A huge congratulations to our brilliant Maitha Al Shimmari (2020, DPhil Engineering) on her selection for Atlantic Council’s prestigious Women Leaders in Energy and Climate Fellowship.

The one year, non-resident scheme will provide Maitha with opportunities to develop her policy expertise and professional skills with the help of skills training and virtual networking events with senior industry and government figures and leaders in the sector.

“Accelerating the careers of the best and brightest rising leaders in climate and energy policy is crucial if we are to decarbonize the energy system at scale,” said Frederick Kempe, president and CEO of the Atlantic Council.

“That, in turn, is necessary for us to remain on a path towards net-zero and avoid the worst impacts of climate change. We are confident that this year’s cohort will do great things during their time at the Council and beyond, joining a growing network of phenomenal change-makers.”

Maitha’s DPhil research focuses on the use of machine learning in the energy sector to enable renewable integration towards a net-zero transition. The programme will help her to upskill and take a growing role in the body of scientists working at various points along the chain from generation to consumer as part of the race towards net zero.

“Being selected as a fellow of the Atlantic Council’s Women Leader in Energy and Climate aligns perfectly with Somerville College’s unwavering commitment to sustainability and climate action,” said Maitha.
 
“As a Somerville member and an Atlantic Council fellow, I am empowered to drive positive change and contribute to a greener, more sustainable future.
 
“With Somerville’s dedication to fostering global leaders and its pledge to go carbon-neutral by 2035, I am eager to leverage this opportunity to make a meaningful impact in the energy and climate fields, inspiring others to join the collective effort towards a more sustainable world.”

The Atlantic Council are a US-based global thinktank, founded in 1961. The 2023 Fellowship marks the fifth year of the initiative, designed to nurture and develop the next generation of women leaders in the energy and climate change sectors. Places are open to women under 35 with between three and five years experience in the field, with places awarded by the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center following a competitive process.

Maitha Al Shimmari (2020, DPhil Engineering)

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