This online event will discuss the impact of an increasing number of women working in the energy industry, and what the industry will need to do to attract and retain female talent in the future, including changing its perception.
The event video is available to view below.
This online webinar will run from 09:30 to 10:30 am (CET) (Zoom)
Welcome by the moderator
Sarah Kempe, Communications and Campaigns Advisor, Eurogas
Helena Dalli, EU Commissioner for equality, European Commission
MEP Lina Gálvez Muñoz, Vice-Chair, ITRE Committee on Industry, Research and Energy Member, FEMM Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality
Cristina Lobillo Borrero, Director Energy Policy, DG ENER, European Commission
Aida Sitdikova, Director, Energy Eurasia, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Meet the speakers
Helena Dalli is the first EU Commissioner for Equality since December 2019. Her role is to deliver on the Union of Equality chapter within the Political Guidelines of President von der Leyen, by strengthening Europe’s commitment to equality and inclusion in all of its senses.
Prior to taking her role as Commissioner, Dalli held various political roles in Malta including Member of Parliament (1996 to 2019), Minister for European Affairs and Equality (2017 to 2019), and Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties (2013-2017). She was also opposition Shadow Minister for public administration, equality, public broadcasting and national investments (1998-2013) and Junior Minister for Women’s Rights in the Office of Prime Minister (1996-1998). Dalli holds a PhD in Political Sociology from the University of Nottingham, and lectured in Economic and Political Sociology, Public Policy, and Sociology of Law at the University of Malta.
Lina Gálvez Muñoz is a Member of the European Parliament since July 2019. In the EP, she is Vice-chair of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and member of the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee and of the Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA). She also belongs to the committees on Employment and Social Affairs.
Lina Gálvez Muñoz PhD, European University Institute (Florence) is Economic History and Institutions Full Professor at the Economics Department at Pablo Olavide University (Seville). She has also been professor at the Universities of Reading (Reading), Carlos III (Madrid), and as a visiting professor at Centre for time use research at Oxford University (Oxford). She has more than hundred scientific publications and she has also been Vice-Rector of her university from 2007 to 2012 and served as Regional Minister of Knowledge, Research and University of the Government of Andalusia from 2018 to 2019.
Cristina Lobillo Borrero has a degree on Law and post-graduate courses on Economics, the European Union Law and management and leadership in the ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles), the Spanish School of Diplomats, the European Commission and Harvard Business School.
Since 2004 she is official in the European Commission where she has worked on Agriculture and Trade policies and from 2014 to 2019 she has been the Head of Cabinet to the ex-Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete. From December 2019 to June 2020, she has been Principal Adviser in DG AGRI and since 16 June, she is Director for Energy Policy in DG ENER in the European Commission. Before joining the Commission, Cristina worked in the Spanish Administration and in the Universities of Córdoba and Alcalá de Henares.
Aida Sitdikova is Director Energy Eurasia, Sustainable Infrastructure Group at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) where she heads a team covering a diverse group of transition countries in Central Asia, Caucasus and Turkey, with a focus on power utilities and gas sectors. Ms Sitdikova has over 20 years experience in emerging market economies working with both the private and public sectors and leading complex financings involving debt, equity, syndications and policy dialogue with the Governments and reputable domestic and international investors.
The EBRD is a major investor in the Eurasian energy sector where Ms Sitdikova has led projects with a specific focus on energy and resource efficiency, renewables and energy infrastructure all underpinned by the Bank’s mandate of supporting energy transition to lower carbon economies and promoting private sector development. Under Aida’s leadership the team has grown into a major player in the energy sector of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Tajikistan with the annual volume of investments over EUR600 million and portfolio of EUR3.3 billion. Ms Sitdikova is spearheading policy engagement with the respective Governments to assist with establishing the national regulation in the area of renewables, cost reflective tariffs and commercialization of regulated sectors, gender and inclusion.
Prior to joining the EBRD in 2001 Ms Sitdikova worked in private equity in the energy sector of Kazakhstan and Russia. She holds the Master of Business Administration degree in International Finance from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management, and a CFA designation.