in the sub-region by improving access to energy through the use of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies.

Describe in plain English what your job entails. What issues and challenges do you work with on a daily basis? What aspects of this work interest you the most?

As a project assistant my job entails the development of activities in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency, the preparation and drafting of project documents and reports, presentations and briefings to senior officials on renewable energy and energy efficiency market potentials in the sub-region. The challenges and issues involved promoting sustainable energy for sustainable development in a region that seems too behind from the rest of the world in these two aspects.

What did you study in college or university? Did your educational background help you find this job? Are there any courses that you wish you had taken while in university?

My education and the courses offered in school helped me to secure this job position with ECREEE particularly my masters in energy studies with a specialization in energy and the environment.

If you could fundamentally change how we as a society use energy and treat the environment, how would you do it? Does it need to be changed at all?

Coming from an African society, it is clearly evident that the way we produce and use energy from wood fuel is damaging the environment and the socioeconomic welfare of the people. To change this I would recommend the implementation of policies which reward innovative ideas and technologies for communities to produce and use their own wood resource, as well as protect the intellectual properties of the innovators.

What technology, law, or regulation regarding energy or the environment do you want to see created?

For Nigeria, a law that awards and protects the intellectual property rights of local innovators.

If you could have 30 minutes of anyone’s undivided attention (living or deceased, real or fictional), who would it be and what would you want to talk about?

The president of Nigeria: The discussion will be on strategies to enhance/develop/promotes endogenous innovative capacity.

Why did you join WCEE, and what do you want to achieve by being part of the WCEE community?

I joined the WCEE so as to be part of a community of world changers.

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