GS23 Programme

23rd Gender Summit
1-2nd June 2023, VIRTUAL
8-9th June 2023, in-person, Accra
Official host: Ghana


Africa’s energy transition pathways and vision of Green New Deal through a gender lens



Important information for the in-person event (8–9 June, Accra)
Please note that we have a strict capacity limit and will not be accepting walk-in registrations.
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Day 1, 1st June 2023
(virtual format, Meetyoo platform, language English and French)
All times are in GMT time zone

09:00–9:15 Welcome Comments 
  • Lydie Hakizimana, CEO, African Institute for Mathematical Science (AIMS)
Introduced by Adelaide Asantewaa Asante, Chief Operating Officer, AIMS Ghana
09:30–9:50 Keynote 1
  • Raphael J. Heffron, Professor in Energy Justice, the Social Contract and Sustainability, Universite de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, France
    Achieving a sustainable and just transition to a low-carbon economy: uniting disciplines and conducting international interdisciplinary research
Introduced by Adelaide Asantewaa Asante, Chief Operating Officer, AIMS Ghana
10:00–11:30 Plenary 1: Building scholarly evidence on power relations in energy transition in Africa

This session will discuss advances in gender research for energy transition and gaps in knowledge across different contexts. The aim is to promote research and evidence that can enhance effectiveness of policy design and implementation through methodological approaches that are inclusive and prioritise goals, which lead to equal, fair, and just outcomes for all.

  • Laura Jalasjoki, Global Green Growth Institute Representative for Burkina Faso
    Gender integration in the Long Term Low Emission Development Strategy
  • Jiska de Groot, Senior Researcher, African Climate and Development Initiative, South Africa
    Curriculum Transformation to address Sustainable Development Goals
  • Simon Anderson, Senior Fellow, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
    Gender equality and informality in energy transition
  • Joni Karjalainen, Project Researcher, Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC), U Turku
    Inclusiveness and future(s)-orientation as an invitation for the whole of society to join the innovation efforts for the energy transition
  • Benjamin Batinge, Research Fellow, RCEES, U. Energy and Natural Resources, Ghana
    Mainstreaming gender to achieve energy security in poor urban environments
MODERATOR Marie Chantal Cyulinyana, RAWISE President, Science and Technology Foresight Analyst at the National Council for Science and Technology, Rwanda
11:30–11:45 BREAK
11:45–13:15 Plenary 2: Building multistakeholder partnerships to connect the challenges of gender equality and energy transition in a meaningful and effective way

Women are underrepresented in all spheres of decision-making related to energy, this caries the risk that their interests, needs and preferences will not be recognised in the strategies and agendas for greening societies and economies. In 2017, the OECD stated that many disparities and inequalities between the sexes have become embedded in the baseline of public policies and in the allocation of public resources. This session will discuss how change can happen through multistakeholder cooperation actions.
  • Moeketsi Kali, Lecturer & Researcher at the National University of Lesotho, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at TRC, Director at New SETA-Lesotho
    Energy Democracy in Lesotho
  • Josephine Kaviti Musango, Professor, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, South Africa
    Mainstreaming Gender for Energy Security in Poor Urban Environments
  • Radia Sedaoui, Chief Energy, UN Economic & Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) UN House, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Abhishek Jain, Fellow and Director, Powering Livelihoods, Council on Energy, Environment and Water
    Mainstreaming women in clean energy for development: lessons from India.
MODERATOR Layih Butake, Director, Communication & Outreach, AKADEMIYA2063
13:15–14:00 BREAK
14:00–14:15 Keynote 2

Celia García-Baños
, Programme Officer – Policy, Gender and Socioeconomics, IRENA
Renewable Energy: A gender perspective. Understanding barriers, opportunities and benefits of women’s greater participation
Introduced by Elizabeth Pollitzer, Director, Portia
14:20–16:00 Plenary 3 Incorporating diversity of voices when articulating the urgency to why gender perspectives are needed for sustainable energy transition

