Radisson Blu Addis Ababa

20th November 2014 - 21st November 2014

Powering Africa: Ethiopia

Investing in Ethiopia's green energy future






Powering Africa: Ethiopia will take place from 20-21st November 2014 in Addis Ababa

The Powering Africa Ethiopia Executive Meeting connects Ethiopia’s government and energy ministries with international and local power and infrastructure developers and financiers seeking new investment opportunities within the region.

The 3rd Annual Powering Africa: Ethiopia is a concentrated two-day meeting set to bring together senior level executives in the power value chain to drive forward investment into Ethiopia’s energy sector. Ethiopia is leading the way for a green economy with resourceful emerging markets. Powering Africa: Ethiopia is proud to shine the light on this region, providing an intimate and interactive learning environment to unravel solutions for key strategic issues faced by public and private sectors.

Latest News
- Green Technology Africa announces 300 MW PV project in Ethiopia...Read more
- Founder & CEO of major infrastructure investment firm Black Rhino confirms participation at the Powering Africa...Read more

Now in its 3rd year, the meeting connects Ethiopia’s government and energy ministries with international power-infrastructure developers and financiers seeking new investment opportunities within the region. With exclusive case studies, lively discussions and networking, meet East Africa’s key stakeholders to discover how to put Ethiopia on your investment horizon. 
Latest news: Black Rhino CEO Brian Herlihy confirms to speak at the meeting...Read the latest press release
What to expect at the 2014 meeting
With the rise of European and Chinese investments in the region, the meeting will explore different financing models to support power projects, as well case studies of live projects led by leaders and their partners.
Finance is critical to the sector, where an estimated $2.5 billion a year will be required to develop critical generation projects and achieve energy demands in Ethiopia. Although the engagement of the private sector is paramount, regulatory frameworks have been a recurring issue that has proved limiting. With developed regulatory enforcements in place since January 2014, the meeting will discuss legal frameworks, PPAs, structure financing and more to solve the uncertainty around laws and regulations in Ethiopia.
With other focuses such as power interconnections and alternative energy developments, the content-led programme of Powering Africa: Ethiopia aims to support the economic development of the region bringing the industry’s key players in one place to invest and grow this potential land.
2014 Speaker interviews available:
  • Mollalign Abebe, Director: Legal Services Directorate at the Ethiopian Energy Authority, Ethiopian Energy Authority
  • Behailu Assefa, Vice President, Terra Global Energy Developers LLC
These interviews are hosted on the Powering Africa: Hub, EnergyNet's free online portal of industry news and information, featuring interviews, articles, power project case studies, live session recordings and presentations from the Africa Energy Yearbook 2014 and all our investment meetings taking place this year.

Here's what our delegates had to say about last year's meeting:

“The presentations and discussions have well addressed the problems in the power sector, especially in Ethiopia. I think this is an opportunity for us to learn from internationally experienced companies.”

Hailu Assefa, Director of Electric and Electric Related Businesses Competence Certification Directorate, Ethiopian Electricity Agency

“A good mix of potentials. I see the prospects once the Ethiopian government opens the door wide enough for the participation of private companies.”

Ibrahim Mamma, Consultant, Vantage Consultancy

“A very successful conference”

Neb Girma, Senior Transaction Advisor – Ethiopia, Deloitte | USAID Power Africa Initiative

“Very impressive! High level networking opportunities with focused presentations on key issues focusing on the energy sector in Ethiopia”

Timonthy Mathenge, Sales Manager- East Africa Region, TE Energy

“I really enjoyed the familiarity of the event. It has been useful to find similar companies trying to solve doubts concerning the laws and regulations in Ethiopia.”

Luis Ayxela, CFO, Infinit Value Engineering

“It was a good chance to explore Ethiopia in addition to knowing the project pipeline of electricity. Thanks”

Mohamed El Laithy, COO, Sahara Group for Engineering & Trading

“I believe the meeting is timely in such a dynamic and fast-growing environment. It has tried to clear the major and important issues.”

