South Asia Women in Energy (SAWIE)


Women in India form a significant percentage of the overall workforce in unorganized sectors like agriculture and construction but their participation in organized sectors is limited. For example, women representation in India’s Public-Sector Undertakings (PSU), which constitutes a large employment base in the country spread across key organized sectors, constituted only 4.5% of the total Work Force (2011). Similarly, women employees in Central Public-Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) in India stood at 9.36 per cent in 2015-16, according to data released by the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE). The male dominance in the workforce of CPSE is often attributed to the nature of operations i.e. infrastructure and heavy engineering sectors. Such low gender representation in this large employment segment of the economy requires remediation as none of these segments is outside the reach of women.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) have officially launched the “South Asia Women in Energy (SAWIE) platform to promote women’s empowerment and gender sensitization in the energy sector in South Asia region.

Announced last year in September by Edgard Kagan as Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy, the platform will bring together leaders, particularly women leaders, across the energy sector to design interventions focused around outreach and recruitment; mentorship and leadership; increasing women’s participation in networking and brainstorming events, and professional development that can help bridge the gender gaps. You too can be part of this initiative. USAID is supporting the SAWIE platform under its “Greening the Grid – Renewable Integration and Sustainable Energy (GTG-RISE)” Initiative, a bilateral project with the Ministry of Power. GTG-RISE is a key initiative under USAID’s Asia EDGE (Enhancing Growth and Development through Energy).

For more information on SAWIE and how to join the network, please visit

Women Leaders in Energy


Ashu Verma

Dr. Ashu Verma
Associate Professor at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

A 2001 B.Tech graduate in Electrical Engineering from National Institute of Technology (NIT) Hamirpur, Dr. Ashu Verma pursued her Masters in Power Systems from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi in 2002 and completed her PhD in Transmission Network Expansion Planning from Electrical Engineering Department of IIT, Delhi in 2010. Her special interests range from understanding and tackling the challenges of large-scale integration of renewable energy (RE) sources and Electric Vehicles to future.. Read More

Amita Sharma

Amita Sharma
Zonal Manager, Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited

Ms. Amita Sharma is currently the Zonal Manager in Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd (TPDDL), Delhi. After completing her Post Graduate Diploma Course in Power Engineering from National Power Training Institute (NPTI), Badarpur, she started her career with TPDDL as an Executive in 2003. She has diverse experience, having worked in such areas as Business Development, Demand Side Management (DSM), Meter Management, and Solar Projects. She currently looks after Operations, where her key responsibility is to ensure quality and reliable power is supplied to more than 25,000 registered consumers. Read More

Anjuli Chandra

Anjuli Chandra
Member, Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission

Ms. Anjuli Chandra, a Member at Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission(PSERC), is a former CPES cadre officer and Ex Principal Chief Engineer, CEA. She is a gold medalist in Electrical Engineering from Thappar Institute of Engg and Technology and MBA Finance from Punjabi University, Patiala. She is a certified Energy auditor from Bureau of Energy Efficiency. During her stint at CEA, she worked around Renewable energy sources, power survey and load forecasting, power system monitoring, project appraisal and Distribution planning & Development. Prior to that, she served as the Executive Director Tariff & Engineering for Delhi. Read More


Axilium Jayamary
Director – Operation, TANTRANSCO.

Jayamary. A is currently serving as the Director – Operation in Tamil Nadu Transmission Corporation Limited (TANTRANSCO), she is the first woman Director in the Tamil Nadu State Power Transmission Utility. After completing her Bachelors of Engineering (BE) in Electronics & Communication from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, she started her career with Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) as an Assistant Engineer in 1985. After a while, she took sabbatical, and completed her Masters in Engineering (ME) in Instrumentation Engineering from Anna University and joined back TNEB as Assistant Executive Engineer in 1996. Read More


SAWIE aims to provide a platform for women to form a collaborative and strategic approach towards reaching gender equality goals and building strong pillars across the energy sector. SAWIE aims to strengthen a regional network of Institutional partners across public and private sector utilities across South Asia Region.


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