Gender diversity drives innovation, opens new pathways for technology deployment, brings valuable perspectives to social and economic development and provides a richer pool of talent for key and emerging industries. In the landscape of global issues requiring strong leadership and a skilled workforce, few areas are as critical as the transition to a sustainable energy system. Yet, as documented in IRENA’s January 2019 report “Renewable Energy: a Gender Perspective,” the renewables industry continues to be male-dominated.

In order to advance the role of women as agents of change in society and promote best practices within the sector, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is teaming up with the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) to launch regional mentoring programmes as part of its bilateral energy partnership. The first two programmes will focus on Latin American Countries (LAC) as well as the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. In this first phase, participants from the following countries are eligible to apply:

  • LAC: Brazil and Mexico
  • MENA: Algeria, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia

The programme is designed to accelerate the careers of women in junior/middle management positions in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector, support their pathway to leadership positions and foster a global network of mentorship, knowledge-sharing and empowerment. The application criteria are as follows:

  • Must be a national from one of the LAC or MENA countries listed above
  • Must be a woman working in the renewable energy or energy efficiency field
  • Must work in a junior/middle management position

Furthermore, the mentoring programmes are designed around the following key programme parameters:

  • Selection of 8-10 mentees per country
  • 9-month programme duration
  • Comprehensive knowledge-transfer components through a series of webinars
  • Study tour for 20 selected mentees to Germany in autumn 2019
  • Networking and peer-to-peer exchange

If you fulfil the application criteria and are interested to apply as a mentee, please fill in the application form for the LAC or MENA regions.

The deadline for applications has been extended to Saturday 31st August 2019

Become a mentor – what’s in it for you?

GWNET is looking for senior professionals who are eager to make a difference and have a positive impact on a younger woman’s career in the energy sector. With the ever-changing dynamics of the business fields, digitalisation, knowledge and knowledge sharing has become more important than ever. As a mentor, you get the opportunity to give something valuable back to more junior professionals and to expand your own knowledge through your mentees’ perspective. Mentoring will contribute to personal and professional development for both you and your mentee, as well as, shaping the direction of future generations within your field of expertise.

If you are interested in volunteering as a mentor in one of GWNET’s mentoring programmes (which involves approx. 1 – 1.5 hours of engagement per month plus optional participation in knowledge-transfer webinars), kindly fill-in the Mentor Datasheet.

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  1. Dalila AMMAR 5 years ago

    am an expert in efficiency, ergonomics and renewable energy, I want to share my knowledge with a broader audience.

    • GWNET Secretariat 5 years ago

      Hi Dalila. Kindly fill in your details on either the LAC or MENA forms (the programme which you are eligible for).

  2. sondes fnaiech 5 years ago

    I am responsible for international relations within the municipality of RAS JEBEL.
    and one of subjects that we develop is the energy transition.
    i hope that i have chance to develop my knowledge with you

  3. Renata 5 years ago

    Amazing opportunity! =)

  4. Maha makni 5 years ago

    Je occupe la poste Directeur technique dans la société sates

    • GWNET Secretariat 5 years ago

      Salut Maha. Veuillez indiquer vos coordonnées sur les formulaires LAC ou MENA (le programme auquel vous avez droit).

  5. Sana 5 years ago

    I am a fresh Ph. D graduate from the national engineering school of Tunis.. I work on robust optimization of wind energy system.. I entend to develop a career in energy optimization. Can I have the chance to be eligible for this brilliant program?

    • GWNET Secretariat 5 years ago

      Hi Sana,

      Kindly apply through the MENA form provided and we will evaluate your application.

      Thank you.

  6. Lilia sahnoun 5 years ago

    Merci pour la proposition
    Je suis ingenieur conseil en electricite et securite incendie ( bureau d’etude) et experte en energie.
    Je suis ambassadrice de l’environnement a Sfax(programme GIZ)
    Je suis interessee par ce programme.

    • GWNET Secretariat 5 years ago

      Merci Lilia. Toutes les demandes doivent être effectuées à l’aide des formulaires fournis.

  7. Lasledj radia 5 years ago

    Bonjour,je suis madame BOUR née LASLEDJ Radia ingénieur spécialisée exploitation de gaz et brut (IFP Training),ex était ingénieur d’État en raffinage, je suis membre de la comité énergétique de DP/sonatrach/hassi messoud pour le système de managent de l’énergie selon la norme ISO 50001 ,j’ai participé à MENASTAR et à son workshoip aussi, auditrice interne pour le management d’énergie (sonatrach/apparue), en cour avec GIZ pour être par mais les auditeurs énergétique pour sonatrach.
    Je voudrais être membre dans ce programme et puisse rentrer au challenge d’échange d’expérience et des connaissances svp.

    • GWNET Secretariat 5 years ago

      Merci Lasledj. Toutes les demandes doivent être effectuées à l’aide des formulaires fournis.

  8. Manel chaabene 5 years ago

    I am an engineer and farm management company but currently organizer of my own fair ans membre in an association.

    • GWNET Secretariat 5 years ago

      Thank you, Manel. All applications should be made using the forms provided.

  9. Jannet 5 years ago

    je suis ingénieure en Génie électrique et chercheuse aux énergies renouvelables. Je suis intéressé de ce programme.

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