Women Energy Professionals Spark Captivating Conversation on the Role of Women in (Energy) Transition at MGA-PLWN jointly organised Industry Talk

MGA in collaboration with PETRONAS Leading Women Network (PLWN) successfully organised the 2nd edition of #MGAIndustryTalk on 22 April 2021.  Focusing on the role of women in energy transition and the increasing blurring of lines between the oil & gas and the renewable energy sector, the live event drew the interest of more than 100 participation from MGA and PLWN.  The audience was welcomed by the Emcee, Nabila Farhana Zainal Abidin from PLWN and followed by an Opening Remarks from Hazli Sham Kassim., who is representing both organisation as the President of MGA and also the Lead, Signature Program 2 of PETRONAS Leading Women Network (PLWN).

The event featured three distinguished women professionals in the energy sector;

  • Dr. Wei-Nee Chen Vice President, New Energy Ventures, Hibiscus Petroleum Berhad,
  • Barbara Jinks Program Manager for Green Gas Delivery & Use, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
  • Suhana Sidik, Head of Portfolio Management and Risk, New Energy, PETRONAS.

Moderated by Rosman Hamzah, the Secretary General of MGA, panel session was filled with captivating stories that showcase the panellists unique experiences in transcending between the oil & gas and the renewable energy sectors.  During the intriguing panel discussion, the following topics were also highlighted in the conversation:

  1. The blurring of line between oil & gas and renewable energy provides opportunities for professionals to migrate or transverse between the two sectors;
  2. D&I status, opportunities and challenges in both sectors;
  3. How the two sectors can learn from each other to improve D&I and increase women participation at all levels.

After a lively one hour conversation, the moderator and panellists concluded their discussion with the following key takeaways:

  1. Both sectors offers different unique experience on D&I.  The synergy between the two sectors is vital to enable its work environment to keep pace with the energy transition and offer long-term employment opportunities.
  2. With more women professionals tranversing between the two energy sectors, bring together their own unique strength provide opportunities for improvement to create the right D&I environment for women to thrive.
  3. Turning words into action, the whole industry ecosystem needs to be involved empowering greater D&I in both sectors to accelerate and advancing the energy transition
  4. The broad participation of women in all the energy sectors are needed for a successful clean energy transition
  5. Similarly, gas & renewable energy complement each other in pursuit of the energy transition.

To watch the recorded moderated panel discussion, please visit Malaysian Gas Association YouTube Channel Account at this link