GWNET is excited to share the selected participants 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. GWNET has received 120+ applications from women working in sustainable energy in Algeria, Brazil, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco and Tunisia.

The quality of applications received has been very high, and we sincerely thank all applicants for taking part in this process.

The selected participants for the LAC Regional Programme include:


  • Suellen Caroline Silva Costa: PhD Student, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais (PUCMinas)
  • Caroline Faria: Co-founder, BioHack Projetos e Participações Ltda
  • Clara Barufi: Communications Specialist for the Energy Sector, Comunicação em Energia
  • Roberta Cox: Environmental Analyst, Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Recursos Naturais Renováveis – IBAMA
  • Rosane Yumi Fukuoka: Partner and Manager, Mitsidi Services and Projects
  • Gabriela Silva: Associated Consultant, Essenz Soluções
  • Tania Nalborczyk Leites: Project Manager, Sustainable Energy Center (CES) – CERTI Fundation
  • Natalia Chaves: Environmental Assistant, AHK Rio de Janeiro
  • Kathlen Schneider: Researcher/Director, Fotovoltaica-UFSC/Instituto IDEAL
  • Ligia Kawata: Project Coordinator, Instituto para o Desenvolvimento de Energias Alternativas e da Auto Sustentabilidade (IDEAAS)
  • Bruna de Melo Santos: Project Intern, Instituto Peabiru
  • Rebeca Orosco: Technical Assistant on Climate Change, Conselho Empresarial Brasileiro para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável (Cebds)
  • Camilla Oliveira: PhD Candidate in Energy Planning, COPPE


The selected participants for the MENA Regional Programme include:


  • Tamani Nawal Rahache: Ministry of Energy and Mining
  • Hafidha Khebizi: Ministry of Energy and Mining
  • Fadhila Kebir: Director of Electricity and Gas Distribution, Ministry of Energy and Mining
  • Nadia Chioukh: Executive in charge of International Cooperation, APRUE
  • Nora Zouaoui: SD energy efficiency, Ministry of Energy and Mining
  • Fahima Deffar: Deputy Director of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Energy and Mining
  • Fatiha Neffah: Project Director, SONATRACH
  • Ghania Kaci
  • Yassamine Kellali: Environment Health Safety Engineer, Commission de Régulation de l’électricité et du Gaz
  • Nesrine Souilamas: Engineering Studies, IFEG / Ecole Technique de Blida


  • Sonia Al-Zoghoul: Associate Professional – RE Cost Status and Outlook, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
  • Farah Dawoud: Head of Landfills and Transfer Stations Section, Ministry of Local Adminstartion
  • Dana Al-Lweisy: National Project Officer, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Diana Athamneh: Project Management Specialist, JREEEF outsourced by CowaterSogema Int.


  • Lydia El Bouazzati: Energy consultant
  • Soukaina Hatramsi: Incubator Manager, Cluster Solaire / Climate Innovation Center Morocco
  • Hanae Rharnit: Senior Projects Manager, MASEN (Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy)
  • Soumaya Bentassil: Head of Mosque Management Service and Energy Efficiency Project Manager, Ministry of Habous and Islamiques Affairs
  • Hind Loukili: Senior Project Manager Brand Content, Masen


  • Ibtyhel Ben Bahria: Project Engineer, Forage Equipment
  • Yosr Sfaxi: Engineer, National Institute of Meteorology
  • Boutheina Zallama: Engineer
  • Imen Makhlouf: Owner, SETAR
  • Afef Ben Abda: Climate change and Energy Specialist, UN-FAO
  • Raja Zidi: Lead Plant Engineer/Acting maintenance manager (water treatment unit), Société Tunisienne de l’Electricité et du Gaz (STEG)
  • Khouloud Talhaoui: Sales engineer, Parenin
  • Manel Hadji: Department Head of electrical energy distribution works, Société Tunisienne de l’Electricité et du Gaz (STEG)

Each of the selected mentees will be matched with a hand-picked mentor with whom they will engage in a bilateral exchange between November 2019 and June 2020; this matchmaking is done on the basis of their career aspirations stipulated in the application form. In parallel, knowledge-transfer webinars on energy and personal development topics will be organised for the mentee cohort to stimulate growth. Out of the 45 mentees, a selection of 20 will be invited to a study tour to Germany during the week of 25 – 29 November.

Stay tuned for updates on the participants and the programme.


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