GWNET is excited to present the second cohort of participants in the Energising Women to Advance the Energy Transition Mentoring Programme.

The programme was launched by the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) in partnership with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), across select countries under the German bilateral energy partnerships.

GWNET has received over 500 applications from women working in sustainable energy in:

  • LAC: Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Uruguay
  • MENA: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates
  • East- and Southern Africa: Ethiopia, Namibia and South Africa
  • Asia: China, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, Vietnam

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

The selected participants for the programme include:


  • Fairouz Ramli, Project Manager Energy Efficiency in Buildings, National Agency for the Promotion and Rationalisation of Energy Use, Ministry of Energy and Mines
  • Fouzia Larbi Chaht, Lecturer, National Polytechnical School of Oran Maurice Audin
  • Hind Mahieddine, Project Engineer, Algerian Renewable Energy Company SHAEMS SPA
  • Radia Lasledj, Specialist Operations Engineer and Energy Auditor, Sonatrach and GIZ
  • Yasmina Chabane, Lecturer, University of Sciences & Technology Houari Boumediene
  • Zoulikha Abdelsadek, Associate Professor and Researcher, University of Sciences & Technology Houari Boumediene, University of M’hamed Bougara Boumerdes


  • Jéssica de Sousa Carvalho, Master’s Student in Mechanical Engineering, Energy, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
  • Mayra Dell’Isola Noronha Dumont, Project Development Manager, Atlas Renewable Energy
  • Raisa Cristina Magri Ribeiro, Lead Transport Coordinator Inbound LATAM, Vestas WTG México, S.A. De C.V.
  • Stephanie Fonseca Betz, Independent Consultant, EnergiaBoa
  • Vanessa Yuri Matsunaga, Corporate Strategy Analyst, Petrobras
  • Vitória Elisa da Silva, Electric Power Systems Professor, National Industrial Apprenticeship Service


  • Andrea Vasquez Sanchez, Professional in the Division of Access and Social Development, Ministry of Energy
  • Fernanda Skewes, Director, FerradaNehme
  • Joselyn Ramirez Espejo, Project Manager, Energy Sustainability Agency
  • Karina Veliz, Assistant Professor, Diego Portales University
  • Paula Alexia González Cáceres, Sustainable Energy Professional, Ministry of Energy
  • Ruth Patricia Rain Céspedes, Technology Programs Specialist, CORFO


  • Chunhong Sheng, Assistant Professor, Shanghai International Studies University
  • Guan Jing, Director of Strategic Research Department, International Cooperation Division, China Center for Urban Development
  • Meng Cui, Associate Director of Technical Marketing, Beijing JiPeng Investment & Information Consultant Ltd.
  • Nan Hu, Deputy Director, China Quality Certification Center
  • Ning Ye, Senior Researcher, Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization, Beijing Energy Network
  • Rui Wang, Technical Director/Professor, Renewable Energy Technology Research Center, National Institute of Clean-and-Low-Carbon Energy (NICE), China Energy
  • Wang Wenwen, Program Lead, Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation
  • Xu Ke, Project Development Manager, China Huadian Engineering Co.,Ltd.
  • Yixuan Cai, Senior Journalist, Energy Observer Magazine
  • Zhiyan Song, Vice President, Sino-wind Energy Co., Ltd


  • Haidy Mahmoud Eissa, Senior Instrumentation and Control Engineer, Enppi (Engineering for the Petroleum and Process Industries), Ministry of Petroleum & Mineral Resources
  • Yasmin Alaa Eldin Youssef Elbayoumy, Sustainability and Energy Expert, UNIDO


  • Alem Gebru Gebremeskel, CEO, Modify Electromechanical Systems & Solutions PLC
  • Alemtsehay Kebede, Senior Energy advisor, GIZ EnDev Ethiopia
  • Ayantu Girma Kebede, Senior Project Officer, Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network, Addis Ababa University
  • Eden Fenta, Country Program Manger, Fortescue Future Industries
  • Haimanot Berta Solomon, Project Coordinator HTCC Project and Organizational Development and Management Advice Advisor, GIZ EnDev Ethiopia
  • Metshet Tsega Gebresilasie, Renewable Energy Specialist, ADRA Ethiopia


