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
Women in Wind 2021 Mentors Map
  • Alejandra Arbelaez Sierra: Vice President Of Service, Vestas Asia Pacific, Colombia
  • Alexia Aubault: Principal and Co-Founder, Ocergy, France
  • Amisha Patel: Public Affairs Lead, Principle Power, India
  • Ana Rodriguez Lizana: Head of Wind Turbines, Corporate Technical Team, Ocean Winds, Spain
  • Aoife Mcmahon: Philippines Country Manager, Mainstream Renewable Power, Ireland
  • Elizabeth Baxter: Director Of Project Finance, Sonnedix, USA
  • Ilina Stefanova: International Project Coordinator, UNIDO, Bulgaria
  • Isabel Rodriguez: Investment Director, Glennmont Partners, Spain
  • Judit Szasz: Senior Project Manager in Offshore, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Hungary
  • Juliet Mazera: Head of Legal, Great Lakes Africa Energy Ltd, Kenya
  • Katherine Persson: Project Development Director, The SOLA Group, South Africa
  • Kendra Rauschenberger: Vice President, Siemens Energy Ventures and Incubator, Germany
  • Leila Garcia: Senior Research Manager, Wind and Solar O&M, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, Brazil
  • Lucy Craig: Director, Growth, Innovation and Digital, DNV, UK
  • Lydia Natalia: APAC Business Development Manager, WPD AG, Indonesia
  • Natascha Forster Jung: Director, Bid Management & Sales Support Global Offshore Commercial, Vestas, Denmark
  • Regina Ranieri: Project Manager, Green Hydrogen, FFI, Argentina
  • Sarah Barber: Programme Leader – Wind Energy, Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
  • Sigra Sharma: Regional Head Operations Integrity – Continental Europe And UK, Schlumberger, India
  • Suma Gopal: Operations Analytics Manager, Utopus Insights, India
  • Tania Moreira: Director, Copenhagen Offshore Partners, Brazil
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
GWNET Women in Clean Cooking Mentors Map
  • Adwoa Sey: Board Chair, Ghana Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and Fuels, Ghana
  • Alexandra Dawe: Lead, Corporate Communications, Rainforest Alliance, Netherlands
  • Barbara Ungari: Operations Analyst, The World Bank, USA
  • Beatrice Despioch: Co-Founder & Co-Director, Eco-charcoal Limited, France
  • Caroline Ochieng: Marie Curie-IRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, National University of Ireland, Kenya
  • Claire Baker: Director, Clarity Partners, UK
  • Elizabeth Muchiri: Gas Business Consultant, Prestige Gas Solutions, Kenya
  • Emily Ochanda: Regional Solar Business Developer, Solar Home Solutions, Total, Kenya
  • Estelle Roux-Stevens: Co-Founder, Mentorjam, Netherlands
  • Esther Altorfer: Managing Director East Africa, Sistema.bio, France
  • Genevieve Goulding: Programme Director, Shortlist Professionals, USA
  • Habiba Ali: CEO, SOSAI Renewable Energies Company, Nigeria
  • Hira Wajahat Malik: Program Manager, Stimulus, Pakistan
  • Ifey Ikeonu: Energy Policy & Regulation Consultant, Ghana
  • Iwona Bisaga: Research Associate, Loughborough University – Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS), UK
  • Katharina Proestler: Sustainable Energy Expert, International Consultant, UNIDO, Austria
  • Katrin Harvey: Chief Operating Officer, Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, Austria
  • Lerato Nonyane: Human Resources Director Africa, BioTherm Energy, South Africa
  • Lily Versta Nyarko: Distance Learning Lecturer, University of Education Winneba, Ghana
  • Nathan Awuapila: Policy Leader Fellow, School of Transnational Governance – European University Institute, Nigeria
  • Neha Juneja: Co-Founder, Greenway Appliances, India
  • Nsangu Siwale: Managing Consultant, KLYN Consulting, Zambia
  • Olasimbo Sojinrin: Country Director, Solar Sister Nigeria, Nigeria
  • Peggy Mischke: Founder, EconergyPM – Clean Energy Enterprise, Denmark
  • Roberta Bove: Senior Manager, Private Sector Investment, Clean Cooking Alliance, Holland
  • Sasmita Patnaik: Gender Advisor, Water and Energy for Food (WE4F) South and Southeast Asia Regional Innovation Hub, India
  • Shelmith Theuri: Senior Technical Advisor, Power Africa Off-grid Project, RTI International, Kenya
  • Sonia Zavesky: Director, Zavesky Consulting, Australia
  • Ute Collier: Head – Policy (Renewable Energy Markets), IRENA, UK
  • Vishakha Chandhere: Founder, Orjabox, India
Map of the world with mentor countries highlighted

