With over 3000 nominations for the 2020 Forbes under 30 list, 28-year-old Kenyan Ogutu Okudo met the cut and was honored among other key market place contributors from different parts of Africa.
Okudo who is the founder and CEO of Women in Energy & Extractives Africa is hailed mainly for her impact in the oil and energy industry.
The 28-year-old told Forbes that the inspiration to start up her company was drawn from an image of a woman (who was balancing her child on her hips and carrying yams to feed her family) amid a protest in Nigeria over oil spillage.
The establishment of Women in Energy & Extractives Africa that initially began as Women in Oil and Gas East Africa (WIOGEA) came at a time where Kenya had not discovered oil until later in 2012 when it was unearthed in Turkana.
Apart from creating job opportunities, Okudo’s organizations has also been on the frontline as a voice that represents other women in the energy industry.
The organization currently has 15 employees in five countries and over 75 volunteers in 10 countries with vacant opportunities.
As part of her achievements, Okudo has received several awards and gained international recognition for her works through her organization.
In 2018, she was awarded by Kenya’s head of state as one of the young female Kenyan trailblazers and earned herself a title as the Kenya Upstream Oil and Gas Woman of the Year.
By the end of 2020, Okudo plans to set up offices in all their East African satellite locations.
Apart from her other Kenyan women who were recently featured on the Forbes Africa’s most powerful women list are Jennifer Riria and award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o.