WePOWER Conference 2023

Conference Highlights

6th of December

9:30-11:00 UTC +7

Plenary Session

Just transition and achieving gender equality in infrastructure and green jobs: challenges and solutions

Description: The energy transition in South Asia will create opportunities for growth and equality. It is important to manage distributional impacts. The distinguished technical panel will discuss global trends, national and institutional strategies being planned and implemented, and multi-sectoral challenges and responses to achieving a just transition. The discussion will focus on the infrastructure sectors and ensuring that women are not only beneficiaries, but also workers, decision makers and leaders to combat climate change and stimulate green growth.

Main speaker: Dr. Bindu Lohani, Distinguished Fellow, Emerging Markets Forum (USA), Adjunct Distinguished Faculty (AIT). Former Vice President of Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development (ADB).

Moderator: Dr. Demetrios Papathanasiou, Global Director, World Bank Energy and Extractives Global Practice, World Bank.


· Mr. Mohammad Hossain, Director General, Power Cell, Ministry of Energy, Energy and Mineral Resources, Bangladesh

· Ms. Reema Nanavati, Director, Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA)

· Professor Sudharma Yoonaidharma, Commissioner, Energy Regulatory Commission, Thailand

· Mr. Guangzhe Chen, Regional Director of Infrastructure for South Asia, World Bank

· Ms. Hana Brixi, Global Gender Director, World Bank

Other sessions:

The Evolving Energy Sector: Jobs and Recruitment Challenges (2:30-4:00 UTC +7)

Domain experts will discuss changing job roles in the energy sector and steps to develop a skilled workforce for the energy transition. How can women be recruited/trained/retained for these new jobs?


Dr. Masood Ahmed, Retired Senior Water Resources Specialist, World Bank

Mr. Deepak Rai, Head – Standards and Research, Indian Skills Council for Green Jobs

Dr. Tripta Thakur, National Energy Training Institute (NPTI)

December 7th

Institutional solutions to improve gender equality (9:25-10:45 UTC+7)

WePOWER partners and energy sector stakeholders are implementing various gender activities to improve the representation of women in their organizations. However, there are several institutional, regulatory and social barriers. This session will prepare participants for the Solve-a-thon, which will focus on adjusting institutional policies and norms for gender diversity. Expert tutors will cover practical solutions utilities can implement, including gender-informed HR performance management systems and unconscious bias trainings, to improve their institutional systems and norms.


Ms. Hana Brixi, Global Gender Director, World Bank

Ms. Clare Novak, International Expert on Gender Diversity and Inclusion

Dr. Josebe Bilbao-Henry, Senior HR Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist, World Bank

December 8

Helping women transition from STEM education to jobs in the energy sector (2:00-3:30 UTC+7)

Experts will discuss good practices to support the transition of students (especially women) to STEM jobs. Effective internship and apprenticeship programs are essential to attract qualified women to the job market. After the panel discussion, the WePOWER internship module will be launched. This resource, developed by the WePOWER Regional Task Force for Internships, will provide a framework for utilities to implement practical steps to enhance or create their own well-structured, gender-friendly and youth-friendly internship programmes.


Dr. Ashley Bear, Chair of the National Academies Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine, USA.

Ms. Thercy Devika Abeysuriya, President, Institution of Engineers Forum for Women Engineers, Sri Lanka,

Ms. Amira El-Mazni, Independent Oil and Gas Adviser, former Vice President of Gas Regulatory Affairs at the Egyptian Natural Gas Exploration Company (EGAS)

Ms. Azia Shoaib, Director of Human Resources, Lahore Electricity Supply Company (LESCO), Pakistan

Ms. Tshewang Lhamo, Senior Human Resources Officer, Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC), Bhutan


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