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The 2018 Women in Energy Conference, an interactive side event of the African Energy Indaba (AEI) will take place on the 19th February 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre. The fourth annual event of its kind, the conference aims to increase leadership and the development of women involved in the African energy space.

Women in energy conferenceAccording to the organisers, this one-day forum will provide a platform for advancing and promoting talented women within the energy sector. With topics covering themes such as a global perspective of women in energy, key future trends, and the way forward for women in the African Energy sector, the conference will discuss how to create a forward thinking and visionary workplace of the future.

According to the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), there is a gender gap in leadership as women make up only 5% of board executives across the global power and utilities sector. Women’s leadership is essential for the task of building a sustainable energy future, and by not honing the essential skills of women worldwide, the energy sector is profoundly lacking in essential perspectives and innovation.

The Women in Power and Utilities Index (2016) tracked the number of women in the boardrooms of the world’s largest utilities in revenue, and it was established that there are 16% women on Power and Utilities boards, with progress at an extremely slow increase of only 1% over three years. An ROE analysis on the top 200 utilities in the world indicated that the top 20 gender-diverse utilities substantially outperformed the bottom 20, endorsing an obvious connection between gender diversity and financial performance.

Overall the energy industry is experiencing an era of transition and transformation, with new fuels, technologies and innovation motivating opportunities. A resilient, reliable and secure energy future is essential for the stability of the global economy. This trend is keenly felt on the African continent where the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency schemes will create business opportunities, provide employment, and enhance economic development, enabling women to participate in the development of sustainable projects.

The 2018 Women in Energy Conference offers an interactive hub that enables leading women within the energy sector the opportunity to network, share knowledge and achievements and encourage the further advancement of women across all sectors of the energy industry.

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