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Field of Study: Energy
Leadership Institute: University of California - Davis
Paul Nkumbula has over five years of experience working in the rural communities of Zambia at technical and management levels in various sectors: water, technology, agriculture, and renewable energy. Currently, Paul is a project coordinator for the Kafita Cooperative Society, where he manages the operations of the Mpanta Solar Mini Grid Project, as well as other agricultural productive activities. He also volunteers in his community through mobilizing funds for women's groups and does computer training for students in local primary schools. Paul holds a diploma in Accounting from the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants where he focused on sustainable development and how innovation can contribute to the ending of poverty in rural Zambia. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Paul plans to continue his work in ensuring that rural communities, with a special focus on women, have access to sustainable energy regardless of their social and economic status.