The Energy and Climate Crisis in Africa - Lessons from colonialism, sustainable business models and resilient African communities

The Energy and Climate Crisis in Africa - Lessons from colonialism, sustainable business models and resilient African communities

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As part of our Black History Month and COP26 celebrations this event will explore the way in which Africa has approached the climate crisis and the lessons that can be learned from this approach.

From colonialism until the present day, the way in which Africa has navigated and accessed its own energy resources has been influenced by at first colonialism and in today’s world through continued adaptation and resilience in the face of the climate crisis.

Africa has been at the forefront of confronting the climate crisis, with entrepreneurship, sustainable business models and resilient communities offering an insight into how the continent is addressing the climate crisis and what we in the UK/Scotland might learn from that adaptation.

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Keynote Speaker 

Professor Yinka Omorogbe

Professor Yinka Omorogbe is a professor of energy law at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Abuja and Lagos, Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow 2021.  She is also the Chairperson, Edo State Taskforce Against Human Trafficking.  From 2013 -2018, she was Adjunct Professor, Centre for Petroleum Energy Economics and Law (CPEEL) University of Ibadan.  She has previously been the Secretary to the Corporation and Legal Adviser, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) from 2009-2011; Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Ibadan from 2005 – 2009; and Attorney General of Edo State (2017- 2020).  She is President of the Nigerian Society of International Law (NSIL); and also of the Nigerian Association for Energy Economics (NAEE).

Panel Members

Dr King Omeihe

Dr King Omeihe leads the Business School's Global MBA programme. He advises startups, business leaders and policymakers on entrepreneurship, innovation and business resilience. His current roles include being Chair of African Studies at the British Academy of Management, Chair of Entrepreneurship in Minority Groups at the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and member of the Africa-Asia Centre for Sustainability which was established on a commitment to undertaking inter and trans-disciplinary research. View full profile.


Dr Tavis Potts

Professor Tavis Potts is a Professor of Sustainable Development and interim Director of the new Centre for Energy Transition at the University of Aberdeen. Professor Potts interests include understanding just transitions and social dimensions of climate and energy; marine resource governance; natural capital and ecosystem services in the coastal and marine systems; and public perceptions and values in environmental decision making and governance.  View full profile.


Dr Eddy Wifa

Dr Eddy Wifa graduated from Rivers State University with a Second-Class Upper Degree and was subsequently called to the Nigerian Bar in 2012. He then proceeded to the University of Aberdeen where he completed both a Masters in Oil and Gas law (Distinction) and a PhD in “Offshore Marine Renewable Energy Risk Governance”. He was a Senior Partner at AccendoJuris, a Nigerian based law firm but he now fully committed to teaching and research. As an Energy Law Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, he has contributed to teaching a range of both on-campus and distance-learning courses.  View full profile.

Africa-Asia Centre for Sustainability at The University of Aberdeen

Panel member Dr King Omeihe is a member of the Africa-Asia Centre for Sustainability which was established on a commitment to undertaking inter and trans-disciplinary research in which expertise across disciplines will be integrated together in order to forge new understanding and new ways of addressing critical sustainability and global grand challenges within the context of the African and Asian regions. The overriding aim of the centre is to help address grand sustainability challenges across the global south. Find out more.

This event has been partnered with Aberdeen University Centre for Energy Law (AUCEL), Centre for Energy Transition (CET) and the African Natural Resources and Energy Law Network (ANRELN).

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