About Us

About us

The Energy Sector previously had a reputation for being male dominated – a notion that belongs in the past! Access for Women in Energy (AccessWIE) is testament to the many talented women working across the whole industry, within fields ranging from expert engineering and finance to business development and executive responsibilities.

AccessWIE establishes a community of practice, to support the development of women in the energy sector. Our inclusive membership policy welcomes anyone with a background or future in Energy, male or female, whether you’re an expert, senior executive, middle manager or newly graduated.

We offer members:

  • A valuable global network and the opportunity to promote views and expertise;
  • An equal speaking and participation opportunity at our regular energy related events;
  • Access to valuable resources which can shape careers and broaden knowledge;
  • The platform to engage experts, female and male alike, in the private and public sectors across the world of energy.

AccessWIE proudly teamed up with OPML to set up a similar organisation for the Government of Ghana in Accra.


AccessWIE was founded in 2007 by Dr Carole Nakhle, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Crystol Energy. Originally, the group was chaired by Lady Barbara Judge, Chairman Emerita of the UK Atomic Energy Authority. As of 2019, the group is co-chaired by Mrs Ieda Gomes, Former VP of BP New Ventures, and Lord Howell, Former Secretary of State for Energy in the UK.

AccessWIE is a not-for-profit group based in London with an international representation. Crystol Energy is a proud supporter of AccessWIE.

Management Committee

  • Ms Adwoa Asantewaa, Economist, World Bank Group
  • Dr Valentina Dedi, Lead Economist, KBR
  • Mr Titus Erker, Lead Economist, ADIA
  • Dr Gavin Graham, Independent Non-Executive Director
  • Ms Alia Mobayed, Managing Director, Jefferies
  • Ms Sarah Raffoul, Market Analyst, Argus Media
  • Ms Inga Shamsutdinova, Principal, IHS

Contact us to join or ask questions

If you are interested in joining AccessWIE, contact us on wie@crystolenergy.com.

You can also find us on LinkedIn and Twitter – we’d be delighted to hear from you!

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