Merita Dema

2023 IVLP Impact Award Project: Electrical Power Systems, Renewable Energy and Energy Transition in North Macedonia: An Introductory Training for JournalistsNorth Macedonia

Merita Dema is an electrical engineer with an MSc in Power Systems and over 10 years of experience in North Macedonia's electricity sector. She worked at the Distribution System Operator from 2013 to 2020, focusing on planning, construction, operational management and leading the distribution grid. For the past three years, Ms. Dema has been involved in energy regulation, ensuring compliance with rules governing the wholesale electricity market. Her efforts aim to improve electricity supply, promote rational pricing, and manage licenses and permits for industry participants. Merita's expertise in power systems and her strategic mindset contribute to well-informed decision-making. She remains dedicated to advancing the energy sector sustainably and efficiently, making her a respected figure in energy regulation in North Macedonia.

IVLP Impact Award Project: Electrical Power Systems, Renewable Energy and Energy Transition in North Macedonia: An Introductory Training for Journalists

This project enhanced 15 journalists' understanding of North Macedonia's energy sector, focusing on renewable energy and its significance in the country's development plans. The project included trainings on power systems, renewable energy sources, energy markets, investigative reporting on energy companies, climate change and energy policy and effective communication of energy-related issues. The project resulted in the development of a handbook that was shared among media workers, providing them with a comprehensive guide to report on energy-related issues in an informed and accurate manner. The project increased public awareness on promoting the adoption of renewable energy, improved energy efficiency, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

“Thank you very much for the handbook…It is really amazing to have a handbook with the basic information of this important sector!” - Project Participant

IVLP Exchange Experience 

Merita was a participant in the IVLP Project Hidden No More: Empowering Women Leaders in STEM, organized by the U.S. Department of State and FHI 360.

Merita's exchange experience led to the development of her IVLP Impact Award Project: "The panel discussion on science communication, which took place in Chicago, where expert speakers...shared techniques for effectively engaging the public [and how to] bridge the gap between the scientific and non-scientific communities inspired me to contribute to this area."

U.S. Communities Visited

Huntsville, AL; Los Angeles, CA; Washington, DC; Pensacola, FL; Chicago, IL

"Journalists play an important role in holding industries and the government accountable for their actions." - Merita Dema

Country: North Macedonia

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