Janvier Kamundala: Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Technologies of the Université Libre des Pays des Grands Lacs (ULPGL)

With the support of the African Union Commission and the BEBUC Scholarship Program, he completed his master studies in Energy Engineering at the Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES), including Climate Change, in Algeria, with great distinction. 

In the final year of his master studies, he conducted a research on “Multi-Criteria Decision Making for Energy Planning for Rural Electrification in DRC: Case Study of Idjwi Island” at the Center of New Energy Systems of the University of Pretoria, with the support of the BEBUC Scholarship Program. 

In parallel to his master studies, Janvier and his colleagues created “Jua Jamii” (in Swahili Jua = Sun and Jamii = Community): “Solar Community”, an interdisciplinary team that participated to the “Solar Decathlon Africa 2019” in Morocco. This is a contest that aims to contribute to the knowledge and dissemination of solar and sustainable housing. They designed and built a smart, energy-efficient house powered only by solar energy.

In January 2019, Janvier and two of his classmates in Energy Engineering presented as finalists from Africa a solar containerized micro-grid system Jua Box at the “Empower a Billion Lives’ Competition” of the Institute of Electrical Electronic Engineering (IEEE) in Seville, Spain. 

Very well done, Janvier! Congratulations and keep it up!