Nair de Sousa

Field of Study: Civic Engagement

Cohort: 2021

Country: Angola

Leadership Institute: University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Nair Bernardo de Oliveira Fortunato de Sousa is a specialist in oilfields management and geoconservation, with seven years' experience in the oil and gas industry. She is also a passionate advocate of girls' education and women's empowerment, and mentors young girls and women who intend to study STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Nair is a co-founder of the Angolan Association of Women in Geosciences, which aims to involve more women in geosciences. She is also establishing the Angolan Society of Geosciences, an academic-professional institute that will develop the capacity of young geoscientists to contribute to local and national sustainable development. Additionally, she has developed an approach for the first proposed public policy for geoconservation strategies. Nair holds a bachelor's degree in Petroleum Geology and a master's degree in Reservoir Evaluation and Management. She intends to pursue her Energy Risk Professional certification and a Ph.D. in Conservation of Geological Heritage. She is a member of the African Association of Women in Geosciences, and an Alumna of the Young African Leaders Initiative Southern Africa Regional Leadership Center. After completing the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, Nair plans to continue advocating for geoconservation's role in sustainable development, and to explore building her own company focused on oilfield management and the development of local oil and gas reserves.