Sarah Odera

Research & Consultancy Manager

Sarah brings experience in project management, fundraising, business development and operations management. She is also a researcher who is currently pursuing a PhD in Energy Justice at the University of Cape Town.

At SERC, she has led multiple initiatives focusing on capacity building, curriculum development, and research projects. The projects focus on productive use of energy, humanitarian energy access, application of renewable energy technologies, and energy planning.

These projects have spanned multiple countries including Kenya, Somalia, and Rwanda. Sarah has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nairobi and a Master’s degree in Sustainable Energy from the University of Cape Town.

When she is not working, Sarah can be found looking for a good song, a good meal, a good book, and a good view.

Prisca Ochieng

Operations Manager

Prisca is currently the Operations Manager at Strathmore Energy Research Centre. She is an energy enthusiast passionate about sustainable community development through affordable access to energy.

Besides managing the SERC day –to-day operations, she has vast experience in project planning, management and coordination.

Prisca also trains and mentors artisanal clean cookstoves entrepreneurs to help their businesses grow, this ensures the deployment of energy saving stoves to communities.

She holds a Bachelor of Educations (Arts) degree from Kenyatta University and is a certified Empowered Entrepreneur Trainer. Outside of work, Prisca loves trying new recipes, gardening and playing football.

Cecilia Mwania

Test Engineer

Cecilia is a Test Engineer at SERC. She has three years’ experience in the Solar Industry with a vast experience in components testing, technical training, feasibility studies, and lab administration work.

Cecilia’s main research interests are in e-waste. She has also ventured into research works aimed at increasing energy access especially in the rural areas, climate change adaptation, and clean cooking.

She holds a BSc degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Outside work, Cecilia enjoys watching documentaries and movies, knitting, and spending time with family.

Anne Wacera Wambugu

Quality Manager

Anne Wacera Wambugu is a Quality Manager at Strathmore Energy Research Centre. She is an Electrical Engineer with over five years’ experience in the energy access sector, with a focus on electricity access using renewable energy technologies.

Her engineering work involves quality, standardization and conformity assessment of electrical energy systems including direct current systems such as solar photovoltaics (pico to grid scale), and household electrical appliances. Her work covers the gender mainstreaming of renewable energy technologies, the use of electrical technologies to improve health outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa and energy data science.

Currently, Anne is the SU LEAP-RE programme lead; the quality consultant for the MECS programme in Kenya and other projects as highlighted in her LinkedIN page. In the standards sector, Anne is the chairperson of the Africa’s Young Professional Programme at Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS).

She is an expert on KEBS Technical Committee (TC) 92 on solar PV, AFSEC TC 82 on Solar PV, the Kenya National Committee for the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and IEC Systems Committee on Low Voltage Direct Current.

Maureen Achieng Otieno

Renewable Energy Projects Coordinator

Maureen holds a BSc degree in Sustainable Energy and Climate Change. She aims to grow in her career as a sustainable energy expert with a keen interest in the environment and renewable energy access space.

She has worked on several projects including Royal Academy of Engineering – which aimed to build capacity for Biomedical Engineers from 30 counties in Kenya on solar photovoltaic systems in collaboration as a response to Covid-19 to support the Healthcare sector. She is currently working on a project: Long Term EU-AU Partnership in Renewable Energy (LEAP-RE), which is a 5-year collaborative programme between the African Union and the European Union in the field of renewable energy.

Maureen is also a Management Committee member of the Women in Sustainable Energy and Entrepreneurship (WISEe), which is an energy service cooperative in Kenya that focuses on capacity building of women in Renewable Energy and Entrepreneurship.
She is the Assistant Secretary for the board of the Energy Society of Kenya (ESK), and the Kenyan Member Committee of the World Energy Council, which is a global forum for thought-leadership and tangible engagement.

Hope Njoroge

Business Development Officer

Hope is a Business Development Officer at SERC, focusing on developing new partnerships and nurturing existing ones in research, consultancy, and training portfolios.

Additionally, she takes part in research projects focusing on energy and climate finance. Prior to joining, Hope worked for an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) company where she was in charge of managing different client relationships.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Kenyatta University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Climate Change and Adaptation at The University of Nairobi. Outside of work, Hope enjoys singing and nature walks.

Judith Wangata

Administrative Assistant

Judith Wangata is a BSc degree holder in Communications and Public relations from Moi University. She also holds a Diploma in Tourism Management.

