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Interview: first ever female geothermal drilling engineer at GDC, Kenya

Meseret Teklemariam Zemedkun of UNEP-ARGeo and Phyllis Mathenge at the WING Africa reception
Alexander Richter 8 Mar 2017

In an interview with ESI Africa, Phyllis Gathoni Mathenge, drilling engineer with GDC in Kenya and Interim Chair of WING Africa, is sharing her personal experience of joining and working in a company and industry driven by men.

In an interview in ESI Africa, Phyllis Gathoni Mathenge, drilling engineer with GDC in Kenya and Interim Chair of WING Africa, the African Chapter of the Women in Geothermal, is sharing her personal experience of joining a company and industry driven by men.

The interview is also “a bit of an  ‘excavation’ to uncover how to succeed in the geothermal domain.”

Phyllis who is working in a group of 23 drilling engineers at the Geothermal Development Company in Kenya, is a great spokesperson for women in the geothermal sector in Africa and those wanting to join.

Talking about what “energy legacy she wishes to leave behind”, she wants to see “fewer women ‘hoping for a chance` and more women doing/ acting.”, saying that “hope is a good thing but not a strategy. We must act. We started WING AFRICA to get more women at the table, not on the tabled agenda and not near the table. The awakening in the African woman cannot be stopped. Better yet, we mean good for us and for our families.”

Make sure to check out the full interview published by ESI, link below.

Source: ESI-Africa