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The Women in Wind Global Leadership Program sat down with this year’s mentors and participants, to chat about their pathways to renewable energy and issues facing women in the wind sector. 

Read their stories below:

  • Meet Aoife Mc Mahon – Since joining Mainstream in 2013, Aoife has held senior positions in both the Corporate Finance team and previous to that, the Group Finance team. Her experience in the Corporate Finance team included closing over €300m in corporate debt arrangements, leading on the disposal of two wind farms, assisting in a grey market process and managing the company’s corporate debt and shareholder relationships. 
  • Meet Amisha Patel – Amisha heads public affairs, stakeholder engagement and communications for Principle Power. She is also a board member of Offshore Wind California. Amisha has worked in the energy sector for over 15 years having built and led the global power and renewables team at the Energy Industries Council where she directed government relations, global supply chain engagement, and energy export campaigns for offshore wind, energy from waste, energy storage and nuclear new build and decommissioning.

What is the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program?

  • A dedicated program of training and mentoring for women in the wind industry, aimed at providing its participants with global perspectives, high-level experience and the network to advance to leadership positions;
  • network of mentors among leading women in the wind industry;
  • comprehensive education program that can be expanded upon year-on-year to consistently incorporate the latest technology developments and best practices from the industry, covering the areas of policy and advocacy, project management, project financing, turbine engineering and more;
  • A platform to assist leading companies in the sector in identifying talent and reaching new gender equality benchmarks, allowing them to fully leverage their human resources; and,
  • A growing network of alumni who can serve as mentors for the next generation of women entering the industry over the next decade, as wind becomes one of the world’s dominant energy sources.
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