Dr. Niebert Blair is the Capacity Building Advisor for the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) Technical Assistance Programme for Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean (TAPSEC) where she coordinates the implementation of the programme’s, Information and Capacity Building component. Dr. Blair supports the regional and international exchange of specific solutions, focusing primarily on the application of innovative technologies, financing models and regulatory mechanisms to Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency sectors within the CARIFORUM.
Dr. Blair advises on the implementation of the Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning System (LEAP) regional training programme, the CXC virtual Teacher training workshops, the Sustainable Energy Training & Train-the-Trainer Programme, and the Regional Universities Network (RUN). She also supports the regional institutions (CROSQ, CARICOM Secretariat, CARILEC, CDB, CDF and CCREEE) in implementing the Regional Energy Apprenticeship Programme (REAP).
Holding a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and a MPhil in Industrial Systems Manufacture and Management from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, Dr. Blair has gained significant experience in power utility and manufacturing entities while working on design, implementation, and management and developing power engineering systems utilising various energy sources such as solar, wind, hydro, natural gas, geothermal, and heavy fuel oil.