  • Arshpreet Kals, Senior Associate, India Climate Collaborative
  • Dr. Renita Dubey, Executive Director, OORJAgram India Pvt Ltd
  • Gadha Satish, Assistant Lead Engineer, Vestas
  • Jennifer Vishnoi, Head International Business, India Power Corporation Ltd
  • Nikita Bankoti, Associate, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)
  • Roopa Nair Kunnissery Panganchadath, Co-Founder, Integrative Design Solutions Pvt Ltd
  • Salini Andezhath Sivasankaran, Team Lead, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
  • Sangeetha Gnanaraj, Lead Professional, Vestas Wind Technology
  • Sruthi Raj P, Assistant Lead Engineer, Power System Consulting Team, Vestas
  • Tanya Kak, Policy Manager (Sector Lead – Energy, Environment, and Climate Change), Abdul Lateef Jameel, Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) South Asia


  • Mami Watanabe, Senior Consultant, EY Strategy and Consulting Co., Ltd.


  • Afnan Abd El Qader Saleh Abu Rabie, Electrical Engineer, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources
  • Haneen Ahmad Said, Engineer, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources
  • Karam Mahmoud Almakanin, Engineer, Jordan Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund
  • Nesreen Sukkar , Senior Electric Engineer, Grid Planning & Development, The National Electric Power Company of Jordan (NEPCO)
  • Rasha Fathi Mohammed Abu- Marar, Programmer, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources
  • Wafa Hussein Faleh Hawamdeh, Head of Local Development Unit, Jerash Municipality


  • Aideé Zamora Espinola, CEO/Founder, Amerali
  • Ana Victoria Tarín Santiso, Director of Project Development and Engineering, Greenvolt Power Renewables
  • Astrid Guzman Ruiz, Junior Permitting Analyst, Ecoplexus Inc.
  • Dulce María Guevara López, Consultant Just Energy Transition/Secretary of Inclusion and Gender, Iniciativa Climática de México/National Association of Solar Energy
  • Karla Vázquez, Cost Controller Services, NORDEX
  • Naomi Monserrat Aguirre Rivera, Coordinator of Planning and Energy Information, Energy Agency of the State of Jalisco


  • Boutaina Benchekroun, Climate Finance Manager, Masen
  • Fadwa Elatrach, Director of Strategy and Development, Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency
  • Fatim Ezzahra El Hilali, Training Centre Director, Office for Vocational Training and Work Promotion (OFPPT)
  • Imane Benhayoun, Senior Manager – Business Development of Renewables and Green Hydrogen, ACWA Power
  • Jihane Bakouch, Project Manager, Project Finance Team, Group Egis
  • Safae Zghari, Solutions Engineer, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy


  • Haloliwa Nghiwanapo, Foreign Exchange Sales Manager, Rand Merchant Bank Namibia – FNB Holdings Ltd
  • Iyaloo Akuaake, Climate Finance Researcher, Triple Capital
  • Julia Kondjeni Matsi, Project Coordinator, Otjongava Energy (Pty) Ltd.
  • Magnaem Ngendina Simon, Supply and Distribution Manager, Vivo Energy Namibia
  • Metride Ndeshimona Nambahu, Senior Investment Analyst, Development Bank of Namibia
  • Michelle Rahepa Handura, Renewable Energy Expert, Energy Utilities
  • Nalukaku Otilie, Electrical Engineer in Training, Oshakati Premier Electric
  • Paulina Nuujoma, Renewable Energy Projects Manager, Green Capital Namibia
  • Rosalia Sinvula, Engineer / Project Manager, Namibia Power Corporation
  • Saarty Mikka, Assistant Engineer, Commercial, Namibia Power Corporation

