C3E 2012: Women as Energy Decision Makers in Africa

Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, Minister of Energy, South Africa




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The MIT Energy Initiative and the US Department of Energy hosted an invitation-only Women in Clean Energy Symposium on September 28, 2012. This symposium – for leaders who have helped advance the careers of women in clean energy, academics, other experts in clean energy, and students who are studying clean energy disciplines – will help lay the foundation for a broader, continuing effort to enable and support the careers of women in clean energy.

Introduced by Professor Phil Khoury, MIT Associate Provost & Ford International Professor of History, South African Minister of Energy Elizabeth Dipuo Peters shares her views of women in the energy field.

“A nurturing heart and understanding is needed to succeed on tough policy issues like nuclear power.”

“Technology improvements are making home solar systems a reality when grid connection is not possible.”

"Let the name of women be praised’ because women hold up half the sky.”

For more information about C3E and to view additional videos from this event, visit the C3E website.

About the Speaker

Elizabeth Dipuo Peters
Minister of Energy
South Africa

Honorable Minister Dipuo Peters has been the Minister of Energy of the Republic of South Africa since May 11, 2009. She has been a long time member of the African National Congress, including serving as the Provincial Chairperson for four years. She is also a member of the Women’s League National Executive Committee. She previously served as the premier of the Northern Cape region for five years, remains a Member of Parliament (National Assembly), and was previously a Member of Executive Council (MEC) for Health in the Northern Cape.

Minister Peter’s earlier work included working for NCCR a United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) structure which worked for the repatriation of political exiles and re-integration of political prisoners after the unbanning of political organizations. She then worked as a social worker for the NCCR, which included liaising with other organizations on behalf of the Committee in the Northern Cape, administering grants for the disabled, aged and un-accompanied minors, and proposing and implementing service plans for the individuals and groups of returnees.

Minister Peters earned her BA in Social Work from the University of the North. She holds certificates in Development and Public Policy, Executive Management, and International Policy Management.