Update: In May 2021, the Women in Wind cohort grew from 15 participants to 21 participants.

Brussels, 8 March 2021 – On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2021, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) have announced the participants for the third edition of their jointly organised Women in Wind Global Leadership Program which aims to enhance gender diversity across the wind sector.

This year’s participants have been selected out of a diverse applicant pool of over 200 applicants from across a variety of countries, disciplines, and sectors in the wind industry. GWEC and GWNET have selected 15 participants from 11 countries to take part in the year-long program which focuses on providing training, mentorship, and fostering knowledge and skills-sharing to advance the participants’ careers to leadership roles.

Now in its third edition, the Global Leadership Program is partnering with global industry leaders who recognise the urgency to address gender inequality across our sector. In 2021, our partners include Vestas, Mainstream Renewable Power, Ocean Winds, and EWI Group.

Joyce Lee, Head of Policy and Projects at GWEC, said:

Christine Lins, Executive Director at GWNET, commented:

Nibedita Sahoo, Assistant Lead Engineer, Vestas Wind Systems and 2021 Women in Wind participant, said: “The Women in Wind program is a great platform to network with wind industry leaders from various disciplines and cultures, and to gain a better understanding of wind power’s expansion globally. I look forward to sharing my experiences with other participants, learning strategies, and supporting each other in our journey. Let’s dream big together.”

Andrea Cornejo, Project Manager, Mainstream Renewable Power, said: “I am excited about meeting women professionals who have made their own path into the wind industry workforce. I look forward to developing new skills and taking new challenges, which will allow me to contribute to the growth of the wind industry and to encourage more women and men to collaborate and get rid of gaps, fears and bias.”

Carmen Maria Cortes Belaunde, Communications Manager, Ocean Winds and 2021 Women in Wind participant, added: “Being part of Women in Wind is a great opportunity to connect with key professionals in the wind sector, to be able to share experiences, learn best practices and build an enriching network that will allow me to boost my career in the wind sector and help improve the results of my company.”

Patricia de Vicente, Wind Manager Consultant Europe, EWI Group and 2021 Women in Wind participant, said: “Throughout my last three years working as a Wind Specialist Recruiter, I have only signed one contract for a woman and all my placements have been male. Women in Wind will be a great opportunity to network with women professionals in the industry and share best practices.”

Participants of the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program 2021 are nationals or residents of Peru, India, Spain, South Africa, Philippines, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Kenya, Russian Federation, and Turkey. The full list of participants in the 2021 edition of the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program can be found here.

About GWEC

GWEC is a member-based organization that represents the entire wind energy sector. The members of GWEC represent over 1,500 companies, organizations and institutions in more than 80 countries, including manufacturers, developers, component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies. See more: https://gwec.net/

About GWNET

GWNET empowers women in energy through interdisciplinary networking, advocacy, training, and mentoring. GWNET seeks to address the current gender imbalances in the energy sector and to promote gender-sensitive action around the energy transition in all parts of the world. See more: https://www.globalwomennet.org/

For more information, please contact:

Alyssa Pek

alyssa.pek@gwec.net

+32 490 56 81 39

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