Dr Meseret Zemedkun
Dr Meseret Teklemariam Zemedkun is an internationally recognised and acclaimed Ethiopian geothermal energy professional with over 20 years of experience in the energy field, management, project management, and international donor relations and investment. Since 2011, she has worked at the United Nations Environment Programme’s Africa office in Kenya as Programme Manager for Africa Rift Geothermal Development Programme (ARGeo) and as Regional Energy Programme Manager, where she has led the development of energy initiatives, policies, and programmes in Africa.
Meseret has also served as a member of the International Geothermal Association (IGA) Board of Directors and was elected by IGA to chair the African Geothermal Branch. She has served as an international consultant on geothermal energy assignments, including the African Union Commission and UNIDO. She played a major role in the realisation and development of the African Geothermal Center for Excellence.
Dr Zemedkun is a champion of capacity building in Africa. She has been a regular faculty member of UN University – Geothermal Training Programme in Iceland for many years and has trained geothermal staff in Africa as an invited scholar. She has also been instrumental in initiating and developing programmes for supporting Women Entrepreneurs in the Energy sector in Africa, implementing this programme with various partners through the Africa Women Energy Entrepreneurs Framework (AWEEF). For New Zealand, Meseret is a trusted guide in successfully delivering many Geothermal Institute-led training packages for East African geothermal professionals – education opportunities funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Aid programme.