Increasingly development organisations and institutions are adopting intersectional approach to gender mainstreaming to better understand the complexity and particularity of inequalities in the lives of women and girls, men and boys, and minority groups. In relation to energy, intersectional analysis has been used to examine how gender and positioning within the household (e.g., mothers-in-law v. daughters-in-law, older vs younger women) may influence intra-household energy-related decisions. Incorporating diversity of voices helps reveal how gender and positioning within the community based on related socio-cultural factors (e.g., wealth, caste) influence access to and control over energy resources and how broader structural forces of discrimination and exclusion influence individual-level outcomes related to energy access.
  • Thomas Klug, Research Associate at the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University and Program Coordinator for the Sustainable Energy Transition Initiative
    Implementing Policy for Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access: analysis of ECOWAS member countries
  • Getachew Bekele, Asssociate Professor Addis Ababa Institute of Technology, Addis Ababa University
    Context relevant evidence of Africa’s clean energy future: what role can community systems play
  • Jackline Makokha, Director Gender, State Department for Gender and Affirmative Action in the Ministry of Public Service, Gender and Affirmative Action
    Strategies to deliver affordable, clean energy to ALL in Kenya
  • Kehkashan Basu, MSM-UN Human Rights Champion and Founder-President of Green Hope
    Amplifying the voices of young people, women and girls, in decision-making processes
MODERATOR : Rocio Diaz-Chavez, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London
16:00 End of day 1


Day 2, 2nd June 2023
(virtual format, Meetyoo platform, language English and French)
All times are in GMT time zone


09:00–09:15 Keynote 3
  • Reihana (Sithy) Mohideen, Principal Advisor Social Implications of Technology,  Melbourne School of Population and Global HealthThe IEEE initiative on gender equality, technology and social inclusion standards in the energy sector
Introduced by Elizabeth Pollitzer, Director, Portia
09:30–11:00 Plenary 4: Framing gender equality as a lever and an outcome rather than a barrier to sustainable energy transition

Women’s roles as agents of change to both drive and benefit from investment in energy transition and the greening of economies and societies are often overlooked. Too often, women’s participation is marginalized in discourse on energy transition when they are often categorized as a “vulnerable group” rather than as essential contributors to productive and sustainable uses of energy. This session will explore what gender equality means in the context of energy transition processes and outcomes. What mechanisms are available to increase and benefit from women’s role in the transitions to a greener and more sustainable future.
  • Emanuela Colombo, Full Professor, UNESCO CHAIR in Energy for Sustainable Development, Rector’s Delafate to Science Diplomacy, Politecnico di Milano
    Exploring female roles for comprehensive energy solution planning within the chalange of a just transition
    (examples from the H2020 LEAP-RE LEAP-RE | Europe-Africa Partnership for Renewable Energy)
  • Julia Taylor, Researcher on Climate and Inequality, Southern Centre for Inequality Studies, U. Witwatersrand
    Climate, Inequality and a vision for a Just Transition
  • Bindu Shretha, Vice Principal and Associate Professor Cosmos College of Management and Technology Nepal
    The importance of gender perspectives in household energy-saving behaviour and energy transition to sustainability
  • Nkechi Owoo, Associate Professor Department of Economics, U Ghana
    Effects of Climate Change Shocks and Sensitivities on Mental Health Outcomes in Ghana
MODERATOR Aurelia Munene, Executive Director, EIDER Africa
11:00–11:15 BREAK
11:15–13:00 Plenary 5: Research at the nexus of energy transition with ‘green deal’, climate change mitigation, and SDGs implementation

Food and energy sit at the cross-section of critical development challenges and risks that are intensifying every day. Urgent and integrated interventions at the nexus of the core challenges often interconnected under the concept of ‘green deal’ are vital to both near-term economic relief and a prosperous, equitable, and resilient Africa for 2050 and beyond. This session will discuss how to integrate gender perspectives into the evidence and knowledge underpinning development of policies, mechanisms and efforts to establish an achievable, sustainable, and socially relevant ‘green deal’.
  • Austin T. Phiri, Chief Agricultural Research Scientist, Ministry of Agriculture, Malawi
    Gender inclusivity in agriculture and natural resources management under the changing climate in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Readlay Makaliki, Lead Technical Expert, SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE) Namibia
    Energy Efficient Lighting and Appliances (EELA) project to support the development of vibrant markets for energy efficient lighting and appliances across East and Southern Africa
  • Elisabeth Maier, Senior Operations Officer, World Bank MNA Infrastructure Practice Group
    Women’s Participation in the Energy Sector in MNA
  • Ann Kingiri, Director of Science Technology, Innovation, Knowledge and Society (STIKS) Programme at African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS)
    Gender in innovation: the case of renewable energy penetration in a Kenyan rural setting
  • Joe Obueh, Director and Household Energy Specialist, Project Gaia Research Studies and the Center for Household Energy and Environment (CEHEEN)
    Implementation of clean household energy projects in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Madagascar, and Rwanda
MODERATOR Johanna Havemann, ArficaArXiv
13:00–13:30 BREAK
13:30–15:30 Parallel 1
Gendered power relations in energy transition: led by the EU gEneSys projectIMS
  • Lucio Pisacane, Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies - National Research Council of Italy IRPPS, CNR
  • Clemens Striebing, Fraunhofer Centre for Responsible Research and Innovation, CeRRI
  • Aleksandra Wagner Jagielonian University
  • Antonio de Nicola, Laboratory for the Analysis and Protection of Critical Infrastructures ENEA
  • Rocio Diaz-Chavez, Imperial Centre for Environmental Policy of Imperial College London
  • Nana Klutse, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)
13:30–15:30 Parallel 2
Measuring impact of gendered innovations on research outcomes: led by the Centre for Gendered Innovations in Science and Technology Research (GISTeR)
  • Elizabeth Pollitzer, Portia
    Introducing the session: why we need gender indicators
  • M’hamed Al Aisati, Elsevier Data Analytics and Services
    Developing and applying data analytics for gender equality for SDG-related science knowledge-making and applications
  • Martina Schraudner, Fraunhofer Centre for Responsible Research and Innovation, CERRI
  • Helene Schiffbaenker, Joanneum Research, INSPIRE Horizon Europe project, GRANteD H2020 project
    Assessing Gender in Research and Innovation (GiRI) in Practice – the reviewer perspective
  • Karsten Gareis, empirica
    Developing gender indicators for energy transition R&I
  • Tommaso Ciarli, UNU-MERIT, United Nations University & SPRU, Sussex University
    Steering science, technology and innovation towards the Sustainable Development Goals
13:30–15:30 Parallel 4
Intersectional perspectives on the Green Deal
Led by G-Versity. Rasika Mahajan, Radboud University. This session gets experts, both academic and practitioners, from multiple disciplines to discuss how intersectionality rooted in postcolonial feminism can be adopted in practices related to energy transition.

