Meet Beauclaire Mbanya Cameroon’s First Rhodes Scholar
Alumnus Beauclaire Mbanya ’14 has been announced as a winner of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship! Beauclaire will be the first ever Rhodes Scholar ever from his home nation of Cameroon, and will receive a full scholarship for graduate studies at the University of Oxford beginning in September 2021. He is one of only two students selected worldwide from all countries not in a Rhodes competition zone.
A chemical engineer by training, Beauclaire focuses on Energy Resource Management and Public Policy. “My interest is in understanding energy resource policy options that could facilitate infrastructure development in developing countries,” says Beauclaire. At Oxford, he seeks to be trained as “a renewable energy scientist involved in energy conversion, systems and storage research,” studying the intersection of sustainable energy, technology and policy development. Beauclaire aspires to bring renewable and sustainable energy to all corners of the African continent. He is driven by his awareness of the depth of energy poverty in his native country: close to 40% of Cameroonians do not have access to electricity.
After discovering his passions at ALA, Beauclaire attended the University of Rochester. While an undergraduate, conducted a greenhouse emissions savings analysis for University Medical Center’s integration of solar power. He co-authored an action plan proposal with energy savings recommendations based on the greenhouse emission analysis. In 2017, Beauclaire co-founded the non-profit called CareforSeven, an organization developing energy innovators in the Global South. During the summer of 2018, Beauclaire travelled to Lagos, Nigeria to implement the project “Bright Hands” at the community level. Aimed at addressing SDG 7, Bright Hands taught secondary school students from energy deprived, low income areas to build solar charters
Credit: African Leadership Academy