Future Energy Leaders Romania (“FEL Romania”), the youth programme of the Romanian National Committee of the World Energy Council (“CNR-CME”), is organising the IIIrd edition of the “Women in Energy” conference.
On 6 December, successful women will discuss the energy transition and the importance of diversity in the energy sector at the third edition of the “Women in Energy” conference.
The energy transition is an important process in both women’s and men’s lives, even though historical data indicates that the energy sector is predominantly male-dominated.
According to a recent survey by the International Energy Agency, men make up the majority of employees in the energy sector, outnumbering women by 76%.
Moreover, according to the analysis “Economic Gender Inequality in Romania” published by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, in 2020, only 24.4% of employees in the energy sector were women, placing this sector at the bottom of the ranking presented for all economic sectors. However, the low percentage boosts the opportunities for improvement and growth in the industry.
The guest speakers who have already confirmed their attendance and will share their experiences are:
- Alexandra Bocșe, State Counsellor – Climate and Sustainability Department – Presidential Administration;
- Cristina Prună, MP, Committee on Industry and Services – Vice-Chair;
- Oana Özmen, MP, Committee on Industry and Services – Secretary;
- Claudia Griech, CEO E.ON Energie Romania;
- Lăcrămioara Diaconu – Pințea, Member of the Board of Directors of Complexul Energetic Oltenia;
- Monica Hodor, General Manager of E-Distribution Banat, Dobrogea and Muntenia Sud;
- Rodica Suciu, General Manager of Distribuție Energie Electrică România;
- Daniela Dărăban, Executive Director ACUE;
- Doina Ilișiu, Energy Technical Expert;
- Daniela Șerban, President and co-founder of Vertik;
- Corina Murafa, Member of the Economic and Social Council of Romania;
- Luminița Vlaicu, Entrepreneur, Energy Expert FEL Romania;
- Diana Dan, Energy Engineer, Consultant;
- Andreea Ilie, Executive Director – Association of Energy and Electrical Engineers.
The moderator of the event is Mr Adrian Măniuțiu, TV presenter and producer, entrepreneur – EM360 Group.
The event will be opened by Mrs Elena Ratcu, advisor to CNR-CME and founder of the Future Energy Leaders Romania programme.
“Women have all the capabilities to be those formidable professionals, exceptional leaders, inspirational mentors and key drivers of innovative solutions that the energy sector so desperately needs. They have the power to lead, mentor people and businesses, pass on knowledge, to inspire.
My message to young women in energy: You have chosen a profession of boundless nobility! The energy industry offers great challenges but also great opportunities. I believe in you, in your strength and in your determination to go beyond your limits and succeed in everything you set out to do. Dare! Be strong!” said Elena Ratcu.
Given the ambitious climate and energy targets to which the European Union has committed, there is the pressure of time to identify and attract the talent in the sector, regardless of gender, that is needed to achieve climate neutrality. Diversity can lead to increased competitiveness of the sector and improvements across its value chain.
“By organising this event, we aim to support the professional community of women in the energy sector, to encourage young female students and professionals to develop a successful career in this field.
FEL Romania develops programmes that provide networking opportunities, and encourage career development for women who want to work in the energy industry and for those with established positions in the field” says Ionuț Diaconu, Project Manager.
The event will take place in physical format on Tuesday, 6 December 2022, from 5 PM to 9 PM at the Parliament Palace.