MIRITI VALENTINE HOPE
Name: Miriti Valentine Hope
Industry: Legal Industry
Years of service : Less than a year
Education : Bachelor of Law (LL.B); Advocates Training Program; Aspire Women’s Leadership Development Course for the Energy Sector
Country of residence: Kenya
Ms. Miriti Hope is a lawyer who graduated from Strathmore University with honors. She upholds integrity and ethics as her core values. Hope is a self-driven young lady passionate about energy justice and sustainable energy development. Hope also advocates for the involvement and participation of the youth in transparency and accountability across the energy value chain. This has been shown in her active participation in the following forums: Africa Energy and Mineral Initiative (AEMI) and Africa Women in Energy Development Initiative (AWEDI). These are programmes aimed at empowering young Africans who desires to impact the energy sector. Hope is an alumna of Power Africa and USAID’s Aspire Women’s Leadership Development course for the energy sector which equipped her with core leadership skills such as leading with emotional intelligence, personal branding, strategic planning and technical skills which put her on the front as a future energy leader.
Hope has previously worked at AfricanLII and Democratic Governance and Rights Unit (DGRU) at the University of Cape Town as a legal researcher. She assisted in creating a data base for the appointment of acting judges nationally in South Africa; assisted in organizing the regional International Association of Judges conference held in Cape Town 2019; drafted case summaries on human rights uploaded on AfricanLII; and edited, reviewed and uploaded cases on Namibia and Malawi Law reporting websites. Hope has also worked in the legal department at, Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation of Kenya (REREC), a state-owned entity whose mandate is to develop, promote and manage the use of renewable energy technologies in Kenya. At REREC, she assisted in the drafting and reviewing of legal instruments, policy documents and project contracts as well as preparing and interpreting legal opinions and offering guidance on legal requirements.
Hope believes that through extensive research, publications, conferences, discussions and community engagement, it is possible to contribute tailored solutions that advance energy justice and human dignity across the energy value chain. In that regard, she is actively involved in legal research and writing and has published the following article – The Effects of the Drop in Global Oil Prices and the Tax Laws (Amendment) Act 2020 in the Wake of the Covid-19 Pandemic, in the Strathmore Law Review Journal (June 2020). As well as her undergraduate thesis titled, ‘A Path Towards the Distribution and Governance of the 10% Mineral Royalties Accrued to Host Communities Pursuant to section 183(5) of the Mining Act 2016.’
Hope is of the opinion that young people are crucial agents of change who should be empowered through capacity building, mentoring and given opportunities to realize their full potential and contribute to national development.