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Hear first-hand from the pioneers bringing innovative renewables solutions to even the poorest and most remote populations and the most transformative power infrastructure projects.

Get expert perspective on what’s coming next; be first to hear about opportunities; gain fresh, live information on deals and projects.

  • Six months of Trump! So, how exactly has our world changed? Where are the opportunities in today’s environment?
  • Country Project Pipelines: What’s on the table
  • Matchmaking: ‘Quickfire briefs’ from investment dealmakers and the biggest project developers

Why attend

  • Expert perspectives on what changes have happened, what’s about to happen and to what extent long-term trends are shifting
  • Gain an edge on competitors by engaging with industry and government leaders to hear fresh, live and first-hand information on deals and projects development
  • Be the first to hear about new opportunities -  what infrastructure developments are being planned, where the main deals are coming from and what will they look like

Pre-Event Workshops
Tuesday 16th May                Risk Mitigation Workshops
Workshop 1:
Hosted by TCX
De-Risking of Investments into Energy - How de-risking tools can improve access to innovative financing and risk management solutions
Workshop 2:
Hosted by Africa GreenCo
De-risking and scaling up investments in the power sector - the role of an independent and creditworthy power purchaser and trader of power to drive renewable energy markets – the Africa GreenCo model. 

Program at a glance

Wednesday 17th May
13h30-14h15 Six months of Trump! So, how exactly has our world changed? Where are the opportunities in today’s environment?
15h15-16h30

Country Project Pipelines: The deals on the table
Round table discussion on individual country opportunities

Thursday 18th May
13h15-14h45 The outlook for financing African energy - what’s coming next?
15h00-16h15

Matchmaking: ‘Quickfire briefs’ from investment dealmakers and the biggest project developers.
Drilling down into the project pipeline and providing intelligence on the most significant deals looming

Announcing our Expert International Speakers – leading analysts, investors, donors and developers

Key Ministers and Utility CEOs Confirmed:

  • Hon. Mustapha Baba Shehuri, Minister of State Power, Works & Housing, Federal Ministry of Power, Works & Housing, Nigeria
  • Mahmud Mamman, Director Investment, Federal Ministry of Power, Works & Housing, Nigeria
  • Stefan Schwarzfischer, Chief Executive Officer, Botswana Power Corporation (BPC), Botswana
  • William Amuna, Chief Executive Officer, GRIDCO, Ghana
  • Mateus Magala, Chief Executive Officer, EDM, Mozambique
  • Fillemon Nakashole, Chief Executive Officer, Nored Electricity, Namibia
  • Selestino Babungi, MD & CEO, UMEME, Uganda
  • Motsoikha Tankiso Julius, Acting Managing Director, Lesotho Electricity Company (LEC), Lesotho
  • Jamil Gwamna, Managing Director, Kano Distribution Company, Nigeria
  • John Duncan Donnachie, Managing Director/CEO, Ibadan Distribution Company, Nigeria
  • Rasaq Oladele Amoda, Chief Executive Officer, Eko Electricity Distribution Company, Nigeria

Leaders from industry & markets:


Dr. Jerome Booth, leading expert investor in emerging markets, author of ‘Emerging Markets in an Upside Down World’; Chairman of New Sparta; co-founder of Ashmore, UK

Subha Nagarajan, Managing Director for Africa, OPIC, USA

Within the US government’s development finance institution,  Subha has responsibility for coordinating business development across insurance, project and corporate finance, and private equity investments. Prior to joining the Overseas Private Investment Corp., Nagarajan was responsible for originating, structuring and executing private equity and project finance transactions in infrastructure, energy, agribusiness, and oil & gas sectors for the African Development Bank.

Erik Wandrag, Senior Transaction Advisor, Power Africa, South Africa

Andrew Moorfield, Head of Natural Resources, Exotix Partners, UK

With more analysts covering more companies than any other frontier markets firm, Exotix is the leading specialist investment bank, with a strong and growing focus on African energy deals. Moorfield led an expansion of the business when he joined last year, having been head of energy origination at Bank of Nova Scotia; global head of oil and gas at Lloyds/ Bank of Scotland; and Chairman of the OECD’s Renewable Energy Taskforce for the Middle East and North Africa.

Divya Reddy, Practice Head, Global Energy and Natural Resources, KPMG, US

Gavin Serkin, Managing Editor, Frontier Funds Consultancy, & author of ‘Frontier: Exploring the Top Ten Emerging Markets of Tomorrow’ (Bloomberg/ Wiley), UK

A leading writer and commentator on emerging market investing, Gavin Serkin founded the Frontier Funds Consultancy to create the world's first dedicated frontier and emerging markets news service, radio show and media consultancy. The former Emerging Markets Editor at Large for Bloomberg News, Serkin’s book “Frontier” was acclaimed as a “must read” by the Financial Times

Colin FitzRandolph, Investment Principal, Actis, South Africa

Colin joined Actis in 2017 and is part of the team responsible for originating and managing energy investments in Africa. Prior to Actis, he was the Commercial Manager at Mainstream Renewable Power where he helped structure Mainstream’s involvement in South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer (REIPP) program. Colin played a critical role in securing PPAs and arranging the project financing for 610MW of South African wind projects acquired by Lekela Power, Actis’ pan-African renewable energy platform.