Mentors for Algeria

  • Asal Ibrahim: Regional Growth & Innovation Lead, Energy Systems at DNV, UAE
  • Berit Müller: Manager at DGS – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sonnenenergie Landesverband Berlin Brandenburg e.V., Germany
  • Nathalie Cliquot: Project Manager at CINEA – European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency, France
  • Noara Kebir: Founder, Managing Director and Partner at MicroEnergy International, Germany
  • Nicole Vermeulen: Supply Chain Manager Green & Industrial hydrogen at Shell, Holland
  • Yamina Saheb: Lead Author at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, France
  • Awatef Miraoui: Trainer at UNIDO, Tunisia
  • Karima Bergheul: Electrical Engineer at Autorité de Régulation des Hydrocarbures, Algeria
  • Benoit Lebot: Senior Policy Advisor at the Ministère de la Transition Ecologique et Solidaire, France
  • Gelem Lluberes: Head of Generation Service Agreements Implementation Europe, Africa & Asia at Siemens Energy, Dominican Republic
  • Vickie Healey: Board Member at the Global Women’s Network in the Energy Transition, USA
  • Fadhila Kebir: Director at the Ministère de L’énergie, Algeria

 

Mentors for Brazil

  • Luisa Valentim Barros: Energy and ESG Director at Scala Data Centers, Brazil
  • Leah Jara: Senior Legal Counsel at Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority
  • María Isabel Roldán Serrano: Techno-economic Analysis and System Modelling at German Aerospace Center (DLR), Granada
  • Margaret Groff: Regional Leader of the Women of Brazil Group at Women of Brazil Group, Brazil
  • Lylian Coelho Ferreira: Development Director at AgroParisTech-SUEZ “Water For All” Chair at SUEZ, Brazil
  • Karla G. Cedano Villavivencio: Head of Technology Management at Instituto de Energías Renovables – UNAM, Mexico
  • Dorottya Kriechbaumer: Project Manager at German Aerospace Center (DLR), Hungary
  • Leonardo Beltran: Board Member at SEforALL and Fundacion Por Mexico, Mexico
  • Ana-Maria Diez-Suarez: Professor at the University of León, Spain
  • María Mercedes Vanegas Cantarero: Lecturer at the Europa-Universität Flensburg, Nicaragua
  • Paula Mints: Founder and Chief Market Research Analyst at SPV Market Research, USA

 

Mentors for Chile

  • Balini Ketheeswraan: Key Account Manager – Connected Vehicle Systems at Molex, Germany
  • Amanda Niklaus: PPA Transaction Manager at Pexapark – The Renewables Platform, Switzerland
  • Emma Baz: Geothermal Energy Consultant at Inter-American Development Bank, Spain
  • Suzy Gasparini: Communications Consultant at SG Comunicação e Conteúdo, Brazil
  • Ariana Ramos: Postdoctoral Research Associate at Vlerick Business School, Honduras
  • Sylvia Herzog: Director at The Charcoal Project, USA
  • Iliyana Arnaudova: Clean Energy Finance Manager at C40 Cities, Bulgaria
  • Paula de la Fuente: Head of commercial and Business Development at TRACTEBEL, Chile
  • Ellen Bomasang: Specialist Leader at Deloitte, USA
  • Maria Locarnini: Commercial Director South Cone, Grid Solutions at GE Renewables, Argentina

 

Mentors for China

  • Krishnan Rajagopalan: Head Global BD and Proposals – Hybrid Energy & Storage Solutions at Sterling and Wilson Pvt Ltd, India
  • Hanne May: Head of Communications at the Germany Energy Agency (dena), Germany
  • Judith Joan Walker: COO at African Clean Energy, Holland
  • Judith Raphael: Programme Director GET FiT Zambia at Multiconsult, South Africa
  • Smita Chandiwala: Founder at Energe-se, India
  • Betty Chan-Massey: Global VP of Commercial Sales Operations at KORE Power, USA
  • Nidhi Gupta: Associate Director at Environmental Design Solutions, India
  • Ghada Darwish: Country Head – Gruppo Maccaferri at SECI Energia, Egypt
  • Karla Solis: Programme Officer at UNFCCC, Peru
  • Sandra Retzer: Director Funding Programs at GIZ, Germany
  • Arthouros Zervos: Chair at REN21, Greece

 

Mentors for Ethiopia

  • Muluken Zegeye Getie: Lecturer at Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia
  • Daphne Pit: Founder at Pit Pure Power, Holland
  • Filagot Tesfaye: Founder at On Energy Consult and President at EWiEn- Ethiopian Women in Energy, Ethiopia
  • Vasmijahan Hasanova: HR Management & OD Consultant, Azerbaijan
  • Oyin T Alabi: Climate Ambassador at Climate Interactive, Nigeria
  • Ncobile Nkosi: Lecturer at North West University, South Africa
  • Katharina Habersbrunner: Management Renewable Energy and Climate Protection at WECF, Germany
  • Manjushree Banerjee: Freelance Contributor at Observer Research Foundation, India
  • Ruse Moleshe: Founder and Managing Director at Energy Solutions Consulting, South Africa
  • Sarah McCormack: Associate Professor at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Sonal Adlakha: Energy Access & Distributed Renewable Energy Consultant and Certified Empowered Entrepreneurship Trainer, India

