Ethiopian Electric Power CEO, Azeb Asnake, is named as “the 2017 Power Generation Woman of the Year” on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. She is given the title in recognition of “advancing power generation in Ethiopia.” She was awarded at POWER-GEN International, largest power generation event which draws over 20,000 industry professionals.
The report by the chief editor of Renewable Energy World, Jennifer Runyon, partly reads “In Ethiopia, most economic sectors are led by men. A woman leading in an engineering discipline is almost never found. Indeed, Asnake explained in her personal statement that while she was in school her professors and peers discouraged her from entering engineering.”
Azeb Asnake is in charge of the construction and operation of plants and transmission lines. She also oversees the marketing side of electricity to neighboring countries namely, Sudan, Djibouti, and Kenya.
Since she joined the industry some time, she saw the transformation of power generation capacity from 2,430 MW to 4,500 MW. International Hydropower Association, seem to suggest that Azeb is a member of the Association and that she joined as CEO of Ethiopian Electric Power some two years ago.
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