Elevating Equality: Insights from CWEEL’s Male Energy Champions for Gender Equality

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Elevating Equality: Insights from CWEEL’s Male Energy Champions for Gender Equality

On June 27, 2024, the Council on Women in Energy & Environmental Leadership (CWEEL) hosted a barrier-breaking panel discussion on Male Energy Champions for Gender Equality. Our event united voices from diverse corners of the world. Industry leaders, experts, and advocates engaged in a dynamic discussion. A global audience of 97 live attendees, representing 23 countries, ensured rich insights and future impactful outcomes.

Key Discussion Points

Defying Stereotypes:

Panelists shared stories of challenging stereotypes and biases. They emphasized the need to recognize and dismantle these barriers.

Mentorship and Networking:

Creating opportunities for women through mentorship and networking is crucial. The panelists discussed successful initiatives.

Business Impact:

Gender equality positively affects business outcomes. The panel explored how diverse teams drive innovation and sustainability.

Navigating Challenges:

From organizational resistance to cultural norms, the panelists addressed obstacles they’ve encountered and how they overcame them.

Panelists and Moderator

  1. Matthew Mendis, Managing Director, Energy Chemonics
  2. Suman Basnet, Team Leader, Nepal Renewable Energy Program
  3. Tunde Gbajumo, Chief of Party, USAID Nigeria Power Sector Program

The discussion was moderated by Alaina Hawley, Energy Solutions Supervisor, Platte River Power Authority.


Male allies play a pivotal role in advancing gender equality. By promoting inclusive policies, fostering supportive cultures, and amplifying women’s voices, we can create a more sustainable and innovative energy sector.

About CWEEL:

The Council on Women in Energy & Environmental Leadership (CWEEL) is an AEE membership division that supports career development for women across the energy industry. This includes mentoring, networking, and scholarships for aspiring women to pursue technical education and careers in the energy and environmental fields. CWEEL is just one-way AEE supports a greater diversity of experience, talent, and ideas across our industry.

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