Dr. Rose M. Mutiso was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. She is passionate about helping elevate women to positions of leadership and influence in African society.
She is co-founder and CEO of the Mawazo Institute and Mawazo’s inaugural Energy Research Fellow, focusing on African energy sector development. Previously, Rose has served as a Senior Fellow in the Office of International Climate and Clean Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), where she led DOE’s engagement on technology and policy dimensions of energy access in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
Also, she served as an Energy and Innovation Policy Fellow in the office of U.S. Senator Christopher A. Coons, where she authored several pieces of legislation that were signed into law by President Barack Obama.
A materials engineer by training, Rose has technical experience in the fields of nanotechnology and polymer physics, including nano-electronics and next-generation energy technologies. She earned her BA and BE in Engineering Sciences with a concentration in Materials Science from Dartmouth College, and her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.