The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has announced the appointment of DDI’s Program Officer, Off Grid Energy Program – David Arinze to serve as a Youth Representative on the UNDP Advisory Group for Energy Governance. Drawn from 17 countries and comprising 23 experts including parliamentary representatives, non-profit institutions, government bodies, academia, private sector, youth, and other civil society groups, the UNDP Advisory Group for Energy Governance aims to “bring an intersectional and interdisciplinary mindset that will be critical for UNDP’s work on energy governance to be timely and relevant.” The group will also come in great stead in assessing “future opportunities, challenges, risks, and trade-offs.”

The advisory group, according to the UNDP, is part of the UNDP’s commitment and pledge in addressing the energy challenges by mobilizing partners to “provide access to sustainable, affordable energy to 500 million people by 2025 as a means to advance decarbonization while unlocking development opportunities for the world’s most vulnerable communities.”

David Arinze, a multi-competency professional, has remained committed and passionate about increasing energy access to deprived climes through relevant energy sources. His Industry experience revolves around Power Generation, Transmission, Distribution, and Off-Grid Energy. He joined @Diamond Development Initiatives in 2019 and has since then worked closely with local energy entrepreneurs, regulatory authorities, vendors, and other stakeholders to manage the deployment and sustainability of off-grid energy solutions in both unserved and underserved communities across Nigeria.

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