In addition to her university positions, Elena continues to deliver vast multi-disciplinary international projects within the realms of cyber-physical systems, energy engineering and social sciences.
She is passionate and committed to a number of causes and is part of many international projects, including ‘energy-for-all’ initiatives, currently taking place in the UK, the Brazilian Amazon, Philippines, Nepal and Rwanda, all centred on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and focused on affordable and clean energy.
The WE50 award follows Elena’s success in leading the Humanitarian Engineering and Energy for Displacement (HEED) project, which, over the past four years, has piloted solar energy aids for refugee camps in Rwanda and Nepal. The project also advocates for women refugees and the vital role they play in long-term energy solutions, by liaising with international stakeholders, including through presentations at worldwide United Nation’s debates.
Elena also leads the Cyber-Physical infrastructure strand in the EnergyREV’s project, one of the most significant international academic programmes within the UK’s Smart Local Energy Systems eco-system.
Elena’s leadership, throughout her projects, has enhanced outcomes for women through various initiatives: from the delivery of additional security offered by solar lighting interventions, reducing the risk of gender-based violence, to providing technology learning experiences for young refugee children and aspiring women scientists.