Geothermal Geochemist, Contact Energy Ltd.
Farrah was born and raised in the beautiful archipelagic country of the Philippines. She currently lives in New Zealand as a citizen, enjoying the beautiful landscapes together with her wife and two fur babies (chihuahuas). Her prior education is in the discipline of science and environment. She completed Graduate Diploma in Resource Management Level 7 at Waiariki Institute of Technology (New Zealand) in 2014, while she earned a degree in Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (with Thesis) at University of San Carlos (Philippines) in 2010, where she graduated with Latin honours (Cum Laude) and was nominated as the University’s Outstanding Graduates. She gained formal education on Geothermal Technology at University of Auckland (New Zealand). Farrah is an analytical chemist by profession, she started her career in the beverage and food industry in the Philippines as a quality assurance chemist before moving on to join the geothermal energy industry since 2011. Bringing forth the principles of her academic discipline she has been working in companies that focus on harnessing renewable energy. She’s currently the lead geochemist of two geothermal fields at Contact Energy Ltd.–Geothermal, ensuring sustainable use of existing geothermal fields and help develop new ones. Before that she worked at Energy Development Corporation (EDC)–Leyte Geothermal Production Field, the world’s largest wet steam field in the world (at that time), as a geoscientific chemist in an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited laboratory. Farrah worked closely with geochemists, geologists, geophysicists, reservoir engineers and operators to maintain geothermal power generation sustainable and through optimisation and innovation. She is involved in geothermal development projects that will help New Zealand reach carbon neutral targets by 2050. In her free time she loves spending time in the outdoors, enjoys hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and swimming; also enjoys travelling with her wife and meeting new people.