Betty Ikalany is the CEO and Founder of Appropriate Energy Saving Technologies (AEST), a woman-led social enterprise that creates livelihood opportunities for women in the cookstove and fuel value chain in Eastern Uganda. Betty holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies specializing in Women, Gender, and Development from the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands, and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Administration from Makerere University, Uganda.
Betty’s company won the Women’s Empowerment Fund 2015 from the Clean Cooking Alliance to increase women’s participation in the production, distribution, and provision of aftersales services for improved cookstoves and agro-waste charcoal in Eastern Uganda. Betty was also the winner of the Alliance’s inaugural Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2016 which recognizes outstanding female leaders in the household energy sector who are advancing clean cooking solutions in emerging markets. Betty’s strong entrepreneurial and innovative spirit combined with her focus on providing income opportunities for women has contributed to the success of the company today.