Transforming the hydropower workforce for a just transition

Kintamani 1
Thursday, November 2, 2023
11:30 – 12:30 WITA


The clean energy transition is creating millions of new renewable energy and transition jobs worldwide. But some workers and communities will need to adapt to a more sustainable future.

The goal of a just transition is to ensure that no one is left behind. Therefore, to achieve their renewable goals, countries need to address the skills gap together with the transition.

Globally, the hydropower industry is facing a growing demand for a skilled workforce. Some of the key staffing challenges include decreasing knowledge and skills due to retirement, lack of formal hydropower education and competition for skilled workers with other renewable technologies. A career in hydropower provides access to many of the most exciting opportunities in the global economy, with the potential to appeal to a wide spectrum of society.  

This session will look at the many opportunities and challenges in securing the next generation workforce needed to deliver the renaissance in hydropower.


  • Tammy Chu, Managing director​, Entura (Moderator)
  • Kate Lazarus, ESG Advisor​, IFC
  • Martin Stottele, Team Leader​, RESD Programme​
  • Dian Elvira Rosa​, Communications manager, RESD Programme​
  • Olivier Zehnder, Swiss Ambassador to Indonesia, Government of Switzerland
  • Josef Ullmer, President Director and Regional Executive Asia, Oceania ANDRITZ Hydro​, ANDRITZ
  • Alvin Surya Anandhita​, Engineering Technician​, The Apurva Kempinski Bali​
  • Ayu Karunia Sidhi Utami, Student​, Bali State Polytechnic (PNB)​

Session objectives

The session will have three areas of focus:

  • Highlighting skills development and training programs for the hydropower workforce, including innovative training approaches; partnerships between industry, academia, and government institutions; good experiences and challenges faced
  • Workforce development strategies to address knowledge and skills gap for hydropower, sharing best practices in training programs, apprenticeships, mentorship schemes, and partnerships between the private sector and educational institutions. The aim is to address the current and future needs of the industry and ensure a pipeline of skilled professionals
  • Enhancing diversity and inclusion in the hydropower workforce, including strategies to attract, retain, and promote women in the traditionally male-dominated hydropower sector, and to overcome barriers and create opportunities for underrepresented groups in hydropower careers


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