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Valentina Kretzschmar, Ph.D. MBA

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Valentina Kretzschmar, Ph.D. MBA

Vice President, Corporate Research, Wood Mackenzie

Wood Mackenzie’s vice president of corporate research discusses the event that inspired her to pursue a career in energy, the trend that’s shaping the future of oil and gas, and more.

How did you get into your current field?

The signing of the Paris Agreement in December 2015 was a huge milestone in the global efforts to combat climate change. I had a feeling that this event could be an inflection point that would change the industry forever. The energy transition from fossil fuels to clean energies would become inevitable. I threw myself at it—trying to understand every aspect of this fast accelerating megatrend: rapidly developing clean technologies, policy and regulation, investor and consumer preferences.

What has you most excited about the future of your profession?

I am excited about opportunities that lie ahead for the oil and gas industry in the clean energy sector. Oil and gas companies are facing a Herculean challenge of having to adapt to the global energy transition. I’m delighted that we’re helping clients find the most suitable decarbonization solutions that fit their skills, competencies, and long-term strategy.

What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Or, what advice would you give young women looking for a career in your field?

I would definitely have more belief in myself and my ability to do my job. I’d be less scared about taking on new opportunities and challenges. I would love to see more girls take sciences and go into tech jobs. My advice to young women looking for a career in this field: Go for it—it will be an exciting, interesting, and rewarding journey. There is nothing to be scared of—just believe in yourself!

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