Ifeanyi B. Orajaka
Ifeanyi is the Founder/CEO of GVE Projects Limited. He has over nine years’ experience in renewable energy systems design, business development, project management, rural electrification planning, strategy formulation. Ifeanyi have successfully led GVE from being an undergraduate student project concept to become a market leader in the renewable energy industry in Sub-Saharan Africa and one of the fastest growing private companies in Africa as recently recognized by the London Stock Exchange. Ifeanyi is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School’s Driving Profitable Growth Executive Education Program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Electronics Engineering from the Federal University of Technology Owerri and a master’s degree in Power Systems Engineering from the University of Port-Harcourt; both in Nigeria. Ifeanyi is a certified Project Manager with professional experiences in leading multinationals like ExxonMobil, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria and NIIT. He has participated in trainings on Corporate Finance, New Venture Finance, Operations Management, Public Private Partnerships and Marketing. Ifeanyi is an Obama Foundation Fellow, World Economic Forum’s Global Shaper and an IEEE Smart Village Ambassador. Ifeanyi is an advisory board member of the renewable energy association of Nigeria, a member of the African Mini-grid Developers Association’s Finance working group and a member of the Africa-Europe High-Level Platform for Sustainable Energy Investments in Africa (an African Union & European Commission initiative). Ifeanyi’s mission to end extreme energy poverty in the Africa have attracted him several international recognitions such as the 2016 Future Africa Award in Business, the 2016 Africa Energy Leader of the Year and the 2018 participation in the Dutch Visitor Program. His challenging but exciting journey as a young African entrepreneur spurred him to take up a new-found hobby on Mentoring young and aspiring Africans entrepreneurs to ensure they find their footing in the complexly dynamic but exciting African business environment. Ifeanyi currently has twenty-eight (28) Protegees from eight (8) African Countries. Widely travelled, he has visited to a total of twenty-three (23) countries of the world.