Ugwem Eneyo

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Ugwem Eneyo
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Ugwem Eneyo. Image retrieved from Gravity Speakers “Ugwem Eneyo” on 09 February, 2021.
Illinois, United States of America
Alma materUniversity of Illinois
Stanford University
Known forBeing the Co-founder of Shyft Power Solutions

Editor: Charissa Cassels

Ugwem Eneyo is the Co-Founder and CEO of Shyft Power Solutions, formerly known as Solstice Energy Solutions.[1] Shyft is a startup company that specialises in leveraging IoT, software and data-driven approaches to assist African homes and small businesses in finding reliable, clean and cost-saving energy solutions.[2]The company also specialises in connecting and managing distributed energy resources in emerging markets. Shyft was founded in 2016.

Eneyo has Nigerian heritage but was born in Illinois, United States.[3] She is also an entrepreneur.[4]


She completed her Bachelor of Science degree, with Honors, specialising in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2009 to 2013.

She obtained her Masters of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2014 from Standford University in California,[5] as well her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, where she focused on energy, the environment and sustainable development of emerging markets.

Her research includes working in rural Tanzania at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Nelson Mandela Institute of Science and Technology in Arusha, where she worked on developing techniques for rural water treatment.[6]


Since December 2010, she has been the Co-Founder and Director of the Idotenyin Project that encourages and advocates Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education and professions within underprivileged Nigerian schools, focusing on practical education and the provision of resources.

She was an Environmental and Regulatory Advisory intern for ExxonMobil from May 2011 to August 2011.[7] ExxonMobil is a large publicly traded international oil and gas company.[8]

She was an Environmental, Regulatory and Socioeconomic Advisor intern at ExxonMobil from May 2012 to June 2012 and later on became the Environmental, Regulatory and Socioeconomic Advisor at ExxonMobil from June 2013 to September 2014.

Eneyo worked on the Assessment of Benzene Exposure as a Result of Legacy Oils Spills in Ogoniland, Nigeria from March 2015 to June 2015, and has been the Co Academic Chair of the Standford University Black Graduate Students Association since May 2015.

2015 was a busy year for Eneyo as she was the Environmental Engineer at ExxonMobil from June 2015 to September 2015 and also worked on the Life Cycle Assessment of Bioethanol Production From Conventional Corn Fermentation versus Electrochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide to Ethanol in December 2015.

Eneyo was the Former Chapter Vice President, Interim Treasurer, Co-Pre-College Initiative Chair and Junior Executive Board President at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Later she became the International Membership Coordinator / University of Uyo (Nigeria) Advisor for the National Society of Black Engineers.

Awards and Achievements

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Engineering awarded Eneyo the Knight of St. Patrick Award, accorded to students who represent leadership, excellence in character and exceptional contribution to the College of Engineering and its students. This was awarded to her in January, 2013. She became a National GEM Consortium Fellow the following year.[9] The National GEM Consortium aims to enhance the value of the nation’s human capital, by increasing the participation of underrepresented groups at masters and doctoral levels in engineering and science.[10]

In September 2016, she became a Ford Foundation Doctoral Fellow and was a speaker at the African Diaspora Investment Symposium in 2017.[11]

Eneyo was a Google NYC Finalist at the Women Who Tech Event in March, 2018 and she received the People’s Choice Award that same year.[12]

She was able to raise $1 Million in funding from investors and she participated in the 2019 Ameren Accelerator Programme as well as having GreenBiz naming her a 2019 VERGE Vanguard Honoree.[13]

Eneyo was a Cisco Live Global Award Recipient and African Diaspora Network Entrepreneurship award recipient.[14]

Eneyo has earned a spot in the Powerhouse Accelerator and is a member of the Harambe Entrepreneurs Alliance.[15] Harambeans are innovators who wish to unlock people’s full potential in order to build Africa’s future.[16]

She has been a keynote speaker for Big Speak.[17]


Eneyo was a featured speaker for World Bank Live[18] and Gravity Speakers.[19]

Forbes has recognised her as one of its 30 Under 30 people in Energy as well as a Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy Honoree.[20]