Caroline Makenzi is a Nairobi-based consultant leading the development of innovative businesses at the agriculture-energy nexus under the USAID-funded Catalytic Sustainable Agribusiness Investment project. Her background is in renewable energy with specific experience in solar PV technologies (water pumping, embedded generation and solar home systems, mini grids) and capacity building. Caroline is a strong advocate of using technology for economic development and women empowerment.
Prior to working with Climate Focus, Caroline was the Engineering Team Leader at African Solar Designs and worked most recently on a USAID-funded project that provided financed renewable energy solutions to the flower sector. Under this project she led feasibility studies for 40 flower farms across Kenya. She also worked on a United Nations Foundation project that sought to offer solutions for Children’s and Women’s health. Under this project, needs assessments were carried out in 400 dispensaries and health facilities in Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Ghana.
In her free time, Caroline is very active in the Kenyan renewable energy sector and currently sits on several committees such as the Association of Energy Professionals (Eastern Africa), the Council of Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership and Women in Sustainable Energy and Entrepreneurship. She also enjoys taking long walks in Karura Forest in Nairobi and playing lawn tennis.
Caroline holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechatronic Engineering (Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology) and an MBA (Strategic Management) from the United States International University. She is a licensed Certified Energy Manager (CEM) by the AEE, and a solar T3 technician by the Energy Regulatory Commission.