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The Regional Energy Co-operation Summit is an annual investors’ meeting focused on energy, infrastructure and the financing of energy projects. In January of 2017, the Summit discussed the cross-border co-operation and regional integration, unlocking West Africa’s investments in energy and infrastructure to support industrialisation. Cross-border co-operation in West Africa is crucial to developing mechanisms that facilitate trade and power exchange among States.

The 2018 Summit will review outcomes from the last meeting, identifying next steps and gathering together West Africa’s energy decision-makers to drive forward regional partnerships and projects
 
 

Who normally Attends?

ECOWAS Energy Ministers, Government Representatives, Heads of Utilities, Regulators, power developers, technology providers, financiers and multilateral agencies from across West Africa attended the summit, discussing strategies to engage the private sector and multilaterals.

 

 
What our delegates said about the 2017 meeting:
 
 
"Well organised with topics of interest with experience speakers"
 
Honorat Boua, General Manager - Azito O&M 
 
 
"It's been a well-attended and diversified event with interesting panel discussions. Well done!"
 
Louise Josiah, Preject Director - The Quantum Group Limited
 
 
 "Well organised event with rich human resource. There was diversity with regards to the categories of presentations and attendees." 
 
Richard Hatford, Project Assistant - The Quantum Group Limited

 

"Great event, very informative, enough time to network and re-discuss between sessions with speakers." 

Malik Bencherchali, Managing Director, Business Development - Phanes Group

 

"This Regional Summit gave us the opportunity for networking with energy specialists, leaders and officials. With the only conviction, this is the time for implementation of the best solutions to a better energy acces in the region"
Abel Didier Tella, Director General - Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA)
 
 
“Thank you and your Team once more for the excellent organization of the Regional Energy Co-operation Summit in Abidjan. You manage to create a  positive working environment made of different experts, thoughts and interests, giving every participant the possibility to enhance his business area by strengthening the professional and personal network.”
 
Stefano Bisceglia, Business Development Africa - Fichtner GmbH & Co. KG

 

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Nigeria: electricity meter manufacturers speak out

AFRICAN LEADERS URGED TO BRIDGE ENERGY GAP

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Burkina Faso: gold mining company turns to solar energy

West Africa: Electric power - Towards the creation of a regional market

Off Grid Electric partners with EDF to supply off-grid solar energy in West Africa

Cote D'ivoire Names 7-Way FSRU Partnership

Ghana to set rolling its first gas-to-power

IFC supports Sierra Leone’s IPP project

Ghana sharing, not buying power from Ivory Coast

Côte d’Ivoire aims to roughly double oil and gas output by 2020 

Cote d'Ivoire: Ivory Coast signs agreement to establish Total-led LNG consortium

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Download the Summit 2017 Post Show Report                                                                                                                                                           

The Regional Energy Co-operation Summit is an annual investors’ meeting focused on energy, infrastructure and the financing of energy projects. In January of 2017, the Summit discussed the cross-border co-operation and regional integration, unlocking West Africa’s investments in energy and infrastructure to support industrialisation. Cross-border co-operation in West Africa is crucial to developing mechanisms that facilitate trade and power exchange among States.

The 2018 Summit will review outcomes from the last meeting, identifying next steps and gathering together West Africa’s energy decision-makers to drive forward regional partnerships and projects
 
 

Who normally Attends?

ECOWAS Energy Ministers, Government Representatives, Heads of Utilities, Regulators, power developers, technology providers, financiers and multilateral agencies from across West Africa attended the summit, discussing strategies to engage the private sector and multilaterals.

 

 
What our delegates said about the 2017 meeting:
 
 
"Well organised with topics of interest with experience speakers"
 
Honorat Boua, General Manager - Azito O&M 
 
 
"It's been a well-attended and diversified event with interesting panel discussions. Well done!"
 
Louise Josiah, Preject Director - The Quantum Group Limited
 
 
 "Well organised event with rich human resource. There was diversity with regards to the categories of presentations and attendees." 
 
Richard Hatford, Project Assistant - The Quantum Group Limited

 

"Great event, very informative, enough time to network and re-discuss between sessions with speakers." 

Malik Bencherchali, Managing Director, Business Development - Phanes Group

 

"This Regional Summit gave us the opportunity for networking with energy specialists, leaders and officials. With the only conviction, this is the time for implementation of the best solutions to a better energy acces in the region"
Abel Didier Tella, Director General - Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA)
 
 
“Thank you and your Team once more for the excellent organization of the Regional Energy Co-operation Summit in Abidjan. You manage to create a  positive working environment made of different experts, thoughts and interests, giving every participant the possibility to enhance his business area by strengthening the professional and personal network.”
 
