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Enel Foundation 2023 Open Africa Power Program for Young African Leaders

Enel Foundation and Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) are excited to launch the call for applications for the 2023 edition of Open Africa Power, the programme aimed at empowering women and youth to lead the clean energy transition of Africa. Since 2018 Open Africa Power provides a cohort of young energy professionals with a complete set of technical, regulatory and business skills needed to trigger Africa sustainable energy future for all. This year the programme will engage up to 150 African students, with at least 50% women, and almost 400 Alumni in a series of professional development and leadership activities provided in partnership with top academic institutions in Italy and Africa.

Open Africa Power 2023 comprises of online and residential modules from academic institutions such as the University of Cape Town, Politecnico di Torino, Politecnico di Milano, SDA Bocconi, Florence School of Regulation, and Venice International University. The programme, as in past editions, receives significant support from our institutional partner, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.


Enel Foundation Open Africa Power Program

Application DeadlineApril 10, 2023
Funding TypePartially Funded
TypeCollege School
SponsorEnel Foundation
GenderMen and Women
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Benefits of Enel Foundation Open Africa Power Program

  • Open Africa Power will engage up to 60 African students and alumni in a series of professional development and leadership activities, comprising residential training modules in South Africa.

Requirements for Enel Foundation Open Africa Power Program

  • Be between the ages of 24 and 35 by May 1st, 2023;
  • Be a citizen of an African country;
  • Currently resident in an African country or planning to relocate in Africa within the end of 2024;
  • Be eligible to travel to Italy. All candidates are invited to check well in advance the   procedure applicable to their specific case;
  • Having graduated by May 1st, 2023 from a PhD, MSc, LLM, MPP or MBA degree. Undergraduate students, people with only a BSc degree or people who are currently enrolled in a master’s degree (i.e. Graduate students) are not eligible for this program. At least one degree (PhD, MSc, BSc, LLM, MPP or MBA) must be from an African University;
  • Have competences and a demonstrated interest to pursue a career – in private or public sector - in the electricity space at large;
  • Be fully proficient in English (CEFR C1 level), and be able to demonstrate this via an official language certificate or completion of at least one degree completely taught in English;
  • Willingness to promote gender equality and women´s empowerment within and beyond the programme.

Selection Process

Program General Structure

• Digital African Module: State of the Art and Capstone Project (May – June)

• Regulation for SDG7 Online Course (May – October)

• Italian Module: New Frontiers (January – March 2024)

• Give back module. Upon completion of the Italian module, The entire cohort of alumni will be involved in knowledge sharing activities in cooperation with Enel Foundation.

Application Documents

  •    A copy of their CV (in PDF format);
  •   Copy of their Bachelor’s and Master’s degree certificates (plus eventual MBA/PhD certificates) AND academic transcripts (in PDF format);
  •   A copy of their Passport (in PDF format);
  •  A motivation letter (max 700 words, in PDF format);
  • Three reference letters from industry, academia and/or civil servant representatives (in PDF format).

Application Deadline

April 10, 2023

How to Apply

Applications are to be filed through our dedicated platform exclusively, using the verification code (OAPF2325). We highly invite you to start and complete your application on both Google Chrome and a desktop environment for the best results possible in terms of stability and reliability of the platform. Please click on the link and copy-paste the code written above in order to begin the process.

For more details,visit Enel Foundation website


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