12 Mar 2019 - 14 Mar 2019 | Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

Agenda

Tuesday
12 Mar 2019
12:30 – 18:00
ARE Annual General Assembly (for ARE Members only)

Open to ARE Members only

Conference
Wednesday
13 Mar 2019
07:30 – 09:00
Covered terrace (Ground floor)
Registration & Coffee
09:00 – 09:20
Auditorium (Ground floor)
Welcome Remarks
  • Daniel Schroth, Acting Director for Renewable Energy, AfDB & Chair, Mini-Grid Partnership
  • Vivian Vendeirinho, President, ARE
  • Sabati Cissé, Directeur Général de l’Energie, Ministère du Pétrole, de l’Energie et de Energies Renouvelables
Conference
09:20 – 09:40
Auditorium (Ground floor)
Keynote Speeches
  • Felice Zaccheo, Head of Unit Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, DG International Cooperation and Development - European Commission
  • Sediko Douka, ECOWAS Commissioner for Energy and Mines
  • Prosper Magali, ARE Board Member & Director of Project & Business Development, ENSOL
Conference
09:40 – 10:40
Auditorium (Ground floor)
International funding initiatives to support the off-grid renewable energy sector

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

Moderator:

  • Sukla Chandra, Board Member, ARE & Managing Director, GE Licensing & Technology Ventures

Panellists:

  • Mahama Kappiah, Executive Director, ECREEE
  • Pierre-Daniel Telep, Senior Specialist Renewable Energy, Green Climate Fund
  • Long Cheng, General Manager - Africa, Trina Solar
  • Joao Sarmento Cunha, Division Manager, Renewable Energy Initiatives, AfDB
  • Dominiek Deconinck, Fund Manager, ElectriFI

Q&A with the audience

Conference
10:40 – 11:10
Covered terrace (Ground floor)
Coffee Break & Exhibition
11:10 – 12:30
Auditorium (Ground floor)
Updates on regulatory frameworks for off-grid renewable energy in Sub-Saharan Africa

Objective: To provide insights into newest regulations for off-grid renewable energy in selected Sub-Saharan African countries, followed by a moderated exchange with private sector panellists and the audience.

Moderator:

  • Guilherme Collares Pereira, Vice-President, ARE & A2E - Access to Energy International Relations Director, EDP Renováveis S.A.

Presenters:

  • Sanusi Mohammed Ohiare, Executive Director, Rural Electrification Fund (REF), Rural Electrification Agency, Nigeria
  • Shegun Bakari, Senior Advisor to the President, Togo

Panellists:

  • Hary Andriantavy, Sécretaire Executif, Association Africaine pour l’Electrification Rurale (CLUB-ER)
  • Olivier Colas, Director Business Development, BlueSolutions
  • Bolade Soremekun, CEO, Rubitec Nigeria Ltd.

Q&A with the audience

Conference
12:30 – 14:00
Outdoor terrace (Ground floor)
Lunch Break & Exhibition
14:00 – 15:15
Breakout rooms (1st floor)
ElectriFI Side Event– Launch of the EUR 10 million ElectriFI Côte d’Ivoire funding window

Objective: To launch and present the EUR 10 million Côte d’Ivoire Funding Window of the Electrification Finance Initiative (ElectriFi). ElectriFi is an EU funded innovative financing instrument for renewable energy investments in developing countries. 

Opening remarks

  • Felice Zaccheo, Head of Unit Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, DG International Cooperation and Development - European Commission

ElectriFi achievements to date

  •  Dominiek Deconinck, Fund Manager, ElectriFI

The ElectriFI Côte d’Ivoire country window strategy

  • Jean-Denis Collin, Senior Investment Officer, Côte d’Ivoire

Experience of working with ElectriFI

  • Ifeanyi B. Orajaka, Managing Director, GVE Projects Ltd., Nigeria

Q&A with the audience

Side Event
14:00 – 15:15
Auditorium (Ground floor)
Impact investments to finance the off-grid renewable energy project pipeline in Sub-Saharan Africa

Objective: To showcase financial support instruments for off-grid renewables by leading financiers, followed by a moderated exchange with private sector panellists and the audience.

