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"Women bring unique skills and perspectives to the power industry, which is critical for a successful and sustainable energy future. We need to ensure that diverse voices are heard and that women have a seat at the table in decision-making and leadership roles." - Maria G. Korsnick, President and CEO of the Nuclear Energy Institute.

Sanah Al Safadi Chaar

Senior Electrical Engineer

WHO ARE THEY: My name is Sanah, and I am originally from Venezuela. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master's degree in Telematics. Prior to moving to Australia, I spent twelve years working at PDVSA, the Venezuelan State-Owned Oil & Gas Industry. During my time at PDVSA, I held various positions such as Power System Study Engineer, Electrical Distribution Field Supervisor, and Electrical Project Engineer.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and engaging in outdoor activities with my children. I am an avid reader and love to explore new travel destinations whenever possible.

Sanah Al Safadi Chaar

KEY STRENGTHS: I am an empathetic person, which allows me to understand and connect with others and communicate effectively with clients and colleagues in a compassionate and respectful manner and I possess analytical and positive thinking skills.


The field of power engineering is experiencing high demand and offers ample opportunities for professional growth and career advancement. With the ever-increasing need for sustainable and efficient energy solutions, power engineers have the chance to apply their expertise in innovative ways, contributing to the development of creative and impactful problem-solving strategies that benefit various sectors and communities. Not only is the field intellectually stimulating and fulfilling, but it also offers financial stability and rewards. As the global energy market continues to expand, so do the opportunities for skilled power engineers. In addition, power engineering plays a critical role in advancing technologies such as renewable energy, smart grids, and energy storage, providing a sense of purpose and meaning to those who choose to pursue this career path. Overall, a career in power engineering offers a dynamic and challenging environment that fosters personal and professional growth while providing opportunities to make a positive impact on the world.
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My Journey

Where it all started for me

I have always been driven by challenge and opportunities to create positive change. As a child I was inquisitive about the universe, how magnets could attract or repel objects. I recognized the potential to apply fundamental principles of science and physics to develop innovative solutions to real-world problems.
I chose to pursue a degree in electrical engineering because I was motivated by the immense potential for innovation in the field, particularly in areas like renewable energy, and I wanted to be part of the transformation process that is driving change and progress forward.
As an electrical engineer, I am constantly inspired by the pace of innovation and the ongoing quest to push the boundaries of what is possible. I am eager to make a difference and use my expertise to create meaningful solutions that can positively impact the world
I am also aware of the need for greater diversity and representation in engineering fields, particularly for women. That's why I am committed to working with and learning from other talented and passionate women in the industry, building a supportive network, and contributing to a more inclusive and equitable industry.

What did I end up studying?

Studied at La Universidad del Zulia, Venezuela

Entering the industry

As mentioned, the power industry is a dynamic and challenging field that requires continuous professional growth to provide innovative and sustainable solutions with a positive impact on our world. The ongoing energy transition towards renewable sources such as solar, wind, and hydro power, presents an opportunity to not only reduce our carbon footprint but also create new job opportunities and stimulate economic growth. Advancements in energy storage technology will allow for greater flexibility, system reliability, and cost-effectiveness, leading to a more efficient and sustainable energy system.

My previous work experience

My work placement experience

What I'm doing now

My advice for anyone looking to get into the industry?

Take advantage of as many work placements and industry speakers at API events as possible - so you can get a good understanding of the many areas you can specialise in.

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Abby Biles

"As we confront Australia's national skills shortage and the pressure to achieve Net Zero, the inclusion of women in the power industry becomes even more crucial. By leveraging diverse talents and perspectives, we can address these challenges. There are so many incredible women out there who's skills are needed in this space they just need the industry to support them in return."

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Liana Lidden-Verney

"There is no gender monopoly on the skills needed in the industry. By having a workforce with diverse perspectives and experiences, we fuel innovation and innovation is exactly what this industry will be reliant on for generations to come."

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Katrina Thomlinson

"There is value in every industry from diversity of thought and one way to bring diversity is employ more women in the workforce. Women bring different values, perspectives and approaches to solve the problems of today and into the future."

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