Martha Mburu

Geothermal Development Company
Manager, Direct Use

Eng. Martha Nyambura Mburu studied Mechanical engineering at the University of Nairobi and graduated in 1996. She later did Postgraduate trainings in Geothermal Energy technology in New Zealand (2000) and Iceland (2003). In 2008, she did a Masters degree in Renewable Energy: Technology and Sustainability at the University of Reading (UK), specializing in geothermal direct use applications. She started her career at the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) where she worked as a Reservoir Engineer (1999-2007) specializing in various aspects of geothermal reservoir engineering. In 2009, she joined Geothermal Development Company (GDC) where she has headed the Direct Use department to-date. At GDC, she has pioneered a lot of research work in Geothermal Direct-Use key ones being development of geothermal Direct-Use Policy, “Geothermal Direct Use Guidebook, development, installation and operation of five (5) Geothermal Direct-Use Demo projects, under GDC-USAID collaboration (2012-2015) and GDC-ICEIDA collaboration ((2014-2019) where she has been the project manager. Currently, her key focus and goal is to spearhead the commercialization of Direct Use projects in Kenya, and to extend the same knowledge and initiative to other parts Africa. This will open up Direct-Use technology for economic, social and environmental benefit to all stakeholders. Her key interest 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. She has gained wide experience and exposure in geothermal reservoir engineering and Geothermal energy utilization from geothermal conferences, seminars and interactions with geothermal experts from different parts of the world. Eng. Martha Mburu has been actively and continuously involved in geothermal industry for the last 22 years with over 10 years being specifically on Direct Uses.