**Please note: This webinar will be hosted in Portuguese. Simultaneous interpretation to English will be provided.*

The Center on Global Energy Policy’s Women in Energy program and the Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro are delighted to announce the launch of Women in Energy Brasil. This new initiative aims to empower Brazilian women in the energy sector by offering training, networking, mentorship, and research opportunities to bridge the gender gap in the field. WIE Brasil will collaborate with existing female-led energy networks in Brazil to address the growing demand for energy- and climate change-related work opportunities for women in Brazil and the gender disparity in this sector.

Women in Energy (WIE) elevates women in energy by advancing equality and opportunity. The program seeks to address institutional barriers to entry, help organizations and companies recruit women and improve retention, and empower women to achieve career growth through educational programming, enhanced visibility, and broader networks.

The Columbia Global Center in Rio de Janeiro (CGC|Rio) is a hub for Columbia programs and initiatives relevant to Brazil. Established in 2013, the Center contributes to Brazil's academic and research environment, while also allowing members of the Columbia community to increase their knowledge and explore academic opportunities within Brazil. The Center works in collaboration with local universities, non-governmental organizations, and public institutions to design cross-cutting, innovative programs that aim to improve the understanding of global challenges through a transdisciplinary, transcultural and applied perspective.

Please join us for the official launch event which will feature female energy experts from Brazil discussing the impact of increasing women’s share of the energy workforce and what organizations in the public and private sectors are looking for in new recruits. We will also feature the new study “Solar Energy in Brazil: which are the barriers and opportunities for women professionals in the sector?” conducted by Rede Mesol which will provide an overview of women working in the solar energy industry in Brazil.

Speakers include:

  • Agnes Costa, Head of the Regulatory Advisory Office, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Brazil
  • Veronica Coelho, Senior Vice President & Country Manager Brasil, Equinor
  • Laurie Fitzmaurice, Executive Director, Center on Global Energy Policy
  • Kathlen Schneider, Co-founder and Coordinator of Brazilian Women's Network in Solar Energy (Mesol Network) and Director, Latin American Institute for Alternative Energy (IDEAL)


This webinar will be hosted via Zoom. Advance registration is required. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with access details. The event will be recorded and the video recording will be added to our website following the event.

This event is open to press, and registration is required to attend.

For media inquiries or requests for interviews, please contact Kyu Lee ([email protected]) or Genna Morton ([email protected]).

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