An equitable, sustainable, and just global energy transition will not be possible without the broad and equal participation and leadership of women in all aspects of the energy industry. Yet worldwide, the energy industry continues to be one of the least gender inclusive segments of the global economy – women make up only 22% of the traditional energy workforce and 32% of the renewable energy workforce. We need all hands on deck and diverse ideas and innovations in order to realize critical climate and emissions reductions targets by 2050 and a clear plan of action to bridge the gaps and harness the full potential of women in energy.

2020 is a pivotal year in the global climate change efforts, and the Center on Global Energy Policy’s Women in Energy (WIE) program was pleased to host a dialogue with dynamic industry leaders who are making vital contributions towards the global energy transition.

The expert speakers shared their contributions to the energy transition and engaged in a candid discussion about the barriers to women’s equal participation that must be addressed in order to ensure a just and sustainable transition.

Panelists included:

  • Maria S. Jelescu Dreyfus, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Ardinall Investment Management
  • Vaishali Nigam Sinha, Chief Sustainability, CSR and Communication Officer, ReNew Power
  • Adaku Ufere, Deputy Chief of Party, USAID-funded Power Africa West Africa Energy Program
  • Moderated by Laurie Fitzmaurice, Executive Director, Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia SIPA