Nabila Putri (Salsa) Salsabila – Women Deliver

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Nabila Putri (Salsa) Salsabila

  • Age: 26
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With great privilege and liberty, comes great responsibility to speak out for those who have neither. Only by constantly asking ourselves, "How can my decisions and actions contribute to creating a more sustainable, equitable, and resilient future?", can we actively work towards making the world a better place for every living being.

- Nabila Putri (Salsa) Salsabila


Nabila Putri Salsabila (Salsa) is a lifelong, versatile, fast learner and a high achiever aspiring to be a consultant and decision/policymaker advocating for energy transition, climate action, and sustainable development agenda. She is a final year Master’s student at ETH Zürich, majoring in Environmental Systems and Policy, with a minor in Sustainable Energy Use. She is the first Indonesian awarded the ETH Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme (ESOP). Her work is mainly concentrated on research, policy advocacy, and youth engagement.

As a young climate advocate, Salsa served at Student Energy and the Global Covenant of Mayors as Southeast Asia Regional Coordinator for the Global Youth Energy Outlook. In this role, she engaged 5,000+ youth in Southeast Asia & Pacific region for their energy and climate aspirations. She had the opportunity to present the findings and recommendations at COP26 in Glasgow. Additionally, Salsa was a member of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative’s Youth Challenge Team, where she developed policy recommendations to raise climate ambition of the major oil and gas consortium. Recently, Salsa spent her 2022 summer interning at McKinsey & Company in its Sustainability practice, as she served clients on sustainability-related engagements to help them achieve their decarbonization goals.

What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?

Having daily, long-term exposure to international organizations’ online presence and numerous publications has helped me discover national and international issues with their myriad problematic facts. It allows me to realize that gender quality and other problems, such as poverty or poor health and well-being, are intrinsically linked. This issue disproportionately affects women and children, who bear the greatest health and socioeconomic costs. To advocate for gender equality, we cannot work in silos.

Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.

Energy access lifts women out of poverty. My proudest moment was publishing a study on the development of a village model with integrated renewable energy systems for the rural productivity zone in East Nusa Tenggara (Indonesia), an underdeveloped region with poor electrification and access to clean cooking. My research has shown that sustainable energy can provide socio-economic benefits, including improved health and well-being, access to education, and welfare for farmers, as well as reduced time spent on household chores for women and children. The system also helped promote income-generating activities and increase safety by reducing crime risk. In addition, access to clean cooking helped reduce exposure to indoor pollution and resulted in savings on cooking fuel and healthcare expenses. All in all, it demonstrated support for 9 (out of 17) Sustainable Development Goals.

Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy reading articles and publications about global and current issues, constantly learning and discovering new things, expressing my thoughts through writing, and exploring new places and cultures through traveling.

Languages Spoken:

  • Bahasa Indonesia (Advanced/Native)
  • English (Advanced/Native)
  • German (Beginner)

Speaks On:

  • 1. The role of youth in advancing energy transition and climate action (meaningful youth engagement and empowerment in the energy and climate space)
  • Net-zero/decarbonization strategy, climate policy, sustainable finance, renewable energy, negative emissions technologies
  • Environmental justice and climate equity

Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:

  • ClimateScience Olympiad 3rd Runner Up (2022)
  • McKinsey's Next Generation Women Leaders Asia Pacific (2021)
  • International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Youth Forum Delegate, Abu Dhabi (2020)
  • One Young World Summit Ambassador & BP Advancing Energy Scholar, London (2019)
  • Clean Energy Ministerial-10/Mission Innovation-4 Youth Leaders Forum Delegate, Vancouver (2019)