Ms. Martha Mburu, Treasurer and Chair Finance & Procurement Committee
Ms. Martha is the current Treasurer of the Geothermal Association of Kenya. She is also currently the Manager Direct Uses in geothermal energy with a key focus in commercializing geothermal direct use applications.
Ms. Martha has a Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nairobi and a Post Graduate Diploma in Geothermal Energy Technology from the Geothermal Institute, University of Auckland. In 2003, she studied Reservoir Engineering at the United Nations University Geothermal Training Program (UNUGTP) in Iceland. Ms. Martha also has a Masters Degree in Renewable Energy: Technology and Sustainability from the University of Reading (United Kingdom) , where she specialized in geothermal direct use applications. Her studies were funded by the Government of Japan under the World Bank programmes. Her MSc. research, based on utilization of low heat energy from geothermal brine, a Kenyan case study was considered one of the best and was awarded a gold medal from The Royal Academy of Engineering, UK. In 2009, she did a course on Geothermal reservoir modeling at the West Japan Engineering company (WestJEc), Japan.
Ms. Martha worked as a Reservoir Engineer from 1999-2007 specializing in various aspects of reservoir engineering such as down-hole well measurements, well discharge testing, interference testing well output monitoring, reservoir modeling and re-injection monitoring .
Her key interest is in utilization of energy from low to medium temperature geothermal systems. She has authored and co-authored many papers in the local and international journal. In 2002, her paper to Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) won a best paper award. She has gained wide exposure in geothermal reservoir engineering and Geothermal energy utilization from geothermal conferences, seminars and interactions with geothermal experts from different parts of the world. In 2007, she had an opportunity to work and interact with the reservoir engineers and other geothermal experts at PNOC EDC for one week prior to their annual geothermal conference.
In 2009, Ms. Martha joined the Geothermal Development Company (GDC) as a Deputy Manager, External Programmes where she was responsible for marketing geothermal resource utilization potential to stakeholders as well as management and coordination of consultancy services in Kenya and internationally.
Between 2010-2017, she was the Area Manager, South Rift as well as the Manager Direct Use application. She has been a lecturer in geothermal short courses organized by the UNU-GTP for Africa. On the whole, she has been actively and continuously involved in geothermal industry for the last 19 years.
Ms. Martha is a member of the Institute of Engineers of Kenya, the Engineers Registration Board and the Kenya Institute of Management.
Other than Chairing the Finance and Procurement Committee at the GAK, she is a member of the Publication and Education & Legal Affairs and Nominating Committees.