International Ambassadors Program

Equality Initiative Ambassador:
Emelia Akumah (she/her)

Emelia Akumah (she/her) Ambassador Ghana

2022 - 2024
Founder and President, Africa Energy Technology Centre

Why advancing Women in Energy is so important

As we strive towards a more sustainable and inclusive world for all, the role of women in the projected energy “revolution” cannot be overemphasized. Clean energy is the future, however, the current imbalance in the representation of women in both leadership and technical
jobs threatens to relegate us to spectatorship roles. According to IRENA, this gap is due to unequal access to education, lack of technical &
skill training opportunities as well as biased company policies. The Energy Transition is not going to be championed by any one gender, we
all have to contribute our quota to achieve our collective aim of a net-zero emissions future. The time to act is now in ensuring that women
are represented in decision-making positions, propelling political reforms and advancing gender-sensitive policies in the right direction.

Energy Field

  • Renewable Energy Sources
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Nuclear Fission and Fusion
  • Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
  • Other Power and Storage Technologies
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Cross-Cutting Technologies


  • Non-profit Organization


  • English

I'm offering the following support for the Equality Initiative

  • Promote Equality Initiative activities, events, or achievements by speaking publicly and/or privately
  • Provide support in the promotion, review and/or selection process of the Equality Initiative Awards Program
  • Participate and or organize in the Equality Initiative regional, locally arranged, and/ or international events or meetings (virtual options included)

I'm offering the following support to female students and professionals transitioning to or starting out in the clean energy field

  • Launch a new and/or join an existing networking or a matching/mentorship program through a virtual platform
  • Offer or promote internships, scholarships, fellowships, job shadowing, or training
  • Provide advice to early career professionals on finding, applying, and receiving job offers or how to "move up" in clean energy, and where possible actively support other women to advance in their careers
  • Collect and share information on best practices for advancing women in the energy field
  • Share how to gain experience and increase leadership in their sector
  • Develop a career toolkit or other useful resource
  • Participate in the review and winner selection process of the Equality Initiative Awards