The Women in Wind Global Leadership Program sat down with Aoife Mc Mahon, Philippines Country Manager at Mainstream Renewable Power and one of the Mentors of the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program 2021, to chat about her career in the renewable energy industry and key challenges and opportunities to enhance gender diversity across the wind power sector.
14 July 2020
Women in Wind 2020 Q&A: Aura Andreina Andueza Peña
The Women in Wind Global Leadership Program sat down with Aura Andreina Andueza Peña, one of this year’s Participants, to chat about her pathway to renewable energy and issues facing women in the wind sector.
How did you first become interested in renewable energy and joining the clean energy transition?
I had the opportunity to be part of an internship program for one of the largest wind energy producers. This gave me a chance to observe the huge impacts and improvements that clean energy can generate in the multiple geographies where it operates. This experience also allowed me to fully engage with the industry’s commitment to sustainability.
Tell us about your expertise and passion in the sector. For you, what is the next “space to watch” in renewable energy?
Offshore renewable energy generation is, in my opinion, the next “space to watch.” What I am most passionate about is the offshore wind industry’s capacity for reinvention, adaptability, innovation and the huge impact it can make. I find our collective ability as humans to adapt and adjust to the circumstances impressive, but we have a long way ahead to accelerate the energy transition and move forward with the talent transition.
What sort of challenges did you encounter in entering the sector?
Gaining respect and understanding of the business. Coming from a non-STEM background is challenging in this sector, particularly when it comes to knowledge-sharing. It is important to keep in mind that you need to understand the technical basics, even if you don’t have a technical background. This is necessary to be part of the process, and to give your contribution. There are multiple key points that need to be known and understood by all the people involved, no matter what your role in the industry is. We all share the same goal.
If you had to pick one key issue facing women in the wind power sector, what would it be and why?
Gender bias in the social environment is, to me, a key issue we need to work on because that is where networks are built. The gender bias in the social space shapes the way we think and act. Gender challenges should be all treated from the social perspective. Starting from the home, school, and institutional environments, these are all spaces where equality needs to be present. It all starts there, in the way our environments shape our way of thinking.
Finally, what do you hope to achieve as a participant of Women in Wind Global Leadership Program? How will you contribute to the next generation of female leaders in the sector?
I expect to gain awareness about the reality of the women working in the wind industry in emerging markets. I hope this program will provide me with the tools that I need to propose and develop ideas to support gender equality, while also working on our commitment to accelerating the energy transition.
Learn more about Women in Wind’s work to advance gender equality in the wind energy industry here.
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In March 2021, GWEC and GWNET submitted a statement to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on behalf of the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program.
Women in Wind: 15 participants from 11 emerging markets announced for the third edition of the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program to advance gender equality in the wind industry
On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2021, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) have announced the participants for the third edition of their jointly organised Women in Wind Global Leadership Program which aims to enhance gender diversity across the wind sector.