A profile on Dr. Rose M. Mutiso and their sustainability efforts and impacts.
When it comes to the climate, energy is one of the most important things to consider. We need energy to power almost everything we do. From charging our phones to powering our air conditioning units and everything in between, humans around the world rely on energy to communicate, work, and survive.
The energy sector is the biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Being responsible for about 35% of total global emissions, solutions to clean up this asset are necessary for survival. But implementing those solutions is no easy task. That’s why Dr. Rose M Mutiso is the perfect woman for the job.
Dr. Mutiso is an incredibly smart and accomplished woman who has performed a variety of energy-related duties to help clean up the grid and combat climate change in the process. From a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering to podcasting, to researching, to leading within the U.S. Department of Energy, her work can serve as an inspiration for what one person can accomplish. Let’s take a look at some of the impressive sustainability efforts she has been a part of.
To give insight into the incredible character Mutiso has, we can take a look at the institute she co-founded (and was CEO of from 2016-2021). The Mawazo Institute is an organization based out of Nairobi, Kenya, that helps to support women in their research into developmental solutions on both a local and worldwide scale.
This women-led nonprofit recognizes young women who can create real impact and change in this world. Even today, women are disproportionately underrepresented in academia and research. Mawazo aims to change this. Through a team of incredibly talented fellows, they are taking ideas and making them a reality.
U.S. Energy Policy
Before (and during) her time at the Mawazo Institute, Mutiso focused on energy. Starting as a fellow in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), she helped to write several pieces of legislation along with U.S. Senator Christopher A. Coons that became law after being signed by President Barack Obama. This impressive accomplishment was just the start.
Mutiso worked on energy technology and policy, always focusing on access in parts of sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. She is also a co-host of the High Energy Planet podcast. In this, she dives into how we can change what energy is, think outside of the box, and end energy poverty.
Dr. Mutiso is an incredibly smart and accomplished woman who has performed a variety of energy-related duties to help clean up the grid and combat climate change in the process.
Energy Poverty and Equality
Energy poverty is the lack of access to the types of modern energy that are accessible, sustainable, and high-quality. While we mentioned the importance of energy to accomplish so many tasks in today’s modern world, access to quality energy is vastly different in different parts of the world. This energy poverty is formed by either a lack of access or affordability in energy, making it difficult to obtain and resulting in a decrease in physical health, mental health, and well-being. Energy poverty is not a simple problem to solve and instead requires a new system to secure equality and prosperity for all.
The Energy for Growth Hub
The Energy for Growth Hub puts it simply, “Energy poverty impacts three billion people. Time to think big.” As the Research Director for this organization, Mutiso helps find the latest and greatest information on energy and connect it directly to policymakers. This way, they can work to secure a future where everyone has the basic human right to accessible energy.
The research she conducts comes out as evidence-based pathways to a safe and secure future. By creating high-quality work, building an impressive network of people, organizations, and universities, and advancing data-driven solutions, the Energy for Growth Hub is able to focus on several essential issues in the world of energy. From grid technology and innovations to renewables and low-cost alternatives and planning, Mutis is changing the lives of billions and billions of people for the better.
Women belong in every field, sector, and job and are some of the most talented and gifted people in the world.
Solutions that are equitable also tend to be better, cheaper, and more sustainable.
Affordable and high-quality sustainable energy is something that is far behind in global presence but is a fundamental human right. It is also on the rise and something thousands of talented individuals are working to achieve.