Open Africa Power Initiative aims to equip high-profile African graduates with a holistic knowhow of the electricity sector, enhancing the technical, regulatory and business skills they need to work in the private and public sector towards the electrification of Africa.

The Initiative is a collaborative project, bringing together Enel Foundation, Strathmore University, the University of Nairobi, the University of Addis Ababa, the Polytechnic University of Turin, the Polytechnic University of Milan, and Bocconi University.

In 2018, the initiative will engage up to 20 African students and alumni in a series of professional development and leadership activities, comprising modules in Kenya and Italy.

Programme Structure

African Module: State of the Art

This five-day module will start on 9th April and end on 13th April, 2018. It will take place in Kenya, at Strathmore University and the University of Nairobi. The module will explore the fundamentals of the global electricity sector though the lenses of SDGs and resilience to climate change. It will cover the following areas:

  • Networks (technology, regulation, economics)
  • Renewables (technology, regulation, economics)
  • ICT (predictive maintenance, smart grids)

The faculty will consist of local and international experts, as well as employees of Enel.

Online Module and Exams

During this module, participants will take a series of online courses on the edX platform. The module will last two (2) months, from April to May 2018. Exams will comprise a research proposal on a specific key aspect/solution for the electricity sector in Africa that can become a key element in the race from poverty to prosperity for the entire continent or for a specific country. The top ten participants in this module will proceed to the next one.

Italian Module: New Frontiers

Lasting 10 days (two weeks) in June 2018, this module will take place in Italy, in the cities of Turin, Milan, Pisa and Rome (Italy). The faculty will consist of professors of the Polytechnic University of Turin, the Polytechnic University of Milan and Bocconi University, as well as Enel employees and UNISDR staff.

The module will explore the new frontiers of the electricity sector. The participants will experience innovation first hand at Enel Group facilities; meet with government, business, and non-profit leaders; engage in a dialogue around issues of Africa’s clean energy future; and visit sites where suitable technology is being used to produce and distribute electricity.

Give Back Module

Back from Italy, the participants will take 5 days to teach at the Microgrid Academy in Kenya and/or at other Enel Foundation capacity-building initiatives around Africa. At the end of this module, the participants will be considered graduates of the Open Africa Power programme.


The Open Africa Power selection process is an open merit-based competition. The application period opens on January 31st, 2018 and closes at 5:00 p.m. CET on Thursday, March 1st , 2018.

To be eligible candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be between the ages of 24 and 35 by January 29, 2018
  • Be a citizen of an African country
  • Currently resident in an African country
  • Be eligible to travel to Italy in case of admission to the second module.
  • Have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Law or Business from an African University
  • Have an admission letter to a MSc, LLM or MBA degree from an African University
  • Have a demonstrated interest in the electricity sector in the African Continent
  • Be proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English.

How to Apply

Applications should be sent to Applicants should send in the following items:

  • A copy of their CV
  • Copies of their BSc or MSc, MBA, LLM academic records/transcript
  • A copy of their Passport
  • A motivation letter
  • At least three references from industry, academia and/or government

Inquiries regarding the program should also be sent to