WePOWER-SAR100 capstone seminar and graduation ceremony

Six DGPC female employees and four from BPC along with women from South Asian countries attended the capstone seminar and graduation ceremony for the WePOWER-SAR100 women from March 4 to 8, 2024. The seminar was held at the regional knowledge hub at Yunus Centre, AIT, Thailand.

WePOWER-SAR100 is a technical training and leadership development program for women in the power and energy sector in the South Asian Region (SAR). The program is part of the South Asia Regional Infrastructure Connectivity (SARIC) initiative’s Large Systems Training Program spearheaded by the World Bank, funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) through Palladium International. Participants were selected competitively from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

The WePOWER-SAR100 program emerged from discussions during the WePOWER-SAR100 regional meeting in Bangkok in December 2022, hosted by the World Bank. The WePOWER-SAR100 program team works with national training partners such as BPC, Bangladesh Power Management Institute, National Power Training Institute of India, State Electric Company of Maldives, Nepal Electricity Authority, WAPDA Staff College of Pakistan, and Ceylon Electricity Board of Sri Lanka.

The eight-month programme aims to equip mid-career women engineering professionals for leadership roles in the emerging energy integration and energy space. The curriculum is designed to build the technical capacity of participants to manage operations of
regionally integrated power systems with high renewable energy penetration, understand the role of power markets in regional integration and scaling up renewable energy and aid gender awareness and mitigate unconscious bias. Successful participants receive a 15-credit equivalent professional credential from the Energy Development: Systems, Management, and Technology programme at AIT.