20 Mar 2023

Meet Jaz Rabadia MBE


Jaz graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. She was very happy about this but was the only female on her course. So, when Jaz left university she had a passion for encouraging more women to consider STEM. In 2015, she went about a mission to engage as many people as possible through her role as a STEM Ambassador. She also received an MBE for services to sustainability in the Energy sector and for promoting diversity in STEM!


Education – from engineering to energy. 

Jaz discovered her passion for energy whilst studying for her degree at City, University of London. She saw how engineering makes buildings, organisations and processes more energy-efficient. Whilst studying, Jaz worked part-time in her local Sainsbury’s supermarket. Here, she completed an energy study as part of her final year university project. This gave her real-life experience of energy engineering and management in the workplace. Through this project, she introduced many energy-saving projects within the store. These included installing refrigeration night blinds, optimising heating controls and carrying out a staff awareness programme. After completing her degree, she was offered a role in Sainsbury’s head office!


Career – energy and sustainability 

After spending 5 years at Sainsburys, Jaz then went on to lead energy and sustainability programmes for Debenhams, Starbucks, WeWork and Just Eat Takeaway.com. Businesses whether they’re supermarkets, retails stores, coffee shops or offices all use a huge amount of energy to light, heat and cool their spaces. Jaz has worked with these big brands to provide them advice and support to reduce their carbon footprint.

She uses her technical knowledge combined with her creative skills to educate, empower and inspire other teams to take action on sustainability topics. Jaz believes that everyone has a role to play when it comes to sustainability, whether you’re a new starter or the CEO of the company, Jaz promotes that protecting the planet can make good business sense.


Advice – STEM professionals make the world a safer, healthier, smarter and more sustainable place. 


Having gained lots of different experience working for big corporate companies, Jaz has some wisdom she’d like to share with aspiring STEM students.

STEM is all around us, it’s in everything we do; we are all so reliant on its outputs. The phones we use, the modes of transport we travel on, the buildings that house and school us… STEM practitioners are often behind all the things we take for granted in life and the more people we can encourage into STEM fields, the safer, healthier, smarter and more sustainable the world will hopefully become. 


Jaz featured in the 2021 Tomorrows Engineer’s Net Zero Hero campaign – check it out>>

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