Dr. Indra Haraksingh

University of the West Indies

Dr. Indra Haraksingh has been a lecturer in the Department of Physics at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Trinidad. Her main focus is Renewable Energy, including Solar Energy and Geothermal Energy, Pure Physics, Geophysics and Earth Sciences. She has developed and coordinated the MSc Renewable Energy Technology Programme at The UWI. She holds a Ph.D. in Physics in Solar Energy, a Diploma in Education, and BSc. – Physics and Mathematics Degrees. Dr. Haraksingh has been serving for over twenty-five years as Chair of the Trinidad and Tobago Mathematics Olympiad and more recently, Director and Treasurer of the International Mathematics Foundation.

She is a founding member and President of the Caribbean Solar Energy Society, a Member of the Steering Committee and Council of the World Renewable Network and a Member of the Projects Steering Committee of the CARICOM (Caribbean Community) appointed Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme (CREDP). She has served in the UNDP Technical Advisory Committee for the Caribbean Energy Efficiency Lighting Project. She coordinated the OAS project on Alternative Energy Education Dissemination involving Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Belize, and has been the Technical Advisor and Coordinator for the INEES, DIREKT and the IDB-funded BRIDGE Renewable Energy projects.

Dr. Haraksingh is one of the key persons involved in training and capacity building in Renewable Energy in the Caribbean region. In July 2002 she was honoured as the Recipient of the Outstanding Scientist Award at World Renewable Energy Congress in Cologne, Germany, and in July 2008 she was presented with the International Pioneer Award for Solar Energy at the Tenth World Renewable Energy Congress held in Glasgow, Scotland. In September 2012, Dr. Haraksingh was honoured by the National Institute for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology with the NIHERST Award for Excellence in Science and Technology in the Silver Category. In October 2017 she received the ultimate in her career at The UWI – The Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. In July 2021, Dr. Haraksingh was presented with the Life Pioneer Award for Renewable Energy from the World Renewable Energy Network at its meeting in Lisbon, Portugal.

More recently, in February 2022, Dr. Haraksingh received a National Award – The Humming Bird Medal Silver for Loyal and Devoted Service to Trinidad and Tobago.