Global Action Network – Ambassador Program

A. Background: Leaders in Energy (LE) is rapidly growing its footprint on a global scale.  Its member base consists of individuals that are passionate about contributing to the development of sustainable and environmentally responsible communities around the world.  However, we recognize that each individual community is unique in terms of its local infrastructure, natural resources, labor force, industrial activity, regulatory policies and incentives, pace of economic development, and future energy and resource needs.

B. Mission: The LE Ambassador Program is focused on building an effective global action network that aligns and connects at distinct local and regional levels a diverse set of participants that have a shared but direct stake in the sustainable development of their community. It will achieve the following:

–Provide structure, framework, and resources to help develop action networks both within the US and internationally led by regional Chapter Ambassadors

–Collaboratively ensure integration and communication of lessons learned and best practices for sustainable development of communities across regions

LE Chapters provide opportunities for members to collaborate on activities to advance sustainable development practices. Our Chapter Ambassadors are individuals that are passionate about promoting a cleaner and greener planet and take a keen interest in staying abreast of the sustainability landscape and initiatives within their local ecosystem.

Outreach and coordination activities carried out by our Chapter Ambassadors include:

–Identifying and sharing information related to recent successes and best practices, upcoming LE events, and volunteer opportunities
–Content generation and blogging on topics of interest and relevance to the community
–Interfacing with other Chapter Ambassadors to exchange lessons learned and best practices
–Communicating and gaining regional support for LE’s mission
–Engaging with potential members and onboarding new members into LE
–Identifying and creating opportunities for forums and events for member interactions
–Creating strategic partnerships at the local level

If you are interested in becoming a Leaders in Energy Ambassador, please send an email to info@leadersinenergy.org with the subject header of “Ambassador Program.”

Directory of LE Ambassadors

 Jakkie Greer

Jakkie Greer

Location: Denver, Colorado

Jakkie Greer is a Biology and Chemistry graduate from the Metropolitan State University of Denver. She currently works in the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at Children’s Hospital and is collaborating with Leaders in Energy to create a community of leaders to help create sustainable solutions to tackle the climate crisis head-on, which is her passion. Her goal as an ambassador is to create a solid foundation in the Denver region, by integrating individuals from various communities. She believes her local success will be dependent on the involvement of the youth, as well as, the black and indigenous population. She is looking forward to being a catalyst to accelerate social and environmental justice!

 Dina Mansour

Dina Mansour

Location: Montreal, Canada

Dina Mansour is International Market Development Advisor at the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, where she is helping companies to obtain the necessary tools for expansion abroad through events and training that she organizes. Before joining the Chamber, she was North America Market Development Manager for Solucycle, a cleantech company developing systems to manage food waste and repurpose it into renewable energy. In that role, she helped the company prepare for expansion in the United States and the rest of Canada. She also worked previously in the financial services industry at Desjardins Credit Union, and collaborated with the Quebec Government Office in Washington DC helping companies from the province find success in the U.S. market during her Master’s degree project. Dina graduated from HEC Montreal, with a Master of Science degree in International Business, as well as a trilingual Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Montreal, with cumulative certificate degrees in Law, Italian Studies, and Arts and Sciences. She speaks fluent French, English, Spanish, Arabic, and intermediate Italian.

 Dr. Amel Barich

Dr. Amel Barich

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland

Dr. Amel Barich is an Iceland-based geologist currently working as project manager for the Geothermal Research Cluster (GEORG) in Reykjavik. Her career path encompasses experience in academia, NGOs and industry sectors. Amel completed a PhD in metamorphic petrology in 2015 at the University of Granada, Spain. This was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in 2016 at the University of Potsdam, Germany. After her journey as a scientist within the Surtsey ICDP drilling project (2017), Amel joined the Geothermal Research Cluster in Reykjavik, Iceland in 2018. In her current position, Amel works at a cutting edge between science and industry, using her set of skills in project management, marketing, and communication. In September 2020, Amel was elected as board member of the Icelandic Association of Women in Energy. In the past years, she served as executive board member in several international geoscience organizations such as the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) and the International Association of Geoethics (IAGETH). Continuing to shape her business skills and knowledge, Amel completed a course in Sustainable Business Strategy from Harvard Business School online in 2020 and is pursuing an Emotional Intelligence training at Goleman EI. Amel is a deep believer in multidisciplinarity for complex problem-solving. Creative thinker, she is developing her thought leadership to bridge effectively between her fields of expertise, including arts, to offer comprehensive input and help create new opportunities at the cross-cutting of those sectors and fields.

 Nnamdi Francis Chude

Nnamdi Francis Chude

Location: Essex, United Kingdom

Nnamdi Francis Chude is a Chemical Engineering graduate from the University of Nottingham with an integrated Masters degree (MEng). In addition to learning the fundamental skills of a process engineer, he also studied a range of sustainability solutions regarding Renewables, Carbon Capture and CCGT Efficiency. After a variety of part-time roles in the retail and service industries, he is currently studying The University of Queensland’s online course ‘Energy Principles and Renewable Energy’ and is looking to launch his career in sustainability or clean energy.

