07 July 2021
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), in collaboration with the International Solar Alliance (ISA), organised a webinar on Women in Renewable Energy and Sustainability today. The welcome address was given by Mr Indu Shekhar Chaturvedi, Secretary, MNRE. Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, International Solar Alliance and Ms Susan Ferguson, UN Women’s Country Representative for India delivered keynote addresses.
Panellists at the Women in Renewable Energy and Sustainability webinar
The webinar featured two panel discussions. The theme for the first panel was Women Leadership in Renewables: Envisioning a New World and it saw the participation of Ms Gauri Singh, Deputy Director General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Dr Vibha Dhawan, Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Ms Mahua Acharya, CEO, EESL Convergence, Ms Sullajja Firodia Motwani, Kinetic Green and Dr Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW).
The theme for the second panel was Women Entrepreneurs in RE: A gateway to innovation and economic growth and the panellists included Ms Reema Nanavaty, Secretary General, Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), Ms Meagan Fallone, Barefoot College, Ms Cecile Martin Phipps, Director Communication and Strategy, ISA, Ms Suhela Khan, UN-Women and Dr Praveen Saxena, CEO, Skill Council for Green Jobs.
The webinar was joined by audiences from around the world. This was an opportunity to open a consequential dialogue towards bringing more women to the forefront and in leading positions in the renewable energy sector as well as making entrepreneurial opportunities available to them. The webinar was a part of India’s global advocacy efforts in the role of a Global Theme Champion for Energy Transition at the UN High-Level Dialogue on Energy, set to take place in September 2021.