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Thai women figurines in a temple in Bangkok
© Silvia Sartori 

Project name: Sustainable Energy Connectivity in Central Asia

Organisation: Stantec 

Donor: EU

Position held: Gender Specialist

Years: 2023 - ongoing

Location: Central Asia 

Sectors: Energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy saving 

Activities: Developing and mainstreaming the gender equality and social inclusion work package; overseeing the production of national Gender Assessments; developing project gender action plan and country-specific gender action plans. 

Project name: Promoting Women’s Economic Participation in the Energy Sector in Central Asia

Organisation and donor: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)  

Position held: Women in Energy Senior Expert

Years: 2022 - 2023

Location: Austria, Central Asia

Sectors: Energy, clean cooking

Activities: Mainstreamed gender into the design and implementation of projects promoting gender equality and women's empowerment in the energy sector in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan). Organised and led a regional workshop on “Fostering women’s participation in the energy sector”. Developed a pilot project on women’s economic empowerment via renewable energy in a remote mountainous area of Tajikistan.

Project name: ENERGIA International Network on Gender & Sustainable Energy

Organisation: Hivos International

Donor: ADB, Sida

Position held: Women’s Economic Empowerment Senior Project Manager

Years: 2021 - 2022

Location: The Netherlands, Sub-Saharan Africa, Nepal

Sectors: Energy, clean cooking 

Activities: Implemented and further developed ENERGIA’s women's economic empowerment portfolio, overseeing and ensuring effective management, implementation and delivery of women’s economic empowerment projects via access to clean energy and promotion of productive uses of energy. Managed the “Gender and Energy Innovation Facility” that fostered innovation on access to clean energy. Strong focus on women’s entrepreneurship, gender mainstreaming in programmes on energy access, just energy transition, climate change, environment.

Project name: Vital Voices Grow
Organisation: Vital Voices Foundation 
Donor: Corporate sponsors
Position held: Marketing Trainer
Years: 2017 - 2018
Location: Global    
Sectors: Women’s entrepreneurship 
Activities: Coached, advised and trained women SME entrepreneurs from Asia, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa selected for the prestigious global professional incubator for female entrepreneurs “Vital Voices Grow”. Training and coaching sessions included methods to identify business value proposition and effective product/service promotion. Guidance about marketing, communications, social media strategies, customer and market segmentation.

Project name: SWITCH-Asia Network Facility

Organisation: Collaborating Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production

Donor: EU

Position held: Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Expert

Years: 2013 - 2017

Location: Germany, South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia

Topics: Cross-industry sustainable consumption and production, climate change mitigation adaptation, circular economy, green growth 

Activities: Handled budget of €1.2 million for communication, knowledge management and networking activities in line with EU Project Management and visibility guidelines. Developed the gender component of the Programme: initiated an assessment of the nexus between SCP and gender; produced case studies on SCP and women’s empowerment; conducted analytic study “Advancing Sustainable Development & Women’s Empowerment in Asia”. Stakeholder relations: developed relations and partnerships with European and Asian CSOs and SMEs, municipal, national and international authorities, international organisations, academia, industry associations.

Project name: Train the Trainers
Organisation: EU Chamber of Commerce in China
Donor: EU
Position held: Team leader
Years: 2009 - 2013
Location: China    
Sectors: Energy efficiency, construction, urbanisation
Activities: Responsible for overall EU grant management: project planning and implementation, strategic and operational coordination of the project team, financial management (€3 million), result-based monitoring, quality assurance, internal audits, donor reporting, events. Mainstreamed gender and ensured balanced participation of male and female trainees. Coordinated ca. 50 train the trainer sessions with in total more than 1,500 Chinese SME professionals and government officials across China. Fostered private-public partnerships that led to the development of a self-sufficient training centre the "Sino-European energy-efficient building training and research centre".


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