Come learn about progress in expanding access to clean, cheap solar power in developing countries. We have two great speakers who will share their different experiences with the barriers facing solar uptake in developing countries and the solutions they have identified. We will also provide an update on the Energy Hub research project on picogrids in Cambodia. Everyone is encouraged to stick around afterwards for a drink to continue the conversation.
There are limited tickets so please RSVP at https://www.ewb.org.au/events/1194/12408 (not on Eventbrite)
Date: Wednesday 7th December
Time: 5:45pm for a 6pm start. Presentations finished by 7pm but we hope you’ll stick around for a drink and conversation.
Venue: King Street Brewhouse, 22 The Promenade, King Street Wharf, Sydney (Library room)
6:10pm: Glenda Yiu on Pollinate in India
6:25pm: Doug George on solar home systems in India
6:40pm: James Tilbury on Energy Hub’s research on picogrids in Cambodia
7:00pm: Move to bar upstairs to continue the conversation
Glenda, an urban designer from a leading global architecture practice Woods Bagot, holds a Masters in International Urban and Environment Management and is also currently undertaking a Masters in Disaster, Design and Development at RMIT.
Glenda's passion is in creating innovative spaces with a focus on environmental and social sustainability, merging design and technologies to improve our quality of life. This has lead her to work on various international development and research projects in Malawi and across Asia in capacity building, design, disaster resilience and natural resource management, including India, Cambodia, Nepal and Indonesia.
A Pollinate Energy Embassador, Glenda first completed a fellowship with the organisation in 2013 helping improve the lives of the urban poor by increasing access to solar energy and sustainable technologies into the slum communities of Bangalore. This involved assisting and mentoring local entrepreneurs in the field to set up their own micro-finance business, providing them with the confidence, support and skills to sell solar lights and efficient cook stoves to these slum communities.
While revelling in her current position as an urban designer, solving complex problems that our current cities face, she continues to be a strong advocate in utilising her professional skills, knowledge and experience to assist those living in disadvantaged communities. As one of her favourite humanitarian architects, Shigeru Ban says, “It is not only the rich that deserve good design.”
Doug is currently finishing his final year of Electrical Engineering as a Co-op Scholar at the University of New South Wales. Throughout his degree, Doug has had a year and a half of Industrial Training Experience with four industry-leading companies covering diverse areas such as Process Control, Power Generation and Distribution, Integrated Circuit Design and Autonomous Robotics. He has been awarded the Association of Pacific Rim Universities scholarship for academic achievement in electrical engineering and has been included on the UNSW Faculty of Engineering Deans List for each year of his study.
Doug is actively involved in representing UNSW through involvement as a Lab demonstrator, Orientation Week ‘Yellow Shirt' volunteer, Engineering Student Ambassador and indigenous community outreach volunteer with Walama Muru. He also has completed exchange programs to the Georgia Institute of Technology (US) and Korea University (S.Korea). Doug enjoys sports such as Basketball and Rugby and has played representative basketball during his schooling years and continued this into University, representing the UNSW basketball team as team captain. He is also an aviation enthusiast and more than half way towards achieving his Recreational Pilots License.
Doug welcomes opportunities to leverage his engineering skills, to deliver business outcomes and to make a social impact in order to improve the lives of the lesser fortunate - wherever they may be. His final year thesis explores one such area and is the basis of this presentation.