13 Nov New Board Members to represent aspiring women
We are delighted to announce the appointment of two new members to the POWERful Women Board specifically to guide us in our work to support women in their careers. As aspiring women themselves, with successful and fascinating careers in energy, Rubina Singh and Elizabeth Baxter are in a great position to represent you, our ‘users’, and inform our work to ensure it meets your needs.
Rubina and Elizabeth join us just as we are gathering more valuable feedback (see above). So please don’t forget to ‘tell us what you think’ about POWERful Women again. And you can contact Rubina and Elizabeth through LinkedIn – they are very keen to hear how they can represent and support you.
Rubina leads on e-mobility technology strategy and innovation for Centrica. An engineer by training, her international career has focussed on clean technology growth, including setting up a new EV division at Gemserv. She also judges and mentors at cleantech start-up competitions and contributes thought-leadership at conferences and in the media. She was named Young Energy Professional of the Year in 2020 by Energy UK for her achievements in enabling the transition to net-zero.
Rubina says one of her career highlights has been running the Fraunhofer TechBridge Program, where she brought clean energy solutions from more than 100 start-ups to corporate VCs and Fortune 500 companies, resulting in several multi-million dollar investments: “I’m glad I was able to help find and accelerate the commercialisation of innovative sustainable technologies that can help create a decarbonised and green future.”
Rubina has this piece of advice for aspiring women: “If something scares you, but you know it’s the right thing to do, believe in yourself and do it – that’s where the magic happens.”
Elizabeth is a Principal Banker at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), where since joining in 2010 she has signed almost a billion euros of energy financings – for renewable energy projects in central and southeast Europe and electricity distribution and transmission. Elizabeth began her career at Lehman Brothers in New York after studying at Yale and the LSE and has also worked in waste to energy development.
For Elizabeth, a career highlight has been financing the third wind farm to be built in Jordan. “It’s in an arid area near Petra with 50% unemployment. It was fulfilling for me to help make the energy supply more sustainable, affordable and secure in a fascinating place alongside collaborative colleagues, co-lenders and client.”
Elizabeth’s advice for women in energy? “Choose work that you find interesting and purposeful. If you care about what you do, you will be more engaged and successful!”
You can find out more about Rubina and Elizabeth and our other Board Members on our Board Members page.