Stefano Bisceglia, Business Development Africa - Fichtner GmbH & Co. KG

 

To be updated with the latest news follow:

    

 

Industry related reports

Japan helps Ghana to revamp energy sector

Nigeria: electricity meter manufacturers speak out

AFRICAN LEADERS URGED TO BRIDGE ENERGY GAP

Ghana: GE to power Amandi project

Burkina Faso: gold mining company turns to solar energy

West Africa: Electric power - Towards the creation of a regional market

Off Grid Electric partners with EDF to supply off-grid solar energy in West Africa

Cote D'ivoire Names 7-Way FSRU Partnership

Ghana to set rolling its first gas-to-power

IFC supports Sierra Leone’s IPP project

Ghana sharing, not buying power from Ivory Coast

Côte d’Ivoire aims to roughly double oil and gas output by 2020 

Cote d'Ivoire: Ivory Coast signs agreement to establish Total-led LNG consortium

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Hon. Minister Sendolo
Hon. Minister Sendolo
Minister of Mines, Lands and Energy of the Republic of Liberia

Patrick Sendolo is Minister of the Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy of the Republic of Liberia.  He was appointed to this position in February 2012 by Her Excellency Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, and is the youngest person ever to hold this portfolio.
 
The Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy is charged with the responsibility for critical sectors which are at the heart of the country’s economy and prospects for economic recovery and growth. This Ministry is however, in need of crucial transformative resources, including its land and water resources; its mineral resources, including deposits of iron ore, gold and diamond and other minerals; oil and gas, of which there has recently been a significant discovery in Liberian territorial waters; and energy which is currently the nation’s top priority.
 
With strong credentials as a reformer, innovator and doer, Sendolo has initiated, driven and supported significant reform across all the sectors under the ministry’s purview.  Under his leadership the Ministry has developed and is aggressively driving a 20 year plan to restore and expand the country’s electricity infrastructure and facilitate ready access to electricity services.  Sendolo is a member and Acting Chairman of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) and a member of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC).
 
Prior to his appointment as minister, Sendolo served in the Office of the President as Head of the Program Delivery Unit and senior aid to Her Excellency Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia as Executive Director of the Port Sector Reform Secretariat.
 
Prior to joining government in 2008, Sendolo worked as an attorney at Gilligan, King Gooding & Gifford, which practice included transactional matters in the areas of Property, Land Use, Corporate, Commercial,  Contract, Government Administrative, Mortgages and Secured  Transactions law.  Prior to that he founded and was CEO of Ethnic Media, Inc. a media firm catering to African and Caribbean  audiences, and prior to that worked at Alcoa Wireless as Collocations Manager, responsible for legal and regulatory compliance aspects of wireless infrastructure construction. He is also a farmer and oil palm producer in Liberia.
 
Sendolo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Advanced Honors Program from Georgia State University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) Honors from the University of Georgia.  He is admitted to practice law in the States of Georgia and Florida and the Republic of Liberia. 
 
 
H.E. Prof. Alfa Oumar Dissa
H.E. Prof. Alfa Oumar Dissa
Minister of Energy, Mines and Quarries, Burkina Faso

Mr. Alfa Oumar DISSA holds a Doctorate Degree Unique (PhD) in Applied Physics from the University of Ouagadougou / Université Lyon 1 France and a Master of Advanced Studies (DEA) in applied physics from the University of Ouagadougou. A lecturer in applied physics, he spent most of his career at the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. He has been the educational leader of the Institute of Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development (IGEDD) of the University of Ouagadougou, where he provides courses at the bachelor GPAT and Masters 1 and 2 Energy and Renewable Energy levels on transfers of thermal energy and solar thermal energy, electricity, thermodynamics and electrical fire hazards.
 
Mr. Alfa Oumar Dissa is involved in a variety of research fields, including solar, thermal energy, process engineering and industrial risks. He has conducted consultations in the field of advice design, sizing and installation of solar photovoltaic systems, both on the industrial and semi-industrial scale.
 
He is also author of several scientific publications which include:
•Dissa A.O., Ouoba S., Bathiebo D., Koulidiati J. (2016) A study of a solar air collector with a mixed ‘‘porous” and ‘‘non-porous” composite absorber. Solar Energy (Elsevier); 129:156-174.
•A.O. Dissa, D.J. Bathiebo, H. Desmorieux , O. Coulibaly, J. Koulidiati.(2011). Experimental characterisation and modelling of thin layer direct solar drying of Amelie and Brooks mangoes. Energy(Elsevier), Volume 26, Issue 5, May 2011, Pages 2517-2527
•A.O. Dissa; J. Bathiebo; S. Kam, P. Savadogo; H. Desmorieux; J. Koulidiati. (2009). Modelling and experimental validation of thin layer indirect solar drying of mango slices. Renewable Energy (Elsevier), Volume 34, N°4, April 2009, pages 1000-1008. 
 
Mr Alfa Oumar Dissa was appointed Minister of Energy, Mines and Quarries on 19 January 2016. He is fluent in French and English.
 
Ambassador Abdelmalek Kettani
Ambassador Abdelmalek Kettani
Ambassador of His Majesty the King in Cote d’Ivoire

Spéro Mensah
Spéro Mensah
President, Africa Power Group, former Minister of Energy, Benin

Siengui Ki
Siengui Ki
Executive Secretary, West Africa Power Pool

Mr Siengui Apollinaire KI is the WAPP Secretary General since July 2015.
He is an electromechanical engineer and he worked at the National Power Utility of Burkina Faso (SONABEL) from 1985 to 2014. He held various positions including Technical Director, Director for Generation and Transmission and Managing Director from 2011 to 2014.
He was Technical Advisor to the Minister in charge of Energy and Mines of Burkina Faso in 2014.
He has also been Resident Expert of the WAPP for the implementation of the ECOWAS Emergency Program for Electric Power Supply of the Republic of The Gambia from 2014 to 2015.
 
