Winners are selected through a comprehensive review and judging process, by a Jury composed of individuals with deep insight into Steve’s personal and professional values. They collectively represent members of Steve’s family, GWEC, REN21 and Greenpeace.


Wangari Muchiri

Wangari Muchiri is a Renewable Energy Engineer and Energy Planning expert, based in Kenya. She currently works as a Programme Development Manager, focusing on Renewable Energy Innovation for off grid and peri-urban communities. Over the last eight years, Wangari has gained international experience consulting in renewable energy, green buildings and sustainability throughout East Africa and Oceania.

Wangari also sits on the board of the Kenya Green Building Society, where she heads up the technical committee who play an integral part role in ensuring the real estate sector in Kenya is sustainable.

Wangari holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Renewable Energy) from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and a Masters of Engineering (Energy Planning and Policy) from the University of Technology, Sydney.

In 2019, Wangari was selected among one of the Obama Leaders for Africa, by the Obama Foundation. Wangari was also selected as a participant of the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program in 2019, and was named a Top Woman Under 30 in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) by the Mawazo Institute during Africa Science week.

Wangari is passionate about ensuring a more sustainable world and hopes to play a vital role in seeing the SDG’s achieved by 2030.

“I am deeply humbled and honored to be selected as the recipient of the inaugural “REvolutionaries: Steve Sawyer Memorial Award”. My dream is to see Africa become fully energy-independent and leapfrog traditional energy sources to a sustainable, innovative and renewable energy future. Through this platform, I hope to reflect some of Steve Sawyers leadership qualities and demonstrate that there are indeed innovative, scalable, diverse and technology savvy projects on the continent.
Wangari Muchiri
Winner, REvolutionaries Award 2020


In October 2020, Wangari met with Arthouros Zervos, Chair of REN21 and member of the Jury for the REvolutionaries Award, in Nairobi, Kenya, for a discussion on the clean energy transition in Kenya and Africa. View their conversation below!

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