The Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) on behalf of the German Energy Agency (dena) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), under the German bilateral energy partnerships, is excited to present the second cohort of the “Women in Energy Empowerment” mentoring programme.

This mentoring programme aims to advance the careers of mid-career women working in the energy transition, in Israel, Türkiye, and Ukraine, through mentorship, knowledge transfer, and networking. We thank all applicants for taking part in this process.

The selected participants for this year’s programme include:



  • Arina Shachar-Vishnevsky, CFO at Star Pumped Storage Ltd
  • Aya Ephrati, Innovation and Deal Flow at Enel (Innovation Hubs)
  • Dana Cohen, Climate and Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace
  • Daria Golan, Senior Product Manager at ExpertPower
  • Gabrielle Peled, Independent Lawyer at Independent
  • Irina Tsiganov, Chief Operating Officer at Bar-Dov Engineering & Management LTD
  • Meital Alon, CTO at MitroFix
  • Noa Aharoni, Head of Strategic Business Development at Apollo Power
  • Noga Halevi, Strategy and Policy Lead at SolarEdge
  • Ophira Melamed, CEO at NitroFix
  • Orit Vetzler, General Manager at Venair
  • Ortal Tiurin, R&D Engineer at Hydrolite
  • Osnat Merom Jacov, Technologist in the Plastic industry
  • Shiri Dror Kuhan, Legal Consultant for the Energy Sector and a Start-up Founder
  • Shiri Heffer, Senior Environmental Economist – Waste and Energy expert
  • Tali Zohar, Researcher at the Dead Sea and Arava Science Center and Head of the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation department at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
  • Viktoriya Sergeyeva, Director at the Expert Petroleum Ukraine LLC



  • Ada Tekin, Project Manager at Smart Güneş Teknolojileri
  • Arzu Gürkan, Deputy General Manager at BESENVE ENERJİ A.Ş
  • Buket Teneke Oduncu, Assistant Professor at Karabuk University
  • Çağla Odabaşı Özer, Advanced Projects and Data Science at Siro Silk Road Clean Energy Storage Technologies
  • Canan Avsar, I&C Coordination Chief at Calık Enerji
  • Elif Özel, co-Founder at Elf Solar Enerji
  • Elvan Tugsuz Guven, General manager at Tektuğ Elektrik Üretim A.Ş.
  • Fatma Karagöz, Project Development Manager at PNE AG
  • Kübra Aydın, Engineer at the Electricity Generation Company of Turkey (EUAS)
  • Ruhan Cemre Uçar, Project Manager
  • Ruveyda Gülmisal Akkale Çelebi, Assistant Professor at Commercial Law at Karabük University
  • Dr Selin Calik, Founder at WOMEN IN SMART ENERGY UK (WSE-UK)
  • Sultan Turut Balioglu, Energy Specialist at Energy Market Regulatory Authority of Türkiye
  • Tuğçe Evren, Finance Director at Bemka Enerji



  • Daryna Kulaga, Head of Emissions Management Unit at Naftogaz of Ukraine
  • Khrystyna Kasyanova, Business Development Manager at Rodina
  • Marta Melnyk, Leading analyst at JSC “ENERGY COMPANY OF UKRAINE”
  • Natalia Cherniaieva, Deputy Director for Development at Unisolar Engineering LLC
  • Nataliia Revutska, Deputy Head of Department at PJSC Lvivoblenergo
  • Oksana Bojesen, Business Controller at Blue Power Partners
  • Oksana Kysil, Country Expert of Covenant of Mayors to Ukraine at the EU funded project “Covenant of Mayors East”
  • Oksana Tarasiuk, Vice President of NGO at the Institute for Circular and Hydrogen Economy
  • Olena Shevchenko, Assistant of Professor at the National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”
  • Olena Sichkovska-Chornobyl, Associate at Asters Law Firm
  • Tetiana Kovalenko, Executive Manager at LLC INDIAN SOLAR
  • Ulyana Bardyn, Outside Counsel at Eversheds Sutherland
  • Yuliia Solomakha, EU Law Expert at the EU Technical Assistance Project “Support for the Implementation of EU-Ukraine Association Agreement”

Each mentee will be matched with a hand-picked mentor and will engage in a bilateral exchange between March and November 2023. The matchmaking is done based on career motivations stipulated in the application form.

Simultaneously, an exclusive knowledge-transfer series on energy and personal development topics will be organised for the mentee cohort to stimulate growth.

Stay tuned for updates on the participants and the programme.


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