Awetash Tesfaye, Program Assistant, IFC Ethiopia

“Very interesting- the meeting has properly addressed the many issues investors have to face”

Gianpiero Succi, Partner, Bonelli Ererde Pappalardo

“Good presentations and discussions. It is very positive for all. I hope it will continue in the same way next year.”

Rached Jomni, Business Development and Senior Project Manager, Hatch

“Very interesting and diverse group of attendees”

Joelle Thomas, Manager, Chemonics International

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 amy.offord@energynet.co.uk




Distinguished speakers include:

H.E Ato Alemayehu Tegenu
H.E Ato Alemayehu Tegenu
Minister of Water Irrigation and Energy
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
H.E Dawano Kedir
H.E Dawano Kedir
State Minister of Foreign Affairs
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Mr Adamassu Tadesse
Mr Adamassu Tadesse
President and CEO
PTA Bank
Mr V. K. Khare
Mr V. K. Khare
Chief Executive Officer
Ethiopian Electric Utility
Brian Herlihy
Brian Herlihy
Black Rhino

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.

Peter Ballinger
Peter Ballinger
Managing Director for Africa
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.

Mr Kenneth Gaynor
Mr Kenneth Gaynor
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.

Mr Behailu Assefa
Mr Behailu Assefa
Vice President
Terra Global Energy Developers LLC
Andreas Spiess
Andreas Spiess
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.

Mr Lebbi Changullah
Mr Lebbi Changullah
Secretary General
Eastern Africa Power Pool
Mr Zelalem Gebrehiwot
Mr Zelalem Gebrehiwot
Technical Director
Eastern Africa Power Pool
Mr Neb Girma
Mr Neb Girma
Senior Transaction Advisor
Powering Africa Ethiopia- USAID
Mr Gosaye Mengistie
Mr Gosaye Mengistie
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.

Liang Xuan
Liang Xuan
Chief Representative
Goldwind Middle East and Africa
Magnus Asbjornsson
Magnus Asbjornsson
Regional Director Middle East & Africa
Reykjavic Geothermal
Chris Matthews
Business Development Director
Mainstream Renewable Power
Samuel Alemayehu
Samuel Alemayehu
Managing Director
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
Stephan Willms
Founding Partner
Africa Enablers

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.

Mr Negus Kebede
Mr Negus Kebede
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).

Mr Mollalign Abebe
Mr Mollalign Abebe
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.

Hailu Geletu
Hailu Geletu
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 
To be added to our mailing list, please contact Amy Offord at amy.offord@energynet.co.uk


This event will take place once again at the Radisson Blu hotel in Addis Ababa.
Located in the Addis Ababa city centre and in the heart of the exclusive Kazanchis Business District, The Radission Blu is convenient to the major commercial and administrative area of the city. Only eight kilometres from the airport and adjacent to the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC), the hotel proves ideal for delegates and business professionals. Hotel guests touring the Addis Ababa city centre can stop in to the Ethiopian National Library, Ethiopian Ethnological Museum or the Natural History Museum to learn about the country's colourful past. For more information, visit http://www.radissonblu.com/hotel-addisababa
Favourable rates are arranged with the Radisson for this meeting for a limited number of rooms

Why Attend

Powering Africa: Ethiopia 2014 will take place from 20-21st November. Why should you be there?
  • 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

Download the full agenda for the meeting

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

Getting Involved:

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 amy.offord@energynet.co.uk



Manitoba Hydro

Strategic Partner

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.



Strategic Partner

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

Mainstream Renewable Power


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

Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)


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



Industrial Development Corporation


  Sponsorship opportunities with the Powering Africa: Series

Partnering with EnergyNet offers your business a relevant platform to engage investors, governments and senior stakeholders in the power project value chain, to develop credible relationships with proven decision makers and to manoeuvre your organisation in to a position which will save you time and money. 

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.

Download the full programme for more information about sponsorship opportunities

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.

