Women in Clean Energy: Harnessing All Talent

17th of September 2020 | 15:00 – 16:30

Event Overview

Do you support the participation of women in the energy sector?
Do you want to help accelerate efforts to make the energy sector more inclusive and diverse?

Participate in this virtual event to:
a) Learn from governments, international organisations and the private sector about the commitments they are making to increase the participation of women in the energy sector;
b) Hear inspiring stories from C3E Ambassadors and women in STEM about the importance of networking, educational programmes and mentorship; and
c) Celebrate success through the announcement of the C3E Woman of Distinction and Organizational Leadership Awards to recognize outstanding leadership.

This event is part of the 11th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM11) meeting programme hosted by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy and is being organised with the C3E International initiative, Equalby30 campaign and the recently launched C3E Ambassador programme.

All CEM members are invited to participate in these activities, so please contact us (secretary@c3e-international.org) to find out how you can get involved and demonstrate your commitment!


Dan Brouillette
Secretary for Energy, US

Shawn Tupper
Associate Deputy Minister, Natural Resource Canada, Government of Canada

Javiera Aldunate
Chief of the International Affairs Office, Chile

Valerie Levkov
Sr. Vice President for Africa, the Middle East and East Mediterranean, EDF, Électricité de France

Dr Marit Brommer
Executive Director, International Geothermal Association

Kate Chisolm
Senior Vice President, Planning, Stakeholder Relations and Chief Sustainability Officer at Capital Power

Dr Malak Al-Nory
Provost, Effat University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and expert in clean water and clean energy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Dr Noura Mansouri
Research Fellow at KAPSARC, Research Affiliate at MIT and World Energy Council (WEC) expert

Kara McCullough
Nuclear Scientist, Miss USA 2017 & founder Science Exploration for Kids (SE4K) and Science and Engineering for Girls (SE4G)

Sheila Oparaocha
International Coordinator and Programme Manager ENERGIA

Christine Lins
Executive Director, Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition

Joanna Osawe
Chair and Co-Founder of Women in Renewable Energy


15:00 – 15:30

Session 1: Actions to increase women’s participation in the energy sector

The session will feature insights from governments, international organisations and the private sector who will share their strategies and commitments on boosting women’s participation in clean energy sectors.

Dan Brouillette, Secretary of Energy, Government of United States

Shawn Tupper, Associate Deputy Minister, Natural Resources Canada

Javiera Aldunate, Chief of International Affairs Office, Government of Chile

Valerie Levkov, Senior Vice President for Africa, Middle East and the East Mediterranean, EDF

Dr Marit Brommer, Executive Director, International Geothermal Association

Kate Chisolm, Senior Vice President, Capital Power

Women in Energy – Messages of support from CEM Member ministers

15:30 – 16:00

Session 2: Empowering and inspiring women to enter into clean energy professions

This session will dive into actions being taken to empower women to follow a career path in clean energy professions, internationally and from a regional perspective. There will be a spotlight on the role of educational programmes, networks and mentorship in attracting and retaining female talent in the energy sector. Speakers will include:

Dr Malak Al-Nory, Effat University & MIT

Dr Noura Mansouri, Research Fellow at KAPSARC

Kara McCullough, Nuclear Scientist & Miss USA 2017

Sheila Oparaocha, International Coordinator and Programme Manager ENERGIA

16:00 – 16:30

Session 3: Showcasing the contributions of C3E International

This session will showcase two elements of C3E International’s work to recognise the leadership and achievement of women in energy – the recently launched C3E International Ambassador programme and the C3E International Awards. The goal of these activities is to provide positive role models and encourage women of all ages to contribute to the clean energy field.

Introduction to the C3E International Ambassadors

Joanna Osawe, Chair and Co-Founder of WiRE

Winner C3E Woman of Distinction award

Winner C3E Organizational Leadership award