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Moderator/Speaker: Rasika Mahajan, Radboud University
  • Alexandra Wenzel
  • Carlotta Osti
  • Juliette Miatello
  • Hinah Mian
13:30–15:30 Parallel 5
Women as game changers in research and innovation for climate change action and a fair Green Deal
Moderator/Speaker: Carol Mungo, Stockholm Environment Institute, Nairobi Office

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  • Carol Mungo, Stockholm Environment Institute
  • Felicia Nnenna Agubata Deputy General Manager, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA)
    SheEngineer 30% Club to achieve gender balance in the engineering sector in Nigeria
  • Hanifa T. Massawe, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Mzumbe University, Tanzania
    Engendering the Energy Sector in Tanzania: To what extent are women benefitting or losing out?
  • Farisha Panday, Senior researcher, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa
    Intersectional perspectives on the Green Deal: The South African Perspective
  • Tog-Noma Patricia Emma Bontogho, Scientist, High Institute of Sustainable Development, University of Fada N’Gourma, Burkina Faso
    Monitoring impact of changing rainfall on wetlands and rural communities in eastern Burkina Faso
  • Georgette Udo, MSc (ongoing) Photovoltaic and System Analysis of Green Hydrogen Technology
    From solar to green hydrogen sustainability solutions
15:30 End of Day 2


Day 3, 8th June 2023
(live in-person format, language English - sessions will be recorded for online streaming)
All times are in GMT time zone Accra

09:00–09:35 Opening Ceremony- MC- Odelia Sika-Ntiamoah Boampong
Welcome Address by Mrs Lydie Hakizimana, CEO- AIMS NEI
Address by Dr Elizabeth Pollitzer, MD Portia Ltd, UK
Message from Henry Luce Foundation (video)
09:35–09:45 Oratory Interlude
09:45–10:45 High Level Ministerial Panel: Strategies and partnerships for sustainable green transition in Africa
Moderator: Mrs. Odelia Sika-Ntiamoah Boampong, Ghanaian Entrepreneur, Global Director/Speaker: BBC Big Talk/Bloomberg Trained
  • Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh- Minister of Energy, Ghana
  • Hon. Dr. Kwaku Afriyie, Minister for Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation
  • Mr. Pieter Smidt Van Gelder, Deputy Head of Mission and Head of the Political Section, European Union Delegation to Ghana
  • Mrs. Awa Thiaka Dieng, Gender and Equity Unit, Minister for Energy and Petroleum, Senegal
  • Ms. Kathleen Flynn-Dapaah, Director of Development, Head of Cooperation, High Commission of Canada, Ghana
  • Mrs. Monka Sandra OULATE, Director, ECOWAS Gender Development Centre
10:30–10:40 Photo Sessions
10:40–11:15 Tea/Coffee Break
11:15–12:30 Plenary 1: The relationships between national policy imperatives for sustainable energy transition and gendered power dynamic: focus on Ghana
This session brings together policy makers from the energy domain, but also other related areas such as environment, science, and technology, as well as societal welfare in Ghana, whose decisions are shaping pathways to a fair and just, sustainable, and a ‘greener’ future.
Moderator: Mr Patrick K. Stephenson, Economic Consultant/Researcher/Financial Journalist
  • Dr Robert Sogbadji, Deputy Director, Nuclear and Alternative Energy, Ministry of Energy
  • Ms Doris Agbevivi,  Project Coordinator, Drive Electric Initiative Ghana (DEI-Gh), Energy Commission of Ghana
  • Madam Sarah Agbey, Board member and Former Chairperson of Ghana Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and Fuels (GHACCO)
  • Dr Charles Gyamfi Ofori, Policy Lead for Climate Change and Energy Transition, Africa Centre for Energy Policy
12:15–13:15 LUNCH BREAK
13:15–13:45 Keynote
Keynote- Policy and Implementation strategies for youth dividend for just energy transitions

