High-Level Policy Dialogue: Women Leaders Breaking Barriers for Gender Equity

On March 7, on the eve of International Women’s Day 2023, the United States Energy Association (USEA) in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) hosted a virtual High-Level Policy Dialogue: Women Leaders Breaking Barriers for Gender Equity. The program embraced equity and spotlight the tremendous contribution of women working with national governments, the private sector, and civil society, prioritizing affirmative action on keeping gender central to green growth and climate action.
The dialogue opened with an inspiring keynote address to set the stage spotlighting the significance of policies in promoting gender equity and social inclusion, followed by a presentation by USAID on gender as a cross-cutting priority in the agency’s work, creating the perfect segway for a moderated panel discussion. Distinguished global panelists advanced the conversation during our session on Women Leaders Taking Affirmative Action on Gender Equity with a specific focus on the energy sector. The interactive dialogue focused on established processes, change management, planned initiatives on gender equity, and women’s economic empowerment at the organizational and individual levels. The program closed with a presentation on the value of professional networks to promote and support women.

Relevant excerpts from the panel discussion and the responses to the survey included in the registration will be part of a Gender Equity Best Practices Literacy Factsheet to be shared with all attendees of the dialogue after the event. Note that all responses will remain anonymous and will not be attributed. 



Sheila Hollis

Of Counsel and Chair, Duane Morris (Ret.)

Damilola Ogunbiyi

CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General
Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL)

Kristen Madler

Clean Energy Coordinator
U.S. Agency for International Development

Allison Clements

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Samantha Hung

Chief of Gender Equality
Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Kora Töpfer

Head of German Public & Regulatory Affairs
European Power Exchange - EPEX SPOT

Hana Vizcarra

Senior Attorney

Flavia Anyiko

Head of Risk Management
Uganda Electricity Generating Company Ltd (UEGCL)

Marjorie Jean-Pierre

Senior Program Director
United States Energy Association

Aarti Khosla

Climate Trends

Ipshita Nandi Banerjee

Global Communications and Engendering Lead
United States Energy Association