Bobuchi Ken-Opurum, PhD

Dr. Bobuchi Ken-Opurum is a people-centered researcher at the nexus of climate and energy, focusing on energy equity, climate resilience, adaptation, and indoor and urban health to drive systemic and sustainable change. She is the Research Director at the Building Electrification Institute (BEI) and leads impactful research projects that inform and help cities and stakeholders prioritize the needs of marginalized communities in developing climate and building decarbonization solutions. She created the Re-HOUSED Multi-criteria Decision Support toolkit that helps self-builders in the tropical Global South in implementing viable and feasible flooding and heat stress resilience design solutions in housing. Dr. Ken-Opurum earned her Ph.D. in Architecture-Engineering-Construction Management from Carnegie Mellon University, an MS in Sustainability Management from Columbia University, and a BS in Construction Engineering Management Technology from Purdue University. She has published numerous papers on energy equity, indoor environmental quality, energy efficiency, and resilience. She is on the 2023 Forbes 30 under 30 list and is named one of Grist Magazine’s “50 climate leaders driving fresh solutions to our planets biggest problems.”

Last Updated:
July 17, 2024


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