Republic of Korea

  • Eunbyeol Jo, Lead of Renewables Permitting, Solutions for Our Climate
  • Hee Jin Eun, CEO, Liquid Hydrogen Vessel
  • Hye Won Cho, Researcher and Project Manager, Seoul National University & Turn Table
  • JiHyun Lee, Marketing Specialist , Emerson Korea, System & Software
  • Sookin Lee, Environmental Consultant, RPS Group/Tetra Tech

Saudi Arabia

  • Albatool Abaalkhail, Research Specialist, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology
  • Norah Al Orainy, Senior Analyst, KAPSARC
  • Reem Bushnag, Senior Oil and Gas Specialist, Moenergy
  • Reuof Naji Alshaeri, Founder, SPENVIRO

South Africa

  • Bridgete Bodlingwe, Middle Manager Smart Grid, Eskom
  • Kausar Khan, Senior Renewable Energy Consultant, Arup
  • Lesego Rammekwa, Projects Director, Plentify (Pty) Ltd
  • Lomile Agnes Modiselle, Director, City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality
  • Luntu Mthethwa, Senior Manager, eThekwini Municipality
  • Mahbobah Jacobs, Revenue Growth Manager, Western Cape Economic Development Partnership-EDP
  • Mvumikazi Kanyisa Vimbani, Assistant Director, Electricity Policy, Department of Mineral Resources & Energy
  • Nivasha Millan Sewpershad, Business Development Manager – Renewables, TGOOD Africa Pty Ltd
  • Pemy Gasela, Director, International Climate Change, Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment
  • Thuthukile Mbanjwa-Sibiya, Technical Bid Manager, Vestas


  • Abir Koubaa, Head of the ‘Electrical Design Office’ Department, Tunisian Company of Electricity and Gas
  • Besma Ferjani, Professor, Energy, and Project Manager, ATER: Tunisian Association of Renewable Energy
  • Ibtihel Snoussi, Plant Project Manager, Dräxlmaier Group
  • Imen Ben Salem, Head of Division, Smart Grid STEG Program, Tunisian Company of Electricity and Gas
  • Imen Rmiza, Renewable Energy Project Lead, Tunisian Company of Electricity and Gas
  • Khawla Saafi, Head of the Tozeur Photovoltaic Plant, Tunisian Company of Electricity and Gas
  • Naoures Arfaoui, Renewable Energy Engineer and University Professor, Higher Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technologies
  • Ramla Gheith, Associate Professor and Researcher, Energy Engineering, National Engineering School of Monastir
  • Sirine Jamoussi, CEO and Founder, Agriwatt Energy
  • Takoua Yahyaoui, Energy Auditor, Energy Consultancy

United Arab Emirates

  • Mariam Abdalla Salim Alketbi, Senior Engineer, Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects
  • Nawal Yousif Alhanaee, Director, Future Energy Department, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure


  • Adriana Vierci, Senior Supply Planning Specialist, UTE – National Administration of Electric Power Plants and Transmissions
  • Laura Estrella, Renewable Energy Advisor, Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining
  • Lorena Di Chiara, Head of Energy Research, Energy Observatory, Catholic University, Uruguay
  • Maite Rubira, Economist Advisor, National Energy Directorate, Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining
  • María Pía Olave Solari, Technical Adsivor, Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining
  • Noelia Medina, Advisor, Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining


  • Bui Thu Thuy, Project Manager, PNE Group
  • Doan Thuy Dieu Phuong, Director and Managing Partner, HTC International Law Firm
  • Ha Thi Hong Hai, Energy Advisor/Project Officer, GIZ Ha Noi Office
  • Le Phuong Anh, COO, EDEEC
  • Luyen Vu Thi, Deputy Director of General Affairs, Southern Power Corporation (EVNSPC)
  • Tran Thi Nhu Phuong, Sales Director/ Business Consultant, Green Phoenix Imextra

Each of the selected mentees will be matched with a hand-picked mentor with whom they will engage in a bilateral exchange between August 2023 and May 2024; this matchmaking is done based on career aspirations stipulated in the application form.

In parallel, an exclusive online course on energy and personal development topics will be organised for the mentee cohort to stimulate professional and personal growth.

Stay tuned for updates on the participants and the programme.


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