AEEP Energy Champion Conversations: Saliem Fakir
Sep 14 2021
The AEEP Energy Champion Conversations is a series of interviews that highlight the work of inspirational energy experts in Africa and Europe. We meet passionate promoters of a sustainable energy transition and hear their insights on the biggest achievements so far and most pressing challenges ahead.
Universal access to clean, appropriate and affordable energy is a prerequisite for well-being and economic development as envisioned by the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the EU’s Comprehensive Strategy with Africa.
As the gateway for joint action on a green energy future, the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP), in this series accentuates visions of key energy actors on how to achieve universal access to affordable, sustainable and modern energy services in Africa.
SALIEM FAKIR, Executive Director, African Climate Foundation
1. When, how and why did you start to work for a sustainable energy future?
I’ve been interested in sustainability issues post-university. I was more involved in the field of biotechnology, but then joined a think tank called the Land and Agriculture Policy Centre in the early 1990s. One of the issues I dealt with was natural resource management and I became very interested in the field as it was quite multidisciplinary and I enjoyed the challenge of having to deal with complex issues. Later in life, from 2007 onwards, I worked a lot more in the energy sector and took a big interest in renewable energy, policy and finance. Subsequently, I have focused on the relation between climate, energy transitions and economic transformation.