Announcing the participants: Energising Women to Advance the Energy Transition

GWNET is excited to share the selected participants for 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 Energy (BMWi), across select countries under the German bilateral energy partnerships.

GWNET has received 260+ applications from women working in sustainable energy in:

  • LAC: Brazil, Chile, Mexico
  • MENA: Algeria, Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia
  • Ethiopia and South Africa
  • India
  • China

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 programme include:


  • Sabrina Hasni, Process Engineering Lead at Shell
  • Yassamina Keriti, Teaching and Research Assistant at the University of Ahmed Draya of Adrar
  • Dalila Belhout, Research Scientist
  • Hana Kerkebane, United People Global Champion at United People Global
  • Safia Bouaffad, Head of Programming & Monitoring at APRUE
  • Baya Belarbi, Renewable Energies Engineering Director at CEEG
  • Yasmina Belgacem, Head of the Environment, Scientific Research and Public Relations Department at APRUE
  • Leina Benouniche, Project Engineer at the Ministry of Energy Transition and Renewable Energies
  • Chehat Djaouida, Office Manager at the Ministry of Energy Transition and Renewable Energies
  • Assia Sayad, Head of Office at the Ministry of Energy Transition and Renewable Energies
  • Nihal Mansouri, Head of Technical Study at the Ministry of Energy Transition and Renewable Energies
  • Fatiha Meslem, Founder and General Manager at Atlas Academy


  • Helena Barbosa, Institutional Manager at EcoSolar Energia Inteligente
  • Fernanda Corrêa Ferreira, Legal Counsel at Empresa de Pesquisa Energética (EPE)
  • Tainan de Farias Nogueira, D.Sc Researcher at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
  • Ana Terra Fernandes, Business Development Manager, Renewable Energy at the British Consulate in Rio de Janeiro, Commercial Department
  • Isabela Issa, Operational Manager/Consultant on Energy and Sustainability at Mitsidi Projetos
  • Aline Kirsten Vidal de Oliveira, Researcher/PhD Student at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
  • Mariana Lucas Barroso, Energy Research Analyst at Empresa de Pesquisa Energética (Brazilian Energy Research Office)
  • Patricia Messer Rosenblum, Energy Research Analyst at Energy Research Office (EPE)
  • Isadora Pauli Custódio, Architect, Doctoral Student, and Researcher at Fotovoltaica/UFSC Solar Energy Research Laboratory
  • Juliana Velloso Durão, Energy Research Analyst at Energy Research Office (EPE)
  • Aline Lusieux Alves de Oliveira, Urban Planner Consultant at Self-employed
  • Carolina Kavalkievicz, CEO at Kavitti Representação Comercial Ltda


  • Fernanda Cabanas, Professional at the Clean Transportation office at Sustainable Energy Agency
  • Maria Cerda, Leader Solar Thermal Systems at Fraunhofer Chile
  • Carla Douglas, Professional at the Regional Office of Energy, Metropolitan Region of Santiago at the Ministry of Energy Chile
  • Lilian García Berg, Origination Associate at Sonnedix
  • Javiera Ketterer, Researcher in Energy sector and Master of Economic Application Student at the Instituto de Política Publica and Universidad de Chile
  • Gabriela López, Executive director at EGEA ONG
  • Paulina Mansilla, Business Developer at Reden Solar
  • Katherine Navarrete, Senior Professional at Sustainable Energy Division at the Ministry of Energy Chile
  • Maite Pizarro Illanes, Project Coordinator of the “Comuna Energética” Programme at the Sustainable Energy Agency
  • Elena Villanueva, Engineer at the Energy Access and Social Development Division at the Ministry of Energy, Chile


  • Dongli An, Global Energy Efficiency Program Manager at Apple Inc.
  • Xiaoju Fang, Director of Branding and Public Affairs at Envision
  • Molin Huo, Director of the Energy Saving and Marketing Research Center at the State Grid Energy Research Institute
  • Susan Li, Founder and CEO at Shenzhen Power-Solution Ind Co., Ltd
  • Yang Li, Division Chief at China Three Gorges International Limited
  • Fen Li, Chief Engineer at Shenzhen Institute of Building Research
  • Shiyu Rao, Project Manager and Volunteer Committee Chair at ZhiuTech and Energy Innovation Network
  • Huijie Sun, Program Manager at the China Center for Urban Development, National Development and Reform Commission
  • Han Wang, Director at NEA
  • Xiaodan Yuan, Co-Director at Beijing Energy Network
  • Yue Cui, Senior manager at Membership Division, Cooperation Bureau at the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization(GEIDCO)


  • Christian Samuel Belay, Lecturer and Researcher at Jimma Institute of Technology
  • Liilnna Teji, Senior Energy Consultant at Veritas Consulting
  • Tena Abebaw, Company Manager at Techscie Engineering PLC
  • Seble Alemu, Gender & Social Responsibility Advisor at Solar Village Ethiopia
  • Selamawit Amaha, Bioenergy Technology Design Expert at Ethiopian Rural Energy Development and Promotion Center
  • Amen Aniley Amentie, Msc Student at Addis Ababa Science and Technology University
  • Rekik Bekele, CEO at Green Scene Energy PLC
  • Azmera Belachew, Researcher at the Ethiopian Environment and Forest Research Institute(EEFRI)
  • Linda Lapiso Dilebo, Electrical Engineer and Consultant
  • Meseret Tesema Terfa, Associate Professor at Hawassa University


