Global EUPP Workshop 2024: Advance Women's Leadership in Energy To Accelerate Progress


Marking international women’s week 2024, the United States Energy Association (USEA) with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is hosting an immersive workshop for women in energy titled “Advance Women’s Leadership in Energy to Accelerate Progress”.

The workshop participants include women from across the breadth of the energy and power sector including national power utilities, energy regulatory bodies, DISCOMs as well as related ministries of participating countries. Through the 5-day workshop global energy and gender experts will focus on the professional advancement of women participants from countries including Bhutan, India, Pakistan, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Kazakhstan, Kenya, and Ghana. The workshop includes practical site visits, technical sessions, fireside chats, panels and communication and inclusion tools aimed at expanding women’s sectoral exposure and career prospects by bridging skill gaps. We believes that building capacity helps dismantle systemic barriers and catalyse an enabling environment for women and local communities to actively contribute to climate action while building tangible economic opportunities for women in climate-friendly industries following the principles of the USAID Climate Strategy 2022-2023. The program is also thematically aligned with the International Women’s Day 2024 theme – Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress.

The technical and leadership skill development workshop invests in women to accelerate progress:

  • Improving participants’ industry and technical awareness on the 3 Ds of Modern Energy Evolution – Digitalization, Decarbonization and Decentralization with industry experts.
  • Improving the leadership and career-advancement skills of participants, offering them opportunities to network, field visits, personal branding and communications, and understanding elevator pitch to secure access to finance.
  • Offering volunteering speakers the opportunity to engage with global participants on gender equity and social inclusion issues and mentor participants to draft a Global Women in Energy charter. 

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9:00 AM EST                Welcome Remarks


                                     Ipshita Nandi Banerjee, Communications and Gender Lead, USEA

                                     Johanna Koolemans-Beynen, Program Manager, USEA

9:10 AM EST                Context Setting on USAID Gender Programming

                                     USAID Administrator Samantha Power (video)

9:15 AM EST                Special Remarks: Advancing Women’s Leadership in Energy

                                     Mark W. Menezes, President & Chief Executive Officer, USEA

9:25 AM EST                Fireside Chat: Gender -Transformative Pathways to Energy Transition


                                     Natalia Correa, Head of Sustainable and Circular Ecosystem, Enel Chile

                                     Diana Maria Perez Orozco, Senior Wholesale Energy Market Assurance Specialist, XM

                                     Pallavi Madakasira, Vice President – Strategic Marketing and Corporate Development, Phase Change Solution Inc. (virtual attendance)


                                     Jessica Rosen, Director, Office of Sustainable Ecosystems and Economic Development

10:25 AM EST              Break

10:40 AM EST              Leadership Dialogue: The Future of Women in Energy in Latin America


                                     Dr. Natalia Gutierrez Jaramillo, President ALCOGEN  

                                     Alexandra Hernández, Executive President SER

                                     Mónica Gasca, President, Hidrogeno Colombia


                                     Maria Nohemi Arboleda, XM Colombia

11.10 AM EST.             Participants Q&A

11:25 AM EST              Vote of Thanks 


Johanna Koolemans-Beynen

Program Manager
United States Energy Association

Ipshita Nandi Banerjee

Global Communications and Engendering Lead
United States Energy Association

Natalia Correa

Head of Sustainable and Circular Ecosystems
ENEL Chile S.A.

Hon. Mark W. Menezes

President & Chief Executive Officer
United States Energy Association

Diana Maria Pérez Orozco

Senior Wholesale Energy Market Assurance Specialist
XM, Colombia

Pallavi Madakasira

Vice President, Strategic Marketing and Corporate Dev
Phase Change Solutions Inc

Jessica Rosen

Director, Office of Environment

Alexandra Hernandez

Executive President
Colombian Renewable Energy Association

Monica Gasca

Colombia’s Hydrogen Association