Medgar Evers College alumnus Antoine Faye has recently been appointed as Special Adviser for Renewable Energies to President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal. In this capacity, Mr. Faye will provide policy briefs to President Wade on strategies for using the country’s resources for renewable energy development. He will also advise the Minister of Renewable Energies on international affairs and work with the international community on investment strategies.
“My ultimate aim is to participate in the search to make this world a more equitable one by improving the lives of those around us,” said Faye. “It is a big challenge and I am ready to face it. I hope that I will be an adviser able to indicate the strategies and actions to better support the specific needs that fit a domestic context of sustainable development.”
While a Medgar Evers College CUNY BA student, Faye worked as an intern in the Brooklyn International Trade Development Center (BITDC) and completed back-to-back study abroad programs, one in Belize and then another in Copenhagen.
“From the day I met Antoine Faye I knew he was destined for greatness,” said Ruth J. Morrison, former BITDC Executive Director. “Antoine was very clear about his career objectives and he structured his college experiences to achieve his goal. From his study abroad programs in Belize and Copenhagen to working at BITDC and attending various international forums organized by BITDC or its partners to his graduate work in International Affairs at Columbia University, Antoine designed his academic and extra-curricular programs to prepare him for the career of his aspirations.”
While attending the School of International Affairs and Public Administration (SIPA) at Columbia University, Faye initiated and completed an in-depth research project on renewable energy in Senegal from June 10 to August 13, 2011. During this time President Wade offered Antoine a position in his administration.
“The College is proud of Antoine Faye’s remarkable achievement,” said President William L. Pollard. “It is a delight to see our students soar to global and international success using experiences gained within our classrooms.”
Faye recently participated attended the 66th United Nations General Assembly in New York as well as a conference on “Energy for All: Financing Access for the Poor” in Oslo, Norway. He is currently preparing his country’s senior representatives for participation to the upcoming COP17 – the 17th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – in Durban, South Africa.
About Renewable Energy in Africa
In nations across the African continent renewable energy is being considered. Because renewable energy is produced from natural resources such as sunlight, wind, rain and geothermal heat, which are naturally replenished, it serves as an effective alternative to oil and other manufactured energy products. It also has the added benefit of reducing exposure to external shocks like high oil prices, climate change concerns and may provide greater accessibility to modern energy services in remote areas. However, the experiences in industrializing renewable energy on the African continent have not been entirely successful due to the underdevelopment of energy markets. The continent’s vast renewable and non-renewable energy resources largely go unexploited and face major issues due to a lack of policies, technologies, financing and capacity in the energy markets.
In Senegal in particular, the nation faces the same issues in developing renewable energy markets. In Mr. Faye’s new role, he will be working to identify promising policy and regulatory options and new policy actions to stimulate broader and accelerated market-based dissemination of renewable energy. Mr. Faye will also be identifying the needs for these capacities, such as enablers/facilitators and players such as regulators, policy makers, professionals, technicians, developers, and financiers.
Medgar Evers College was founded in 1970 through the efforts from educators and community leaders in central Brooklyn. The College is named after Medgar Wiley Evers, a Mississippi-born black civil rights activist who was assassinated on June 12, 1963. The College is divided into four schools: The School of Business; The School of Professional and Community Development; The School of Liberal Arts and Education; and The School of Science, Health, and Technology. Through these Schools, the College offers 29 associate and baccalaureate degree programs, as well as certificate programs in fields such as English, Nursing, and Accounting. Medgar Evers College also operates several co-curricular and external programs and associated centers such as the Male Development and Empowerment Center, the Center for Women’s Development, the Center for Black Literature, and The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy.