24 MARCH 2015
The Power In Women Influencing Women In Power
Johannesburg, 25 March 2015 - The Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency (SAEE) recently formed Females in Energy Efficiency (FEE), a division that focuses primarily on supporting and celebrating the role of women in the energy efficiency industry.
At the first FEE meeting convened by Lisa Reynolds, a SAEE Board Member, Dr Mercy Shuma-Iwisi, Senior Lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand and Canninah Mapena, Director of the Energy Division at Schneider Electric South Africa, addressed a group of 40 industry women.
Smart grids have become a hot topic as numerous countries focus on ways to better forecast and plan power requirements. Energy storage is a reality as electricity demand grows all over the world. Mapena, a Smart Grid expert, unpacked why electricity networks globally require smart solutions in order to balance power supply and demand efficiently.
Shuma-Iwisi gave insight into career paths and opportunities for women in the historically male-dominated energy efficiency industry. A myriad of career opportunities exist including education, research and advocacy to business, law and international development. Women bring about a great diversity of experience, talent, and ideas in the energy efficiency sector.
The purpose of FEE is clear – whilst supporting the role of women in the energy efficiency industry, it assists in the career development activities of existing professionals, and also enables young women aspiring to leadership roles to find mentors who will support their development.
Join the FEE community by contacting Erika Kruger at email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 018 290 5130.