20th November 2014 - 21st November 2014
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Powering Africa: Ethiopia took place from 20-21st November 2014 in Addis Ababa
The Powering Africa Ethiopia Executive Meeting connected Ethiopia’s government and energy ministries with international and local power and infrastructure developers and financiers seeking new investment opportunities within the region.
For more information on how to get involved at this year's meeting, please contact Amy Offord on +44 (0)20 7384 8068 or email email@example.com
Distinguished speakers include:
Minister of Energy
State Minister of Foreign Affairs
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
President and CEO
Ethiopian Electric Utility
The founder of Black Rhino, Brian Herlihy, has a long track record of working on projects that have a direct impact on improving market efficiencies and worker productivity.
Herlihy experienced first hand the negative impact of inefficient communications on the cost of doing business in Africa. As a result, Herlihy founded SEACOM, a $600 million undersea fiber optic cable to address the greatest missing link in the communications eco-system.
This international cable had a profound impact on African communication markets ushering in a data economy to replace the stagnate voice market. As a project, SEACOM had a profound impact on the communications market in Africa, increasing Internet supply by 5000% in less than two years in effected countries and acting as the catalyst for follow on investment into national fiber networks, fiber to the towers and metro fiber rings in excess of $6 billion in the countries that SEACOM serviced.
During development, Herlihy learned a great deal about managing perceptions and, often,
conflicting expectations of varying stakeholders as SEACOM spanned twelve sovereign countries’ territorial waters. The balancing act that pursued was intense as Herlihy led the construction of SEACOM in less than 24 months.
Director, U.A.-African Clean Energy Development and Finance Center
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Peter Ballinger is OPIC’s Managing Director for Business Development and their Johannesburg-based Africa regional representative focused on new projects with a concentration on the clean energy sector.
OPIC recently completed two of its largest clean energy projects in Africa, the $250 million financing for SunEdison’s solar project in South Africa and the $310 in financing for Ormat’s East Africa geothermal project. OPIC is a key player in the Obama Administration’s “Power Africa” initiative and OPIC’s Africa Clean Energy Finance (ACEF) facility has already provided pre-finance closing project funding to six clean energy projects in sub Saharan Africa.
Prior to his assignment in Johannesburg, Mr. Ballinger managed the U.S. Government’s Clean Energy Finance Center in New Delhi, India and the Caspan Finance Center in Istanbul, Turkey.
Power Solutions-Africa, Cummins Power Generation
Kenny Gaynor is Director Power Solutions for Cummins Africa, based in Johannesburg.
His responsibilities include coordinating a wide spectrum of Cummins Sales prospecting and Engineering resources from the initial feasibility considerations to the design, execution and commissioning of Cummins gas power solutions, both natural gas and producer gas.
Kenny has in the past been associated with a number of brands in the power generation business, initially in diesel and heavy fuel plants and he now shares a passion in Africa for smaller distributed gas power plants, operated and maintained under IPP arrangements, a niche that Cummins generator systems are ideally suited.
His career has spanned a unique combination of Engineering and Finance, having completed a Higher National Diploma in Electrical Engineering as well as a Chartered Accountant (SA), a complimentary mix of skills that stood him in good stead to establish a successful capital goods financing joint venture a few years back.
Terra Global Energy Developers LLC
Chief Executive Officer
Andreas Spieß works and lives as a lawyer and CEO of Solarkiosk GmbH in Berlin, Germany.
The boutique law firm Spieß Schumacher Schmieg & Partner (www.spiess-schumacher.de) focuses on IP- and Media Law as well as venture capital and private equity transactions (M & A) in the field of renewable energy and developing markets.
2008 Andreas Spieß and his Ethiopian partners established Solar23 dev plc, based in Addis Abeba, which now is one of the biggest solar system integrators in Ethiopia.
In 2011 Andreas Spieß, together with Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz and Thomas Willemeit, (founders of GRAFT architects, www.graftlab.com), along with 2 further investors from the field of renewable energy and software design, founded the venture company SOLARKIOSK GmbH which develops, manufactures and implements an energy autonomous business enabler, especially designed for off-grid areas worldwide. Since 2012 SOLARKIOSK has established six affiliate companies throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and deployed several kiosks in remote rural and semi-urban areas. All kiosks run profitably. SOLARKIOSK is an award winning design (International Architecture award 2013) and business model (CDG Unternehmerpreis 2013). For more details please check www.solarkiosk.eu.
