17 Mar 2021 - 18 Mar 2021 | Radisson Blu Hotel, Lusaka, Zambia

Agenda

Wednesday
17 Mar 2021
08:00 – 09:00
Big Dome
Registration & Coffee
09:00 – 09:45
Big Dome
High-Level Opening Remarks
  • Stefano Signore, Head of Unit, Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, DG International Cooperation and Development - European Commission
  • Vivian Vendeirinho, President, ARE
Conference
09:45 – 10:45
Big Dome
International Funding Initiatives to Support the Off-Grid Renewable Energy Sector

Objective: To provide participants with an insight into existing and upcoming international high-level initiatives to advance the market for off-grid renewable energies.

Moderator:

  • Prosper Magali, ARE Board Member & Director of Project and Business Development, ENSOL

Panelists:                

  • Kudakwashe Ndhlukula, Executive Director, SACREEE
  • Dominiek Deconinck, Fund Manager, ElectriFI
  • Joao Sarmento Cunha, Head of Division, Renewable Energy, AfDB
  • Liz Pfeiffer, Deputy Chief of Party (Technical), USAID Southern Africa Energy Program (SAEP)
  • Representative, JICA
Conference
10:45 – 11:20
Terrace
Coffee Break & Exhibition
11:15 – 12:00
Big Dome
ARE Awards 2020

Objective: To highlight energy access results achieved and stimulate the exchange of knowledge, the ARE Awards 2020 will be awarded to the most passionate and innovative stakeholders.

Moderator:

  • Claudio Pedretti, Board Member, ARE & CEO, Windkinetic (ARE Awards 2020 Chair) 

Presenters:

  • ARE Award Winners 2020
Conference
12:00 – 13:00
Big Dome
Regulatory Best Practices & the Role of Rural Electrification Authorities

Objective: To provide an insight into success stories for the newest regulations for off-grid renewable energy in selected Sub-Saharan African countries, as well as the leading role of REA, followed by a moderated exchange with the audience.

Moderator:

  • Irene Calvé Saborit, Chief Business Development Officer, Sunkofa Energy

Opening Remarks:

  • Marcus Wiemann, Executive Director, ARE

Panelists:

  • Clement Silavwe, CEO, REA Zambia
  • Mamisoa Rakotoarimanana, Secrétaire Exécutif, Agence de Développement de l’Electrification Rurale Madagascar (ADER)
  • Sam Chundusu, Director for Planning, Research & Development, REA Nigeria Agency, Nigeria
  • Antonia Orsoni, Head of Off-Grid Market, Blue Solutions
  • Mukabanji Mutanuka, Country Manager, Engie Power Corner Zambia

Q&A with the audience

Conference
12:00 – 13:00
Small Dome
Side Event

Open for bookings

Side Event
13:00 – 14:30
Restaurant
Lunch Break & Exhibition
14:30 – 15:30
Small Dome
Green People’s Energy Side Event: Partnerships as a Pillar to Support Off-Grid Renewable Energy Solutions

Objective: To present the Initiative Green People’s Energy whose focus is on the decentralised renewable energy supply and promotes opportunities for partnerships with the private sector.

Moderator:

  • Dorothea Otremba, GIZ

Speakers:

  • Bärbel Höhn, BMZ Special Representative for Energy in Africa, The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation & Development and former member of the German Bundestag
  • Jan G. Andreas, Principal Energy Economist, KfW Development Bank

Q&A with the audience

Side Event
14:30 – 15:30
Big Dome
Results-Based Finance for Off-Grid Renewable Energy Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa

Objective: To exchange lessons learnt and experiences on results-based finance across geographies through a moderated exchange with financiers, private sector panelists and the audience.

Moderator:

  • Aaron Leopold, Vice-President, ARE & CEO, AMDA

Panelists:

  • Emma Miller, Business Development Manager, Shell Foundation
  • Emily McAteer, CEO, Odyssey Energy Solutions
  • Sabera Khan, Off-Grid Lead, Beyond the Grid Fund Zambia
  • Trey Jarrard, CEO, Renewvia
  • Dotun Tokun, Managing Director, Solarmate Engineering

Q&A with the audience

    Conference
    15:30 – 16:00
    Terrace
    Coffee Break & Exhibition
    16:00 – 17:00
    Small Dome
    GET.invest Side Event: Overcoming Barriers towards Financing of Decentralised Renewable Energies

    Objective: To facilitate a better understanding of EU and EU Member State instruments to support the market development of decentralised renewable energies.

    Moderator:

    • Jan Cloin, Deputy Team Leader, GET.invest

    Speakers:

    • Matt Orosz, Director, 1Power
    • Dominiek Deconinck, Fund Manager, ElectriFI
    • Lauri Tuomaala, Head of Portfolio & Finance, EEP
    • Representative, Azuri Technologies

    Q&A with the audience

    Side Event
    16:00 – 17:00
    Big Dome
    Leveraging Data to Boost the Off-Grid Revolution

    Objective: To inform participants about how data can be leveraged to boost the off-grid sector. In particular, this session will address how a financial benchmark for mini-grid projects can be created, as well as how to build on data from projects to solidify off-grid business models and attract investment.