Finally, it should be noted that from 2011 to 2014 he was Member and then Vice-Chairman of the WAPP Executive Board and from 2000 to 2011, Representative of Burkina Faso within the ECOWAS Technical Working Group responsible for the creation of the WAPP and then member of the WAPP Engineering and Operating Committee. Mr. KI is a Knight of the National Order of Burkina Faso.
 
William Amuna
William Amuna
Chief Executive Officer
GRIDCo, Ghana
 
Ing. William Amuna, graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in 1985 with a BSc. (Honors) Degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. He has an MBA (Finance) from the University of Ghana (2001), an MPA in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (2003) and a postgraduate certificate in Electrical Power Systems from the Advanced School in Power Systems, Penn State University (USA). Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive, he worked in Volta River Authority where he began his career in 1985 as Assistant Engineer and rose to the position of Director, Projects and Systems Monitoring.
 
He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a fellow of the Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE). 
 
Wilfrid Maffon
Wilfrid Maffon
Personal Assistant to H.E. Dona Jean Claude Houssou, Minister of Energy, Water and Mines, Benin

Mouhamadou Makhtar Cissé
Mouhamadou Makhtar Cissé
Director General, Sénélec, Senegal

Eng. Júlio António Raúl
Eng. Júlio António Raúl
Director of Renewable Energy and Domestic Energy, Ministry of Energy and Industry, Guinea-Bissau

Mr. Longe Yesufu Alonge
Mr. Longe Yesufu Alonge
Head Power Procurement and Power Contract Management
Nirgerian Bulk Electricity Trading

Yesufu Longe Alonge joined the NBET team as the Head, Power Procurement and Power Contracts in June 2012 after fourteen years in the private sector. Longe has worked over thirteen years in the Power Generation sector of the Nigerian Energy Industry in several capacities, most recently being the Technical and Operations Manager for AES Nig. Barge Operations Limited were he led the Commercial, Technical and Operation aspect of the business. This post he held till joining NBET in 2012. Based on his performance in AES, Engr. Alonge was chosen to attend several AES trainings overseas notably the AES Emerging Leaders Program at the University of Virginia Business School, Darden, USA September 2007.

Longe holds a First class honors degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Benin where he was valedictorian for that session and also earned an MBA degree from the same university. He completed a Masters in Environmental Engineering from the University of Lagos and is a registered member of the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE).

Paule Marie A. Sagna Lakh,
Paule Marie A. Sagna Lakh,
Secretary General, Regulatory Commission for the Electricity Sector (CRSE), Senegal

Djiby Ndiaye
Djiby Ndiaye
Director General
National Agency for Renewable Energy (ANER), Senegal
Samuel Olukayodé Batcho
Samuel Olukayodé Batcho
National Coordinator, Millennium Challenge Account Benin II

Joseph Dioha I. J.
Joseph Dioha I. J.
Director, Renewable Energy Department, Energy Commission of Nigeria

Moussa Ombotimbe
Moussa Ombotimbe
Deputy National Director of Energy, National Directorate of Energy (DNE), Mali

Jansenio Delgado,
Jansenio Delgado,
Project Manager, Renewable Energy Expert, ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE)

Mr. Jansenio Delgado is a Renewable Energy Expert at the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), currently serving as Head of Unit of Project Development and Fund Mobilization.  Before joining ECREEE, he was the Management of Electric Lda, a private company working on electrical grid extension and renewable energy projects in Cabo Verde. Mr. Delgado has over 28 years of experience in the energy sector, including high-level consulting, power system development and engineering, electricity grid extensions as well as renewable energy development. He started his career in 1988 on the Engineering Department of the Cabo Verde’s national utility company. In 1996, Mr. Delgado implemented, under a Luxembourg Development Cooperation Program, an extensive five-year rural electrification program in Cabo Verde. Mr Delgado holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering and an MSc in Management and Administration.

Bernhard van Meeteren
Bernhard van Meeteren
Senior Investment Officer
FMO

Bernhard van Meeteren works with The Netherlands Entrepreneurial Development Bank FMO ('Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V.'). Within FMO he and his team focus on providing financing for energy projects with an emphasis on the Least Developed Countries and on Renewable Energy. The team is considered to be one of the main players in arranging and providing financing for energy and infrastructure projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2010 the FMO team received the Africa Energy Award for Best Financial Support to the Power Industry in Africa, while Bernhard was runner-up for the 2010 Award for Leading Africa Energy Personality.

Mr. van Meeteren joined FMO in 2002 after working 16 years with ABN Amro Bank and ING Bank, mainly in Project Finance and Global Relationship Management. He holds a MSc degree in Civil Engineering from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands.

Dr. Daniel-Alexander Schroth
Dr. Daniel-Alexander Schroth
SE4ALL Africa Hub Coordinator, African Development

Dr. Schroth is the coordinator of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Africa Hub hosted by the AfDB in the Energy, Environment and Climate Change Department in partnership with the AU, NEPAD and UNDP. Daniel also coordinates inter alia the Africa Climate Technology and Finance Center project, the Secretariat to the African Energy Leaders Group and the Green Mini-Grid Market Development Program. Daniel has extensive experience in energy policy. Prior to joining the AfDB, he worked for several years for the European Commission in both headquarters and the field, for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and in the private sector. Daniel holds a Ph.D. and Masters in International Relations with a focus on international energy policy from the University of Cambridge, and business degrees from Reims Management School and the European School of Business.
 
Mahama Kappiah
Mahama Kappiah
Executive Secretary
ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE)
Mamadou Touré
Mamadou Touré
Founder & CEO
Ubuntu Capital
Matthias Adler
Matthias Adler
Head of Division, Infrastructure, Financial Sector West Africa, KFW

Matthias Adler holds a master’s degree in Economics (University of Tübingen). For several years, he has been involved in both project and concept work as principal financial sector economist and microfinance specialist. After some years as Program Manager in the west Africa region, he was a macroeconomist for West and East Africa from 2002 to 2006. From 2007 to 2013, he has served as focal point for KfW’s microfinance activities, and the cross-cutting issue of „responsible finance“ including client protection. Furthermore, M. Adler is Chairman of the Board of Advans SA SICAR, a Luxemburg based investment company with a portfolio of Microfinance Banks in Africa and Asia. He also sits on the board of financial institutions in Nigeria. 
 
Since 2014, he serves as Head of Division Infrastructure and Financial Sector West Africa and Madagascar, with a focus, inter alia, on renewables energies and microfinance. Concerning sustainable energy, he manages a portfolio of clean energy generation projects, regional transmission lines and works on mainstreaming green finance in the West Africa region. 
 
Nicola Bugati
Nicola Bugati
Officer for Projects Development and Finance
ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE)
Jasandra Nyker
Jasandra Nyker
Chief Executive Officer
Bio Therm

Ms Nyker has been CEO of BioTherm since July 2011. BioTherm is the leading African-focused renewable energy investment and development platform. BioTherm operates 52MW of wind, solar and waste gas assets, and recently won three projects (251MW) in South Africa. Recently BioTherm expanded into the rest of Africa by winning four PPA’s in Zambia, and two projects in Burkina Faso. It also has late stage projects in development in East and West Africa. 

Ms Nyker has over 15 years of private equity experience and spent the last decade within the renewables sector. She has previously managed the direct investment portfolio of a US-based $680mn global energy and clean technology fund and served as an advisor to a Middle Eastern Energy Fund. She also worked for Booz & Co, Lehman Brothers and Brait Private Equity.

Ms. Nyker holds an MBA from the London Business School. She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. 

Romain Py
Romain Py
Head of Transactions
African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM)
 
Romain joined AIIM in August 2014 and is responsible for originating and executing investments into infrastructure projects and companies across the African continent.
 
Romain’s infrastructure experience dates back to 1999 and includes an in-depth knowledge of infrastructure sub-sectors, notably airports, ports and roads. Notable transactions include the award-winning Cyprus Airports, Brussels Airports and Bristol Airport transactions, and Sea-to-Sky Highway.
 
Prior to joining AIIM Romain was a Managing Director of Baobab Capital, which advises management, boards and infrastructure investors on acquisitions, financial or operational restructuring and strategic matters. He notably carried out a strategic review of Glasgow Prestwick Airport for the Scottish Government and serves on the Board of Global Ports Holding, the largest Turkish Port operator.
 
Romain was one of the founding members of the JPMorgan Infrastructure Investments Group in Europe where he led a number of transactions, including the acquisition of Electricity Northwest in the UK, Cairns & Mackay airports in Australia and Dragados SPL (now renamed Noatum) in Spain. He was a member of the risk committee and served on the boards of various infrastructure companies, including Noatum and North Queensland Airports.
 
Romain also worked at HSBC and Société Générale, where he structured, negotiated and completed transactions in both advisory and arranging capacities across the EMEA region and the Americas. Romain holds an MSc in Corporate Finance from EM Lyon Business School and an MSc in International Economics from Paris-Dauphine University.
 
Patrick O'Driscoll
Patrick O'Driscoll
Sales Director
Karpowership

As Sales Director, Patrick leads the international strategic sales and business development activities for our Powership business (ship mounted power plant) across Asia and throughout Africa. Patrick began his career at Aggreko where he spent in excess of 25 years. Throughout his vast technical and commercial responsibilities and experience, he has been responsible for Africa and the Sub Continent and has successfully lead high performing project teams through complex governmental negotiations, followed by project deployment and execution with project management in geographical territories such as Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Patrick recently joined Karpower International and will oversee the company’s expansion across this region.

 

Kweku Awotwi
Kweku Awotwi
Principal, Africa Power Systems Management

He is currently a Principal of Africa Power Systems Management Inc. (“APSM”), a company that provides bespoke management, operational and technical inputs to optimize the performance of African utility assets.  He is the immediate past Chief Executive of the Volta River Authority (“VRA”), Ghana’s state electricity generation utility from June 2009 to December 2013, where he oversaw unprecedented improvements in several areas, as well as numerous innovations.   Prior this, he has been Managing Director, Strategic Planning & New Business Development for Ashanti Goldfields Company Limited, (“Ashanti”); and Manager of Business Planning for the Primary Aluminum business unit of Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Company in Pleasanton, California. 
 
He has also been involved in a number of entrepreneurial ventures in energy and mining across Africa.  These include a gold exploration company currently listed in Hong Kong; an oil and gas exploration company; and, most notably, the 350 MW Cenpower Independent Power Project in Ghana, currently in construction, and due to come into service in 2018 1st Quarter. He started his professional career as an electrical engineer, designing integrated circuits for ITT and GE/RCA respectively, in the United States. He is the Chairman of Stanbic bank, (Ghana) Ltd; the Multimedia Group Limited (Ghana); and PlaySoccer (Ghana), a non-profit organization.  He is also involved in a number of civil society organizations, as well as several organizations promoting entrepreneurial opportunities for young people.
 
 
Taylor Ruggles
Taylor Ruggles
Regional Energy Counselor for Africa, US State Department and Power Africa

Taylor Ruggles is the U.S. Department of State’s Regional Energy Counselor for Africa.  In that capacity, he advises the Department of State and U.S. missions abroad on an array of conventional and unconventional energy issues in Africa in support of the President’s Power Africa Initiative and U.S. strategic and commercial interests.  
 
Prior to taking up this position, Mr. Ruggles served as Deputy Executive Secretary at the National Security Council in the White House.  From August, 2011 through August, 2014 he was the U.S. Consul General in Durban, South Africa.  In 2011 he served in the White House National Security Staff as a Senior Advisor for Middle East Affairs working on the Maghreb and, prior to that, he was Vice President Biden’s Special Advisor for Europe and Eurasia.
 
He has served twice in the State Department’s Executive Secretariat Staff (“The Line”), including as Deputy Director, and also served as a Senior Watch Officer in the Operations Center.  Other Washington assignments include Assistance Coordinator for Russia and Turkey desk officer, which included supporting the establishment of the East-West Energy Corridor.  In addition to South Africa, his overseas assignments include Embassies Oslo, Norway and Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  
 
Mr. Ruggles has an AB degree from Kenyon College, a JD from George Mason University School of Law, and is a MA in National Security Studies from the National War College.  He speaks Spanish, French, and Norwegian fluently, and has a basic knowledge of Russian.  
 
Rachid Idrissi Kaitoun
Rachid Idrissi Kaitoun
President
Moroccan Energy Federation
Subha Nagarajan
Subha Nagarajan
Managing Director, Africa, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

Dr. Subha Nagarajan is currently serving as Managing Director for Africa at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. She is responsible for coordinating business development across insurance, project and corporate finance, and private equity investments for West and Central Africa. Previously, Subha worked in various leadership roles at the African Development Bank, where she was responsible for originating, structuring and executing private equity and project finance transactions in infrastructure, energy, agribusiness, and oil & gas sectors across Africa. She has co-authored "Understanding Power Project Finance," “Committee of Ten Policy Brief: Financing of Sustainable Energy Solutions,” and contributed to the WEF publication “Paving the Way: Maximizing the Value of Private Finance in Infrastructure,” along with other publications. Subha has a PhD in Applied Economics, and a Master’s Degree in Finance and Economics.

Ana Hajduka
Ana Hajduka
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Africa GreenCo

Ana is a Founder & CEO of Africa GreenCo (Africa Green Regional Energy: Efficient, New and Creditworthy Offtaker).  Africa Greenco calls for the set-up of a public-private partnership in the form of an independent, regional, renewable energy offtaker.  Africa GreenCo would streamline development, mitigate offtake and credit risk and catalyse private sector finance for renewable energy development.  Africa GreenCo aims to increase private sector investment in energy generation in sub-Saharan Africa by mitigating the credit risks associated with the current lack of creditworthy offtakers.  Current weak financial position of utilities and limited choice of an alternate buyer in case of utility default deters private capital.  An intermediary aggregator between buyers and sellers can help attract sustainable investments in the power sector on the strength of a multi-buyer model. Its role as a financially sustainable intermediary offtaker and power trading company can also stimulate regional electricity trading and facilitate more efficient use of available and new resources by optimising them on a regional basis.


Africa GreenCo as a concept was included in the recommendations section of the SE4All’s Finance Committee Report and is currently funded by The Rockefeller Foundation. 

Cüneyt Uygun
Cüneyt Uygun
Chief Executive Officer and Board Member, Aksa

(1970) A graduate of Saint Joseph French High School, Cüneyt Uygun graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Master’s degree in Economics from Boğaziçi University. He joined Kazancı Holding in 2010. After undertaking a variety of management positions at Türkiye Sınai Kalkınma Bankası, Efes İçecek Group, and Turkcell, Mr. Uygun was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer for Turkcell’s operations in Ukraine. He was then appointed as the General Manager of Aksa Energy in 2013.

Ifey Ikeonu
Ifey Ikeonu
Former Chairperson, ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA)

Ifey Ikeonu is an energy policy and regulatory expert. She holds a Master’s degree in Law as well as an MBA. She is an energy lawyer with over 20 years of experience in the Nigerian and West African Electric Power Sector.   She also has considerable experience in corporate strategy and project management.
She is a former Chairperson of the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA). Prior to joining ERERA in January 2011 as a Commissioner, she held various senior management positions at the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission including Head of the Licensing & Enforcement Department as well as Head of the Strategic and Project Management Office. She also worked for several years as in-house Counsel at the Power Holding Company of Nigeria.
 
Mrs. Ikeonu played an active role in the power sector reform programme in Nigeria where she worked with various committees on the Legal and Regulatory aspects of the reform and was also pivotal in developing the regulatory framework for the regional electricity market of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). She is also actively involved in the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative and is an active advocate of gender mainstreaming in the energy sector. She is a certified Regulation Specialist.
 
Felice Zaccheo
Felice Zaccheo
Deputy Head of Water, Energy, Infrastructures Unit, Sustainable Energy and Climate Change - DG DEVCO, European Commission

Tom Earl
Tom Earl
VP, Business Development,
Total Gas & Power Ltd
Tom Earl graduated in 1996 from City University, London with a degree in engineering, specialising in aerodynamics. After attending Fort Bragg Military Academy, North Carolina, Tom joined Total in 1998, at Total Gas Marketing in London. After various positions in the trading division of the newly combined Total, Elf and Petrofina operations, he became head of the natural gas options desk and subsequently managed the natural gas trading desk. After working on LNG related projects in the USA, Russia and Qatar, Tom was appointed Head of Electricity Trading at Total in 2006. In 2011, he moved to Houston, Texas as head of Total’s North America trading desks for Natural Gas, LNG, LPG, Ethane, Coal and Petcoke. In December 2015 Tom was appointed Vice President of Development for Total’s global natural gas and LNG activities whose development teams are located in Singapore, Paris, London and Houston.

 

Dr. Ransome Owan
Dr. Ransome Owan
Group Managing Director, Aiteo Power, Infrastructure & Real Estate

 
Dr. Ransome Owan is the Group Managing Director in charge of power, infrastructure and real state at Aiteo Group.  He is the pioneer Chairman and CEO of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).  He remains a power industry practitioner of long standing.  He holds double graduate degrees in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and an MBA in Management from Hofstra University in New York.  He is an avid original African art collector.   
 
Cassandra Colbert
Cassandra Colbert
Resident Representative in Cote d'Ivoire, International Finance Corporation

 
Ms. Cassandra Colbert is the Country Manager of Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Liberia and Sierra Leone, in the IFC’s (International Finance Corporation) Africa Department, based in Abidjan. Ms. Colbert joined IFC in 1997 as an Associate Investment Officer in the Latin American and Caribbean Department in Washington, DC. In 2000, she moved to IFC Guatemala office, covering IFC’s new business and portfolio for the Central America region, until 2002 when she returned to Washington to join the Global Manufacturing and Services (GMS) department. In 2004, she joined the Africa Department, moving to the Johannesburg office, with following assignments in Ghana, Cameroun, assuming a broad variety of responsibilities, ranging from deal origination and processing, to portfolio supervision, restructurings, and recruitment, while managing key government and private sector clients. In 2010, she re-opened IFC’s office in Cote d’Ivoire, playing a key role in building up IFC’s brand and pipeline in the country, developing IS/AS transactions while fostering a strong WBG collaboration. Prior to joining IFC, Ms. Colbert worked first as a mechanical engineer for Shell Oils, and then for a short time as a bank examiner. She holds an MBA in Banking and Finance from the University of Rochester.
 
 
Alex Douglas
Alex Douglas
Head of Business Development, West Africa, Globeleq

As Head of Business Development for West Africa, Alex is responsible for leading power project development, acquisitions and financing in the West and Central African regions.   He has successfully led the development of the Azito Expansion project in Côte d'Ivoire and Globeleq’s acquisition of the 216 MW Kribi and 88 MW Dibamba generating assets in Cameroon.  With a strong engineering and commercial background, Alex has more than 20 years of experience successfully advising and developing private power projects in Africa, Asia, the UK and Europe.  Prior to joining Globeleq in 2011, he worked for AES Corporation, Entergy, Linklaters and BP.

 

Luc Aye
Luc Aye
Managing Director, Azito Energie

Luc Aye is the Managing Director of Azito Energie and leads the Azito Energie team located in Abidjan.  Azito Energie represents it shareholders and manages commercial aspects of the business and develops relationships with government, shareholders and lenders relating to existing power contracts and future expansion of the Azito Power Plant. 

Abdessamad Saddouq
Abdessamad Saddouq
Director of Participations and Partnerships, ONEE

 
Abdessamad Saddouq is Directorof Participations and Partnerships and Director of Synergies at the National National Office for Electricity and Potable Water (ONEE) of Morocco. During his career, he has participated in the Rural Electrification Program in Morocco- the ‘PERG’ programme -  since 2002 as Head of the Realization division and as Director from 2007 to 2010. He oversees the projects and the co-operation  for ONEE in Africa and, in particular,  he led the projects of rural electrification concessions that ONEE won in Senegal. He is an Energéticien engineer and holds an MBA in Business Management. 
 
Stephen Trickett
Stephen Trickett
Senior Contracts Director, Group Five Power International

Charlotte Aubin Kalaidjian
Charlotte Aubin Kalaidjian
Chief Executive Officer, GreenWish Partners

An entrepreneur with 19 years of experience in investment banking, Charlotte is the founding partner and CEO at GreenWish Partners. Until 2009, Charlotte served as Managing Director at Morgan Stanley where she developed a portfolio of financial assets in France and Switzerland worth several million euros. In 2010, she founded GreenWish Partners, an international investment management firm specializing in renewable energy infrastructure. Today, GreenWish Partners has brought its extensive sector expertise to Sub-Saharan Africa where renewable energy is an economical, rapid and environmentally sustainable solution to the region’s massive electrification deficit and prohibitive cost of power generation.
As such, GreenWish is building a renewable energy asset portfolio to help the region reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and improve energy access through an investment company held by a consortium of private and public co-investors with the ambition to build a diversified portfolio of solar PV, onshore wind and hydro power projects with a cumulative capacity of 600 MW in Sub- Saharan Africa over the next 5 years.
 
Georgios Pantoulis
Georgios Pantoulis
Head of Sector – Energy , European Commission

Georgios Pantoulis is Head of the Energy Sector in the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission, coordinating the implementation of energy cooperation policies and programmes providing technology, expertise and funding focusing on three main challenges: price volatility and energy security; climate change, including access to low carbon technologies; and access to affordable, reliable sustainable and modern energy. A flagship initiative that the European Commission supports in this field is the Electrification Financing Initiative (ElectriFI), a flexible mechanism elaborated by industry and development financiers, aiming to unlock, accelerate and leverage investments increasing access to energy and energy services.
 
Alexander Sarac
Alexander Sarac
Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Alexander Sarac is a Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Partner with Berwin Leighton Paisner. Based in Dubai. Alexander's global practice focuses on emerging markets, particularly in Africa. Alex's expertise and experience in transactional, corporate and regulatory matters related to energy, oil and gas, infrastructure project financing, and trade-related issues assist clients across Africa (recent transactions include work in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo in Western Africa; Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia in Eastern Africa). Alexander advises governments, financial institutions, industry, regional and international development banks, sponsors and project developers. He regularly assists his international clients with pan-African operations on acquisitions, market access, and related legal advice.
 
Alexander is a German-educated and qualified lawyer (Rechtsanwalt) and also admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and as legal consultant in Dubai. He has a Masters in Law in International and European Business Law (summa cum laude). From 2013 to 2016 Alexander lived in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
 
Adewale Audifferen
Adewale Audifferen
Business Development Manager, Wärtsilä Energy Solutions

Adewale “Ade” Audifferen, has two decades of experience in the energy industry. Currently Ade holds a position of Business Development Manager at Wärtsilä Energy Solutions. In his role, Ade is responsible for business development in Western Africa, in the areas of internal combustion engine power plants, utility-scale solar PV power plants, oil & gas solutions, and
LNG solutions. Prior to taking up this position (2015), Ade was the Managing Director and General Manager at Wärtsilä Services’ network company in Lagos, Nigeria. He led a team of more than 100 professionals providing operations & maintenance services for approximately 1000 MW of Wärtsilä installations in Nigeria. Prior to joining Wärtsilä (2010), Ade worked in several positions at General Electric in the US and in the GE’s Sub-Saharan Africa operations. Also he had a two-year entrepreneurial stint as the managing director of Global Energy Gas & Power Company Nigeria.
 
Ade holds a MSc. in Structural Engineering from the George Washington University, Washington D.C., USA and a BSc. in Civil & Structural Engineering from the University of Cardiff, Wales U.K.
Wale Shonibare
Wale Shonibare
Director - Energy Financial Solutions, Policy and Regulation, African Development Bank

 
He has over 25 years experience in Debt and Equity Capital Markets, M&A, and Project Finance spanning Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining the Afdb, he was the Deputy Group CEO/Managing Director, Investment Banking at United Capital Plc (former UBA Capital Plc) in Lagos. Previous positions include: Managing Director and Head of Infrastructure, Africa, Middle East and New Markets at Renaissance Capital in Dubai, Director KPMG UAE in Dubai and Associate Director KPMG UK in London.
 
Wale’s recent experience includes raising over $450m for investors in power generation assets in Nigeria, several sub-sovereign and corporate bonds, project finance and M&A transactions across various sectors: Power generation and distribution facilities, upstream oil and gas, CNG and LNG facilities, fertilizer plants, hydropower power projects, coal mines, toll roads, light and heavy rail, ports, real estate, healthcare, hospitality and specialized economic zones. Since 2009, teams led by Wale have successfully raised over $8bn equivalent in a local and foreign currency for state governments and corporates in Africa. Wale holds an MBA from Imperial College, University of London as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from University of Glasgow.
 
Segun Osuntokun
Segun Osuntokun
Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Songo Barango
Songo Barango
Operations Superintendent, West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo)

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Download the brochure for the Regional Energy Co-operation Summit.

