Abu Dhabi – MENA Herald : The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy, and sustainable technologies, and the Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER), an initiative that aims to empower and inspire women to be catalysts of innovation and the drivers of commercial solutions, today announced they are partnering to support bright young women to realize their dreams of becoming leaders in the global sustainability movement.

As a result, the Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL) program, a Masdar Institute outreach initiative, will offer membership to several young women in its annual program of global experiences and learning. Recipients of the fellowship will be nominated by WiSER through a competitive process, which will be open to female applicants globally

Dr. Lamya N. Fawwaz, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Public Affairs, Masdar Institute, said: “This partnership with the WiSER initiative reiterates our commitment to supporting talented young women in the sustainability sector. We look forward to sharing the benefits of the YFEL program with even more talented young women from the professional and academic arenas across the world. We believe youth development programs like YFEL are key to the future of sustainability and are keen to see more young women play an active role in renewable energy and sustainability.”

The partnership supports WiSER’s goal to enable women to gain real-world experience and to build the right skills necessary to be leaders of industry, entrepreneurs and excel in sectors traditionally dominated by men. The initiative was founded by Masdar and the Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP) to empower and inspire women to be catalysts of innovation and the drivers of commercial solutions.

Dr. Nawal Alhosany, Director of Sustainability at Masdar, and Director of the ZFEP, said: “I am delighted to be able to announce this partnership with Masdar institute of science and technology. It will provide young-women with an opportunity to enroll in programs led by leading thinkers in the field of sustainability and is a positive step towards women having the opportunity to learn and develop at the very best institutions. We also believe that opportunities via the Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL) program will be provide the impetus for young women to strive to be a leader of tomorrow in sustainability.”

The announcement was made on the sidelines of the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), which is being organized as part of the Abu Dhabi Sustainable Week (ADSW) 2016 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC) from 16-21 January 2016.