    Moderator:

    • Emily McAteer, Board Member, ARE & Co-Founder/CEO Odyssey

    Opening Remarks

    • Aaron Leopold, Vice-President, ARE & CEO, AMDA

    Panelists:

    • Ben Momat, Chief Commercial Officer, SparkMeter 
    • Erika Lovin, Lead – Mini-Grid Innovation Lab, CrossBoundary
    • Steve Wasira, Vice-President of Business Development, Virunga Power
    • André Troost, Energy Consultant, TFE Energy

    Q&A from audience

    Conference
    17:00 – 17:15
    Big Dome
    Closing Remarks
    • Marcus Wiemann, Executive Director, ARE
    Conference
    18:00 – 20:00
    Small Dome
    Networking Reception
    Thursday
    18 Mar 2021
    08:00 – 09:00
    Big Dome
    Registration & Coffee
    09:00 – 09:20
    Big Dome
    Welcome Remarks
    • Clement Silavwe, CEO, REA Zambia
    • Ambassador Dr. Kipyego Cheluget, Assistant Secretary General in Charge of Programmes, COMESA 
    • Karin Sverkén, Head of Development Cooperation, Embassy of Sweden to Lusaka
    Conference
    09:20 – 10:20
    Meeting Room 1
    Business Model Advice Clinic (Session 1)

    Objective: To increase the quality of business models and project proposals from local companies before they potentially submit proposals to international funders.

    Side Event
    09:20 – 10:20
    Big Dome
    Productive Use of Energy & Sector Coupling: Innovative Business Models

    Objective: To discuss innovative business models for mini-grids, as well as linking the energy sector with other relevant sectors such as water and agriculture.

    Moderator:

    • Mahama Kappiah, Executive Director, ECREEE

    Presenters:

    • Luca Traini, Senior Business Development Officer, RES4Africa Foundation
    • Marco Aresti, Access2Energy Program Manager, RES4Africa Foundation

    Panelists:

    • Representative, NRECA
    • Ifeanyi Orajaka, CEO, GVE.Projects
    • Francesco Caponetti, Director, CEDIAM
    • Rana Ghoneim, Chief, Energy Systems & Infrastructure, UNIDO

    Q&A with the audience

    Conference
    09:20 – 10:20
    Small Dome
    Side Event

    Open for bookings

    Side Event
    10:20 – 11:20
    Meeting Room 1
    Business Model Advice Clinic (Session 2)

    Objective: To increase the quality of business models and project proposals from local companies before they potentially submit proposals to international funders.

    Side Event
    10:20 – 11:20
    Big Dome
    Financing Instruments & Funds to Scale Off-grid Renewables in Emerging Markets

    Objective: To showcase different funds, financial platforms & impact financing initiatives that can help scale off-grid renewables in emerging markets.

    Moderator:

    • David Lecoque, Senior Policy & Business Development, ARE

    Speakers:

    • Siré Abdoul Diallo, Coordinator of the Private Sector Support Facility, ECREEE
    • Per van Swaay, Senior Vice-President, TCX Fund
    • Surabhi Mathur Visser, Head of Investments, SunFunder
    • Ad Dankers, Renewable Energy & Project Finance Advisor, GET.invest Finance Catalyst
    • Martijn Veen, Global Lead – Off-Grid Energy Market Development, SNV 
    • Dominique Campana, Directrice Europe et International, ADEME

    Q&A with the audience

    Conference
    10:20 – 11:20
    Small Dome
    UNIDO Side Event: Achieving Better Impact through Innovative Regulations – Open Consultation on the New Regulatory Toolkit 2.0

    Objective: To present the draft "Mini-Grid Policy Toolkit" under development by UNIDO in cooperation with ARE and AMDA. The toolkit presents case studies of mini-grid development in 6 African countries and provides a guidance and reference to policy makers on the combination of tariff level, subsidy level and delivery model to be employed to support a market to mini-grid development.

    Moderator:

    • Rana Ghoneim, Chief, Energy Systems & Infrastructure, UNIDO

    Speakers:

    • Camille André-Bataille, CEO, ANKA
    • Sanusi Ohiare, Executive Director of the Rural Electrification Fund of REA Nigeria
    Side Event
    11:20 – 11:50
    Terrace
    Coffee Break & Exhibition
    11:50 – 12:50
    Meeting Room 1
    Business Model Advice Clinic (Session 3)

    Objective: To increase the quality of business models and project proposals from local companies before they potentially submit proposals to international funders.

    Side Event
    11:50 – 12:50
    Big Dome
    Innovations to Scale Off-Grid Renewables in Emerging Markets

    Objective: To showcase technical, energy-efficient and digital innovations and solutions that can help scale off-grid renewables in emerging markets.

    Moderator:

    • Rebecca Symington, Board Member, ARE & Trustee, Mlinda

    Speakers:

    • Tolulope Falola, Business Development Manager - Western Africa, Sterling & Wilson
    • Ute Collier, Head of Energy, Practical Action
    • Zibusiso Ncube, Project Team Leader for Sustainable Energy for Rural Communities (SE4RC), Practical Action
    • Nico Peterschmidt, CEO, INENSUS
    • Jeffree Rugare, CEO, Global Solar Zimbabwe
    • Guilherme Collares Pereira, International Relations Director of A2E, EDP Renewables

    Q&A with the audience

    Conference
    11:50 – 12:45
    Small Dome
    Side Event

    Open for bookings

    Side Event
    12:50 – 13:00
    Big Dome
    Closing Remarks
    • Marcus Wiemann, Executive Director ARE
    Conference
    13:00 – 14:30
    Restaurant
    Lunch Break & Exhibition
    14:30 – 15:30
    Big Dome
    GET.invest B2B Matchmaking Session

    Maximum 3 meetings of 20 minutes / participant

    Matchmaking
    14:30 – 15:30
    Small Dome
    Side Event

    Open for bookings

    Side Event
    15:30 – 16:00
    Terrace
    Coffee Break & Exhibition
    16:00 – 17:40
    Big Dome
    GET.invest B2B Matchmaking Session

    Maximum 5 meetings of 20 minutes / participant

    Matchmaking
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