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IPHE E&O WG Early Career Chapter

about us


To better facilitate hydrogen and fuel cell education and increase the general public’s exposure to the hydrogen economy, the E&O WG is establishing an IPHE E&O WG Early Career Chapter, intended to promote international H2FC awareness, connect members with peers, mentors and potential employers and launch a collaborative platform for the next generation of H2FC scientific researchers, industry experts and government leaders. The IPHE E&O WG Early Career and Chapter is envisioned as a voluntary, non-binding extracurricular activity and does not represent the views of the international government members of the IPHE. 


Membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs, and early-career professionals from all IPHE member countries. 

      Member Benefits Include:

  • Opportunities for leadership and career development for members 

  • Connecting with other young professionals interested in hydrogen

  • Becoming a part of a network of members and professionals in the field


  • Promoting awareness of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies

  • Sharing information on current research and activities related to hydrogen

  • Increasing international exposure and creating awareness of hydrogen research and opportunities  

  • Sharing information on hydrogen and fuel cells curricula and educational resources through collaborations with other organizations

  • Providing feedback to the Education & Outreach Working Group on outreach efforts conducted through the chapter

  • Partnering with university centers on educational hydrogen and fuel cell initiatives and programs

  • Establishing a social community of young professionals to meet regularly



 The E&O WG identifies the following areas of activity as potential focuses for the Youth Chapter:

  • Meeting regularly to discuss and share information about hydrogen and fuel activities

  • Introducing chapter members to high-level officials and partners in the hydrogen and fuel cell economy through formal events, conferences and summits

  • Connecting chapter members with IPHE member country officials, scientists, researchers, industry professionals and policymakers through ongoing mentorship programs

  • Developing educational resources, materials and curricula for all levels of interest and audiences for institutional or public use

  • Conducting public outreach around Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day (October 8th) through IPHE digital and social media, events, demonstrations, workshops and educational campaigns

  • Electing chapter members to serve as a liaison, collaborate with E&O WG members on youth outreach campaign development and provide feedback on E&O activities

  • Partnering with university centers, think tanks and research organizations to collaborate on educational hydrogen and fuel cell programs, seminars and resources 

  • Holding regular events, such as poster sessions, infographic competitions and career panels, that are open to all students regardless of ongoing involvement with the chapter

Operational Structure

The Chapter will be operated by a Chair and Co-Chair to be selected by the members by majority vote. The Chair will serve a 1-year term beginning on Hydrogen Day (October 8) with the intent that the Co-Chair will transition to Chair. More than one Co-Chair may be selected. 


Other functions, roles and responsibilities include:

  • Outreach Liaisons for specific stakeholder groups, including universities, industry/trade associations

  • Communications Coordinator will handle the chapter email, social media, website and serve as the person of contact for the chapter

  • Regional Coordinators will serve as the communications and recruitment point of contact for a specific region or country

How Can We Help You?

How can the IPHE Early Career Network serve YOU? Fill out the following survey. We want to hear from you, what your career needs are, how the ECN can help you in your career, and ways you would like to participate.

Meet the IPHE ECN Leadership Team


 Damilola Oguntade

Damilola Oguntade is an emerging global energy leader, currently serving as Chair of the IPHE Early Career Network. He holds a Master in International Law, Sustainability and Governance and has been actively engaged in key climate, energy and sustainability industry and policy discussions, including serving as a youth delegate and speaker of the Africa-Europe Foundation at the UK Pavilion at COP27, among others. Damilola has also demonstrated research excellence and thought leadership at the intersection of youth, energy and climate affairs particularly through his involvement as founder of the Next Gen Global Frontier. He is currently focused on advancing win-win Africa-Europe energy partnerships, multilateral negotiations and infrastructure development projects.

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