 

Mentors for India

  • Indira Shakya: Program Manager at Centre for Appropriate Rural Technology, Nepal
  • Georgeta Auktor: Research Fellow at the German Development Institute, Romania
  • Priya Selvaraj: General Manager, PV Technology and Energy Storage, Strategy and New Business at Siemens Gamesa, India
  • Rahul Agnihotri: Coordinator, District Energy in Cities Initiative in South Asia at UN Environment Programme, India
  • Tania H. Rödiger-Vorwerk: Director Private Sector, Trade, Employment and Digital Technologies at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
  • Susan Mwaniki: Finance Planning and Analysis Manager at PowerGen Renewable Energy, Kenya
  • Bindu Madhavi Polumahanti: Manager – Policy & Regulatory, IESA at Customized Energy Solutions, India
  • Heloísa Guedes Mendonça: Industrial PhD researcher at Vestas, Brazil
  • Kajol: Manager, Energy at WRI India, India
  • Usha Khatiwada: Chief Executive Officer at NRN Infrastructure & Development Limited, Nepal

 

Mentors for Mexico

  • Liliana Campos: Head of Project Energy Efficient Refurbishment of Social Housing at GIZ, Mexico
  • Laura Williamson: Membership & Institutional Partnerships at REN21, USA
  • Elena Martinez: Project Manager – Generation International at Alpiq, Spain
  • Kira Potowski: Director Innovation & Sustainability, Network of German Chambers Worldwide at DIHK, Germany
  • Dana Dunel-Stancu: Head of Energy and Sustainability at Biris Goran Law Firm and Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Expert, Romania
  • Patricia Labra: Network Planning Engineer at REE, Spain

 

Mentors for Morocco

  • Nicolas Fichaux: International Renewable Energy Consultant, France
  • Alexandra Sombsthay: VP Europe at Akuo Energy, France
  • Dana Al-Lweisy: National Project Officer for Sustainable Urbanization and Resource Efficiency (SURE) at UNDP, Jordan
  • Sallouha Bouzgarrou: Environmental Training and Capacity Building Manager at Centre International des Technologies de l’environnement de Tunis, Tunisia

 

Mentors for Saudi Arabia

  • Rosa Muehlhoelzer: Head of Business Development – Service at Siemens Energy, Germany
  • Barbara Fischer-Aupperle: Founding Partner at the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition, Germany
  • Rabia Ferroukhi: Director – Knowledge, Policy and Finance Center at the International Renewable Energy Agency, Algeria/Austria
  • Christine Lins: Executive Director at the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition, Austria
  • Christiana Hageneder: Senior Project Manager at GIZ, Germany

 

Mentors for South Africa

  • Paballo Vilakazi: Senior Banker: Intermediary and Channel Partnerships at Land Bank, South Africa
  • Chandirekera Mutubuki-Makuyana: Country Coordinator at Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN), Zimbabwe
  • Elin Ledskog: Head of Market & Sales at Againity, Sweden
  • Shqipe Neziri Vela: Lecturer, Energy Policy Studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Kosovo
  • Sedef Budak: Founder and President of Turkish Women in Renewables and Energy Network (TWRE), Exclusive Business Partner of Vector Renewables, Turkey
  • Chitra Narayanswamy: Consultant – Energy Access, India
  • Diana Süsser: Research Associate and project lead of the EU project Sustainable Energy Transition Lab (SENTINEL) at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Germany
  • Tripti Ratn: Project Management Consultant at Asian Development Bank, India
  • Louise Paulsen: MD Vestas South Africa at Vestas, South Africa

 

Mentors for Tunisia

  • Nawel Khaldi: Doctor-Engineer at Ministère du Transport et de la Logistique, Tunisia
  • Rana Ghoneim: Chief, Energy systems and Infrastructure Division at UNIDO, Austria
  • Samira Lakhlifi: Training Manager at domaine de l’Efficacité Energétique, Morocco
  • Irene Giner-Reichl: Senior Advisor at the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition, Austria
  • Rahul Walawakar: Global Lead – Emerging Technologies at Customized Energy Solutions, India
  • Tania Faller: Head of Energy and Climate at GIZ, Germany
  • Richard Loyen: Executive Director, Enerplan, France
  • Mahi Sideridou: Managing Director at Europe Beyond Coal, Greece
  • AnnKathrin Rabe: Originator Green Power, Statkraft, Germany
  • Christine Lins: Executive Director at the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition, Austria
Map of the world with mentor countries highlighted
  • 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: Policy Adviser at UN Women, Austria
  • 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
  • Michelle Alejandra Ramirez Bueno: Programme Officer – Global Geothermal Alliance at IRENA, Mexico
  • Memory Mashingaidze: Co-Founder and Director at Tatanga Energy, South Africa
  • 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
  • Swetha Sundaram: Senior Consultant of Energy Storage at DNV GL, United States
  • 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
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