Patience Bukirwa

Patience Bukirwa

Senior Associate
  • Global South

Patience is a senior associate for RMI’s Global South – Africa Energy Program, which involves governments, utilities, development partners, and the private sector in sub-Saharan Africa to drive affordable, efficient, and resilient energy systems for energy access and economic development.

Her work currently revolves around the technical and economic analysis of distributed energy resources (DERs) to decarbonize energy supply for commercial and industrial companies in Nigeria, decarbonizing productive use of electricity as a means for improved sustainability of rural electrification systems, and mapping out opportunities for implementing and scaling electric mobility in sub-Saharan Africa.


Prior to joining RMI, Patience worked in management consulting with focus on strategy development and project management for public and private sector clients across industries, including energy and utilities, financial services, consumer business, and development agencies. She also worked as a researcher in electric vehicle system design and scaling rural electrification in Uganda by focusing on biomass gasification.


MSc, Sustainable Energy Futures, Imperial College, London
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants UK (ACCA)
BSc, Mechanical Engineering, Makerere University