Moderator:

  • Aaron Leopold, Vice-President, ARE & CEO, African Minigrid Developers Association 

Panellists:

  • Siré Abdoul Diallo, Private Sector Support Facility Coordinator, ROGEP
  • Wim Jonker Klunne, Lead Coordinator, EEP Africa
  • Rim Azirar, Investment Officer – West Africa, Sunfunder
  • Matthew Tilleard, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, CrossBoundary
  • Emma Miller, Business Development Advisor, Shell Foundation

Q&A with the audience

Conference
15:15 – 15:45
Covered terrace (Ground floor)
Coffee Break & Exhibition
15:45 – 17:00
Breakout rooms (1st floor)
AT2ER Side Event: Stratégie d'électrification du Togo: développer des PPP pour la construction de mini-réseaux solaires

Objectif : Le side-event vise à établir le contact avec les développeurs de mini-réseaux, les banques et partenaires financiers du secteur de l'énergie et tous les autres acteurs privés. Il est prévu d’informer les participants sur le développement des mini-réseaux en Partenariats Public Privé au Togo, le cadre réglementaire, et sur les appels d’offres envisagés. Une session Q&A est prévue.

Intervenants

  • AT2ER, ARSE

La session aura lieu en français (programme)

Side Event
15:45 – 17:00
Auditorium (Ground floor)
Win-Win Partnerships - Building local capacity for off-grid renewable energy project deployment

Objective: To inform participants about ongoing initiatives to build local capacity and labour forces to deploy off-grid solutions, as well as to inform on existing local win-win partnerships between NGOs and private sector developers.

Moderator:

  • Rebecca Symington, Board Member, ARE & Executive Director, Mlinda Charitable Trust 

Panellists:

  • Ute Collier, Global Energy Representative, Practical Action
  • Astria Fataki, Founder & President, Energy Generation
  • Philippe Baudez, Energy Sector Leader Ghana, SNV
  • Rana Ghoneim, Chief, Energy Systems & Infrastructure Division, UNIDO

Q&A with the audience

Conference
17:00 – 17:15
Auditorium (Ground floor)
Closing Remarks (Introduction to B2B Matchmaking)
  • Marcus Wiemann, Executive Director, ARE
Conference
17:15 – 18:15
Auditorium (Ground floor)
ARE Awards 2019
  • Guilherme Collares Pereira, Vice-President, ARE & A2E - Access to Energy International Relations Director, EDP Renováveis S.A.
Conference
17:15 – 18:15
Matchmaking rooms 1st floor and Ground floor
B2B Meetings
  • Tables 1 - 12: Matchmaking room 1st floor 
  • Tables 13 - 22: Matchmaking room Ground floor
Matchmaking
18:30 – 20:00
Cafeteria (Ground floor)
Networking Reception
Thursday
14 Mar 2019
08:00 – 09:00
Registration & Coffee
09:00 – 09:15
Auditorium (Ground floor)
Welcome Remarks
  • Robert van den Dool, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Ivory Coast, Netherlands Embassy to Ivory Coast
Conference
09:15 – 10:15
Matchmaking room 1st floor
B2B Meetings
Matchmaking
09:15 – 10:15
Auditorium (Ground floor)
Business models for clean energy mini-grids: creating nexi between off-grid renewable energy and productive uses of energy

Objective: To inform participants about  business models for mini-grids, to present case studies of productive uses mini-grids, such as agriculture, as well as to share key lessons learnt.

Moderator:

  • Daniel Schroth, Acting Director for Renewable Energy, AfDB & Chair, Mini-Grid Partnership

Speakers:

  • Josefina Stubbs, Head - International Cooperation & Access to Energy, RES4Africa
    • Irene Calvé Saborit, Chief Business Development Officer, Sunkofa Energy
    • Dotun Tokun, Managing Director, Solarmate Engineeering Limited
    • Benedikt Lenders, Managing Director, ENGIE PowerCorner
    • Rik Wuts, Co-founder & VP Business Development, Powerhive

    Q&A with the audience

    Conference
    10:15 – 11:30
    Breakout rooms (1st floor)
    GET.invest Side Event: Mobilising Renewable Energy Investments

    Objective: To inform about GET.invest, the new European instrument for mobilising renewable energy investments in developing countries. The session will introduce GET.invest in the context of the wider EU support framework for sustainable energy and provide an overview on the services and products of GET.invest.

