Andrea Blair

International Geothermal Association | Upflow (NZ)
President | Co-founder

Andy is the President of the International Geothermal Association and co-founder of Upflow, a geothermal science, research and innovation company that builds expert teams to provide intelligent solutions to global industry.

The nexus between science, business and community is where her expertise sits. She has a deep understanding of the drivers relating to the business of science, and a proven ability to turn scientific ideas into economic gains.

In her previous role as Business Development Manager at GNS Science (NZ) Andy was responsible for leading and coordinating sub-surface geothermal geoscience contracts worldwide for over 10 years.

Awarded the role of Geothermal Business Development Lead for New Zealand (2017-2020), Andy was tasked with driving commercial investment in geothermal industrial direct use projects. The desired outcome was the development of large projects with significant positive impacts on local economies, communities, and the environment.

Andy has experience in leading strategic planning and tactical thinking across several industries including governance roles that required strategic investment decision making. This includes chairing the commercial arm of a Māori organisation with a significant geothermal asset base (~$500m).

Co-founder (2013), previous Global Chair (2013-2020) and current Global Board member for of Women in Geothermal (WING). Andy led the team that grew the organisation from 83 members to over 2000 members in 48 countries worldwide, making it the single largest geothermal association in the world. A not-for-profit organisation, WING has grown into a global movement of people, both men and woman, supporting the empowerment and advancement of women within the industry.

Andy has held a number of governance roles including Board Member, Geothermal Resources Association (US); Co-Chair Regional Skills Leadership Group – Bay of Plenty; Chair, Bay of Connections (Regional Economic Development Agency); and Chair for online accountancy innovation company Beany (NZ).

Andy is a current Board Member for Global Women; a collaboration of New Zealand’s most influential women leaders promoting inclusion and diversity for improved societal and economic growth.

Andy was a finalist in the 2017 and 2019 NZ Women of Influence Awards for both the Diversity and International Categories.

“‘Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini taku hoa’ – My strength is not mine alone, rather my strength comes from many.