Colette Honorable, of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, along with Ebru Ozdemir of Turkey, Cristina Cifuentes of Australia and Ifeyinwa Ikenou, of West Africa addressed a Women in Energy event at the World Forum on Energy Regulation in Istanbul last week.
The International Confederation of Energy Regulators for several years has attempted to call attention to the under-representation of women in the energy sector around the world.
In addition, it has deliberately worked to make sure women were well-represented among the speakers addressing its conferences.
Lord Mogg, chairman of the global confederation, in his opening remarks at the Istanbul forum, said, “It’s not just about equality - although that is important. It’s also about making sure that we recognize and utilize the best available talent regardless of gender.”
Over the past three years, more than 130 women have taken part in the confederation’s global Women in Energy mentoring program.
Honorable worked to raise the visibility of women in energy in America during her stint as president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, perhaps most notably when she convened a panel at a regulatory conclave last summer with five female co-panelists.