Eastern Africa Power Pool
Eastern Africa Power Pool
Eng.Zelalem Gebrehiwot is Technical Director of the EAPP General Secretariat.In 1992 he earned his BSC degree in Electrical engineering from Addis Ababa University. Following his graduation he joined the Ethiopian Electric power Corporation(EEPCO) where he has served at the junior and Senior engineers position in planning and operations departments until the year 2001. He attended advanced trainings in Canada,UK and Sweden on energy planning tools, management of hydro power development,regional power System planning and
operation, economic and financial analysis of generation and transmission projects.
Between 2002 and 2005 he has served as the coordinator of the Ethiopian Power systems expansion Master Plan study. He had been the head of the power systems planning team at the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation(EEPCO) between 2005 and 2009.During the same time he has served as power technical committee member for the Eastern Nile Power trade program study and the regional power
trade project under the Nile Basin Initiative(NBI) shared vision and Subsidiary action
He joined the EAPP on September 2009 where he is responsible for coordination of regional master plan studies, and developent of technical & commercial standards required for the development of regional electricity market
Senior Transaction Advisor
Powering Africa Ethiopia- USAID
Director of Power
Ministry of Water and Energy, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
MSC Energy Economics, University of Dundee, Scotland UK, 1995
2001 - 2005
Department Head, Energy Expansion and Development at the Ministry of Infrastructure
2005 - 2009
Department Head, Energy Expansion and Development at the Ministry of Mines and Energy.
2010 - until now
Director, Energy Studies and Development, Ministry of Water and Energy.
The Management Board Member, Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation since 2005.
Business Development Manager
Regional Director Middle East & Africa
Business Development Director
Mainstream Renewable Power
Cambridge Industries and DP Cleantech
Mr. Samuel Z. Alemayehu is Head of Africa & Managing Director at the Addis Ababa Office of Cambridge Industries Ltd. & DP Cleantech Africa.
Mr. Samuel Alemayehu started his operation in Silicon Valley as a serial entrepreneur. He is the founder of three successful tech ventures based in California. He was an Associate at Venrock Associates (Rockefeller Family Venture Firm) investing in consumer media services around the world. He then helped co-found Cambridge Industries Ltd, now a subsidiary of DP Cleantech Ltd. to develop and construct waste-to-energy and biomass plants for Africa. Currently he is overseeing the construction of a 50MWe waste-to-energy facility in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the development of waste-to-energy biomass plants in Uganda, Kenya, Cameroon, Senegal and Djibouti. The Cambridge Group in partnership with General Electric is currently developing what will be the largest wind farm in Africa: the Aysha 310MW Wind Farm.
He is an expert on technology investments and development of renewable energy projects in Africa with emphasise in waste-to-energy, biomass and wind. He is a graduate of Stanford University School of Engineering.
Stephan Willms, 43, is Director at africa enablers, an equity financing boutique for renewables in Africa. He leads Africa enablers’ largest project, the 310MW wind farm in the Somali region of Ethiopia, with start of construction in 2015. Currently living in Addis Ababa, he has nearly 20 years of experience working with private and public institutions world-wide. He has a diploma (MA) in Business Administration and Spanish from Bayreuth University, Germany.
Business Promotion Director
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Mr. Negus Kebede has recently assumed the position of a Business Promotion Director at the Economic and Business Diplomacy Directorate-General in the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, principally in charge of promoting inward foreign investment, external trade, tourism and technology transfer, including practical assistance during and after investment. He also partakes in the overall coordination of economic diplomacy activities at the national level. He had also served as a diplomat in the Republic of Uganda as a Head of Political, Economic and Public Diplomacy Section (2008- 2012) chiefly representing and promoting the interest of Ethiopia and maintaining its diplomatic relation with countries in the Great Lakes Region. Formerly, Mr. Negus was a Desk Officer of Multilateral Financial Institutions in the International Organizations and Economic Cooperation Directorate-General (2003-2007) and a Plan and Budget Preparation Expert in the Plan, Budget and Finance Directorate- General of Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2007- 2008). Born in Feb 24, 1978, Negus has obtained a Master of Arts Degree in Economic Policy and Planning at Makerere University (Uganda) and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics at Addis Ababa, University (Ethiopia).
