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ESG in Emerging Markets: A Discussion with Leading Women from the Energy Sector

Past Event

February 2, 2022

8:30 am - 9:30 am

Environmental Stewardship, Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance (ESG) have become the new standard of best corporate practices globally. The Center on Global Energy Policy’s Women in Energy program hosted a panel of board directors and C-suite executives from different emerging market companies to examine the dual challenges of ESG compliance and energy transition readiness. The panel discussed how ESG issues compare to the myriad risks that are inherent to operating in emerging markets, the challenges EM companies are facing navigating the energy transition vs. ensuring energy access, profitability and reliability, and the role women corporate leaders play in managing and addressing these challenges.

Welcome Remarks:

  • Amy Myers Jaffe, Research Professor and Managing Director, Climate Policy Lab at Tufts University’s The Fletcher School; and Co-Chair of the Women in Energy Steering Committee, Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA


  • Dr. Luisa Palacios, Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA; and former Chairwoman, Citgo Petroleum Corporation


  • Ayaan Adam, Senior Director and CEO, AFC Capital, Africa Finance Corporation
  • Clarissa Lins, Founding Partner, Catavento Consultoria; Board Member, ArcelorMittal and Votorantim Cimentos; and former Board Member, Petrobras
  • Dr. Tatiana Mitrova, Board Director, Novatek and Schlumberger; Professor, Skolkovo Moscow School of Management; and Non-Resident Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA
  • Vaishali Nigam Sinha, Chief Sustainability Officer, ReNew Power; and Founding Chair, ReNew Foundation