Conference Agenda
Tuesday 18 April
Hilton Addis Ababa
16:00 - 18:00
Networking Evening Reception
An 'ice-breaker' opportunity for event participants to meet and discuss the two days ahead in a relaxed and informal setting, whilst enjoying a range of snacks and refreshments.
18:00 - 21:00
Pre-Event Registration
Event participants may complete registration by collecting their delegate pack & access pass (business card required). Sponsors are also asked to setup their display booths.
Wednesday 19 April
Hilton Addis Ababa
8:00 - 9:05
Registration & Welcome Coffee
Event participants may complete registration by collecting their delegate pack & access pass (business card required), whilst networking and enjoying tea & coffee.
9:05 - 9:45
Opening Ceremony
Andrew Dowell, CEO of GRV Global
David Ross, Managing Director of Statera Capital (CONFERENCE CHAIR)
Dr. Elham Ibrahim, Vice Chair for Africa of World Energy Council / Former AUC Commissioner
Mr Deo Onyango, Regional Executive sub-Sahara Africa GE Renewable Energy of GE Africa
9:45 - 10:00
9:45 - 10:00 
Egypt Efforts in Mitigating and Adapting Climate Change
H.E. Dr. Mohamed Abdel Aty, Minister
Ministry of Water Resources & Irrigation; Egypt
10:00 - 11:05
Panel One: Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) & Funding Models
Discussing Investment, Effective Collaborations, Risk & Opportunities, and Growth. This session will also consider which models work best, the challenges facing them, and how global experience can help with effective delivery. Including case studies
- Scaling Solar Zambia
- GET FiT Uganda
- REIPPP South Africa 
10:00 - 10:05 
Panel Chair: Mr Philippe Dongier, Managing Director - Government Affairs & Policy of GE Africa
10:05 - 10:20 
NEPAD Programme for Renewable Energy Access (REAP) and Opportunities for PPP
Prof. Mosad M. Elmissiry, Senior Energy Advisor to the CEO
NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD Agency)
10:20 - 10:35 
MIGA - Risk Mitigation Instruments for Power Transactions
Yann Burtin, Senior Underwriter infrastructure
MIGA - Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
10:35 - 10:50 
Incumbent, Bankable to Attractive RES Projects Well Beyond the Grid Parity
Mr Michele Porri, Head of Business Development - Africa
10:50 - 11:05 
Early Stage Financing for Renewable Energy
Eugene Obiero, Senior Manager - Energy Projects
Camco Clean Energy
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
11:05 - 11:35
Networking Tea & Coffee Break
11:35 - 11:50
11:35 - 11:40 
Houmed-Gaba Omar Abdoulkader, General Secretary
Ministry of Energy in Charge of Natural Resources; Djibouti
11:50 - 12:25
Panel Two: Resilience! SDGs & Action on Climate Change
Ministerial discussion panel welcoming interactions from the audience; panellists will discuss climate change framework & effects, collective action, response, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs).
Panel Chair: Aglaé Touchard-Le Drian, Senior Investment Manager of European Investment Bank (EIB) / GEEREF
James Baanabe Isingoma, Ag. Director of Energy Resources of Ministry of Energy & Mineral Development; Uganda
Linus Mofor, Senior Environmental Affairs Officer (Energy, Infrastructure & Climate Change) of UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
Samuel Alemayehu, Managing Director of Cambridge-Industries/Reppie Waste-to-Energy Project
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
12:25 - 13:20
Panel Three: Regulatory Environment; The Spur for Growth
Discussing Management, Policy, Demand, and Impact. This session will assess which regulatory programmes work best for attracting and maintaining international investment, the ability to create bankable programmes and what products are available to help plug the gaps, and the need for a more liberalised/user friendly approach to distributed energy/private PPA solutions. Impact of regulators, solid regulation engendering investor and developer confidence.
12:25 - 12:35 
Panel Chair: Christian Wright, Head of Development for East Africa of Globeleq
12:35 - 12:55 
Regulatory Framework - The View of an Investor
Johan Van Kerrebroeck, Regional Director
The ENGIE Group
12:55 - 13:15 
The Importance of Sector Planning for Sustainable Financing
Bernadette Tabeko, Investment Officer
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
13:15 - 13:20
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
13:20 - 14:30
Networking Lunch Break
14:30 - 19:00
Powering Resilience PPP Matchmaking Meetings
Afternoon session dedicated to one-to-one matchmaking meetings. Senior Government officials, Utilities, Investors, Developers and international agencies, will host face-to-face meetings with leading operators. Schedules are pre-arranged to provide a unique and rare opportunity for industry leaders to engage directly; developing long-term power resilience partnerships.
