Dr. Dakoua Charles Diarra, a citizen of Mali, was awarded the 2004 postdoctoral scholarship to study at Queen’s University in Canada. Dr. Diarra received his PhD in Renewable Energy Technology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. Dr. Diarra’s postdoctoral research is aimed at improving the efficiency of solar photovoltaic technology by developing a system that lowers its sensitivity to high temperatures.
Charles Gathu Kirubi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Appropriate Technology and a Master of Environmental Science degree from Kenyatta University in Kenya. Mr. Kirubi has begun a master’s program in Energy and Resource Management at the University of California, Berkeley, USA. His research focuses on improved charcoal stoves for cooking in urban areas and solar photovoltaic systems for lighting in rural areas.
Manuel Raul Peláez Samaniego, from Ecuador, has a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Orient in Santiago de Cuba. His master’s research program will focus on the use of integrated pyrolysis combined cycle technology in the sugar industry.
Malini Ranganathan, from India, has a bachelor’s degree from Bard College in the USA. She is currently studying for a master’s degree in the Energy and Resource Management program at the University of California, Berkeley, USA. Her master’s research focuses on the role of small and medium-scale energy systems in enhancing employment and productivity in peri-urban and rural areas in India.
Victor Centeno Reyes, an industrial engineer from the Philippines, is studying for a Master’s in Engineering Sciences, specialising in Environmental Engineering at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Mr. Reyes is interested in the economic issues and legal framework associated with energy resources management, particularly in rural areas.
Na Yang holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in law from Renmin University in Beijing, and a master’s degree in law from the University of Ottawa. She has been senior editor for university law journals both in Beijing and Ottawa. Ms. Yang has begun a master’s program in law at the University of Cambridge to study how to formulate enforceable legal measures to promote renewable and energy efficiency resources in China.