Andrea Blair

Andrea “Andy” Blair

Women in Geothermal (WING) | Director, Upflow (NZ) WING
Global Chair

Andy has been involved in the business of geothermal science for over ten years.  In her previous role as Business Development Manager at GNS Science she was responsible for leading and coordinating sub-surface geoscience contracts worldwide. She is now a Director for Upflow (NZ) and continues to match geothermal specialists with client’s specific needs to deliver successful geothermal development outcomes.

In 2013 Andy became the Global Chair for Women in Geothermal (WING) and has led the organisation from 83 members to now over 1200 members in 48 countries worldwide. A not-for-profit organization, WING has grown into a global movement of people, both men and woman, supporting the empowerment and advancement of women within the industry.

Her professional interests lie in both utilizing geothermal energy to drive socio-economic growth, and championing diversity within the geothermal industry. Andy regularly presents as an invited speaker for both topics. 

Andy was awarded the role of Geothermal Business Development Lead for New Zealand in 2017, and is charged with driving and supporting commercial investment in geothermal industrial direct use projects. The desired outcome is the development of large projects with significant positive impacts on local economies and communities.

Andy holds the following governance positions: Director, International Geothermal Association; Director, Geothermal Resources Council (American Geothermal Association); Board Member, Enterprise Great Lake Taupo (Regional Economic Development). Andy was also a finalist in the 2017 NZ Women of Influence Awards for both the Diversity and International Categories.