She works as an Administrative Assistant and handles trainings at Strathmore Energy Research Centre. Judith carried out responsibilities in the front office position in both the public and the private sector, gaining invaluable managerial and administrative experience spanning over ten years. She previously worked as an Executive Assistant at Parliamentary Service Commission, Kenya Wildlife Service, Hilton Hotel and Yaya Towers.

Judith is a communication and public relations professional and a trained Secretary whose interest is in opportunities focusing on strategic communication. She is keen on customer experience, personalized attention, public relations, and business development. Since joining SERC, she has developed interest in promoting renewable energy, development and sustainability.

Patrick Mwanzia

Researcher

Patrick Mwanzia is a researcher at Strathmore Energy Research Centre with more than four years’ experience in conducting research in the sustainable energy sector.

At this capacity, he has researched and managed projects covering diverse aspects of sustainable energy and community development, including energy provision in humanitarian settings. He holds a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and a MSc degree in Energy Policy and Management from Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Science (PAUWES), Algeria.

He is also a registered graduate engineer with Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK). His research interests are renewable energy technologies and the energy policy and regulatory framework.
Outside of work, Patrick loves traveling, reading novels, and watching football and movies.

Thomas Bundi

Quality Engineer

Thomas Bundi has more than five years’ experience working in the renewable energy sector.

He is currently a Quality Engineer at SERC, overseeing laboratory testing of solar PV components as well as leading capacity building and training activities. Thomas also contributes to research, consultancy and project development activities at the centre.

He has worked in standards development and drafting user guides on solar PV productive use equipment. Thomas holds a degree in Mechatronic Engineering from Dedan Kimathi University of Technology. He is also a licensed solar PV technician.

Ignatius Maranga

Quality Engineer

Ignatius is a Quality Engineer at Strathmore Energy Research Center. He brings extensive experience in power systems, renewable energy systems research, training and curriculum development, project management, and energy management.

Prior to joining SERC, Ignatius worked on electrical switchgear and distribution systems design and installation, and energy management projects. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and a postgraduate diploma in Project Planning and Management from The University of Nairobi.

Ignatius is pursuing a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a focus in Power Systems at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Outside of work, Ignatius enjoys rugby, hiking, traveling, music, and learning languages.

Victor Otieno

Researcher

Victor Otieno is a Researcher at Strathmore Energy Research Centre. He joined SERC in December 2020 to support energy research, proposal development, and project implementation.

Prior to joining SERC, Victor worked as a part-time lecturer of energy-related courses at Kenyatta University and the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton. Earlier in his career, he worked as an intern at Climate Fund Managers and Camco Clean Energy, supporting investments in clean energy across Africa.

Victor is passionate about energy access, energy planning, regulation & policy. He is also a National Mentoring Expert under the SETA project seeking to guide counties in energy planning. Currently, Victor is the project coordinator for the Narok County Energy Plan Project. He holds a MSc degree in Energy Policy and a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering.

He also holds Certificates in Project Management; Regulation for SDG 7 from Florence School of Regulation; and CO-BENEFITS Specialist in Renewable Energy. He has also completed an online course on Least cost electrification modeling using Open Source Spatial Electrification Tool (OnSSET).

Martin Mutembei

Project Coordinator

Martin is a Project Coordinator supporting Strathmore Energy Research Centre initiatives in Consultancy, Research and Training.

Previously, he worked at Africa Nazarene University as a lecturer and Telkom Kenya in ICT projects management spheres. He is passionate about promoting adoption of energy solutions that are clean, reliable, and sustainable through training and designing solutions that enable sustainable energy transitions.

Martin holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Management. He also has training in Enterprise Design Thinking (IBM Training), Solar PV Standalone Systems and Solar PV Grid Tie Systems training. Outside of work, he enjoys a good adventure and spends his free time travelling, hiking, experimenting with new recipes and adventuring with friends & family.

Anne Njeri

Communications Officer

A communicator by profession, Anne has over ten years of experience in corporate communications and reporting in the humanitarian, education, and the renewable energy sectors.

She has worked for WFP Italy, WFP Pakistan, WFP Rwanda, UNICEF Rwanda, Strathmore University and Strathmore Energy Research Centre, Kenya. Her areas of expertise include digital communications, brand conception and development, stakeholder engagement, government relations, and corporate reporting.

Anne holds a Master of Arts in Digital Documentary from the University of Sussex, a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from USIU, and a Diploma in Public Management from Universidad de Chile. She also has a certificate for T1/T2 in Solar Photovoltaic Standalone Systems.
During her free time, you will find her engaged in mentoring, singing in church, baking, knitting, reading, and enjoying some local “mutura” by the roadside open-air cafés.