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GWNET is proud to announce the selected mentors for the Women in the SICA Energy Transition Mentoring Programme, launched in partnership with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) for women in Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and the Dominican Republic.

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 include:

  • Alaide González Leche: Energy and Environnent Consultant, Guatemala
  • Alexandra Mavrina: Manager of the Network Economy Gas at Netze BW GmbH, Germany
  • Allegra Seipp: Project Manager at KfW, Germany
  • Angie Garcia: PPA & Structured Origination at RWE Renewables, Mexico
  • Brigitte Öppinger-Walchshofer: Austrian Ambassador to India, Austria
  • Carmen Hagenaars: Policy Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands
  • Christine Brautigam: Director, Intergovernmental Support Division, UN-Women (Retired)
  • Diana Gonzales: Offer Manager Energy Business at Schneider Electric, Germany
  • Edith Hofer: Deputy Head of Unit, DG Energy, Decarbonisation and Sustainability of Energy Sources at European Commission, Belgium
  • Elizabeth Torio Henriquez: Geologist/Petrographer at LaGeo, El Salvador
  • Ellen Morris: Director at National Renewable Energy Laboratory, United States
  • Georgina Izquierdo Montalvo: Geothermal Researcher at National Institute of Electricity and Clean Energies (INEEL), Mexico
  • Helga Pražak-Reisinger: Coach at Helga Prazak-Reisinger EPU, Austria
  • Herta Kaschitz: Governor of the Soroptimist International Austrian Union, Austria
  • Ingrid Gonzales: Managing Partner at BisCapital; Law Professor at Universidad Privada del Noerte, Peru
  • Irene Giner-Reichl: Senior Advisor, GWNET, Austria
  • Joan Chahenza: Director, Energy Access Financial Advisory at Africa Minigrid Developers Association (AMDA), Kenya
  • Loreto Rivera Torteroglio: New Business and Stakeholder Manager at RWE Renewables, Chile
  • Ludmilla Diniz: Technical Specialist – Climate Change Mitigation & Energy at UNDP, Brazil
  • Maria Waleska Guerrero Lemos: Senior Consultant Sustainability at UNEP, Mexico
  • Marta Mieres Barcena: Regional Sales Leader for Southern Europe at Honeywell, Spain
  • Memory Mashingaidze: Co-Founder and Director at Tatanga Energy, South Africa
  • Michelle Alejandra Ramirez Bueno: Programme Officer – Global Geothermal Alliance at IRENA, Mexico
  • Mildred Linkimer Abarca: Co-Director of CIDER/Professor of Physics and Renewable Energies at Universidad EARTH, Costa Rica
  • Rana Moumneh: Researcher in Sustainable Energy, Lebanon
  • Roma Notani: Senior Energy Market Analyst at EDF Innovation Lab, India
  • Rosa (Pilar) Bisteni: Senior Program Manager at UL, Mexico
  • Rosario Osabase: Head – Commercial | Business Development | Institutional Relations at Tenaris, Nigeria
  • Rosilena Lindo: National Secretary at Panama Energy, Panama
  • Sandra Ingrid Chavez de Mendoza: Director of Commercial Operations at EDP Services, LTDA de C.V., El Salvador
  • Silvia Sartori: Women’s Economic Empowerment Senior Project Manager at ENERGIA, Italy
  • Silvia Vides: Partnerships Officer at United Nations, El Salvador
  • Suani Coelho: Coordinator of the Bioenergy Research Group (GBIO) former CENBIO, IEE / USP, Brazil
  • Tabaré A. Currás: Chief Adviser and Co-Founder at TAC Energy Concepts, Mexico
  • Tanja Faller: Head of Energy and Climate at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Germany
  • Taral Ajmera: Senior Legal Counsel & Compliance Officer at Cleantech Solar, India
  • Vanessa Bermudez: Head of the Urban Services and Real Estate Section, Costa Rica
  • Vania Reis de Souza Sant’Anna: PhD at the Federal University of Viçosa and Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain

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.

Stay tuned for updates on the programme.


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