Rising Energy Leader Awardees 2022

EEP Africa is pleased to announce the recipients of our Rising Energy Leader award for 2022!


The Rising Energy Leader award shines light on young professionals who are leading the clean energy transition in Africa. Nominees are asked to demonstrate a strong commitment to advancing clean energy solutions, demonstrate professional growth or achievement in the sector, and ambitious goals for the future.

See the 2022 awardees below. The awardees will be celebrated at the session on the upcoming Call for Proposals during EEP Africa Knowledge Week. Register for the event >>

Each leader will be profiled further on our website later this year.

2022 Rising Energy Leaders:

Rethabile Mafura

Rethabile is the Country Director Lesotho at African Clean Energy (ACE), a Dutch-South African social enterprise that produces and distributes solar-biomass hybrid cookstoves in developing countries. Rethabile has been instrumental in the success of ACE Lesotho, moving from HR Director to Country Manager due to her leadership. With EEP Africa funding, the company launched a new pay-as-you-go (PAYG) cooking solution in Lesotho, and increased clean energy access and brought the benefits of smartphones to off-grid, rural households. Read Rethabile’s story here.



Felix Boldt 

Felix is the Founder and CEO of Solarworx, a German manufacturer that provides innovative, reliable, affordable and sustainable clean energy solutions to local distribution partners. Felix previously worked as an environmental engineer for clean-tech companies in the wind and off-grid energy sector. Solarworx’s project with EEP Africa was to pilot a decentralized smart-grid based on interconnecting solar home systems (SHS).  Together with LittleSun, the company installs modular off-grid solar home systems in high-density rural communities in Zambia. Read Felix’s story here.