Afra Alowais | Chief Efficienology Officer
Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority - SEWA | United Arab Emirates

Afra Alowais, Chief Efficienology Officer, Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority - SEWA

Afra Al Owais leads the Energy Management & Audit Department of Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (SEWA).  She joined SEWA in 2016 after qualifying with a degree in Sustainable & Renewable Energy Engineering from University of Sharjah.  Afra was specially selected for her current role after distinguishing herself with strategic projects. She is passionate about environmental stewardship and promoting green growth which is one of the key goals of SEWA.  Performing as a Sustainable & Renewable Energy Engineer, Afra contributes to policy and research in energy efficiency.  Her vision is to bring about a sustained change in consumer behavior and energy efficiency practices. Achieving the consequent reduction in resources used, underpins everything that she does.  She quickly recognizes opportunities to translate strategy into action.  To this end she created the SEWA Sustainability Pathway as a permanent high-impact installation in the head office to illustrate the organization’s vision. This foresight also drove her to commission an innovation project to explore changing customer behavior using the FORTH Innovation Method which is new to the region.  Most recently Afra has championed a building retrofit program targeting a reduction of 30 % in each premises which is an initiative to advance the position of Sharjah as City of Conservation.  The title of Chief Efficienology Officer was recently bestowed in recognition of her determination and commitment to develop Green Growth.


Solar Show MENA 2019 day 1 @ 15:40

Case Study: Overview on Sharjah Government energy efficiency - retrofitting Program

  • Introducing Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) retrofit programme
  • Encouraging participation through incentives – the benefits of joining SEWA
  • Explaining the challenges of helping organizations increase efficiency
  • How the programme will benefit Sharjah’s goal of 30% energy savings by 2020
  • Looking forward – what the future holds for the SEWA retrofit programme

Solar Show MENA 2019 day 1 @ 17:00

Keynote panel: Girl Power: How women in MENA are joining forces to create the workplace of the future

  • Understanding the MENA energy sector and the roles available for women
  • Highlighting the evidence that shows how the presence of women in the workplace has the possibility to increase profitability, return on investment and innovation.
  • Building an awareness of senior roles being acquired by women in MENA in the renewable energy sector
  • Discussing how to navigate through a male dominated sector to succeed
  • Reflecting on success stories and identifying winning strategies that drive career success for women in the energy industry
last published: 17/Feb/19 17:25 GMT

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