Women mentorship – Panel discussion
Unlocking the “Dam” Power of Women (Panel Discussion)
Chair: Maria Bartsch – President SwedCOLD
Moderator: Yiying Xiong – Associate Director, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA
Barbara Fischer-Aupperle – Co-founder and Board Member of the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET), Germany
Lotta Medelius-Bredhe – Director-General, Svenska kraftnät, Sweden
Dr. Mary Akurut – Chief Safety Health Environment and Quality OfficerHead of Risk Management –
Uganda Electricity Generation Company, Uganda
Merry Dang – Senior Vice-President, ASI Group Ltd., Canada
Women have been historically underrepresented in the dam industry, especially in leadership positions. In general, there is a lack of support system for female professionals to adapt, grow and succeed in the industry. In recent years a number of mentoring programs have been implemented to support and empower female dam professionals.
At this panel discussion, we are bringing together a diverse group of women professionals from different regions of the world, who have been deeply involved in various women mentorship or empowerment programs. They will share their experience as mentors, mentees and female leaders in our industry, as well as their efforts to inspire, support and lift up other female professionals. We will also engage with the audience to brainstorm ideas and develop actions to unlock the potentials of female professionals in the dam industry.