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Global Careers in Renewable Energy

Past Event

September 19, 2023

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm edt

The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs Women in Energy initiative in collaboration with the Global Wind Energy Council and Global Renewables Alliance invites you to join us for a discussion and networking reception on global careers in renewable energy. 

The event will feature a panel discussion on how renewable energy varies by region. Panelists will also discuss their career journeys in the clean energy space and the skill sets needed to thrive in the sector. The event will conclude with a networking reception.

As a part of New York City Climate Week, this event is designed for people already working or interested in connecting with renewable energy professionals from around the world. Companies seeking new talent are also welcome to attend.


  • Debbie Gray, Senior Climate Policy Manager, International Hydropower Association (Europe)
  • Natacha C. Marzolf, Principal Energy Specialist, Energy Division, Inter-American Development Bank (Latin America)
  • Wangari Muchiri, Head of Africa WindPower, Global Wind Energy Council (Africa)
  • Namita Vikas, Founder, and Managing Director, auctusESG (Asia)


Debbie Gray is the Climate Policy Manager at IHA where she leads the IHA’s work in positioning hydropower as a solution to climate change. She is also heading the study on women’s representation in the hydropower sector and follows hydropower developments in the Americas. 

Debbie is a professional engineer who has worked for over 25 years in the fields of energy and sustainable development, including a lengthy career at Hydro-Québec. Her extensive experience related to hydropower generation includes pollution control, environmental management, energy efficiency, plant modernization, and the recognition of the benefits of hydropower. She has also worked for international non-profit organizations such as the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership, the IUCN – World Conservation Union, and the International Network on Small Hydro Power in China.

Natacha C. Marzolf is a Principal Energy Specialist in the Energy Division of the Infrastructure and Energy Department and is based in Washington DC. She joined the Bank in 1996, selected by the Young Professional Program and has over 20 years of experience originating, structuring and disbursing sovereign and non-sovereign project finance and corporate finance transactions, in particular in the energy sector in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Ms. Marzolf is a graduate of Harvard Law School and holds a post-graduate degree in Development and Economics Law from the University of Paris V and a Master’s in International and European Law from Paris II – Assas. She also completed executive education programs at Harvard Kennedy School of Government and was the first woman nominated by IDB for the Women’s Global Leadership Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

Wangari Muchiri is the Director of Africa at the Global Wind Energy Council. She is a Renewable Energy Engineer and Energy Planning expert leading GWEC’s initiative to increase the development and deployment of wind power across the continent.

 Wangari holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Renewable Energy) from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and a Masters of Engineering (Energy Planning and Policy) from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Wangari also sits on various boards including the Kenya Green Building Society, ESI Africa Clarion Energy Advisory Board, and the Buildings and Cities Journal Practitioners panel.

Namita Vikas is currently the Founder and Managing Director of auctusESG, a global firm providing strategic advisory and enablement on sustainable finance, climate transition, ESG, and climate risk management. An award-winning senior business leader with over 32 years of diverse global experience in sustainable finance, ESG, and climate strategy across banking and technology. Previously held a CXO with a large Indian private bank, issued the maiden green bond and launched several innovative first-of-its-kind sustainable finance products. Was instrumental in raising over USD 1 billion in green capital from marquee global DFIs.

This event will be hosted in person in New York City. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with access details. 

This event is open to the press, and registration is required to attend. For media inquiries or requests for interviews, please contact Natalie Volk ([email protected]).

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