Featured as an ESI Africa Power and Energy Leader in 2019 and named Africa Utility Week’s 2018 Outstanding Young Leader in Energy, Dr. Rebekah Shirley is the Chief of Research at Power for All. Her research explores integrated energy planning and innovations for sustainable power systems at the electric mobility and agriculture nexus. She works in sub Saharan Africa, South Asia, and in Small Island States. Rebekah’s work with energy companies, civi society, and government stakeholders has driven energy strategy at the local and national levels, and she has won grants from institutions such as the Department of Energy, the Mott Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation that support her research.
Rebekah earned her PhD from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley where she also obtained her MSc. Energy and Resources and a MSc. Civil Engineering. Rebekah was previously a University of California Chancellor’s Fellow and is now a Visiting Research Fellow at Strathmore University, where she mentors students, designs graduate curricula, and supports local research capacity development. A proud Caribbean American, Rebekah now lives in Nairobi, Kenya.