GWNET Mentoring Programmes - mentors

GWNET leads the development of several regional and global women mentoring programmes, with the goal of advancing the role of women as agents of change in society and promoting best practices within the sustainable energy sector.

Our programmes are supported by senior professionals who are eager to make a difference and have a positive impact on a younger woman’s career in the energy sector. You can find a list of GWNET mentors below.

Mentor Countries for GWNET 1/2018 programme
  • Barbara Fischer-Aupperle: Founding Partner, GWNET, Germany
  • Christine Wörlen: Director and Founder, Arepo Consult, Germany
  • Christine Lins: Executive Director, GWNET, Austria
  • Emily Koulouvaris: Managing Director, Revelle Group, Greece
  • Irene Giner-Reichl: President, GWNET, Austria
  • Laura Williamson: Partnership Development, REN21, United States/New Zealand
  • Lucia Haeger: Senior Vice President Global Sourcing, PERI GmbH, Germany
  • Rabia Ferroukhi: Deputy Director – Knowledge, Policy and Finance Center, IRENA, Algeria/Austria
  • Rana Ghoneim: Chief- Energy systems and Infrastructure Division, UNIDO, Austria
  • Sandra Mejia: Freelance Consultant and Part-time Advisor, Istituto de Promocion Humana (INPRHU), Nicaragua
  • Sandra Retzer: Director Development Policy Forum, GIZ, Germany
Mentor Countries for GWNET 2/2019 programme
  • Balini Ketheeswaran: Key Account Manager, Molex, Germany
  • Barbara Fischer-Aupperle: Founding Partner, GWNET, Germany
  • Brigitte Maria Gruber: Director, Frauen:Fachakademie, Austria
  • Christine Lins: Executive Director, GWNET, Austria
  • Corina Radu: Founder, Solutions4Impact, Romania
  • Hanne May: Head of Communications, dena ,Germany
  • Irene Giner-Reichl: President, GWNET, Austria
  • Johan van den Berg: Head of Secretariat, AEEP, South Africa
  • Karin Reiss: Program Coordinator, UNIDO, Austria
  • Katharina Habersbrunner: Board member, Bündnis Bürgerenergie BBEn e.V., Germany
  • Laura Williamson: Partnership Development, REN21, United States/New Zealand
  • Lucia Haeger: Senior Vice President Global Sourcing, PERI GmbH, Germany
  • Magdalena Teufner-Kabas: Managing Partner – Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, klein kraft, Austria
  • Monica Oliphant: Research Scientist and Renewables & Environment Consultant, Independent, Australia
  • Paula Mints: Chief Market Research Analyst, SPV Market Research, USA
  • Rabia Ferroukhi: Deputy Director – Knowledge, Policy and Finance Center, IRENA, Algeria/Austria
  • Rana Ghoneim: Chief- Energy systems and Infrastructure Division, UNIDO, Austria
  • Sandra Mejia: Freelance Consultant and Part-time Advisor, Istituto de Promocion Humana (INPRHU), Nicaragua
  • Sandra Retzer: Director Development Policy Forum, GIZ, Germany
  • Tanja Faller: Regional Director Energy, GIZ, Germany
  • Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk: Relations Manager International Project Development and Financing, Doppelmayr Seilbahnen, Austria
  • Vicky Healey: Project Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA
Mentor Countries for GWNET 3/2020 programme
  • Adriana Verde Rios:  Engineering leader, GE Renewable Energy, Spain
  • Amel Barich: Project Manager, GEORG Geothermal Research Cluster, Iceland
  • Andrea Heins: Consultant in Energy, Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Development, Independent, Argentina
  • Asal Ibrahim: Senior Consultant, DNV GL, UAE
  • Athena Ballesteros: Climate Finance Director, Asia, Growald Family Fund, USA
  • Barbara Fischer Aupperle: Founding Partner, GWNET, Germany
