Image captured at the Women in Wind 2019 Event held in Abu Dhabi

Women in Wind 2024: Insights into This Year’s Applicants

With the second highest year for applications, the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program has attracted a diverse and talented group of professionals from around the world for the class of 2024. These individuals come from varied backgrounds, possess unique expertise, and share a common dedication to advancing the wind energy sector. Here are some key insights from this year’s cohort:

Geographic Diversity

The 193 applicants represent various countries, underscoring the program’s global appeal. For instance, participants applied from the Philippines, Turkey, Argentina, and more. This diversity enhances the learning experience and promotes a global network of professionals committed to wind energy. The program received applications from a total of 33 nations, with Brazil, India, and Kenya leading in application numbers.

Educational Background

The educational qualifications of the participants are impressive. The cohort includes individuals with advanced degrees such as PhDs and Masters. For example, one participant from Ethiopia holds a PhD, while another from Brazil has a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Brazil (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro).

Professional Experience

The data showcases a diverse array of professionals with extensive experience, ranging from entry-level positions to senior management and executive roles. Notably, many individuals have accrued over a decade of experience, indicating a deep-rooted commitment to the industry. Furthermore, many of the applicants have professional experience in  technical roles. Key roles include engineers focusing on high voltage and micrositing, carbon senior specialists, senior managers, project leaders, business development experts, sales professionals, and regulatory and legal advisors. The presence of academics, researchers, and consultants underscores the sector’s emphasis on innovation and compliance. With a global footprint and sectoral diversity, these professionals drive advancements in wind regulatory aspects, reflecting a robust commitment to sustainable energy development and operational efficiency.

Areas of Expertise and Interest

The cohort’s areas of expertise are diverse, covering multiple facets of the wind energy industry. Some of the key areas of expertise include:

In terms of areas of interest, participants are keen on exploring both onshore and offshore wind markets, particularly in regions like Latin America and the Caribbean.

Goals and Aspirations

Many applicants showcased clear and ambitious goals for joining the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program. Many aim to connect with seasoned professionals, seek guidance on transitioning from academia to industry, and build a supportive network with fellow women in the sector. For instance, one participant expressed a desire to learn, network, and contribute to enhancing diversity and inclusivity within the wind energy sector.


Challenges and Role Models

Gender-related challenges are a common theme among the participants’ experiences. One participant shared a particularly impactful challenge faced during a college internship search, highlighting the need for greater gender inclusivity in the industry. Role models in the industry play a crucial role in inspiring and guiding these professionals. Participants look up to seasoned professionals who have made significant contributions to the wind energy sector.

Mentorship and Guidance

The participants recognize the value of mentorship in their professional development. They seek guidance in various areas of their careers, including transitioning from academia to industry, identifying essential skills, and understanding suitable roles for their professional profiles.

Participants from the Class of 2022 posing for a picture before their visit to an offshore wind site


The class of 2024 of the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program is a testament to the growing interest and commitment towards gender diversity in the wind energy sector. The diverse backgrounds, expertise, and aspirations of the participants promise a vibrant and enriching experience for all involved. As these professionals embark on their journey, they are poised to make significant contributions to the wind energy industry and drive the sector towards a more inclusive and sustainable future.

2024 Corporate Sponsors

Women in Wind Progress Partner

Suzlon Group is among the world’s leading renewable energy solutions provider that is revolutionising and redefining the way sustainable energy sources are harnessed across the world. Presence in 17 countries across Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa and the Americas, Suzlon is powering a greener tomorrow with its strong competencies in renewable energy systems. Suzlon’s extensive range of robust and reliable products backed by its cutting-edge R&D and more than two decades of expertise are designed to ensure optimum performance, higher yields and maximum return on investment for the customers.

Sustainable development is the creed that underpins Suzlon’s bespoke initiatives to protect the environment, strengthen communities and propel responsible growth. Suzlon is headquartered at One Earth – Pune, which is a Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) certified and GRIHA 5 star rated campus and is also among the greenest corporate campuses in the world.

Program Delivery Partners


GWEC is a member-based organisation that represents the entire wind energy sector. The members of GWEC represent over 1,500 companies, organisations and institutions in more than 80 countries, including manufacturers, developers, component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies.


GWNET aims to advance the global energy transition by empowering women in energy through interdisciplinary networking, advocacy, training, and mentoring. GWNET seeks to address the current gender imbalances in the energy sector and to promote gender-sensitive action around the energy transition in all parts of the world.

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