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Spotlight on our ESED alumni

Since 2013, we have featured one of our outstanding ESED alumni in our Annual Report, putting a spotlight on their studies and achievements since they got the ESED scholarship. Read below their testimonies and where they are at today:

Suraj Baral

Suraj Baral

A 2006 ESED Scholar, Mr. Baral attended Aalborg University in Denmark and completed a Master’s degree in Sustainable Energy Planning and Management. After returning to Nepal, Mr. Baral established a professionally-run development and management consulting firm, MIT Solutions (P) Ltd., which provides out-of-the-box solutions that are reliable and efficient in achieving sustainable growth and development in the country. He is Managing Director, and leads their Technology Transfer and Renewable Energy section. In addition, he teaches at the Department of Mechanical Engineering in Kathmandu University as visiting faculty for the Master’s Program in Planning and Operation of Energy Systems.

"What I have learned in my Master’s is what I am applying today in my career. I have brought back home my learning and experience in Denmark to make a significant contribution to my community here, like through our joint project with the Dhaulagri Community Resources Development Centre that aims to develop an alternative sustainable income activity for the impoverished Kumal community through the efficient use of spill energy from an existing micro hydropower plant. I want to thank GSEP for its support, because without the ESED scholarship, this would not have been possible for me."

Natalia Richter Rios

Natalia Richter Rios

A 2010 ESED recipient, Ms. Natalia Richter Rios attended University of the Twente in The Netherlands where she completed a Master of Science in Environmental and Energy Management in 2012. After completing her Master, she returned to Bolivia, her country of origin, where she joined the Universidad Católica Boliviana "San Pablo" in Cochabamba, teaching a course in Energy and Environment. Natalia returned to The Netherlands and in 2014 began a traineeship at Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. Supporting the company’s journey in becoming an accelerator of sustainability, Natalia’s assignment focuses in exploring possibilities of using renewable energy within DSM. She also collaborated pro-bono with GSEP in our solar lantern project in remote villages in Bolivia.

“The ESED scholarship gave me the possibility to deepen my knowledge in the energy field and gain valuable insights into the different problems and approaches of developed and developing countries regarding energy and sustainability. I not only gained academic skills, but also shared experiences with people from all over the world, broadening my vision of the field. Back home, I was privileged to share my new knowledge with future Bolivian Environmental Engineers. I am also proud to have worked with GSEP on its solar lamp project, contributing to improving the lives of at least 3,000 poor Bolivian families. Now, I am happy to have joined one of the leading companies in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Introducing the use of renewable energy into the activities of DSM gives me the opportunity to contribute to a positive impact not only within the company but also with others that see DSM as an example when it comes to sustainability.”

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