  • Christiana Hageneder: Senior Project Manager, GIZ, Germany
  • Corina Radu: Founder, Solutions4Impact, Romania
  • Füsun S. Tut Haklıdır: Assistant Professor, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey
  • Ilina Stefanova: Manager EU and Public Affairs, EVN, Bulgaria
  • Irene Giner-Reichl: President, GWNET, Austria
  • Iryna Gerasymenko: Project Officer (Innovations & Private Sector Partnerships), UNDP, Ukraine
  • Katarina Uherova: Founder, Enrupt, Singapore
  • Katharina Habersbrunner: Board member, Bündnis Bürgerenergie BBEn e.V., Germany
  • Leen Govaerts: Unit Manager, VITO, Belgium
  • Lylian Coelho Ferreira: Project Manager, SUEZ, Brazil
  • Marit Brommer: Executive Director, International Geothermal Association, Germany
  • Mari-Louise Van Der Walt: Owner, Alakriti Consulting, South Africa
  • Monica Oliphant: Research Scientist and Renewables & Environment Consultant, Independent, Australia
  • Rabia Ferroukhi: Deputy Director – Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre, IRENA, Austria/Algeria
  • Sandra Chavez: Renewable Energy Consultant, the World Bank, Mexico
  • Sandra Retzer: Director Development Policy Forum, GIZ, Germany
  • Senta Schmatzberger: Project Manager, Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE), Germany
  • Sonia Zavesky: Director, Zavesky Consulting, Australia
  • Tatiana Mitrova: Non Executive Director, NOVATEK, Russia
  • Yana Popkostova: Founder & Managing Director, European Centre for Energy and Geopolitical Analysis, Bulgaria
Mentor Countries for Women in Wind 2019 program
  • Anna Diedrichkeit: Product Management / Staff Manager for Strategy, Technology Centre, GE Renewable Energy, Germany
  • Emma Pinchbeck: Deputy CEO, RenewableUK, UK
  • Lucy Craig: VP and Director, Technology and Innovation, DNV GL, UK
  • Maria Fernanda Locarnini: Commercial Director, Argentina, GE Renewable Energy, Argentina
  • Mary Thorogood: Senior Specialist, Strategy, Business Development and Government Relations, MHI Vestas, UK
  • Mary Quaney: CFO, Mainstream Renewable Power, Ireland
  • Sarah Barber: Program Leader Wind Energy, HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil, Switzerland
  • Tebogo Movundlela: CEO, Aurora Wind Power, South Africa
Mentor Countries for Women in Wind 2020 program
  • Amanda Niklaus: PPA Transaction Manager, Pexapark, Switzerland
  • Isabel Rodriguez de Rivera Ruiz: Investment Director, Glennmont Partners, Spain
  • Judit Szasz: Senior Project Manager in Offshore, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Hungary
  • Karen Conover: Vice President and Senior Technical Advisor, DNV GL, USA
  • Kasia Lindegaard: Head of Marketing and New Product Concepts, SCADA International, Denmark
  • Kate Freeman: Managing Consultant, BVG Associates, UK
  • Kavita Gandhi: Executive Director, Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore, Singapore
  • Kavita Sinha: Deputy Director, Division of Migration and Adaptation, Green Climate Fund, India
  • Lucy Craig: VP and Director, Technology and Innovation, DNV GL, UK
  • Lydia Natalia: APAC Business Development Manager,  wdp Japan K.K., Indonesia
  • María A. Talaván Luque: Head of Wind Turbines, EDPR / Engie JV, Spain
  • Mary Thorogood: Senior Specialist, Strategy, Business Development and Government Relations, MHI Vestas, UK
  • Regina Ranieri: Business Development Manager, UL RENEWABLE, Argentina
  • Titania Stefanus-Zincke: Head of Economic Development and Socio-Economic Development, Mainstream Renewable Power, South Africa
  • Toni Beukes: Energy Sales Leader, GE Renewable Energy, South Africa
Mentor Countries for LAC&MENA program