Mavis Owusu-Gyamfi, Executive Vice President, African Center for Economic Transformation
13:45–15:00 Plenary 2: IDRC session 1: Promoting gender equality and inclusion in the clean energy transition
Gender equality is proving necessary for successful adaptation to climate change and the transition to low-carbon economies, not least because it unleashes women’s leadership, and potential. The session will discuss policy implications of field-tested solutions and action-oriented research supported by IDRC, UN WOMEN, the UN Institute for Natural Resources in Africa and ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. Panellists and participants will reflect on policy options to promote gender equality and women’s economic empowerment in the transition to clean energy. The interplay between these and the challenges and opportunities for green transition will be brought to the fore in an intersectional manner.
This session reports on the work programme and outcomes from the projects funded by IDRC.
Keynote Speaker: William Baah-Boateng, Professor of Economics and Head of Economics Department, University of Ghana
Moderator: Flaubert Mbiekop, Senior Program Specialist, Sustainable Inclusive Economies with Canada’s International Development Research Centre.
  • Monica Maduekwe, Programme Officer, ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (TBC)
  • Elie Antoine Padonou, National University of Agriculture, Benin
  • Marame Cissé, Project coordinator, IPAR Senegal (Think Tank)
15:00–15:15 BREAK
15:15–16:30 Plenary 3: Harmonising and coordinating gender mainstreaming into energy transition policies
This session will examine how to implement gender mainstreaming into energy transition policies at the intersection between mitigation of the consequences of climate change on society and environment and the evidence that societies depend on the wellbeing of environmental ecosystems for their livelihood.  

Moderator: Dorothy Ngila, Director, Knowledge Networks and SGCI, Strategic Partnerships, NRF-SA

  • Ing Dr Enyonam Kpekpena, Programme and Change Management Office Lead at Electricity Company of Ghana Limited, Ghana
  • Dr Erick Rostand Gankam Tambo, Head of Division, Institute for Environment and Human Security, United Nations University, Germany
  • Ms Deborah Logan, Publishing Director, Materials Sciences Journals, Elsevier
16:30–17:30 Plenary 4: Accessing the Challenges and Opportunities associated with the Just Energy Transitions in relation to Climate Change and Gender Equity in Africa
Moderator: Vicky Kondi, AIMS post doc researcher

  • Mrs Kadija Simboro, Senior Energy Advisor, Practical Action
  • Dr. Dorcas Stella Shumba, African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI), University of Cape Town
  • Mr Emmanuel Danso, CEO/Business Lead, BD Waste
17:30 End of Day 1


Day 4, 9th June 2023
(live in-person format, language English - sessions will be recorded for online streaming)
All times are in GMT time zone

