Carnot Prize Recipient


Sheila Oparaocha is the recipient of the 2021 Carnot Prize and has nearly two decades of experience working in the gender and energy sector. She currently leads the International Secretariat (IS) based at Hivos. The host of Energia, Hivos is an international organization based in the Netherlands with 50 years of experience in the development sector that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues.

Oparaocha also holds the position of International Coordinator of the Energia International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy. Under her leadership, the IS manages a multi-country and multi-partner program portfolio spanning 22 countries in Asia and Africa. Oparaocha has a bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine form the University of Zambia and a master’s degree in gender and development planning from the Asian Institute of Technology.