Power Grids Education Trust


Power Grids Education Trust

The Power Grids Education Trust is a shareholder of Hitachi Energy South Africa.

Set up in February 2021, the Trust wishes to contribute in a meaningful and sustainable way to enhance the standard of living and improve the well-being primarily of previously disadvantaged people and to assist in their development and empowerment.

To this end the trust intends to contribute to the empowerment and upliftment of black women in South Africa, and will provide scholarships, bursaries and awards for study and research primarily in engineering and related fields of study.



young female talent

STEM sector

educational future

producing thought leaders

About Power Grids Education Trust

Power Grids Education Trust aims to support underprivileged females who are not able to financially support their educational future.

We do so by equipping and upskilling young female talent within the STEM industry, enabling them to transition into industry thought leaders.





Global Challenges

Power Grids Education Trust is committed to solving some of the biggest global challenges of our time. This is made possible by our exceptional talent, which embraces diversity and collaboration to produce great innovation.

Driving Diversity

Our trustees firmly believe it is important that organisations have diversity high on their agenda. We are passionate about moving forward with this project which is suitable for our organisational culture. Diversity makes for better dialogues and insight from various skill sets, talents, and experiences, which leads to increased performance and efficiencies. Having different women thinkers on a board definitely brings a lot of positivity and diversity.”

Transformation & Equity

Transformation and Equity is an integral part of our Broad-based Black Empowerment structure, it also contributes to the upliftment of previously disadvantaged women.

Women In Engineering

In the past, women were not encouraged to follow a career path in engineering. However, over the years there has been a substantial positive shift within the industry, with more women choosing engineering as a career. “We need to work together to create a new way of thinking about this top-priority topic of making a meaningful change in the world and workplace.”

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world

Nelson Mandela

Meet the Trustees

Michelle Sampson

Country Finance Director, Sub-Saharan Africa Hitachi Energy

Michelle Sampson is the Country Finance Director for Sub-Saharan Africa of Hitachi Energy.

Lesley Donna Williams

CEO of Wits University’s Tshimologong Precinct

Lesley is the CEO of Wits University’s Tshimologong Precinct that aims to take African digital innovation to global markets through entrepreneurship and skills development.

Mercy Shuma-Iwisi

Senior Lecturer in the School of Electrical & Information Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand

Mercy Shuma-Iwisi is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand.