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.

The 3rd Annual Powering Africa: Ethiopia was 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 shone 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.

In its 3rd year, the meeting connected Ethiopia’s government and energy ministries with international power-infrastructure developers and financiers seeking new investment opportunities within the region. Inverstors had the opportunity to meet East Africa’s key stakeholders to network, discuss and analyze exclusive case studies. 
What to expect at the 2015 meeting next year
With the rise of European and Chinese investments in the region, the meeting will explore different financing models to support power projects, as well as 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 by bringing the industry’s key players in one place to invest and grow this potential land.



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




Distinguished speakers include:



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


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
Favourable rates are arranged with the Radisson for this meeting for a limited number of rooms

Why Attend

Powering Africa: Ethiopia 2015 will take place in November next year. 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

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



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 is one of the leading development financial institutions on the continent. We offer an integrated value chain which includes e.g. project consulting, project preparation, deal syndication, finance, implementation and maintenance solutions for socio-economic infrastructure developments in (South) Africa. Our areas of focus include Education, Energy, Health, Housing, ICT, Transport and Water.

For more information visit:



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.

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 ( 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:

ESI Africa
ESI Africa
ESI Africa is the global leader in disseminating African utility and power market news to more than 50 countries and growing. We provide over 50,000 professionals with renowned high quality and insightful editorial, equipping them with essential information to drive their own businesses.
By choosing ESI Africa as your medium for lead generation or market consolidation, you have the best route to market through our prized data. No one can equal the data that we have gathered over years of hard work and we provide six unique routes for you to access that data.
For advertising queries please contact Tarryn Bester on +27 21 700 3591.


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, 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 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
Media partner
Construction Review Magazine is  a 20-year old monthly magazine which enjoys the readership of; architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, project managers, interior designers, developers, building specialists, contractors, landscape architects and contractors, real estate agents and investors, property managers, suppliers to the construction industry, government departments and ministries: local authorities, land surveyors, financial institutions, telecommunication companies etc… is the online version of Construction Review magazine. It has a global reach targeted at the construction industry, incorporating suppliers, professionals, contractors, governments and non-governmental organisations.
Construction Review Online pages have extra information not in the print version such as tenders, jobs, multi-media and past copies of the magazine.
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: 


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.


 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

Media partner

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


Powering Africa gallery

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 with a copy of your company registration number and VAT certificate.

Register online

Request a registration form

For any assistance with your registration, please contact Amy Offord  Email:  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:

Nelly Elessa

Programme Development Manager

T:+44 (0)20 7384 7997



For delegate & marketing enquiries:

Amy Offord

Senior Marketing Executive

T: +44 (0)20 7384 8068



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

What our delegates said about this meeting
“Great conference! All the stakeholders were there. We were grateful to have been invited”
Lars Krueckeberg, Founding Partner, Solarkiosk GmbH
“Please keep it up”
Hailu Geletu, Director, Rural Electrification Programme, Ministry of Water Irrigation and Energy
“Great event where players and stakeholders can meet and network”
Liang Xuan, Business Development Manager, Goldwind International Holdings
“Excellent opportunity for developers, financiers and government officials to discuss future opportunities"
Behailu Assefa, Vice President, Terra Global Energy Developers LLC
“The conference has been very informative - a very good source and opportunity for networking
Frank Hasuerus Kamthunzi, Principale Projects & Infrastructure Officier, PTA Bank
“The event is organised perfectly and the topics covered are very relevant for the current energy infrastructure development needs of Ethiopia as well as Africa”
Girma Mekuria, Senior Energy Officier, African Development Bank
“A very useful and interesting meeting”
Laurent Kockmann, Project Developer, InnoWind Kenya Ltd.