    From RECP to GET.invest – Mobilising Renewable Energy Investments

    • Jan Cloin, Deputy Team Leader, GET.invest

    GET.invest Finance Catalyst – Deep Dive: Presentation & Case Studies

    • Paul van Aalst, Team Leader, GET.invest Finance Catalyst

    Q&A

    Side Event
    10:15 – 11:00
    Auditorium (Ground floor)
    Pitching session I: Innovative solutions to scale off-grid renewables in emerging markets

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

    Moderator:

    • David Lecoque, Policy & Business Development Manager, ARE

    Speakers:

    • Festus William Amoyaw, Acting Coordinator of the Project Implementation Unit, ROGEP
    • Ibrahim Togola, Chairman, ACCESS-SARL
    • Claudio Pedretti, Business Development Manager, Windkinetic
    • Chen Baraf, Engineering Manager, Ossi Yeto
    • Stefaan Debref, Power-Blox
          Pitching
          11:00 – 11:30
          Covered terrace (Ground floor)
          Coffee Break & Exhibition
          11:30 – 12:15
          Auditorium (Ground floor)
          Pitching Session II: Financing solutions to scale off-grid renewables in emerging markets

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

          Moderator:

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

          Speakers:

          • Eitan Hochster, Vice-President of Business Development, Odyssey Energy Solutions
          • Celestin Taloh, Representative - Francophone Africa, DEG
          • John Tkacik, Head, Energy Information and Analytics, REEEP
          • Harry Guinness, Manager, FEI - Off-Grid Energy Access Fund, AfDB & Managing Director, Lion's Head Global Partners
          • Oliver Waissbein, Senior Technical Advisor - Energy, UNDP – Global Environmental Finance
          • Ujunwa Ojemeni, Senior Investment Associate, All On
          Pitching
          11:30 – 12:45
          Breakout rooms (1st floor)
          UNIDO Side Event: Scaling up homegrown solutions for decentralised energy

          Objective: Discussing approaches for de-risking investments to accelerate business-led decentralised energy solutions and achieve economic development and energy access goals by linking up issues related to innovation/startups and deployment

          Moderator:

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

          Speakers:

          • Karim El Alami, CEO, Elum Energy
          • Cristina Gil, Project Engineer & Owner, Azimut 360
          • Justin Locke, Director, Islands Energy Program, Rocky Mountain Institute
          • Philippe Baudez, Energy Sector Leader Ghana, SNV
          • Albert Boateng, Regional Coordinator West Africa, PFAN
          Side Event
          12:15 – 12:30
          Auditorium (Ground floor)
          Closing Remarks
          • Felice Zaccheo, Head of Unit Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, DG International Cooperation and Development - European Commission
          • Daniel Schroth, Acting Director for Renewable Energy & Chair, Mini-Grid Partnership
          • Vivian Vendeirinho, President, ARE & Managing Director, RVE.SOL
          Conference
          12:30 – 13:50
          Outdoor terrace (Ground floor)
          Lunch Break & Exhibition
          13:50 – 15:30
          Matchmaking room 1st floor
          B2B Meetings
          • Tables 1 - 12 Matchmaking room 1st floor
          Matchmaking
          13:50 – 15:00
          Breakout rooms (1st floor)
          Swedfund Side Event: Consumer protection principles for clean energy mini-grids

          Objective: Kick-off of new initiative by ARE, AMDA, SmartPower India and Swedfund to debate consumer protection principles for clean energy mini-grids.

          Moderator: 

          • Caroline Nijland, Consultant, ARE

          Speakers:

          • Steve Wasira, Vice-President, Virunga Power
          • El Mansour Magah, Investment Director, PAMIGA
          • Aaron Leopold, CEO, AMDA
          • Rebecca Symington, Executive Director, Mlinda Foundation
          • Rahul Kumar Kandoi, Associate Director, Smart Power India
          Side Event
          15:30 – 16:00
          Covered terrace (Ground floor)
          Coffee Break & Exhibition
          16:00 – 17:40
          Matchmaking rooms 1st floor and Ground floor
          B2B Meetings
          • Tables 1 - 12: Matchmaking room 1st floor
          • Tables 13-22: Matchmaking room Ground floor
          Matchmaking
          The event agenda's time zone is GMT.