Tuesday 9 May 2017

Making Green Growth Work for Women

Reha Arar, Level 9, Merit Lefkoşa Hotel (north Nicosia)

Economic growth does not necessarily translate into greater gender equality. It may reinforce inequalities rather than reduce them, especially if the sectors driving green growth are those where women face significant barriers to entry.  The international debate so far suggests that many of the drivers of transformation have the potential to narrow down existing gender gaps; at the same time the literature shows that women are already underrepresented in the occupations predicted to grow most strongly in the green sector. How can women best access the benefits of green growth? The panel discussion aims to analyse employment opportunities for women and men, and the challenges they face in the green economy, with a specific focus on the renewable energy sector, and how the private sector, governments and other stakeholders can support inclusive and gender responsive green growth.

 

A welcome breakfast will be served from 10:30 in the restaurant area next to the event room for all participants.

The discussion will be followed by an award ceremony for individual and companies whose work contributes to the promotion of gender equality. The awards ceremony will be presented by Betsy Nelson, EBRD VP, Risk and Compliance.

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*Events in the Merit Lefkoşa Hotel are organised and funded by the EBRD. 

A shuttle return service between the Filoxenia Conference Centre and the Merit Lefkoşa Hotel will be provided. More information about this EBRD funded transport service will be released in due course.

Moderator

Lucy Hockings

Presenter, BBC Global News Ltd.

Speakers

Lamya Youssef Abdel Hakim

Head sector of private projects at Eetc and Chairwoman of WICE, EETC

Bipasha Baruah

Professor and Canada Research Chair, Western University

Michaela Bergman

Chief Social Counsellor, EBRD

Mark Elborne

President and CEO, GE UK and Ireland, GE

Rabia Ferroukhi

Deputy Director – Knowledge, Policy and Finance, International Renewable Energy Agency

Betsy Nelson

Vice President, Risk and Compliance, EBRD

Lamya Youssef Abdel Hakim

Head sector of private projects at Eetc and Chairwoman of WICE, EETC

Lamya Youssef Abdel Hakim is Sector Head of Private Power Projects at the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC), at the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy. She is responsible for several projects including wind projects in the Gulf of Suez and West of Nile areas and solar projects in KomOmbo-Aswan. Previously, Ms Hakim worked as a project engineer for 15 years at the Egyptian Electricity Authority (EEA), which is now EEHC. Ms Hakim is Chairwoman of Women in Clean Energy (WICE), an initiative of the Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC). She is also a recipient of several awards: in 2014, she won the Best Initiative of the Year and the Solar Award from the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA). In 2016, Africa Leadership Magazine recognised her as Africa Regulator of the Year. Ms Hakim is a graduate of the Faculty of Engineering at Ain Shams University in Cairo.

Bipasha Baruah

Professor and Canada Research Chair, Western University

Dr. Bipasha Baruah holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Women's Issues at Western University, Canada. She conducts innovative interdisciplinary research on gender and development; women and work; and social, political and economic inequality. Dr. Baruah also has 12 years of non-academic experience in international development with aid agencies, development banks, NGOs, labour associations and think tanks. The Royal Society of Canada named Dr. Baruah to the 2015 cohort of The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. "The College" is Canada's only national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership. It names individuals who have made exceptional professional contributions to Canada and the world within 15 years of completing their doctorates. 

Michaela Bergman

Chief Social Counsellor, EBRD

Michaela Bergman is a social anthropologist with over 20 years’ work experience with multi-lateral, International Financial Institutions, bilaterals and civil society in over 40 countries, including East and Central Europe, Central, East and South Asia and the Middle East. Her experience lies in policy and project related activities related to gender, involuntary resettlement, protection and empowerment of vulnerable and socially excluded groups, human rights and labour laws; particularly in post-conflict countries and transitional economies. Ms Bergman joined EBRD eleven years ago. As Chief Counsellor for Social issues she provides support advice on gender and social issues. She also heads the Gender team which developed  the Bank’s First Strategy for the Promotion of Gender Equality. She currently chairs the Multi Lateral Development Banks’ Working Group on Gender.

Mark Elborne

President and CEO, GE UK and Ireland, GE

Mark Elborne is President & Chief Executive Officer of GE UK and Ireland. GE has 22,000 employees in the UK and Ireland, with 60 major sites, of which more than 40 engage in R&D, manufacturing and servicing high technology products in the energy, aviation, marine, defence, healthcare, oil & gas and transportation sectors. The UK is also home for the Global HQ’s of GE Oil & Gas, GE Healthcare Life Sciences and GE Capital International. Mark has been in his current role since 2009.  

Mark is an Ambassador for POWERful Women. He has supported POWERful Women since its creation in 2014 and has actively supported mentoring for Women with their careers in the Power Sector.

 

Rabia Ferroukhi

Deputy Director – Knowledge, Policy and Finance, International Renewable Energy Agency

Dr. Rabia Ferroukhi joined IRENA in 2011 where she is currently the Deputy Director of the Knowledge, Policy and Finance division. She also leads IRENA’s Policy Unit, which is responsible for the work on a range of renewable energy policy issues including design, socio-economic benefits and integrated resource management. Dr. Ferroukhi brought to this position over 20 years of experience in the fields of energy, development and environment. She worked in both public and private sectors, including with governments in the Middle-East and North Africa, energy companies in the Mediterranean region and the GCC, and international institutions.

Dr. Ferroukhi holds a Masters in Applied Economics and a Ph.D. in Economics from the American University in Washington DC.

Lucy Hockings

Presenter, BBC Global News Ltd.

Lucy Hockings is a lead presenter on BBC World News, anchoring its flagship programme GMT. She has anchored rolling coverage for the BBC on all the major news events of the past decade - from the Asian tsunami to the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels. In 2016, she played a central role in the BBC's coverage of the US Presidential election.

Over the years Ms Hockings has interviewed everyone from presidents and prime ministers to film stars and decision makers. She has extensive contacts in governments, NGO's and international organisations who act as valuable on-air sources.

Ms Hockings also anchors major news events on location; from Capitol Hill in Washington to the European Parliament in Brussels bringing live and breaking news from the heart of the story. She was awarded the prestigious position of Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in recognition of her work in broadcasting with young, aspiring journalists.

Betsy Nelson

Vice President, Risk and Compliance, EBRD

As Vice President, Risk & Compliance, Chief Risk Officer, Betsy Nelson is responsible for ensuring independent risk management of the Bank's Banking and Treasury exposures, operational risk and information security, Environment and Sustainability Department, and has administrative management of the Office of the Chief Compliance Officer. She is a member of the Executive Committee, OpsCom, Equity Committee, and Chair of the Bank's Risk Committee. Ms Nelson joined the EBRD in March 2012 as VP of the then combined Risk and Resources. Prior to joining the EBRD, she was the Head of Credit Department in the Risk Specialists Division of the Financial Services Authority (now PRA) in the UK. Before this she had a career spanning 30 years at JPMorgan Chase. She has worked most of her career in Europe and the UK and has held a number of senior management positions, including Head of Corporate Banking and Head of Client Credit Management, both for the EMEA region.