WiSER is a Masdar-led impact-focused platform dedicated to inspiring women and girls to play an active role in addressing global sustainability challenges.
The ‘Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy’ (WiSER) platform was officially launched on the sidelines of the 70th United Nations General Assembly in September 2015. WiSER is a Masdar-led impact focused initiative dedicated to inspiring women and girls to play an active role in addressing global sustainability challenges.
The platform is founded on the three core pillars of education, engagement and empowerment and strives to position women and girls of all nationalities as drivers of change and innovation, while ensuring that their voices are heard across the sustainability debate – whether on issues of policy, technology or business.
During ADSW, WiSER invite decision makers, experts, opinion formers and youth role models from across the sustainability sector to promote new thinking, viable solutions and lasting collaboration to empower present and future generations of female sustainability leaders.
The WiSER Pioneers Programme was launched at the Mohamed Bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations in October 2018, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
Each year, the programme selects 20 females (aged 20-30) to participate in an advanced training and development aimed at empowering participants and providing networking opportunities with sustainability experts.
The WiSER Pioneers Programme offers young women access to bespoke educational workshops, global networking events, and highly sought-after professional internships, and formally begins each year at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week – one of the world’s largest sustainability gatherings.
Imparting their first-hand knowledge about life as a leader and innovator, the WiSER Members will serve as role models for WiSER Pioneers, and for young women across the globe with an interest in sustainable development. The WiSER Members will consist of representatives from the WiSER Advisory Council and members of the professional community.
Since its launch in 2015, WiSER has been developing critical relationships with like-minded business leaders and organisations, such as the UAE Gender Balance Council, aimed at advancing the role of women across the sustainability sector.
WiSER enables women to gain real-world experience and build the right skills necessary to become leaders of industry, entrepreneurs and excel in the sustainability fields through their active participation in local and international forums such as Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.