Mentoring Programme for Women in the Energy Sector (Round 2021/22)

To advance the role of women as agents of change, 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 Climate Action (BMWK), is launching a mentoring programme across select countries under the German bilateral energy partnerships.

The newly launched mentoring programme “Energising Women to Advance the Energy Transition” aims to advance the careers of mid-career women working in the energy transition.

We would like to thank all of the applicants, and congratulate the chosen participants for the Energising Women to Advance the Energy Transition Mentoring Programme:

  • 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

GWNET's chosen mentors for the mentoring programme for Chile are:

  • 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, The Philippines
  • Maria Locarnini: Commercial Director South Cone, Grid Solutions at GE Renewables, Argentina

Each of these mentors is a senior professional committed to making a difference and having a positive impact on a younger woman’s career in the energy sector.

We are proud to have them as part of this program.