Legal services Directorate, Ethiopian Electricity Authority
LL.B, LL.M (in Business Law); With more than 25 years’ experience in different government institutions that include eight years in the justice sector, five years in government business enterprises, and Director of Legal Affairs Directorate at EEA since September 2001; Drafted the new Energy Proclamation, Feed-in Tariff, Energy Operations Regulation; Participated in the PPA negotiation EEPCO concluded with its Djibouti and Sudanese counterparts; Currently preparing standard PPAs for HYDROPOWER and GEOTHERMAL technologies to be used by EEPCO and IPPs in the future Ethiopian power sector development; Since September 2008 part-time lecture at Addis Ababa University School of Law and Governance.
Rural Electrification Programme, Ministry of Water Irrigation & Energy
• MSc degree in Environmental Science and Technology at the International Institute for Infrastructural, Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering, IHE in 1992 from the Netherlands
• BSc degree in Agricultural Engineering from Alemaya University of Agriculture in 1986
• Obtained Various Training Certificates from short-term training courses on Environment, Innovation & Intellectual Property
• More than 23 years of work experience.
• Junior Expert, Senior Rural Technology & Environmental Protection Expert in Agricultural & Environmental Protection Department of the Ministry of Science & Technology from 1986-2002
• Technology Development Team Leader at the Ministry of Science & Technology from 2002-2005.
• Director of Intellectual Property Information & Documentation at the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office from 2005-2009.
• Environmental Specialist at the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy of Rural Electrification Fund (REF) Office from Jan. 2010 up to now.
• Project Implementation Unit member on Ethiopian Fine Coffees Trademarking and Licencing
Initiative project financed by Department for International Development (DFID), UK
• Conducted as Project Coordinator entitled by a study on developing guidelines for institutional intellectual property policy for research and higher learning institutions funded by BIO-EARN Program in 2004
• Served as Project Director for Managing & Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights: Creating a Driver of Growth with allocated amount USD 496,000 funded by the World Bank at the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office since Oct. 1, 2006 up to Jan, 2010
• Conducted Evaluation of International Development Law Organization’s (IDLO’s) Finnish Aid for Trade Program for Ethiopia and Zambia as Associate Evaluation Consultant which was held from March 16-31, 2011
• Skilled Computer soft wares knowledge
The 2014 meeting will reveal:
- Future Government plans for the development of the energy sector
- Key regulatory updates and policy drivers to leverage renewable energy investment
- Cross boarder trade strategies across East Africa and long-term investment plans
- Understanding the requirements and investment conditions of the Government and private sector to support sustainble collaborations
- Assessing financing models to unlock local, regional and international capital to drive project advancement
Powering Africa: Ethiopia discussions will focus on these key themes:
- Government keynote address: update on Growth and Transformation Plan Phase 1 with introduction to Phase 2 and upcoming plans for Ethiopia
- Government keynote address on developments from Ethiopian's Utility
- Attracting foreign direct investiments in power generation
- Developing Ethiopia's regional interconnections
- Energy project financing
- Legal frameworks and regulatory developments
- Rural electrification and local capacity development
- Maintaining Momentum in Ethiopia’s Energy Sector
- Be part of an exclusive and intimate meeting with 100 key international players driving forward investment in Ethiopia’s energy sector, all coming together in one place at one time
- Participate in an interactive learning environment to unravel solutions for key strategic issues faced by public and private sectors whilst assessing new investment opportunities in the region
- Take advantage of private meetings and first-class networking opportunities which will connect Ethiopia’s government and energy ministries with international power-infrastructure developers and financiers to do business
- Engage in dialogue to help support the economic development of Ethiopia and advance the country’s plans and new investments
- Gain insight into policies and technical knowhow from industry leaders and senior decision makers driving investments and developments in the country
- Attend a post-meeting site visit to explore a local power plant with your peers
Who Will Attend?
