Women at The Heart of Energy Access

EWiEN was initiated by five Ethiopian women professionals in the energy sector in January 2019. They shared a strong interest in the energy transformation in Ethiopia and the role of women in the energy sector. They had a chance to find that they had much more in common and decided to start the first association promoting the role of  women in the energy work space.


To see Ethiopian women, at the heart of the energy sector, as change agent and beneficiary in the effort of providing energy access to all


To empower women in the energy sector through networking and training opportunities.
To address the energy access challenge of women by creating linkage with energy project implementers and stakeholders.


To promote participation of women and girls in the energy sector in Ethiopia To expand the pool of women energy professionals To create partnership and expose young women to the sector through internship and mentorship Facilitating platforms where members interact with each other, present their works & talents and meet different stakeholders.To engage in community-based energy projects that helps women in the rural community to access clean energy

Our Programs


Provision of quality education, training and support for women in the workforce: Access to finance for women entrepreneurs in the sector and community based energy projects


Create a platform for collaboration and experience sharing ; Engage in discussion about solutions and professional growth; Information for young women about the energy sector; Connecting professionals and job opportunities; Volunteer activities for young female students


Demonstrate women as an important part of the sector; Promote professional and women-led businesses; Research on barriers to women participation in the energy sector

Selamawit Beneberu – Electrical Engineer

Selamawit Beneberu is an electrical engineer with over 12 years of expertise in off-grid electrification. Selamawit received a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Defense Engineering College (DEC) and an MSc in Electrical Engineering from Addis Abeba University (AAU). She is currently enrolled in a Master of Business Administration degree at...

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Liilnna K. TEji – Energy lawyer and Investment Advisor

Liilnna Kifle is an energy professional with experience in both the on-grid and off-grid sectors. She holds LLB from Addis Ababa University (2014) and LLM in Energy Law from the University of Aberdeen, UK (2017). Liilnna was a Chevening Scholar in 2016/17. It was when she was working as a...

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Sinafikish Lemma – Social and Economic Development Professional

Sinafikish Lemma is a social and economic development professional with over ten years of experience working in the field. She has worked for several governmental and non-governmental development organizations. In 2007, Sinafikish received her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Arbaminch University. She then continued her studies at the Ethiopian Civil...

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What peoples say about us

I am happy to be a member of an association that works to enhance the role of women in the Energy sector. Participating in EWiEn’s workshop was an excellent learning and personal development experience for me as I was able to listen to women business owners talk about startup companies in the energy sector, gain insight into the gender-energy nexus from the consumer perspective, and network with women professionals who are role models in their achievements.
Yideneku Liyew
Regional Head Customer service & Sales at Ethiopian Electric Utility
Participating in the Ethiopian Water and Energy Utility week exhibition as a volunteer was really an awesome and exciting experience to me. It helped me to step out of my comfort zone and discover new things about the energy sector. It even encouraged me to use my knowledge and contribute to this fast growing sector in our country.