Women in Wind at Global Offshore Wind 2019 in London
Women in Wind and the topic of gender equality were significant features of this year’s Global Offshore Wind summit, which took place from 25-26 June 2019 in London. GWEC was proud to take part in conversations throughout the summit regarding diversity challenges in the sector and measures to upscale female participation in STEM fields.
Women in Wind Mentor Emma Pinchbeck, Deputy CEO of RenewableUK (pictured above, right), kicked things off in the opening session by highlighting the need for inclusion stewardship in the offshore wind sector.
GWEC Policy and Operations Director Joyce Leealso took part in a 10-person roundtable on “Investing in Talent,” organised by RenewableUK and Project Aura (pictured above). The roundtable addressed the need to implement best practices in diversity and inclusion among SMEs in the UK, use data to illustrate the diversity gap by gender and ethnicity and increase collaboration between the public sector, industry and educational institutions.
A number of Women in Wind mentors also spoke about emerging markets for offshore wind, including Mary Quaney, CFO of Mainstream Renewable Power (pictured above), on Vietnam’s offshore wind potential, as well as Lucy Craig, Vice President and Director of Technology and Innovation at DNV GL Energy, on opportunities for offshore wind in India. GWEC Market Intelligence Director Karin Ohlenforst also spoke at the Global Markets Theatre about the forecast for the global offshore market, announcing the release of GWEC’s Global Offshore Wind Report.
Throughout the event, leading female voices were invited to take part in the Widesight Media Hub for live interviews. Joyce Lee sat down for an interview with Alicia Green of RenewableUK, and spoke about the Women in Wind program and how to showcase gender-inclusive policies in the sector. This, and other videos featuring Women in Wind such as Mary Quaney, are available to view below.
Women in Wind: Widesight Interviews
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On the occasion of COP25’s Gender Day, 14 wind and renewable energy associations have committed to uphold best practices for gender diversity at their future industry events. The Women in Wind Global Leadership Program published a guide of ‘Best Practices for Gender Diversity at Industry Events’ today to empower and showcase female leadership in the wind energy sector.