Selected Participants

Participants are listed in alphabetical order below. The location in parentheses indicates country of citizenship or residence.

2019/2020

Allison Olivares (Mexico) – Project Engineer, Vestas 

Allison lives in Mexico City, and has been working at Vestas since 2015. She began her career as a trainee in PMO construction for Latin America, and then moved to PMO Coordinator Latin America. Since 2018, she has been working as a project engineer on Construction Latin America North. She has worked for one of the biggest projects in Vestas Mexico (Reynosa III 123 WTGs) and Vicente Guerrero (33 WTGs). She is currently beginning the project of Guzmancito in Domenican Republic (16 WTGs).

 
Busarin Premasathira (Thailand) – Assistant VP, Business and Project Development, B.Grimm 

Busarin is a mechanical engineer with more than 10 years of experience in renewable energy and power generation. She holds a bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s in Energy Conversation and Management from the University of Nottingham. Busarin has worked as a project manager and engineer for a number of wind, solar PV and biomass projects in Thailand. Currently at B.Grimm, she is a project leader for wind met mast installation in Thailand, Vietnam and the Asia-Pacific, as well as a project manager of a Thai-Vietnamese solar PV project.

 
Luiza Termignoni (Brazil)  – Siting Engineer, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

Luiza grew up in Porto Alegre, Brazil. She holds an MBA from Fundação Getúlio Vargas and a degree in Chemical Engineering from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. She has worked as an engineer at PTZ Bioenergy Ltda in Brazil, DNL GL in Brazil and Chile, and SOWITEC Group GmbH in Germany. In 2017, Luiza joined Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy in Shanghai as a siting engineer. In her current role, she is responsible for the evaluation of projects with a focus on energy production estimations and on turbines suitability to the site supporting sales teams across Asia and Pacific regions, including projects in Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia and Australia.

 
Mercia Grimbeek (South Africa) – Compliance Manager, Mainstream Renewable Power 

Mercia studied BCom at the University of Cape Town and completed postgraduate certification in Compliance Management and Values Based Leadership at UCT. Mercia has worked in the renewable energy industry since 2010 and joined Mainstream Renewable Power in South Africa in 2015, where she has oversight of all areas of regulatory and statutory compliance for operational and construction projects. She previously worked as a Project Development Manager, developing projects from greenfield to construction-ready status, and has also consulted to various IPPs. Mercia is the current chair of the South African Wind Energy Association, Chair of the Mainstream Social and Ethics Committee and a member of the Mainstream Global Ethics and Compliance Committee.

 
Swarna Priya Natarajan (India) – Lead Engineer, Vestas

Swarna is Lead Engineer for Vestas at the Global Siting Center, Chennai. She focuses on wind resource assessments and value engineering of projects in the DACH region, South Africa and the Benelux Union. Other responsibilities include wind turbine loads analysis, commercial optimization, reviewing projects and enhancing team competencies. She has previous experience in Asia Pacific and China markets. 

 

Thembekile (Thembi) Marivate (South Africa) – Senior Technical Leader – Europe and SSA, GE Renewable Energy

Thembi holds a bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and a master’s In Power and Energy Systems from New Jersey Institute of Technology. She has experience in engineering support services, power distribution and energy management projects. She previously worked as an Electrical Design Engineer, and worked as a consultant for The Gordian Group to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. Thembi joined GE as part of the Renewable Energy Leadership Program, which includes intensive rotational assignments in Application Engineering, enhanced technical skills, developed commercial and sales competencies. She currently focuses on onshore wind projects in Sub Saharan Africa.

 
Quynh Tran (Vietnam) – Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Hawaii

Quynh is an electrical engineer who has experience working with power systems and microgrids. Her research focuses on mathematical modeling and optimization techniques in power systems, with the integration of renewable energy resources. She formerly worked as a researcher at the Institute of Energy Science in Vietnam, and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Hawaii in Manoa.

 

Wangari Muchiri (Kenya) – Board Member, Kenya Green Building Society

Wangari is a renewable energy engineer and sustainability expert based in Nairobi, Kenya. She holds a bachelor’s in Renewable Energy Engineering from UNSW and a master’s in Energy Planning and Policy from UTS. She is a board member of the Kenya Green Building Society and heads the Technical Committee conducting research in the sustainability industry in East Africa. She previously worked as a Sustainability Manager with JLL, where she helped pioneer the Renewable Energy Buyers Forum aggregating corporate offtakers to purchase renewable energy in Australia.

Further insights on this year’s applicant pool can be found on our blog here.

2020/2021

Applications for the next round of Women in Wind Global Leadership Program, running over the year 2020/2021, will open in Q1 2020.

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