To discuss a tailor-made package that is best fitting to your sales and marketing objectives, please contact:

For Africa, Middle East, Asia and ROW

Alex Moulds

Director for Development

International +44 (0)7500 702 171

Nigeria +234 816 686 0008



For Europe and the USA

Damon Thompson

Commercial Director

+44 (0)20 7384 8071



Ministry of Energy & Water Ethiopia
Ministry of Energy & Water Ethiopia


Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Foundation for the Development of Africa (FDA)
Foundation for the Development of Africa (FDA)

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.
Our vision and trademark phrase proclaims: "Less Aid - Let's Trade"!

Africa Confidential
Africa Confidential


Africa Confidential (http://www.africa-confidential.com/powering-africa-ethiopia) helps companies and their consultants assess, manage and mitigate business risk across a range of business sectors in Africa. Clients use our intel to understand the real significance for their businesses of the latest political, economic and security developments across the continent.

Our proprietary reporting and analysis is used in the following areas of risk management: 

  • political and reputational risk assessment
  • corporate due diligence
  • ethical and regulatory compliance (e.g. FCPA/UKBA, OFAC, Dodd-Frank and EITI)

To evaluate our service for yourself, sign up for your FREE TRIAL here: http://www.africa-confidential.com/powering-africa-ethiopia

Africa Energy Intelligence
Africa Energy Intelligence

Africa Energy Intelligence's reports on concessions, contracts, corporate strategy and political lobbying campaigns are always fresh and can be acted upon immediately.

Established in 1983, Africa Energy Intelligence is the trade publication of reference for the politics behind energy: oil, gas, and electricity in Africa. The newsletter is published every other Tuesday for a total of 23 issues per year.

ESI Africa
ESI Africa
Established in 1996, ESI Africa is the leading source of news and insights for the Africa's electricity supply industry. Published quarterly, the printed copy of ESI Africa is distributed to over 5000 decision makers and influencers around the world with vested interests in Africa's power industry. An additional 41,000 is distributed digitally. Editorial content includes generation, transmission and distribution issues, while also exploring the role of alternative energy sources in providing a comprehensive and sustainable energy mix. 
ESI Africa is the host publication for a number of industry events, including the West African Power Industry Convention (WAPIC), Eastern African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC) and African Utility Week (AUW).
Alternative Energy Africa
Alternative Energy Africa

Alternative Energy Africa is the continent’s first magazine dedicated to literally filling the energy information gap in Africa. Alternative Energy Africa provides its readers updates on private sector projects, government initiatives, business and investment news, and strategies for a thriving alternative/renewable energy market on the African continent, all of this in addition to global project news and groundbreaking technology coverage. And to complement the magazine, www.AE-Africa.com offers the latest updates between issues making the AEA online and print duo “the premiere source” of alternative and renewable energy news covering the African continent. Visit www.ae-africa.com for more details.

Africa Business
Africa Business

Africa Business is an online news portal featuring interviews, world news & national news, and events relevant to the African business community.

Africa Investor
Africa Investor

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.

Construction Review Online
Construction Review Online

Construction Review is the leading journal for the construction industry with a readership comprising over 5000 professionals, contractors, engineers and decision-makers in both the government and private sector. The publications distribution serves audience all across Africa, from Western Africa to East Africa and Southern Africa. The editorial content covers every facet of the industry, from housing to infrastructure, products and services. 

For more information please visit: http://constructionreviewonline.com/


Alliance for Rural Electrification
Alliance for Rural Electrification


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.

For more information please visit: http://www.ruralelec.org/ 


Addis Standard
Addis Standard

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.

 Website: www.addisstandard.com

 Facebook: www.facebook/addis.standard

 Twitter: @addisstandard


251 Communications
251 Communications
Communications Partner
251 Communications are the premiere PR agency in Ethiopia, with access to a number of resources along with knowledge of government policy, public perception, and how to support marketing promotion strategies. Our rich network of media contacts gives clients’ media placements the added appeal of credibility.
251 exclusively partners Aegis Media, the world’s leading focused media and digital communications group. As part of Aegis’ world spanning network 251 receives regular support and staff trainings to the very benefit of our clients. Furthermore, 251 is closely connected to Saracen Media, East Africa’s first independent media agency founded in 2002.
African Business Central
African Business Central

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.

