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. Tina Joemat-Pettersson, Minister of Energy, Department of Energy, 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

Experts, innovators and ‘the tech savvy,’ share their forward thinking ideas and practice in Cyber Security, new age energy generation, innovative projects and inspiring stories.


Harnessing the power young entrepreneurs with a passion for the energy industry

Siya Xuza, Founder and Managing Director, Galactic Energy Ventures, South Africa*


How are storage solutions enabling change?

Ben Hill, Vice President, Tesla Energy, The Netherlands*


Cyber security: The hidden enemy

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


Innovators, outliers and disruptors

Akon, Co-Founder, Akon Lighting Africa, Senegal*

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.    

12:00 – 13:15         Exhibition and Lunch


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