PROGRAM /// DAY 2
26 October 2017
 
09:30

GENERATION (On-grid solar PV, C&I)

SESSION 4A

09:30 Commercial & Industrial: Business case

    FEMI FADUGBA /// WEST AFRICA PORTFOLIO LEAD - CROSSBOUNDARY ENERGY
    Femi Fadugba is the Regional Portfolio Lead for CrossBoundary Energy, Africa’s first and largest investment fund for commercial and industrial solar. Projects in CBE’s portfolio include solar PPAs for Kasapreko and Equatorial Coca Cola Bottling Company in West Africa as well as Unilever, Heineken, and Actis in East Africa.
    A Togo-born Nigerian, Mr. Fadugba has also worked and lived and in Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda. Mr. Fadugba holds a first-class Master of Engineering degree from Oxford University where he was a published author in quantum physics and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied as a Thouron Scholar. Prior to joining CrossBoundary, Mr. Fadugba worked in BCG's Energy and Industrial Goods practices where he managed cross-functional teams in the implementation of priority growth initiatives in the US, Africa and Latin America. Mr. Fadugba has worked in two early stage energy ventures including One Degree Solar and Rare Energy, a UK-based recruitment firm which he co-founded in 2011.
    FEMI FADUGBA
    WEST AFRICA PORTFOLIO LEAD - CROSSBOUNDARY ENERGY

10:00 Solar Incubator
Co-organized with Phanes Group

  • Innovative companies pitching their business models for 10 minutes each with an evaluation panel.
  • MARTIN HAUPTS /// CEO - PHANES GROUP
    Martin Haupts founded Phanes Group in 2012, giving the firm a distinct renewable energy and emerging market focus. He has orchestrated the company's transition from an advisory-focused firm to an integrated solar developer and investment manager with a transaction volume exceeding USD 250 million.
    He has led key deals for Phanes Group, including the largest distributed PV solar project in the Middle East, the largest PV solar project in the Caribbean, and secured a 260 MW project portfolio in Nigeria as well as in several other sub-Saharan markets.
    With 17 years in asset management and infrastructure finance, Martin has a wealth of experience in structuring and in-depth expertise in the cleantech industry and Islamic Finance. He was the Head of Asset Management for the UAE-based Gulf Merchant Bank, and established Dubai-based Themar Partners that was later merged into Phanes Group. Prior to this he worked for Credit Suisse Asset Management in London and Zurich as a Global COO Products and Solutions.
    Martin holds an MBA from INSEAD, France/ Singapore, and a Masters in Corporate Law from the University of Hamburg, Germany.
    MARTIN HAUPTS
    CEO /// PHANES GROUP
    EMMANUELLE MATZ /// HEAD OF THE ENERGY & INFRASTRUCTURE DIVISION - PROPARCO
    Emmanuelle Matz, has developed an extensive experience in structured financing for more than 25 years. She started her professional life developing a tax lease department at Crédit Lyonnais dedicated to the financing of energy efficiency and waste to energy programs in France. Through different positions in the French banking group and then, with Barclays Capital, she structured and led many multisourcing financing transactions in emergent countries.
    For the last 10 years, Emmanuelle has been expanding Proparco’ debt & equity’s investments in the energy & infrastructure sectors, mainly in Latin America/Asia. Among all, she financed the first solar plant in Latin America, for T Solar, in Peru in 2011 and have supported since then the expansion of renewable energy projects (Solar, wind, hydro & biomass) in Central America, the Andean countries and those last years in Africa. Since 2012, she’s leading a team of 20 experts in energy & infrastructure project financing with the aim of developing solutions contributing to limit the impacts of Climate Change. This creative & dedicated team has supported the implementation of the largest African Renewable IPPs through tailor made solutions and has successfully arranged in 2016 the financing of the first private solar plants built in Western Africa.
    Convinced that power should be available to all, at an affordable price, she supports both on-grid & off-grid solutions promoted by innovative sponsors, thanks to the digital and solar revolutions surrounding Africa.
    EMMANUELLE MATZ
    HEAD OF THE ENERGY & INFRASTRUCTURE DIVISION - PROPARCO
    JOSEPH NGANGA /// EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - RESPONSABILITY
    A short bio will follow soon...
    JOSEPH NGANGA
    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - RESPONSABILITY
    OUSSEYNOU NAKOULIMA /// DIRECTOR FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY - AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK GROUP
    Nakoulima, a Senegalese, holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University Business School, USA and Master degrees in Engineering and Applied Mathematics from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines in Paris. He brings along more than 15 years of experience in energy, climate change, international banking and financial sector development. Nakoulima has been the Director at the Green Climate Fund in Korea since 2014, with global responsibility for partnerships, country strategies and project preparation support. He was responsible for managing relationships with 140 countries, advising them on how to develop low carbon and climate resilient programs, while managing substantial financial resources for technical assistance and project development. As member of the senior management team of the Green Climate Fund, he was instrumental in the successful launch of the Fund, which has mobilized significant resources for renewable energy projects globally. Before joining the Green Climate Fund, he worked at BNP PARIBAS from 2009 to 2014 in Paris and then in Senegal. As Deputy CEO of the local subsidiary, he positioned the Bank as lead advisor of the Government of Senegal in energy and infrastructure. He proposed innovative schemes to finance the overhaul of the electricity sector and coordinated the financing of a major airport project. He oversaw the mobile banking business to develop the concept for low-income banking and established new business lines including factoring, leasing and commodity finance. Nakoulima had earlier on worked at the African Development Bank as Senior Investment Officer between 2002 and 2009, having joined the Bank as a Young Professional. During that time, he developed projects in fifteen countries in power, water, sanitation and infrastructure and led teams in high impact transactions, including a corporate loan to Eskom, the power utility of South Africa, a private hydropower project in Madagascar and the Bank’s first Public-Private advisory activity for a hydropower program in West Africa.
    OUSSEYNOU NAKOULIMA
    DIRECTOR FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY /// AFDB
    LEE SMITH /// PROJECT MANAGER AFRICA - RINA CONSULTING
    Lee Smith holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering with and a Master’s degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering. He has over 7 years’ experience in the renewables industry, mostly as Lender's and Owner's technical advisor in the solar PV sector. He has worked on ~2GW of solar projects globally at various phases from pre-development to operation. Lee specialises in construction contracts including reviewing, drafting, negotiating and facilitating bespoke as well as standard forms (FIDIC, NEC3 etc). Lee is responsible for Owner’s Engineering activities in Africa and is currently project managing ~800MWp of OE engagements on the continent.
    LEE SMITH
    PROJECT MANAGER AFRICA - RINA CONSULTING
    CHRISTOPHER CROSS /// PARTNER - HOGAN LOVELLS
    Christopher is a highly experienced energy and infrastructure lawyer with 18 years of experience of advising both public and private sector clients on infrastructure, construction and PPP/PFI projects. He has extensive experience advising on energy projects globally, including solar, biomass, oil, gas and power projects as well as other utilities. Christopher has been involved in projects throughout the Middle East and Africa, including Guinea Bissau, Nigeria, Benin, Djibouti, Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Libya, Niger and Mozambique.
    CHRISTOPHER CROSS
    PARTNER - HOGAN LOVELLS

