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Women in Leadership: Taking your career in energy to the next level

Three Part Series

The COVID-19 pandemic is not the root cause, but a reinforcement and exaggerator of the inequality of women in the African energy sector. The Women in Energy series will address these challenges by inviting thought leaders who are working tirelessly to ease energy poverty, inspire women entrepreneurs, and have ambition and drive to succeed in their career.

African Women in Energy is a three part series which aims to:

• Highlight the strategic importance of women
• Help bridge the energy access gap  
• Find business opportunities for women
• Focus on and women’s leadership in the African power and energy sector (talent management)
• Build a powerful network of women trailblazers in the power and energy industry and unite associations and platforms. It is an inclusive pool of women making change!


Episode 3: Women in Leadership: Taking your career in energy to the next level
Series finale: How can mentorship and sponsorship programme break barriers for women in the African power and energy industry? Inspiring stories from women trailblazers.

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Episode 2: Financing for women owned businesses

Moderated by Smart Energy International Editor Claire Volkwyn, episode two was a conversation about where and how to find financing if you are in the energy sector.

Lande Abudu of the Renewable Energy
Association of Nigeria and Faith Chege of EEP Africa, talked about using networking to find the funding opportunities and what to do to improve your chances of success when you apply.

Episode 1: Social enterprise opportunities in the energy transition
Moderated by Chief Anita Nana Okuribido, Nigerian-based chair of the Women in Sustainable Power Africa network, the webinar discussion looked at how social enterprise initiatives in the energy sector offer training to women in rural Africa.

Not only do these opportunities provide an electricity source for their households, but these often create business opportunities for these women. However, these social enterprise opportunities are not without challenges, as pointed out by the panelists.


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