Wanji Ng’ang’a, 35

Regional Lead East Africa

Shell Foundation
My Story

Wanji has been in the clean energy race for a decade.

As one of the pioneers in the sector, she has worked in different off-grid energy companies, championing for eradication of kerosene lamps in rural communities through the manufacturing of clean energy products.

“When we started, 1.2 billion Africans did not have access to electricity but that number has gone down to below 800 million because of products being brought into the market.”

Her energy career started at Greenlight Planet in 2012. Wanji was tasked with growing the firm’s market in Latin America and the Pacifics as the global partnerships advisor.

"We are engaged in looking for mechanisms that can ensure adoption of solar irrigation in rural communities in Africa. This is in addition to understanding the needs of the entrepreneurs and working with other investors that e-mobility entrepreneurs can tap into."

She then transitioned to focus on East and Southern Africa and to set up distribution operations in six countries. Five years later, she joined BioLite.

The United States International University alumnus has also worked at the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association, an association with over 200 members.

Here, she was tasked with courting capital investors into the clean energy sector.

After nine months, she joined Shell Foundation as East Africa regional manager working in the field of energy and mobility with a particular interest in solar irrigation and e-mobility.

“We are engaged in looking for mechanisms that can ensure adoption of solar irrigation in rural communities in Africa. This is in addition to understanding the needs of the entrepreneurs and working with other investors that e-mobility entrepreneurs can tap into.”

COLLINS OMULO