Ugwem I. Eneyo is the co-founder and CEO of Solstice Energy Solutions, a start-up company specializing in leveraging internet of things, software and data-driven approaches to help African homes and small business find reliable, clean and cost-saving energy solutions. Solstice has developed the SHYFT, an integrated hardware and software platform that helps users save money on energy and easily manage consumption.
Ms. Eneyo’s Nigerian heritage created a strong passion for addressing the challenges and opportunities across the African continent. As a Masters and admitted Ph.D. student in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, she focuses on the nexus of energy, environment and sustainable development of emerging markets. Her previous research includes working in rural Tanzania with faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Nelson Mandela Institute of Science and Technology in Arusha, developing techniques for distributed water treatment. Ms. Eneyo also spent time in industry working as an environmental and regulatory advisor at Exxon Mobil, supporting projects in Chad, Nigeria, and southeast Asia.
Her work and experience have resulted in her commitment to increasing representation of women and people of color in academia, technology, and entrepreneurship. Ms. Eneyo is a firm believer that these niches do not lack talent, but the talent lacks opportunity and thus remains actively involved with organizations that support this cause.
She is represented by Gravity Speakers (gravityspeakers.com/speaker/ugwem-eneyo) and regularly speaks on topics including women and PoC in tech, sustainability + environment, IoT + data and development in emerging markets.