Ms. Ben Bouchta was handed the prize dedicated to “Young talents from Africa” during a ceremony chaired Thursday by Italian President Sergio Mattarella in presence of Moroccan ambassador Youssef Balla and several other personalities.
Ms. Ben Bouchta was rewarded for her multi-disciplinary approach in providing energy services to enable the productive use of energy for female entrepreneurs in sub-Saharan Africa.
Two other young talents from Egypt, Alaa Abbas and Mohamed Ahmed Ismail Tarek, also received the same prize.
The ENI “Energy Transition” award, recognizing the strongest hydrocarbon innovations for decarbonizing the energy sector, went to American professor David T. Allen, Texas University.
The “Energy Frontiers” award, dedicated to research into renewable energy sources and energy storage, was won by Indian scientist Chintamani Nages Ramachandra Rao, while the “Advanced Environmental Solutions” award was shared by German scientists Jürgen Caro and Jörg Kärger.
These awards have been set up in 1987 by the Italian oil & gas company ENI to encourage scientific and environmental research for better use of energy sources.