Before Mainstream, Colin was a Vice President at Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he worked in New York from 2005 to 2011. At Goldman, Colin was a founding member of the International Equity Derivatives team and assisted institutional investors manage risk and enhance fund performance with listed and over-the-counter derivative products.  

Colin holds an MBA with distinction from the University of Cape Town and a BA in Economics, Magna Cum Laude, from Saint Lawrence University. 

Eliot Pence, Executive Director US-Nigeria Council, and leading expert on the Trump administration | Director Africa, McLarty Associates, USA
Dr. Hany Besada, Senior Fellow, Centre on Governance, University of Ottawa; Regional Advisor, African Mineral Development Centre at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
Jasandra Nyker, CEO, BioTherm, South Africa
Omar Vajeth, Head & Senior Transaction Advisor, Southern Africa Power Pool - Project Advisory Unit (SAPP-PAU), South Africa
Fiona Wilson, Senior Regional Manager, Clinton Climate Initiative, South Africa
Michael Goldblatt, Associate, Metier Sustainable Capital, South Africa
Behailu Assefa, CEO, Terra Global, USA
Vivek Mittal, MD, Millennium Resource Strategies, UK
Gregor Paterson-Jones, Investment Committee Member, European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI); Special Advisor, United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF); Mergence, UK
Henning Wuester, Director of the Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre (KPFC), IRENA, UAE
Paul Runge, Director Projects & Development Finance, Africa
Jan Martin Witte, Head of Division, Infrastructure Southern Africa, KfW, South Africa
Carmelo Cocuzza, Head of Regional Representation for Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean, EIB, South Africa
Martha Stein-Sochas, Regional Director for Southern Africa, AFD, South Africa
Jonathan, Berman, MD, Fieldstone, South Africa
Ntlai Mosiah, Power & Infra, Client Coverage, Standard Bank, South Africa
Andrew Njoba, CEO, Helios Investment Partners, Kenya
Matteo Brambilla, MD Africa & Middle East, Building Energy, South Africa

Andrew M. Herscowitz, Coordinator, Power Africa

Andrew M. Herscowitz is the Coordinator for Power Africa. Prior to this appointment, he served as USAID's mission director in Ecuador from 2011 to 2013, and as deputy mission director in Peru from 2009 to 2011.

In 2008, Herscowitz served as USAID’s supervisory regional legal adviser for Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. From 2002 to 2007, he was regional legal adviser for the Caribbean, providing services to Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti and Jamaica.

After joining USAID in 2001, Herscowitz served as the lawyer for USAID’s Office of Development Credit, which has leveraged hundreds of millions of dollars in private sector funds through its Development Credit Authority loan guarantee program. He also worked with the USAID legal team that designed the original framework for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He began his career in international development as a consultant with Probe International.

Following graduation from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Herscowitz spent a year as a Georgetown volunteer in Nicaragua. After earning a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, he worked for the law firms of Piper & Marbury (now DLA Piper) and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison in Washington, D.C. While at Piper, he was named pro bono lawyer of the year for running a Boy Scouts of America Law Explorers program for inner-city youth and for successfully helping victims of political persecution obtain asylum in the United States.

In 2005, the Federal Bar Association recognized Herscowitz as one of the five most outstanding lawyers under the age of 35 in the U.S. Government.

Soumya Banerjee, Principal Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation, South Africa

Soumya Banerjee is a Principal Investment Officer with IFC, Johannesburg working on projects in infrastructure. Soumya has been with IFC for over 10 years. He has more than 20 years of previous work experience, having worked earlier with SBI Capital Markets and Siemens Financial Services in India and Germany in the area of power. He is a graduate in mechanical engineering and a post graduate in business management.

Olivier Grandvoinet, Senior Investment Officer, AFD – French Agency for Development, France

Since 2015, Olivier has been Senior Investment Officer at AFD’s regional Office in Johannesburg, in charge of the Infrastructure and Climate Change sectors, covering South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. Before that, he spent four years in Bangkok as an Energy Project Manager for AFD, covering several Asian countries. He started his career at AFD in 2007 in the Climate Change Unit of AFD head office in Paris.

Workshop speakers

Henning Wuester, Director of the Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre (KPFC), IRENA, UAE
Jan Martin Witte, Director, KfW Development Bank, South Africa
Harald Hirschhofer, Senior Advisor, The Currency Exchange Fund (TCX), The Netherlands
Rentia van Tonder, Head of Power, Standard Bank, South Africa
Jean-Pascal Pham-Ba, Secretary General and Spokesperson, Terrawatt Initiative, France
Matteo Brambilla, MD Africa & Middle East, Building Energy, South Africa
Mamadou Biteye, Managing Director, Africa, The Rockefeller Foundation, Kenya
Cathy Oxby,Commercial Director, Africa GreenCo, UK
Lovemore Chilimanzi, Technical Director, Africa GreenCo, South Africa

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