Anine Kilian is the Managing Editor at Energy Capital & Power.
African journalists and media professionals play a central role in disseminating information, advocating for change, fostering accountability and creating public dialogue. At a time when African countries are calling for a balanced approach to energy security and climate change mitigation, these professionals collectively contribute to a more resilient and sustainable energy future for the continent. Individuals such as Anine Kilian, Managing Editor of investment platform Energy Capital & Power, strive for inclusivity and the promotion of Africa’s narrative. Kilian is featured on the African Energy Chamber’s list of 25 Under 40 Energy Women Rising Stars.
Please share a brief overview of your journey in the energy industry that led to your current role? What are some key achievements or milestones that you are particularly proud of?
My journey in the energy sector began in 2012, when I took on the role of a journalist at Engineering News and Mining Weekly. During my time as a writer at these publications, I honed my understanding of both energy and mining industries. This opportunity enabled me to extensively explore Africa and Europe, where I crafted narratives around energy and mining initiatives that brought valuable advancements to the African continent. This journey allowed me to amass a wealth of knowledge in the sector.
In 2018, my path led me to Africa Oil & Power, now known as Energy Capital & Power (ECP), where I began as a writer and sub-editor. Progressing in my role, I then assumed the position of News and Publications Editor. In this capacity, I built a distinctive platform that amplifies Africa’s energy accomplishments and news. This progression was pivotal in propelling me to my current role as Managing Editor at ECP, where I manage a team of exceptional writers and editors who are all driven by a common passion and unwavering dedication to Africa’s energy sector. Working with such like-minded individuals to shape and guide the trajectory of Africa’s energy narrative is something I find deeply fulfilling.
What advice would you give to young females aspiring to excel in the energy sector? Are there any specific strategies or mindsets that helped you overcome obstacles and reach your current position?
Staying well-informed about the latest developments in the energy sector holds significant importance. Devote time to extensive reading to broaden your understanding. Understanding which platforms will keep you in the loop about the most current news and advancements in Africa’s energy landscape is vital. The energy sector is ever-changing and it’s essential to remain current with the latest industry developments.
Equally important is commitment and setting clear goals. Put in the hard work and set specific, doable targets for yourself. Stay focused on these goals, show determination and be open to challenges as they come. Remember that making mistakes is normal; the important thing is to learn from them and keep moving forward towards your goals and aspirations.
Looking ahead, what changes or advancements do you hope to see in the energy sector, and how do you envision your role in shaping that future?
In Africa, a staggering number of individuals, totaling 600 million, find themselves trapped in the challenging reality of energy poverty, lacking reliable access to essential electricity services. Additionally, a striking 900 million people are grappling with the absence of access to clean cooking resources, which significantly impacts both their health and overall quality of life. As I look toward the future, my vision encompasses a continent where universal access to electricity becomes a reality, transcending geographical boundaries and socio-economic divides. I believe in the power of information and awareness-building as catalysts for change.
My role within ECP’s platform takes on meaningful purpose as I aspire to shed light on these pervasive issues. Leveraging the influential reach of ECP’s resources, I endeavor to draw attention to the pressing need for change. In essence, our mission at ECP is rooted in catalyzing a holistic transformation within the energy sector—a transformation that not only generates economic growth, but also significantly improves the quality of life of millions of people. We aim to pave the way for a future where the disparity in energy access no longer casts shadows over the aspirations of millions across the continent.