The International Network for Women in Cooling (INWIC) was established in 2022 to advance the engagement of women, promote career opportunities, and increase their overall participation in the refrigeration, air-conditioning, and heat pumps (RACHP) sector.

INWIC is led by the World Refrigeration Day (WRD) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) OzonAction as the joint Secretariat, in cooperation with a highly-reputed group of founding partners active in this sector – AIRAH (Australia), AREA (Europe), ASHRAE (Global), CAR (China), FAIAR (Latin America), IIR (Global), IOR (UK), ISHRAE (India), JSRAE (Japan), U-3ARC (Africa), and Women in HVAC&R (North America).

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On 26 May, the AREA General Assembly in Estonia nominated the winner of the first edition of our "AREA-WRD women in cooling, video competition”. The evaluation committee was composed of:

  • our Board of Directors
  • our members of our Task Force Skills and Working Group Human Capital
  • our representatives in INWIC
  • the WRD secretariat

Evaluation criteria were focused on:

  • The use of the necessary devices and tools
  • The use of security means
  • The correct explanation of the task to be performed


The name of the winner was released on the 8 June during the conference #20EUconfRAC: Léana Khaled Payan, young French technician of Axima Refrigeration, who was evaluated as the best among the 12 participants. Congratulations to her!




All 12 participating videos can be found 👇

Video Competition