Powering Africa: Ethiopia is attended by the key decision-makers with a vested interest in how to finance the rapid growth of Africa's power sector and develop successful power projects across the continent.
Meet with CEOs Government • Heads of Utilities • Regulators • Commercial Banks • Policy Advisers • Equity sponsors • Fund Managers • Insurers • Development Finance Institutions • Lawyers • EPCs • Power, solar, wind and geothermal developers
If you would like to join this private meeting of stakeholders to discuss the future opportunities and challenges to investments in Ethiopia's power sector, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Manitoba Hydro International (MHI) assists clients around the world to deliver electricity and natural gas efficiently, effectively, and in a sustainable manner. As a wholly owned subsidiary of one of the largest and longest-standing energy utilities in Canada, MHI has provided utility infrastructure management, consulting, and training services to over 75 countries.
MHI’s parent company, Manitoba Hydro, is a vertically integrated, provincial Crown Corporation. Manitoba Hydro is involved in the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of all elements of electricity and natural gas infrastructure.
MHI’s management and project teams have gained unprecedented knowledge and project expertise, through prolonged experience implementing successful projects. Leveraging international experience and the parent utility’s methods and technologies, MHI offers real solutions and true value to clients around the world.
For nearly 30 years, MHI has established itself as an ethical, environmentally responsible provider of high-quality utility services to the international energy sector.
Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. In Africa, Cummins operates 25 facilities, and competes primarily in the power generation, mining and filtration markets. Contact Name: Joe Nanda Address : Western Service Road, Building 8, Harrowdene Office Park, Woodmead, Johannesburg, South Africa.
The world is undergoing a once-off transition to sustainability. Wind and solar will overtake coal, oil and other fossils as the world’s primary fuels for electricity generation. Mainstream was set up to lead and accelerate this transition.
Our core business is to develop, finance, construct and operate large-scale renewable energy plan for organisations such as utilities, investment companies and global consumer brands.
Mainstream employs over 170 staff in our 8 offices around the globe. Our expertise is taking projects through all the stages of development – such as securing land, wind analysis, GIS, environmental studies, consenting, procurement, financing and so on. It’s a complex and often risky business. But we have a deep understanding of these risks and we’ve a track record in handling them, managing them and delivering the end result. Our experience is unrivalled. Over the past two decades, our people have helped deliver over 2,500MW of plant across four continents for many different companies.
With a development pipeline of over 19GW globally, we are currently constructing wind and solar farms across Ireland, South Africa, Chile and Canada.
As Europe’s leading independent offshore wind developer Mainstream is developing just under 8GW of offshore wind projects in England, Scotland and Germany with 4.45GW of secured grid connection for these offshore projects
The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) is one of the leading Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) in Southern Africa with a mandate to provide infrastructure financing on the African continent. It is wholly-owned by the government of South Africa, but is a self-financing, financially sustainable institution.
The DBSA is an infrastructure development finance institution with a track record of more than 16 years in supporting the economic development and regional integration in the Southern Africa Region (SADC) through financing infrastructure projects. With its mandate extension in December 2013 the DBSA now also operates in the rest of the African continent. It already has presence in various countries in three sub-regions of the continent; EAC, Central Africa, and West Africa.
The Bank focuses on supporting projects in the Energy, Water and Transport sectors, both at national as well as regional levels (i.e. cross border projects supporting regional integration). In so doing, it provides financial products and services to a range of public and private sector clients.
The DBSA actively seeks local partnerships, as well as, leveraging its funding through partnerships with leading infrastructure agencies from Europe, Asia and the BRICS nations to secure opportunities to co-finance projects.
The energy of the dedicated professional teams at DBSA is brought alive by the aspiration to see an ever improving, prosperous continent in which quality of life is improving progressively and access to opportunities is enhanced.
For more information visit: www.dbsa.org
Sponsorship opportunities with the Powering Africa: Series
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We have operated successfully in Africa’s power sector for over 19 years, and have built a reputation among decision makers that can directly support your business aspirations. Most recently we were recognised by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and British Prime Minister David Cameron for services to international trade.
Our Powering Africa Series of stakeholder led meetings are carefully crafted to connect African governments, utilities and regulators with committed investors in an environment which encourages wholehearted debate on the fundamental issues that are driving the development of crucial power, energy and infrastructure projects throughout the African continent.
