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Empowering young talent: ISO award nurtures the next generation of standardizers

Promising standards talent from Tanzania wins the 2023 Next Generation Award.

From apprentices taking their first steps on the career ladder to future leaders in standardization, the very best of young international talent from across the world is celebrated through the Next Generation Award.

This year’s rising star is Tanzania’s own Neema Msemwa. A registered professional engineer, Neema has made her mark in standardization since graduating from the University of Dar es Salaam. Using her exceptional skills to support national endeavours, she currently serves as a Standards Officer and Secretary of the technical committee on renewable energy at the Tanzania Bureau of Standards.

Recognizing her passion and energy, the NextGen Award will give Neema international visibility, helping to raise her profile within the standards community. She will begin her secondment to ISO’s Geneva HQ in early 2024 under the guidance of a dedicated mentor.

A future leader

Neema’s commitment to renewable energy advocacy has contributed to the development of renewable energy standards. Through her enduring efforts, she has made clean energy more accessible across Tanzania, making a lasting impact on the country’s sustainability agenda. Her dedication extends to participating in the development of the Tanzania Energy Efficiency Action Plan (2020) and reviewing related policies to drive Tanzania’s sustainable energy agenda. She also plays a vital role in youth empowerment by mentoring graduate women engineers.

“I’m both excited and deeply honoured to accept the ISO Next Generation Award for 2023,” said Neema Msemwa. “Opportunities like this are so important to support young innovators in growing their careers, making a difference in their industries and contributing their unique views as tomorrow’s future leaders.” “I am looking forward to the next year with ISO and working to build a more sustainable future for Tanzania and the world.”

Neema will be honoured during the ISO Annual Meeting in Brisbane, Australia, taking place on 18-22 September 2023. The award ceremony will serve as a reminder that young talent plays a vital role in shaping a brighter future for standards.

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