For more information, please visit http://www.africanbusinesscentral.com/


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View a selection of pictures from the sessions, networking events and stunning locations of our Powering Africa events. 

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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
Conference £975  (SAVE £300) 1175 (Save £100) £1,275 £500
Group bookings - applicable to standard rate of £1275 only Team discounts   Discount %  
2                        £2,295   10%  
3 £3251.25   15%  
4                        £4,080   20%  

Local companies with their headquarters located in Ethiopia can register for £500 per delegate. To check if your company is eligible, please email amy.offord@energynet.co.uk with a copy of your company registration number and VAT certificate.

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For any assistance with your registration, please contact Amy Offord  Email: amy.offord@energynet.co.uk  Tel: +44 (0)20 7384 8068


For more information on how to get involved with Powering Africa: Ethiopia this year, please contact us:

For programme enquiries & speaking opportunities:

Nelly Elessa

Programme Development Manager

T:+44 (0)20 7384 7997

E: n.elessa@energynet.co.uk


For delegate & marketing enquiries:

Amy Offord

Senior Marketing Executive

T: +44 (0)20 7384 8068

E: amy.offord@energynet.co.uk


For sponsorship enquiries:

From Africa, Middle East, Asia and ROW

Alex Moulds

Director for Development

International +44 (0)7500 702 171

Nigeria +234 816 686 0008



From Europe and the USA

Damon Thompson

Commercial Director

+44 (0)20 7384 8071


Ethiopia testimonials

It was fantastic!”  
Mekuria Lemma, Director of Corporate Planning, EEPCO 
"Thanks a lot for all that you have done to improve  the power sector in Ethiopia. It was simply a great event - familiar, open minded and with a lot of  'energy'  people. I’m sure I’ll be back soon in Addis!"
Reto Brunett, Chief Operating Officer, Swisswinds International
“Very interesting meeting, I made some useful contacts Well done for arranging it” 
Oona Nanka Bruce, Principle Power Systems Engineer, Parsons Brinkerhoff  
“I learnt important inside information about Ethiopia’s emerging renewable energy market” 
Eddie Rozenkrants, Founder, Sunelectra
“It’s useful to have a country focus rather than a more general scope” 
Alistair Wray, Senior Infrastructure Specialist” European Investment Bank 
The contributions were frank,relevant,thought provoking and mutually beneficial to all parties concerned. Please keep the programme going, it is good for the continent” 
Imo Ekpo, VP, International Committee on Large Dams” 

Ethiopia News & Media 2014

Find the latest news surrounding the development of Ethiopia's power sector and the investment opportunities currently being explored

South Africa, Kenya and Ethiopia Lead in Africa’s Clean Energy Investment...Read more

The Growth and Transformation Plan of Ethiopia aims to increase the energy sector of the country by over 30%  Read more...
DNV GL passes Ethiopia turbines... Read more
Ethiopia launched its 2025 Climate Resilient Green Economy...Read more
Ministerial Meeting On New Partnerships for Productive Capacity Building in the Least Developed Countries...Read more
Ethiopia: Transmission Line Built With Br273 Million Complete...Read more
U.S. energy investment in Africa starts to make headway...Read more
South Africa, Kenya and Ethiopia Lead in Africa’s Clean Energy Investment...Read more
Africa Will Add More Renewable Energy In 2014 Than In The Last 14 Years Combined...Read more
GIZ plans major off-grid electricity project in Ethiopia...Read more
Ethiopia: Geothermal Plant to Be Operational in April - Ministry...read more
To contribute a topic for this year's Powering Africa: Ethiopia agenda, please email us at pa-e@energynet.co.uk