Gift Nyikayaramba

Developing a method of fabricating solar cells to cut the cost of solar energy in Africa

  • Gift comes from Harare, Zimbabwe.
  • During Gift’s third year of high school, when the economic situation in Zimbabwe took a downward turn and most of his maths and science suddenly left his school, Gift played a fundamental role in mentoring and teaching his fellow students,
  • As an ALA student, Gift won second prize in the Southern Africa Science Olympiad out of over 20,000 participants.
  • He was awarded the prestigious Robertson Scholarship to study at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Gift was one of two student speakers at the GE Africa Ascending Event in August 2014, where he spoke about his solar cell renewable energy project alongside luminaries such as Dr. Mo Ibrahim, President John Mahama and Alhaji Dangote.
  • He has previously interned with McKinsey and Company and IBM.
  • After graduating from Duke, Gift plans to go to graduate school to further refine his research on solar energy, ultimately positioning him to dramatically impact the energy crisis in Africa.

Related links

Duke University Scholar Spotlight on Gift

Gift Nyikayaramba‘s talk at GE-Economist Africa Ascending (2014)