Professor Izael Pereira Da Silva has a PhD in Power Systems Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). He is also a Certified Energy Manager. At present he is an Associate Professor at Strathmore University in Nairobi and the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs. He is also the Director of Centre of Excellence in Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development, CERESD.
Prof Da Silva was the Director of Makerere's Centre for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC) which does training, research and consultancy in energy related topics before joining Strathmore. His topics of interest are: Rural Electrification, Renewable Energy, Biomass, Small Hydro, PV, and Demand Side Management.
Recently he managed to win, together with other partners a project from the World Bank to instal in Strathmore the first Climate Innovation Center in the world. It is a one stop shop to help financially and technically SMEs dealing with water management, renewable energy and agribusiness.