LAC Region

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

 

MENA Region

  • Alexandra Dawe: Vice Chair of the BankTrack Board, The Netherlands
  • Alexandra Sombsthay: Diplomatic Advisor, SOLAR IMPULSE/VP Europe & International Affairs, Akuo Energy, France
  • Al Majali Hadeel Ibrahim: Training Coordinator, Ministry of Labor/Director, JEA Radio, Jordan 
  • Amel Barich: Project Manager – Business Strategy and Marketing, Geothermal Research Cluster (GEORG), Iceland
  • Ana-Maria Diez-Suarez: Professor, University of León, Spain
  • Arthouros Zervos: Chair, REN21, Greece
  • Barbara Fischer-Aupperle: Founding Partner, GWNET, Germany
  • Benoit Lebot: Head of IPEEC Secretariat, International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC), France
  • Irene Giner-Reichl: President, GWNET, Austria
  • Ilina Stefanova: Manager EU and Public Affairs, EVN AG, Bulgaria
  • Iliyana Arnaudova: Clean Energy Finance Manager, C40 Cities, Bulgaria
  • Lilia Sahnoun: Electrical & Fire Safety Consulting Engineer, Energy Auditor, Tunisia
  • Lubna Dheisat: Project Manager, Solstice Renewables, Jordan
  • Marit Brommer: Executive Director, International Geothermal Association, Germany
  • Nameerah Hameed: Policy Analyst & Special Assistant to Chairman Planning & Development Board, Government of Punjab/Founder and Manager, Women In Energy (WIE) Pakistan, Pakistan
  • Noara Kebir: Founder, Managing Director & Partner, MicroEnergy International, Germany
  • Pooja Shah: Energy Storage Engineer, Emerging Markets at Kiewit, India
  • Rabia Ferroukhi: Director of the Knowledge, Policy and Finance Division, IRENA, Algeria/Austria
  • Richard Loyen: Executive Director, Enerplan, France
  • Saida Zaghdidi: Consultant in Energy and Electrical Systems- (Freelance) and professional coach, Tunisia
  • Samira Lakhlifi: Head of Division / Chief Engineer / Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency, Morocco
  • 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, Tunisia
  • Tamara Taa’mneh: Architectural Engineer/mid level architect, Oryx I.D Architectural & Interior Design Firm, Jordan
  • Tanja Faller: Regional Director Energy, GIZ, Germany
  • Waltraud Schmid: Head Of Department, Urban Innovation Vienna GmbH, Austria
  • Yamina Saheb: Lead Author, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, France
  • Yvette Ramos: President, Swiss Engineering Geneva & President and co-founder, WOMENVAI, France
Mentor Countries for People-Centred Accelerator programme
  • Adwoa Etsiwaa Sey: Board Chairperson, Ghana Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and Fuels, Ghana
  • Daphne Pit: Founder, Pit Pure Power, The Netherlands
  • Elizabeth Muchiri: Gas Business Consultant, Prestige Gas Solutions, Kenya
  • Filagot Tesfaye: Managing Director, ON ENERGY CONSULT, and President, Ethiopian Women in Energy (EWiEn), Ethiopia
  • Gladys Gatiba: Project officer, Green Africa Foundation, Kenya
  • Iwona Bisaga: Group Research Manager, BBOXX, UK
  • Joan Chahenza: Chief Financial Analyst & Technical Assistant to Regulatory and Corporate Affairs Director, Kenya Electricity Generating Company, Kenya
  • Julie Roberts: Country Manager, MeshPower Ltd., Canada
  • Mary Njau: Engineer, Kenya Power, Kenya
  • Rene Uwamugirimfura: Project Coordinator, Green Utility for Africa, Rwanda
  • Sabina Anokye Mensah: Chief Executive Officer – Anomena Ventures, National Focal Person-Gender and Energy Network, Ghana
  • Sarah-Melissa Leitner: Advisor for Energising Development Rwanda, GIZ, Germany
  • Silvia Herzog: Director, The Charcoal Project, USA
  • Sigra Sharma: Operations Integrity Manager for continental Europe and UK, Schlumberger, India
  • Sonia Zavesky: Director, Zavesky Consulting, Australia
Mentor Countries for Energy Storage programme
  • Andreas Hauer: Head of Division “Energy Storage”, The Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research at ZAE Bayern, Germany
  • Brittney Elzarei: Policy Manager, The European Association for Storage of Energy, Germany
  • Chandrasekar Govindarajalu: Lead Energy Specialist – Energy Climate Finance, The World Bank, India
  • Chioma Ome: Business Development Training/Performance Manager, Solar Sister, Nigeria
  • Debmalya Sen: Senior Consultant, Customized Energy Solutions, India
  • Ed Brown: Professor of Global Energy Challenges – School of Social Sciences, Loughborough University, UK
  • Eleni Kemene: Project Specialist – Global Battery Alliance, World Economic Forum, Switzerland
  • Fernando de Sisternes: Energy Specialist, The World Bank, Spain
  • Hemangi Borole: Research And Development – Power System Engineer, ABB, India
  • Jens Jaeger: Policy & Business Development Manager, Alliance for Rural Electrification, Belgium
  • Krishnan Rajagopalan: Head Global BD and Proposals – Hybrid and Energy Storage, Sterling and Wilson, India
  • Leen Govaerts: Unit Manager Smart Energy & Built Environments, VITO, Belgium
  • Mani Khurana: Senior Energy Specialist, The World Bank, India
  • Nate Blair: Group Manager – Distributed Systems and Storage Analysis, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA
  • Pooja Shah: Lead Electrical Engineer – Solar & Energy Storage + Emerging Markets, Kiewit, India
  • Rahul Walawalkar: President, India Energy Storage Alliance, India
  • Rebecca Jaffe: Manager, Tesla, USA
  • Ruchi Soni: Programme Manager, Sustainable Energy for All, India
  • Sandra Chavez: Renewable Energy Consultant, The World Bank, Mexico
  • Shivali Dwivedi: Senior Energy Analyst, ICF, India
  • Tatia Lemondzhava: Energy Specialist, World Bank Group, Russia
  • Tigabu Atalo: Director – Enterprise Delivery and Services, Huawei Technologies, Ethiopia
  • Valeria Palomba: Research Fellow, National Research Council of Italy, Italy
  • Yiheng Hu: Part-Time Lecturer, The University of Huddersfield, China
  • Yu Tack Kim: Consultant, Asian Development Bank, South Korea
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