Sheila Oparaocha
International Coordinator - ENERGIA

Sheila Oparaocha has seventeen years of working experience in the gender and energy sector, a Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Medicine, and a Master’s Degree in Gender and Development Planning. She  currently  leads the International Secretariat (IS) based at Hivos, an international organization based in the Netherlands with 50 years of experience in the development sector –– that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues. Sheila also holds the position of International Coordinator of the ENERGIA International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy. Established in 1996 with the objective of mainstreaming gender in energy sector policies and programs in developing countries, ENERGIA has emerged as a leading international network and played a key role in establishing “gender and energy” as a credible issue. Under her leadership, the IS manages a multi- country and multi-partner program portfolio spanning 22 countries in Asia and Africa.