Lagos, Nigeria| 11 July 2023 – The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP) has appointed the Former Vice President of Nigeria, H.E. Professor Yemi Osinbajo SAN, as Global Advisor to assist GEAPP’s mission of accelerating clean energy deployment in developing countries.
Prof. Osinbajo will support GEAPP’s partnership with governments to enhance the enabling environment and delivery effectiveness to unlock faster and greater capital flows into the clean energy sector. He will also continue his activity as a leading advocate for Just Energy Transitions in Africa including scaling up Africa’s share of the global carbon market via the Africa Carbon Markets Initiative (ACMI). In May, Prof. Osinbajo was also confirmed as lead for the Commonwealth general election observers in Sierra Leone.
Prior to joining GEAPP, Prof. Osinbajo served for eight years as Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and previously as Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice for Lagos State. An accomplished lawyer, Prof. Osinbajo holds the distinguished title of Senior Advocate of Nigeria. During his time in public service, Prof. Osinbajo pioneered several people-centred initiatives and programmes, including addressing access to justice, energy access and social investments. He is one of Nigeria’s leading legal experts and has served as Professor of Law and head of department at the University of Lagos. A member of the International Bar Association and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Prof. Osinbajo has served on the Nigerian Body of Benchers and the Council for Legal Education of Nigeria.
This appointment underlines GEAPP’s commitment to partnering with governments and communities across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean to transition to clean energy systems that are driving economic growth, generating jobs and sustainable livelihoods, and helping to meet urgent climate goals during the next decade.
Prof. Yemi Osinbajo said, “I am honoured by the opportunity to join this movement for green energy access. GEAPP’s collaborative model, sense of urgency, and focus on unlocking systemic change is well aligned with the ambitions of emerging economies as they seek a greener future for their citizens. GEAPP’s vision for change is ambitious. That is entirely fitting; if we’re to achieve our twin goals of universal energy access and climate change action, while transforming the lives of millions, then we must set our sights high.”
GEAPP CEO Simon Harford commented, “For many years His Excellency Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has been a respected role model of public service at the forefront of policy formulation and implementation on crucial developmental issues relating to national planning, climate change, enabling the business and investment environment, governance, and social investment. His professional expertise and leadership, alongside his broad global network and relationships, will be a valuable catalyst in GEAPP’s mission for affordable access to clean energy and a just transition for all.”
Prof. Osinbajo’s role begins with immediate effect.
About the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet
The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP) is an alliance of philanthropy, governments in emerging and developed economies, and technology, policy, and financing partners. Our common mission is to enable emerging economies to shift to a clean energy, pro-growth model that accelerates universal energy access and inclusive economic growth, while supporting the global community to meet critical climate goals during the next decade. As an alliance we aim to reduce 4 gigatons of future carbon emissions, expand clean energy access to one billion people, and enable 150 million new jobs. With philanthropic partners, IKEA Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and Bezos Earth Fund, GEAPP works to build the enabling environment, capacity, and market conditions for private sector solutions, catalyse new business models through innovation and entrepreneurship, and deploy high-risk capital to encourage private sector solutions, and assist just transition solutions. For more information, please visit www.energyalliance.org and follow us on Twitter at @EnergyAlliance.
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