The Atlantic Council Global Energy Center’s Women Leaders in Energy and Climate Fellowship is a one-year, unpaid, nonresident fellowship program for early to mid-career rising women leaders in the energy and climate fields.

The program provides professional development for young women by cultivating their leadership potential, facilitating mentoring sessions with senior women leaders in the energy sector, and providing opportunities for public speaking and writing. The program is open to women under the age of 35 with at least three to five years of experience in the energy and climate fields.


In March 2024, the Women Leaders in Energy and Climate Fellows visited Washington, DC for a study tour as part of the fellowship program to discuss women’s participation to drive progress toward a cleaner and more efficient energy system. Read their takeaways below.

Women Leaders in Energy Fellowship

Mar 22, 2024

The energy transition provides opportunities for more inclusive and sustainable global growth 

By Maitha Al Shimmari, Jeanette Gitobu, Georgette Udo, Lin Yuan

The 2023 cohort of the Women Leaders in Energy and Climate Fellowship traveled to Washington, DC, for their study tour, meeting with government officials and civil society groups to discuss the global energy transition challenges that leaders contend with today.

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Meet the 2023 fellows


commentary & analysis

Working with a wide-ranging community of experts and stakeholders, the Women Leaders in Energy fellows provide timely commentary and analysis on the geopolitical, sustainability, and economic challenges of the changing global energy landscape.


Apr 1, 2021

Increasing ESG practices can help Asia reach goals of carbon neutrality

By Songyee Jung

Although sustainable investment is growing rapidly, ESG investing in Asia is still at a nascent stage. To increase development, Asian governments should allow regulators to impose mandatory ESG reporting requirements, which evidence indicates is the most effective way to scale sustainable finance investment.

East Asia Energy & Environment


Feb 5, 2021

Charting a path towards net-zero: The importance of US leadership in carbon dioxide removal

By Anne Canavati

Under the Biden-Harris administration, the United States can and must reemerge as a global leader on climate action. Accelerating research, development, demonstration, and deployment of a range of carbon dioxide removal applications is a critical step to achieving US and global climate targets.

Climate Change & Climate Action Elections


Sep 15, 2020

Scaling CCUS: Catalyzing policy and financial innovation

By Emily Burlinghaus, Reed Blakemore, Lee Beck

Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) is critical to decarbonizing heavy industry and meeting global climate goals. But significant roadblocks to financing have prevented the ability of industry to scale up CCUS projects. New financing tools and a coordinated approach by policy makers, industry representatives, and financial institutions can help CCUS drive the energy transition.

Energy & Environment Energy Transitions


Sep 2, 2020

California’s blackouts and renewable energy: Culprit or imperative?

By Leslie Hayward

In mid-August, California made headlines when several days of rolling blackouts coincided with a massive heatwave, with up to three million residents facing up to four hours of power outages. For Californians, this crisis must prompt an examination of both the grid management practices that contributed to these blackouts, and the optimal way to store or supplement wind and solar power. And while many were quick to blame the blackouts on the states’s growing reliance on renewables, the underlying causes for the crisis can only be mitigated with more clean energy.

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy & Environment


Aug 21, 2020

An effective ESG strategy strengthens the competitiveness of US liquefied natural gas

By Serena Su

As companies face increased pressure to pursue sustainable investing, business leaders around the world are taking action to address their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities.

Energy & Environment Energy Transitions


Jul 8, 2020

Distributed solar and batteries will power a more inclusive economic recovery in developing countries

By Sandra Chavez

A reliable supply of electricity is crucial for responding to the COVID-19 health crisis and boosting economic activity. Governments in many developing countries already struggle to provide their citizens with enough high-quality electricity to satisfy demand. The additional constraints the COVID-19 crisis places upon utilities, and national economies in general, can make the delivery of reliable electricity even harder. However, distributed solar energy and battery storage can provide reliable, affordable, and pollution-free power globally, while also creating jobs that incorporate local talent—especially from groups underrepresented in the labor market such as women and low-income workers.

Coronavirus Energy & Environment


Jun 17, 2020

Innovation can break the gridlock on nuclear waste

By Michelle Brechtelsbauer

Innovation has always been a key tenet of the nuclear power industry. With scientific consensus building that nuclear power must play a significant role in mitigating climate change, there has been renewed focus on fuel design and fuel cycle research to support the next generation of nuclear technology. This attention also creates an opportunity to reinvigorate innovation on back-end technologies that may prove to be the key to circumventing the longtime political impasse on nuclear waste.

Energy & Environment Nuclear Energy

In the News

Feb 24, 2020

Beck in The Hill: New trends bolster chance of successful deployment of carbon capture and storage

The United States leads the global deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies. A progressive policy framework and sustained government support have launched the roll-out of the next generation of CCS facilities. With impacts of climate change becoming ever more devastating, and the need to eliminate emissions as soon as possible, these are welcome developments. However, […]

Energy & Environment
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Feb 4, 2020

CCS in Norway: Propelling global innovation for decarbonization

By Lee Beck

Northern Lights, a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project backed, in part, by the Norwegian government is set to bolster European and global carbon capture innovation, accelerating climate progress and exemplifying the next wave of global CCS facilities.

Climate Change & Climate Action Northern Europe

In the News

Jun 28, 2019

Beck in Bloomberg: INSIGHT: Hydrogen may be the next clean energy game changer

By Atlantic Council

Energy Transitions Renewables & Advanced Energy

The Women Leaders in Energy Fellowship is sponsored by:

RBC Foundation

The Global Energy Center promotes energy security by working alongside government, industry, civil society, and public stakeholders to devise pragmatic solutions to the geopolitical, sustainability, and economic challenges of the changing global energy landscape.