16:30 - 17:00
Networking Tea & Coffee Break
20:00 - 22:00
Cultural Dinner - Harrar Grill, Hilton Addis Ababa
An informal Cultural Dinner welcoming the Official Delegation and all Event attendees, enjoying local food, refreshments and entertainment. An ideal opportunity for further networking and to discuss the day's major talking points.
Thursday 20 April
Hilton Addis Ababa
8:30 - 9:15
Registration & Welcome Coffee
Event participants may complete registration by collecting their delegate pack & access pass (business card required), whilst networking and enjoying tea & coffee.
9:15 - 9:25
Day Two Welcoming Remarks
Welcoming Remarks from the event's Conference Chair. A re-cap of Day One, including a review of the stand-out talking points and an overview of the sessions ahead.
9:15 - 9:25 
David Ross, Managing Director of Statera Capital (CONFERENCE CHAIR)
9:25 - 10:20
Panel Four: New Technology Implementation
Discussing Capacity & Risk, Reliable & Affordable Solutions, and Inspiring Advancement. This session will consider the latest technological advancements including storage and the new software designs which are making virtual power plants from aggregated small scale delivery a reality. It will also debate the future merits of CSP in a world where battery storage is set to dominate.
9:25 - 9:30 
Panel Chair: Takeshi Matsuyama, Senior Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Ethiopia
9:30 - 9:45 
Latest Technological Advancements of Wind Power Solutions with an Insight into Digitalization
Janek Winand, Vice President Wind power Southern & Eastern Africa
Siemens South Africa
9:45 - 10:10 
Microgrids Heating Up – Innovative Technical Solutions make Microgrids of all Scales a Reality
Chris Brosz, Senior Engineer - Energy Consulting
10:10 - 10:20
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
10:20 - 10:40
10:20 - 10:35 
António Osvaldo Saíde, Chairperson
Energy Fund; Government of Mozambique
10:40 - 11:00
Networking Tea & Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:15
Panel Five: Geothermal
This session will explore the resource potential and development capacity, in addition to the role of public and private sector on how to set up a working structure for development.
11:00 - 11:25 
Success in Development of Geothermal Power, Public Sector Approach
David Kagiri, Regional Geothermal Advisor
Power Africa/USAID
11:25 - 11:45 
Geothermal and its Role in East African Power Markets
John Heath, Team Leader
EAGER (East Africa Geothermal Energy Facility)
11:45 - 11:55 
Risk Mitigation Through Joint Venturing with a Strategic Partner
Peter Dixon-Clarke, Chief Financial Officer
Cluff Geothermal Ltd
11:55 - 12:05 
Geothermal Project in a New Market: Lessons Learned
Nikhath Zigmund, Investment Professional
Berkeley Energy
12:05 - 12:15
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
12:15 - 13:20
Panel Six: Rural Electrification
Discussing the What, Where, When and Why... This session will consider the opportunities for, and challenges facing, off-grid models both for residential and for industrial & business applications. It will also assess the current affordability of storage and how these combined projects can be financed. Showcasing off-grid and mini-grid technologies, and innovations, case studies, World Bank's $1.4bn for rural electrification in Kenya, and NGO led initiatives.
12:15 - 12:30 
Panel Chair: Mr Alberto Pisanti, CEO of Absolute Energy Srl
12:30 - 12:55 
Opportunities & Challenges of Off-grid Electrification in Ethiopia
Ashenafi Girma Wondimu, Electrical Engineer
Ethiopian Electric Utility (EEU)
12:55 - 13:10 
Distributed Solar & Storage - The Fastest & Lowest Cost Path to 100% Energy Access for Africa
Mr Francis Xavier Helgesen, CEO & Co-Founder
Off Grid Electric
13:10 - 13:20
Audience Discussion; Question & Answer Session
13:20 - 13:30
Closing Ceremony
Closing remarks from GRV Global, endorsing Partners, the event's Official Conference Chair; summing up of discussion highlights and takeaway points.
David Ross, Managing Director of Statera Capital (CONFERENCE CHAIR)
Andrew Dowell, CEO of GRV Global
13:30 - 14:30
Networking Lunch Break
14:30 - 17:00
Reppie Waste-to-Energy Project Site Visit
Participants will enjoy an afternoon site visit to the newly completed Reppie Waste-to-Energy Project. Owned by Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP), this landmark project is the first waste energy facility in both Ethiopia and Africa, designed to process and dispose of 1400 tons of waste per day.