Topics and features of this year's agenda include:

Day One

  • A workshop on capacity building within the select committee of Mines & Energy, Parliament of Ghana
  • Official Opening Ceremony- keynote address from His Excellency of the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana
  • A welcome drinks reception celebrating regional co-operation
  • Regional Infrastructure & Power Delivery
  • West African Utilities & Regional Co-operation
  • The important role of gas in hastening regional development
  • Regional industrial off-takers- Unlocking West Africa's potential
  • Project Talks - The role of the private sector

Day Two

  • Exploring innovative methods for project financing
  • Electrifying West Africa beyond the grid
  • Scaling renewable energy projects in West Africa

To suggest a topic for this year's agenda, contact Valeria

Valeria Aruffo

Regional Manager: West Africa 

EnergyNet

Valeria Aruffo

Producer

+44 (0) 20 7384 8018

valeria@energynet.co.uk

Location

The Regional Energy Co-operation Summit will take place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.  Keep checking our website for updates on the summit venue.

 

If you have any enquires in the meantime, drop us an email: RECS@energynet.co.uk

Why Attend

Why the Regional Energy Co-operation Summit?
  • Industry stakeholders will come together to present new opportunities in this peer group allowing you to take a strategic approach to investment based on hard facts and inside intelligence.
  • The meeting will also focus on this new market means you get straight to the heart of the issues in a collaborative environment, saving time and money on individual meetings.
  • Meet the investment community at this one-of-a-kind forum, who are actively looking to finance the power sector. 

 

The Regional Energy Co-operation Summit 2017 in numbers 

 

Interested in speaking at the summit next year? Please contact: please contact: Valeria@energynet.co.uk 

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Sponsors

ENGIE

Strategic Partner

ENGIE develops its businesses (power, natural gas, energy services) around a model based on responsible growth to take on the major challenges of energy’s transition to a low-carbon economy: access to sustainable energy, climate-change mitigation and adaptation and the rational use of resources.

The Group provides individuals, cities and businesses with highly efficient and innovative solutions largely based on its expertise in four key sectors: renewable energy, energy efficiency, liquefied natural gas and digital technology.

ENGIE employs 153,090 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €66.6 billion in 2016. The Group is listed on the Paris and Brussels stock exchanges (ENGI) and is represented in the main international indices: CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe, DJSI World, DJSI Europe and Euronext Vigeo (Eurozone 120, Europe 120 and France 20).

ENGIE Africa manages and develops ENGIE’s activities in electricity, gas and services all across Africa.

Our offices in Africa are in Casablanca (Morocco), Johannesburg (South Africa), Abidjan (Ivory Coast) and Nairobi (Kenya).

www.engie-africa.com

 

 

METKA

Strategic Partner

METKA is a leading international energy sector contractor, working with its clients and partners throughout Africa to bring critical power projects to life. Beyond its core strength in power plant construction, METKA leverages the significant development and management expertise of its group companies – with more than 1200MW in operation – to support projects through development into successful operation.

The company has an extensive track record in combined cycle power plants, with capacity ranging from 20MW up to 1000+ MW, and unique experience in delivering fast-track projects with mobile power generation units. Whatever the most appropriate technology – gas turbine or reciprocating engine - METKA is able to offer the optimum solution for your project.

In the renewables sector, METKA EGN is a world-class EPC / O&M contractor for utility scale solar PV projects, with a customer portfolio including some of the leading investors in the sector. Our references include more than 350MW of medium – large scale PV projects internationally.

Building on over 50 years of experience, METKA has a strong record of successfully executing major power plant projects in emerging markets and is quickly establishing itself as a key player in the African market. 

For more information please visit www.metka.com

 

Partners

ESI Africa

Media Partner 

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.
 

 

Africa Capital Digest

Media Partner 

Africa Capital Digest is the leading source of original and curated industry news, comment and opinion for global private capital investors and their advisors who are sourcing, evaluating and executing private equity, infrastructure and venture capital transactions in Africa. Whether you are looking for ideas for new deals, leads for people and companies to be potential partners, expert market perspective from leading investors and market practitioners or just need to keep abreast of the most important private capital trends and developments on the continent, Africa Capital Digest provides you with the most focused, in-depth original and curated content to help you monitor and assess the private capital investment opportunities Africa offers.
 
To find out more:
 
Allan Cunningham
Twitter: @afcdigest

 

Construction Review

Media Partner 

Construction Review, www.constructionreviewonline.com, is a leading African monthly construction journal for the construction industry.

For over 20-years the magazine has enjoyed 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.  The print edition is distributed in over ten Africa countries with the digital version sent monthly to over 200000 readers in our database.

If you would like to be a media partner for the upcoming forum, drop Monique Bonnick and email. 

Monique Bonnick 

Marketing Executive 

Emonique.bonnick@energynet.co.uk

T: +44 (0) 207 384 7901

Gallery

Regional Energy Co-operation Summit 2017

View photos from the Regional Energy Co-operation Summit in Abidjan 2017. 

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Rates

 

No. Delegates Early bird rate until 25/11/16 Early bird rate until 16/12/16 Early bird rate until 13/01/2017 Standard Rate 
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Two  $1,999  $2,699 $2,999  $3,499
Three  $2,799  $3,499 $3,899  $4,699
Four  $3,499  $4,599 $5,099  $5,899

If you are looking to register five people or more, please get in touch with alex.moulds@energynet.co.uk directly to discuss different package options.

Register online or drop us an email

 

Monique Bonnick 

T: +44 (0)20 7384 7901

E: monique.bonnick@energynet.co.uk

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