 Shruti Kulkarni

Shruti Kulkarni

Location: Boston, MA

Shruti Kulkarni is a software engineer currently working for Edison Energy, where she is developing a data analytics website for energy consulting. Edison Energy helps corporate clients resolve the key challenges of cost, carbon, and increasingly complex choices in energy today. Before joining Edison Energy, she worked as a software engineer for PwC and LumaSense Technologies. Shruti graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Master of Science degree in Physics. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Physics, specializing in Electronics and a bachelor’s degree in Physics from University of Mumbai. She speaks fluent English, Hindi, Marathi, and elementary German.

 Charlotte Nolan-Browne

Charlotte Nolan-Browne

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Charlotte Nolan-Browne is a first class graduate of MSc Management degree from Queen’s University Belfast, whilst also holding a BA (Hons) Degree from Queen’s University Belfast. Since September 2020, Charlotte has been working as a Finance Graduate at EirGrid in Group Financial Control, gaining exposure in a myriad of different areas including Reporting, Treasury, Compliance and Corporate Finance. In this role, Charlotte is excited to make positive contributions to her goal of helping transform the power system for future generations. She is currently also a business advisor with Enactus Ireland, working specifically with the team at Munster Technological University, supporting and facilitating the growth and development of sustainable entrepreneurial solutions to different social issues across Ireland. As an active participant in various different environmental networks and community groups, she is excited to work with Leaders in Energy to promote, advocate and facilitate increasingly sustainable, environmentally conscious societies across her region.

 Mustafa Adel Amer

Mustafa Adel Amer

Location: Cairo, Egypt and Doha, Qatar

Mustafa Adel Amer is Professional Petroleum Engineer with 6 years of experience in the upstream oil and gas business. He is currently working on energy and natural gas demand forecasting and the impact of carbon capture technologies during the energy transition. Mustafa holds two master’s degrees – one in petroleum engineering from the University of Aberdeen in the UK and another in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management through a joint program between Cairo University and the University of Cambridge. As a Leaders in Energy Ambassador, Mustafa seeks to foster collective efforts from all industries and collaboration between people within and at the boundaries between sectors to achieve global energy sustainability.

 Marlene Leon

Marlene Leon

Location: Hidalgo, México

Marlene Leon has a degree in International Business and a Master’s degree in Energy Management, with strong interest in the renewable energy sector. In her master’s degree project she presented one of the main problems that exists in the Valley of Mexico related to the Tula’s Hidalgo Thermoelectric Plant and in which she proposed certain solutions to counteract the environmental impact.  She is passionate about caring for the environment and believes that this along with her skills and knowledge can contribute to the spread of Leaders in Energy, as well as support the sustainable development of her region and her country as a whole.

 Wireko Andrew Awuah

Wireko Andrew Awuah

Location: Ukraine

Wireko Andrew Awuah is a Ghanaian who lives and schools in Ukraine. He holds a diploma in International Law and Global Governance with the International Business Management Institute, Berlin, Germany. He is a Diplomat who holds several international positions on various United Nations platforms. He is currently serving as an Editorial Board Member of the Harvard Public Health Review, and 4 other reputable journals in the UK, Canada and India. He serves as an ambassador for over 20 European and UK scientific conferences and over 10 other reputable social networks. His huge involvements into scientific research works and sustainable development has earned him numerous publications and reputable awards like the best medical student award of Sumy State University, 2020.

 Prof. Dr. Sulaiman Olanrewaju

Prof. Dr. Sulaiman Olanrewaju

Location: Germany, Netherlands, UK, Malaysia, Nigeria, and Burkina Faso

Prof. Sulaiman currently serves as the Director of SeaNexus, a company engaged in commercial research products on sustainable blue-green, circular and nature based technology. He is currently Guest Professor at RWTH Aachen University. He has served as visiting professor at University of Hawaii, USA, Cranfield University, UK, and as Senior Visiting Fellow at University of Wollongong, Australia. He is a chartered engineer registered under UK Engineering Council with diverse academic and professional background. His specialization is in Safety/Environmental Risk and Reliability for Maritime and Ocean Systems, Marine Energy and Environment, Sustainable Maritime Technology System Design, and Inland Water transportations System technology. He has conducted research on seafarming technology, nature based solution for climate adaptation, disaster risk reduction, offshore and near-coastal aquaculture engineering system, marine hybrid alternative energy system, greenhouse gas emission inventory from marine system and climate change control technology, seaweed based marine biofuel, seaweed marine biotech application including material, food, health, animal feed, soil remediation, bioremediation, climate change and resilient technology systems. He started his career as an engineer officer on a ship. He has taught and mentored marine courses and research projects on contemporary issues in maritime and ocean engineering. He has also authored and co-authored a total of more than 180 publications and 12 books. He has filed patents on research work on seaweed aquaculture technology. Prof Sulaiman has collaborated with diverse international scholars and industries on key research topics and contemporary challenges. He has organized and participated in international conferences and has served on editorial board and scientific committees of several international journals as well as in several working group technical committees. He has participated as an observer to UN rule making for inland water transportation, sustainable energy, disaster risk reduction, and water convention.