GWNET is delighted to share the mentors for the first two regional mentoring programmes for Latin American Countries (LAC) as well as the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The programmes are sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) as part of its bilateral energy partnerships with the selected countries

Each of these mentors is a senior professional committed to making a difference and having a positive impact on a younger woman’s career in the energy sector. We are proud to have them as part of this programme.

The mentors for the LAC Regional Programme are:

  • Andreas Wagner: Managing Director, Stiftung Offshore Windenergie 
  • Claire Baker: Head of Foundation, Africa Digital Media Institute (ADMI)
  • Irina Gaubinger: Project Manager, GWNET
  • Iwona Bisaga: Group Research Manager, BBOXX/ Post-Doctoral Researcher, University College London
  • Karla Solis: Programme Officer, UNFCCC
  • Katharina Krell: Director, Greenovate Ltd.
  • Leonardo Beltran: Board Member, SEforALL and Fundacion Por Mexico
  • Luisa Valentim Barros: Renewables Strategy Independent Consultant
  • Margaret Groff: Consultant & Leader, Women of Brazil Group (Grupo Mulheres do Brasil)
  • Mari-Louise van der Walt: Owner, Alakriti Consulting
  • Marit Brommer: Executive Director, International Geothermal Association
  • Marta Olivieri: Researcher, PV Systems Laboratory Manager, Cepel
  • Peggy Mischke: CEO, Founder and Power Engineer at EconergyPM – Clean Energy Expertise
  • Pia Alina Lange: Head of Internal & External Communications, RECHARGE Batteries
  • Sandra Chavez: Renewable Energy Consultant, World Bank 
  • Senta Schmatzberger: Project Manager, Building Performance Institute Europe (BPIE)
  • Suzanne Shaw: Co-founder and Director, the Leap Co/Founder and Principal Consultant, Black River Consulting
  • Yana Popkostova: Founder & Managing Director, European Centre for Energy and Geopolitical Analysis

The mentors for the MENA Regional Programme are:

  • Alexandra Dawe: Vice Chair of the BankTrack Board
  • Alexandra Sombsthay: Diplomatic Advisor, SOLAR IMPULSE/VP Europe & International Affairs, Akuo Energy
  • Al Majali Hadeel Ibrahim: Training Coordinator, Ministry of Labor/Director, JEA Radio 
  • Amel Barich: Project Manager – Business Strategy and Marketing, Geothermal Research Cluster (GEORG)
  • Ana-Maria Diez-Suarez: Professor, University of León
  • Arthouros Zervos: Chair, REN21
  • Barbara Fischer-Aupperle: Hydropower professional, Coach and Mentor
  • Benoit Lebot: Head of IPEEC Secretariat, International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC)
  • Irene Giner-Reichl: Austrian Ambassador to Brazil and Suriname
  • Ilina Stefanova: Manager EU and Public Affairs, EVN AG
  • Iliyana Arnaudova: Clean Energy Finance Manager, C40 Cities
  • Lilia Sahnoun: Electrical & Fire Safety Consulting Engineer, Energy Auditor
  • Lubna Dheisat: Project Manager, Solstice Renewables
  • Marit Brommer: Executive Director, International Geothermal Association
  • Nameerah Hameed: Policy Analyst & Special Assistant to Chairman Planning & Development Board, Government of Punjab/Founder and Manager, Women In Energy (WIE) Pakistan
  • Noara Kebir: Founder, Managing Director & Partner, MicroEnergy International
  • Pooja Shah: Energy Storage Engineer, Emerging Markets at Kiewit
  • Rabia Ferroukhi: Director of the Knowledge, Policy and Finance Division, IRENA
  • Richard Loyen: Executive Director, Enerplan
  • Saida Zaghdidi: Consultant in Energy and Electrical Systems- (Freelance) and professional coach
  • Samira Lakhlifi: Head of Division / Chief Engineer / Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency
  • Sonia Ben Hamza: Academic Assistant in Energy Engineering, Central Polytechnic School of Tunis-Tunisia, Central University of Tunis-Tunisia, Tunisia Private University (ULT) of Tunis-Tunisia 
  • Tamara Taa’mneh: Architectural Engineer/mid level architect, Oryx I.D Architectural & Interior Design Firm
  • Tanja Faller: Regional Director Energy, GIZ
  • Waltraud Schmid: Head Of Department, Urban Innovation Vienna GmbH
  • Yamina Saheb: Lead Author, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  • Yvette Ramos: President, Swiss Engineering Geneva & President and co-founder, WOMENVAI

Become a Mentor – What’s in it for You?

As a mentor, you get the opportunity to give something valuable back to more junior professionals and to expand your own knowledge through the 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 our Mentor Datasheet.


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