  • Sweta, Programme Manager at SELCO Foundation
  • Neha Bhatnagar, Senior Research Analyst at India Infrastructure Publishing
  • Hemangi Borole, Research and Development Engineer at ABB AS
  • Pallavi Das, Programme Associate at Council on Energy, Environment and Water
  • Astha Gupta, Lead Country Analyst and Coordinator- India Consultant at International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • Shweta Jaju, Co-founder at ONergy
  • Swarna Priya Natarajan, Lead Engineer at Vestas Technology R&D Chennai Pvt. Ltd.
  • Shruti Rawat, Research Associate at the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
  • Chandana Sasidharan, Senior Research Associate at the Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy
  • Narayani Srivastava, Consultant at AHAsolar Private Limited


  • Arwa AbuKashef, Engineer at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources
  • Mais Al-Ardah, Director of Energy Unit at the Water Authority of Jordan/ MWI
  • Reem Al-Masri, Senior Research Assistant at UN ESCWA Technology Centre
  • Basma Alshatti, Head of Social Responsibilities Section on the Jordan Renewable Energy And Energy Efficiency Fund at the Ministry Of Energy And Mineral Resources
  • Lama Gharaibeh, Climate and Energy Advisor at the Norwegian Refugee Council/ NORCAP Department
  • Lamees Hamasha, Criteria and Assessment Coordinator at the King Abdullah II Center for Excellence
  • Amaal Khatatbeh, Regulatory Engineer at the Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission
  • Tamara Otoom, Business Development Executive at Catalyst Investment Management
  • Aysheh Shama, Energy Engineer Freelancer
  • Kholoud Ayyash, Chemical Engineer at the Ministry of Energy and Minerals Resources
  • Haneen Hassouneh, Head of Local Development Unit at Sahab Municipality
  • Rana Hijazi, Environmental Researcher at A&H Group for Engineering and Energy Department


  • Jessica Ximena Cantu Saavedra, Sustainable and Energy Efficiency Consultant
  • Alejandra Xochitl Cruz Bayer, Project Consultant-Advisor at the German Cooperative and Raiffeisen Confederation (DGRV)
  • Pamela Garcia Romero, International Energy Research Analyst at Engie
  • Gisela Martinez, Independent Consultant and Project Manager at Habitat – Fundacion Cunaguaro
  • María Serna, Partner at Talanza Energy
  • Marcela Maricarmen Trevino Infante, Green Energy Associate at UNDP


  • Asmae Azzioui, Ressource Assessment Analyst | Geomatics and Surveyor Engineer at Masen (Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy)
  • Hanane Boutahir, Legal Consultant at the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Environment
  • Sofia Fathellah, Energy Efficiency Engineer at the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Environment
  • Nadia Zeddou, CEO and General Manager at Green Wave & Green Wave Academy

Saudi Arabia

  • Amal Abdulaziz Alomari, Consultant at KPMG
  • Sarah Alharthey, Business Development Manager at ACWA Power
  • Hossa Almutairi, Research Fellow at King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC)
  • Rima Sorour, Co-Founder/Vice President at Saudi Sustainable Building Council

South Africa

  • Ngozi Atalor, Chief Executive Officer at De-rahbs Energy Services
  • Yolanda Mabuto, Director at Divaine Growth Solutions
  • Devaksha Maharaj, Managing Director at Ikigai Engineering
  • Winnie Mamatsharaga, National Gender Coordinator at the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy
  • Vuyolwethu Matiwane, Grid Manager at BTE Renewables
  • Bongiwe Matsoha, Researcher & Energy Policy Officer at Earthlife Aica
  • Xolile Msimanga, Senior Researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
  • Letlhogonolo Tsoai, Technical Programme Officer at South African Wind Energy Association
  • Mitchell Phemelo, Business and Project Developer at Abo Wind Renewable Energie Pty Ltd


  • Hayet Baccouche, Project coordinator of the African Forum on Climate Justice (FAJC) “Renewable energy” at Model African Union NGO
  • Hajer Ben Charrada, Management Consultant at AFRY Management Consulting
  • Nouha Bouslama, Sales Manager in BMMS
  • Emna Ben Mahmoud, Energy consultant at EPCO Consulting
  • Lamia Ghazouani, Director at the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mines/Department of Energy
  • Sana Ibrahim, Solar PV engineer at Solarabic
  • Mariem Khemir, Project Manager at Schneider Electric
  • Khouloud Sellami, Doctor in Physics at H2SEE – Hydrogen Advanced Technology
  • Houda Walha, Managing Partner at SEERAJ Energy
  • Mabrouk Békir Amel, Founder and President Elect at the Health and Environment Association/Ambassador for Energy and Environment Control

Each of the selected mentees will be matched with a hand-picked mentor with whom they will engage in a bilateral exchange between June 2021 and May 2022; 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 growth.

Stay tuned for updates on the participants and the programme.


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