Prof Izael Da Silva is spearheading the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)/ UNITWIN chair on Climate Change Resilience and Sustainability (Strathmore University), which aims at promoting international inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities, through knowledge-sharing and collaborative work. The chairs serve as think tanks and bridge builders between academia, civil society, local communities, research, and policy-making. He is also the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) – Research and Innovation at Strathmore University.
Prof Da Silva is a Renewable Energy specialist with over 20 years of experience in research and academic leadership. He is a member of several engineering and energy societies both within and outside Africa, an Accredited Energy Auditor with Kenya’s Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA), and a Certified Energy Manager with the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), based in Atlanta, Georgia. Prof Da Silva has worked with government ministries, development agencies (like GIZ, Sida, the World Bank, etc), and industry stakeholders (within and outside Africa) in research and research-related projects, with the objective of deepening the linkage between industry and academia. He also serves on energy and engineering boards locally and regionally, but in different capacities. Some of them are the Kenya Climate Innovation Centre (KCIC), the World Energy Council (WEC), the Energy Society of Kenya (ESK), the Association of Energy Professionals Eastern Africa (AEPEA) which is a chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), based in Atlanta, Georgia. His research interests are renewable energy, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), energy efficiency, climate change mitigation and adaptation, demand-side management, energy conversion, energy utilization and conservation, renewable energy technologies, and renewable energy policies. He has written and published extensively in some of these areas.