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The International C3E Ambassador Corps

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  • United States: The U.S. Department of Energy announced a national C3E program at the third Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM3) in London to advance women in clean energy. The program has four pillars: (1) Senior-executive-level C3E Ambassadors—distinguished senior professionals who, in addition to serving as advisors for the awards program and other aspects of the initiative, represent C3E at public forums and work to strengthen the recruitment, retention, and advancement of highly qualified women in the energy field; (2) an awards program to recognize mid-career leadership and accomplishments across eight clean energy-related categories and raise the visibility of their contributions; (3) an annual symposium on clean energy to promote networking by professionals working across the clean energy spectrum, from technology development and entrepreneurship to finance, policy, and advocacy; and (4), an online community forum that enables women from around the world who are working on clean energy issues to share information, insight, and inspiration. The U.S. C3E program is also active on social media, hosting both a LinkedIn group and twitter account to promote and strengthen the C3E community. Since its implementation in 2012, the U.S. program has maintained a corps of approximately 30 Ambassadors. The U.S. C3E Ambassadors have hosted networking events to help strengthen the C3E community. The Ambassadors also review nominations for the annual C3E Awards for mid-career achievement. Winners in multiple categories have been announced at the annual C3E symposium, which has consistently drawn more than 200 participants, including representatives of C3E partner governments. The U.S. Department of Energy leads the U.S. C3E program under a collaborative memorandum of understanding with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative (MITEI) and the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy. In 2016, the annual C3E symposium and the C3E awards became a rotating event, shared between MITEI and the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy. This collaboration is crucial to the success of the U.S. C3E program.
  • United Arab Emirates: A number of events have taken place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to raise the profile of the C3E initiative both domestically and internationally. In January 2015, the UAE hosted the first C3E International symposium as part of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week Women in Sustainability Forum at the World Future Energy Summit. At the World Future Energy Summit in January 2012, a panel discussion was organized by the UAE Directorate of Energy and Climate Change, with Women Enriching Business and with Young Future Energy Leaders. At the biennial "Women as Global Leaders Conference" hosted at Zayed University, Masdar Institute hosted a panel on the C3E initiative. On International Women’s Day, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs Directorate of Energy and Climate Change participated in an event co-hosted by Women Enriching Business on women in clean energy in the UAE.
  • United Kingdom: The United Kingdom (UK) has leveraged existing resources within its STEMNET organization toward support of C3E goals and vision. The STEM Ambassadors Programme has more than 25,000 individuals from STEM companies or academia who volunteer their time to act as role models in schools across the United Kingdom. Forty percent of STEM ambassadors are female, of whom at least 230 are in the clean energy sector. In 2012, the Department of Energy and Climate Change launched a women’s network for employees in the department to inspire, support, and remove barriers to career development for women, including an opportunity to apply to the government’s Women in Leadership program. In 2014, the UK also launched POWERful Women, a professional initiative to showcase female leadership potential in the UK energy sector.
  • The online community forum ( was launched in April 2013 as an effort to internationalize C3E and facilitate peer-to-peer networking and mentoring across clean energy sectors and across geographic boundaries.
  • The International C3E Ambassadorsaccomplished, senior-level women nominated by CEM-member countriesserve as role models and help advance women’s leadership in clean energy globally.