The selected Mentors for the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program running in 2020 will be announced and profiled here in March 2020.
All profiles below date from 2019.
Offshore Product Management Leader, GE Renewable Energy
Anna is the team leader for Offshore Product Management, which defines & executes competitive product/technology strategy for GE Renewable Offshore Wind. Before joining Offshore wind in 2017, she was Senior Product Manager for 3MW models in Onshore Wind, which included the development of the 3.X-137, the 3.2-103 and customization of the platform for regional use. Prior to that, Anna completed the Renewables Energy Leadership Program where she had high impact roles in various functions, and worked in Brazil for some time. Anna is based in Hamburg/Germany, and has a Degree in Business Management & Engineering from the University of Applied Science in Muenster, Germany.
Deputy CEO, RenewableUK
Emma Pinchbeck is Deputy CEO and sits on the Board of RenewableUK. She is an expert in decarbonisation and a regular commentator on climate change and renewables. Emma strongly supports efforts to improve diversity in the energy sector. She holds several advisory positions, including with Imperial College and Innovate-UK. Previously, Emma was Head of the Climate Change team at WWF-UK and worked in private consulting. She has an MA from the University of Oxford. Outside of work, she ran her first Marathon in 2018 to raise money for WWF’s climate change work, is otherwise a keen competitive rower, and is passionate about sustainable living – even her wedding dress was from Oxfam!
Vice President and Director, Technology and Innovation, DNV GL
Lucy Craig is Vice President and Director of Technology and Innovation at DNV GL Energy, where she is responsible for digitalization, innovation and technical governance across service areas covering renewables advisory and certification, transmission and distribution advisory services, power component certification and energy management. She manages investments in innovation projects and DNV GL Energy’s strategic growth segments including offshore wind, energy digitalization, energy storage and solar. Prior to her current role, Lucy managed the region of Iberia and Latin America for DNV GL in Renewables Advisory. Lucy has 30 years’ experience in the renewables industry, originally in wind energy and over the last 10 years also in solar. She has a PhD in electrical power engineering and is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.
Maria Fernanda Locarnini
Commercial Director, Argentina, GE Renewable Energy
María Fernanda is the Commercial Director at GE Renewable Energy, Grid Solutions for Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. Prior to this, she served as Commercial Development Director for GE Argentina and in General Manager for GE Lighting for South Cone and Andean. Prior to joining GE, she served as Managing Director for Swarco AG and as independent consultant for the electrical and renewable energy market. She started her career at ABB, where she worked for 22 years and had international assignments in Venezuela, Brazil and Italy, holding positions in Operations, Sales and General Management. Fernanda was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering at the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional in Argentina, a master in Software Engineering at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, and management programs at IAE, Argentina and Duke University, USA.
CFO, Mainstream Renewable Power
Mary Quaney is Chief Financial Officer of Mainstream Renewable Power. She is a member of the Global Leadership Team, is Group Company Secretary and a member of the Risk & Investment and the Safety & Corporate Social Responsibility Committees. She has responsibility for all areas of finance and IS; including financial planning, financial reporting, treasury, tax and has significant transactional and structuring experience. Mary has 17 years’ experience in finance and corporate tax. She has been with Mainstream since 2009 and has previous experience with an Irish headquartered plc and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mary is a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) and Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) with graduate and post-graduate qualifications from University College Dublin.
Senior Specialist, Strategy and Business, GSR Business Development, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
Mary joined MHI Vestas in 2018 from Vattenfall, where she led UK stakeholder relations, focusing on offshore and onshore wind as well as Vattenfall’s emerging heat and retail businesses. Before Vattenfall, Mary led Parliamentary Relations for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, focusing on infrastructure, energy and planning issues. Mary’s role at MHI Vestas is to build government, supply chain and societal support for sustainable, long term growth in UK offshore wind. Mary has strong experience of UK offshore wind as it has evolved and grown, working with Government and wider stakeholders to ensure the CfD delivers low cost power and in delivering the Offshore Wind Sector Deal.
Programme Leader Wind Energy, University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil
Sarah currently leads the Wind Energy Research Programme at the University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil in Switzerland, where she is responsible for projects on high-fidelity wind modelling, smart measurement systems, wind farm acceptance, microgrids, environmentally-friendly blade materials and eLearning. She has been active in the research and development of wind turbines in Switzerland and Germany for more than 12 years, including as a researcher at ETH Zurich, a wind energy expert at BKW Energie AG, CTO at Agile Wind Power AG and Group Manager of the Center for Load Measurements at Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy. She holds a M.Eng. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Cambridge University (UK) and MIT (USA) as well as a PhD in Aerodynamics from the University of Sheffield (UK). Sarah has participated actively in a range of mentoring programmes, including SwissTec Ladies, FeelScience (University of Stuttgart) and TALENTA (Fraunhofer). She is also a qualified Business Coach (Trigon).
CEO, Aurora Wind Power
Tebogo is a CEO with over 10 years’ experience across varying sectors including renewable energy, defence and audit and advisory. Her renewable energy experience has included construction, operation & asset management of the West Coast 1 facility in the role of CFO and CEO respectively, playing a pivotal role in the financial close of currently one of the largest renewable projects in South Africa, Kathu Solar Park CSP, and the role of the interim finance lead for Engie Southern Africa. Her commitment to socioeconomic sustainability has informed her involvement in various initiatives – recently SciencePo’s Global Leaders for Africa’s Development Programme and as former Chairperson of the South African Wind Energy Association. Her tenure included being the wind sector lead in the Public-Private Growth Initiative led by the Minister in the Presidency of South Africa, and chairing the wind industry task team responsible for the development of the industry charter. Tebogo is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business Science honours degree from the University of Cape Town.