2014 Ashden International Conference

20 May | #Volts4Women
Dame Jenni Murray and the afternoon panel

Fully Charged: Sustainable Energy for Women and Girls

Royal Society, Carlton House Terrace, London SW1 5AG
Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Morning chair: Dr Anne Wheldon, Knowledge and Research Adviser, Ashden
Afternoon chair: Jenni Murray, BBC Broadcaster

This all-day event explored the issues surrounding women and girls as beneficiaries and agents of change in the sustainable energy sector.

It was an opportunity to hear from some of the inspirational women among our Ashden finalists this year. They included Visal Sim of Sustainable Green Fuel Enterprise in Cambodia and Neha Juneja, CEO of clean cookstoves business Greenway Grameen in India.

The afternoon panel, chaired by Jenni Murray, discussed the financial, health and social benefits of clean energy and the opportunities it offers in the developing world.The panelists were:

Richenda Van Leeuwen brought a wealth of experience, expertise and enthusiasm. As Executive Director, Energy and Climate of the United Nations Foundation, she has been overseeing the UN Foundation’s work on energy access.

Sheila Oparaocha is Network Co-ordinator and Programme Manager at Energia, the International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy.

Dipal Chandra Barua, Co-founder of the Grameen Bank and Founder and Chairman of Bright Green Energy Foundation added a male perspective on the issues of the day. He was Founding Managing Director of Grameen Shakti, which supports renewable energy in Bangladesh.

Andrea Ledward, Head of the Climate and Environment Department at DFID, spoke about Lynne Featherstone's initiative on clean energy access for women and girls, and the role of national governments in making clean energy for women and girls a reality.

Discussion topics included the financial, health and social benefits of clean energy, and the opportunities offered by sustainable energy in the developing world, specifically for women and girls.

Morning and afternoon networking sessions gave the opportunity to share knowledge and ideas with peers.


International Institute for Environment and Development
Chatham House - The Royal Institute of International Affairs
Sustainable Energy for All
Christian Aid
UKAID from the British people