09:00–09:08 Welcome Comments
Adelaide Asante, COO, AIMS Ghana
Address by Hans Stausboll, Acting Director, European Commission, DG for International Partnerships (via video)
09:08–09:23 Keynote - Innovative Private Sector Funding Models for Sustainable Energy Transitions in African Countries
Mr. Normand Michaud
, Director at Econoler, Canada and Consultant at SUNREF Ghana, Energy Commission, Ghana
09:23–10:53 Plenary 5: Integrating gender considerations into energy transition processes and outcomes: focus on, and learning from, multinational and multi-stakeholder co-operation partnerships.
This session recognises the importance of international and inter-institutional collaboration, co-operation, and co-creation of the responses to energy-related climate change impacts on communities, countries, and the environment.
Moderator: Ms. Deborah Logan. Publishing Director, Energy & Earth Journals, Elsevier
  • Ms Rosemary Idem, Acting Programme Manager, Women at the Forefront, Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL)
  • Ms Isabella Schmidt, Statistics Specialist, UN Women
  • Dr Isayvani Naicker, Founder Evisights (Amsterdam) and Senior Advisor, Science for Africa Foundation (Nairobi)
  • Prof Nana Ama Browne Klutse, Department of Physics, University of Ghana
10:53–11:08 BREAK
11:08–12:38 Plenary 6: IDRC Session 2: Interrogating and Addressing Gendered Inequities in Southern Research Systems to Promote Inclusive Clean Energy Transitions in the South.
This panel will be composed of four senior and junior experts and moderated by IDRC. Participants will reflect on their own experiences working as women researchers in the clean energy space in Southern research systems. Reflecting on their experiences will shed light on the systematic and systemic barriers women STEM researchers experience participating in this work in these contexts. Recommendations will be directed at policy and practice changes that can be made in Southern research systems to ensure gender transformation is front and centre to clean energy transition research and innovation in Africa and beyond.
Moderator: Katie Bryant, Program Officer, Education & Science Division, International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • Dr Betsy Makena Mugo, Department of Geospatial and Space Technology, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Dr Paola Vásquez, Department of Environmental Sciences, University Autonoma de Occidente, Cali, Colombia.
  • Dr Maryse Dadina Nkoua Ngavouka, Advisor, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Technological Innovation, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
  • Prof Roseanne Diab, School of Environmental Sciences, University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban, South Africa
12:38–14:08 Plenary 7: A gender perspective on knowledge for SDGs: developing global expertise, resources, tools, and best practice approaches to influence just development, both locally and globally.
This session will examine research and practice that enhance opportunities to advance gender knowledge to support and promote gender equality benefits across all SDGs but in particular SDG7 (energy) and its interconnections with other SDGs.
Moderator:Prof Nana Ama Browne Klutse, Department of Physics, University of Ghana
  • Mrs. Saadia B. Owusu-Amofah, Environment, Natural Resources and Programme Management Expert (Former Project Coordinator, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)), Ghana
  • Dr. Mawuena Akosua Cudjoe, Lecturer, Department of Accounting, University of Ghana Business School
  • Mrs Olivia Muza, African Centre of Excellence, Energy for Sustainable Development (ACE-ESD), College of Sciences and Technology (CST), University of Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda.
  • Dr Zakari Ali, Scientist, The Lancet Countdown Study, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Diseases, Medical Research Unit, Gambia
14:08–15:08 BREAK
15:08-15:25 Keynote – African SDG research landscape: a research output-based analysis
Mr. M’hamed el Aisati, VP Analytical & Data Services, Elsevier 
15:25-17:00 Plenary 8: Strengthening concepts of gender equality and inclusivity in the policy and practices of the grant-making cycle
This session will introduce the Science Granting Councils Initiative and explore how gender equality and inclusivity concepts could be integrated into a grant-making cycle's activities to make research responsive to social needs, including access to affordable energy services, as well as enhancing scientific excellence and improving research methodologies. Such a cycle directly supports national governments in achieving national development and is linked SDG commitments. The session is led by the Human Science Research Council, and will report on the progress and ambitions of science granting agencies across Africa.

For more information on Plenary 8, please download the session PDF here.

Session Chair: Dr Wilhelmina Quaye, Director of the CSIR-Science and Technology Policy Research Institute, Ghana
Welcome Messages: Dr Diakalia Sanogo, Senior Program Specialist, Regional Office for West and Central Africa, IDRC
Keynote Speaker: Dr Ingrid Lynch, Principal Investigator of the SGCI Gender Equality & Inclusivity Project, Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), South Africa
Framing the Councils’ GEI context-responsive actions
Moderator:  Mrs Hildegalda Mushi, Tanzania Commission on Science and Technology (COSTECH)
Elaborating on SGC innovations for advancing GEI in STI
  • Mr Steven Sebbale The Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST)
    Initiatives to address geographic exclusion in grant-making
  • Ms. Tirelo Ramasedi, Department of Research & Knowledge Business, Botswana
    Taking up a regional advocacy role in advancing GEI
  • Dr Mavis Akuffobea-Essilfie, The Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation (MESTI)
    Developing strategic GEI-focused partnerships and networks
  • Ms Nsama Mataka, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC)
    Initiatives to address barriers to women’s full participation in science, technology and innovation (STI)
  • Plenary Discussion & Concluding Comments: Dr Elizabeth Pollitzer
    Director of Portia Ltd and founder of Gender Summit

    How can these approaches advance knowledge production in research and innovation that underpins a fair and inclusive energy transition on the continent?
Dr. Prince Osei, Centre President, AIMS-Ghana / Dr. Elizabeth Pollitzer, MD Portia Ltd, UK