Clearly brand visibility is important and plays a key role in building the awareness of your business, but what really resonates with our audience is the importance of the discussions that are had, and deals that are made, as result of the relationships formed. We facilitate innovation and collaboration and invite your business to join us in creating and developing vital power projects.
Whether you want to align yourself with Governments supporting the ‘EnergyNet Student Engagement Initiative’, be seen as a market leader hosting exclusive functions or influence the agenda through thought leadership, we can offer a strategic and commercial opportunities designed to deliver real value to your business. And if your business carries specific needs, we’re able to construct tailored packages to meet those ambitions within the markets you operate.
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The Foundation for the Development of Africa (FDA) (NPC) is a non-membership, private, (NPC) Not-for-profit Company actively involved with initiating and facilitating business and other processes conducive to sustainable development in Africa - with the emphasis on sustainability!
We have, since 1999, been linking businesses; promoting business and investment opportunities; showcasing special projects, conferences and events; stimulating joint venture initiatives and motivating support for local trading.
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Africa Business is an online news portal featuring interviews, world news & national news, and events relevant to the African business community.
Africa investor (Ai) is an Investment Banking oriented Advisory Firm, which also supplies a broad range of investment data, research, broadcast and published content to a growing number of international investors with interests in Africa.
Africa investor Group provides transaction advisory services, strategic research, investment indices and investment communication services, to support its clients investment programmes in Africa. Through its sister organization, Africa Investor Capital (Ai Capital), acts as a principal investor in strategic assets on the continent.
Operating at the intersect of business, government, international organizations and the media, Africa investor group has a growing network of clients across Africa serviced from regional hub offices in Nairobi, Lagos and Johannesburg, affiliate offices across the continent and a coordinating office in London. The group offers clients consistent quality of service across each of these territories and additional representation in Cairo, Brussels and Washington.
ARE is an international business association representing the decentralised energy sector working towards the integration of renewables into rural electrification markets in developing and emerging countries.
We enable improved energy access through business development support for more than 80 members along the whole value chain for off-grid technologies by targeted advocacy and facilitating access to international and regional funding.
Our aim is to attract and unite all relevant actors in order to speak with one voice about rural electrification with renewable energies.
ARE serves as a global platform for sharing knowledge and best practices to provide for rapid implementation of available and advanced RE technologies and services.
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Established in Feb. 2011 Addis Standard is an Ethiopian based monthly independent magazine published & distributed by JAKENN Publishing P.L.C. It is the only magazine of its type and is widely acknowledged for being a platform where prominent opinion makers debate the political and ideological underpinning of the regime in Ethiopia.
African Business Central (ABC) is an online magazine showcasing curated and original news on African Business, primarily, and all things Africa, in general.
ABC’s core values are based on the notion that business, in general, and entrepreneurship, in particular, is the surest path to Africa’s socio-economic progress. The goal of ABC is to be a hub for comprehensive, high-quality, and timely coverage of all things business in Africa.
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To register for this meeting:
The fee to attend Powering Africa: Ethiopia is currently £1175 until 24th October (a saving of £100)
|Register and pay before 26th September 2014||Register and pay from 27th September until 24th October 2014||Standard Rate (25th Oct until 20th November 2014)||Local Ethiopian rate|
|Group bookings - applicable to standard rate of £1275 only||Team discounts||Discount %|
Local companies with their headquarters located in Ethiopia can register for £500 per delegate. To check if your company is eligible, please email email@example.com with a copy of your company registration number and VAT certificate.
For any assistance with your registration, please contact Amy Offord Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +44 (0)20 7384 8068
For more information on how to get involved with Powering Africa: Ethiopia in 2015, please contact:
For programme enquiries & speaking opportunities:
Programme Development Manager
T:+44 (0)20 7384 7997
For delegate & marketing enquiries:
Senior Marketing Executive
T: +44 (0)20 7384 8068
For sponsorship enquiries:
From Africa, Middle East, Asia and ROW
Director for Development
International +44 (0)7500 702 171
Nigeria +234 816 686 0008
From Europe and the USA
+44 (0)20 7384 8071