Keynote Addresses


Tuesday 16 May 2017


The world is talking about the fourth revolution ….. What opportunity and challenges does this bring to Africa and the energy and water nexus? 

09:30 – 11:30

On the couch are top thought leaders, economists and futurologists from around the world who will give their predictions and outlook on how the revolution, the digital age and climate change will impact what we know as our energy world today.

09:30 – 09:45

Host Utility Welcome Address

Matshela Koko, Acting CEO, Eskom, South Africa*

09:45– 10:05

Ministerial Welcome Addresses

Hon. Lynne Brown, Minister of Public Enterprises, Republic of South for Africa*

10:05 – 11:30

Thought leader interviews   

-   How will the flow of money change in the future?
-   What is the impact of global climate change on Africa’s power and energy sector?
-   Going digital: How are technologies creating benefits and efficiencies for power and water sectors?


Timothy Modise, Journalist and Broadcaster, South Africa* 


James Stewart, Global Head of Major Projects (Power &Utilities), KPMG, UK
Lionel Zinsou, Former Prime Minister, Benin
Lazarus Angbazo, CEO, Energy Connections Business, GE, Sub-Saharan Africa

11:30 - 13:30          Exhibition and Lunch


Wednesday 17 May 2017


What culture does Africa need to foster to fast track change?

Chairman: Albert Butare, Former Minister of State In Charge of Energy and Water in the Republic of Rwanda and CEO, Africa Energy Services Group, Rwanda

09:30 – 11:30

What is the perception and mindset of utilities in Africa?   Experts, innovators and ‘the tech savvy,’ share their forward thinking ideas and practice community engagement and changing perceptions.


How have Cape Town succeeded in changing water efficiency culture? Cape Town’s drought story unravelled

Councillor Xanthea Limberg, Mayco Member : Informal Settlements, Water & Waste Services; Energy, City of Cape Town, South Africa


How are energy efficiency habits being formed and renewable energy promoted in West Africa? Mahama Kappiah, Executive Director, ECOWAS Center for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency, Cabo Verde 


Cyber security: The hidden enemy

Bob Lockhart, VP Cybersecurity, Technology and Research, Utilities Technology Council, US


The value of a brand:  How can utilities change customer mind set and value perception?

Thebe Ikalafeng, Founder and Chairman – Brand Leadership Group, South Africa


Advertising change: Tools for communicating with your customers and clients

Abey Mokgwatsane, CEO, Ogilvy & Mather South Africa 

11:30 - 13:30          Exhibition and Lunch


Thursday 18 May 2017

Exhibition Hall

Scenario Planning

Navigate the future: what could the 2030 power utility business model look like?

09:30 – 11:30

If you had a crystal ball what questions would you ask about the future of Africa’s power and energy landscape? Collaborative round table exercise to predict the likely future scenarios of the power and energy industry.    

Marius Oosthuizen, Lecturer: Strategic Foresight (Leadership , Strategy & Ethics), Gordon Institute of Business Science, South Africa 

12:00 – 13:15         Exhibition and Lunch


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