CONNECTIONS (Off-grid solar PV, Energy Access)

SESSION 4B - GOGLA Off-Grid Solar Investment Academies

SESSION 4B
SUPPORTED BY:
EMMANUEL BOUJIEKA /// PROGRAM MANAGER - RECP
Emmanuel joined the EUEI PDF in September 2016 as an RECP project manager at the Addis Ababa office. He holds an MBA from HEC Montreal Business School in Canada and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from École Nationale Supérieure Polytechnique of Yaounde in Cameroon. Prior to joining the EUEI PDF, Emmanuel was running his own management consulting firm in Cameroon. Additionally, he has various experiences in the renewable energy, oil & gas as well as food & beverage industry, and corporate social responsibility while working respectively for/with Kruger Energy in Canada, Engie (former GDF SUEZ), and Nestle Central and West Africa. Emmanuel speaks French, English, and is willing to learn Spanish.
EMMANUEL BOUJIEKA
PROGRAM MANAGER - RECP
ALEXANDER HUPPERTZ /// PROJECT MANAGER - RECP
Mr Huppertz is a Project Manager for the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Program (RECP) and has been managing the RECP private sector cooperation since 2015. Prior to joining the RECP, Mr. Huppertz worked as an advisor with GIZ, supporting the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development on Energy in Development issues, with a special focus on global initiatives like the SE4ALL, SDG and the Paris Climate Accord. Mr Huppertz holds a M.A. in International Relations and Development Politics.
ALEXANDER HUPPERTZ
PROJECT MANAGER - RECP

Academy 1:

Assessing and mitigating FX risk in the off-grid solar sector
PER VAN SWAAY /// SENIOR VP - TCX
Per van Swaay joined TCX in 2010 and is responsible for TCX business development in Africa. Prior to TCX, Per worked in African project finance at FMO, the Dutch Development Bank and before moving into banking and development finance, he worked as a corporate lawyer in Holland and the US.
TCX is a special purpose fund to hedge the currency and interest rate mismatch that is created in cross-border investments between international investors and local borrowers in frontier and less liquid emerging markets.
PER VAN SWAAY
SENIOR VP - TCX

Academy 2:

Due Diligence: The view from investors
DAPHNE PIT /// FOUNDER - PIT PURE POWER
Daphne has over 15 years experience in renewable energy, energy access and sustainability, in both the corporate and non-corporate sectors. After having worked in the financial sector, Daphne switched to the Energy sector in 2001, and has working experience at the energy supply company Eneco, the energy consulting firm Ecofys, she worked at DSM (a global life sciences company) in the global sustainability team, and worked as a team manager for all Green programs at the DOEN Foundation, supporting social enterprises and energy access companies with early stage financing.
Early 2017, Daphne started her own venture: Pit Pure Power. She is now working directly with organisations focused on increasing their social or sustainable impact in the world. She has expertise in the fields of energy access in Africa and Asia; impact investment, business case development and project and program management.
The way Daphne likes to work is no-nonsense and straightforward. Result-driven. Impact first. With a focus on sharpening the mission, vision and strategy; helping create focus; strengthening a business (case); building teams; supporting in building financial models. Daphne believes in a sustainable way of doing business as the only way forward. "As mother of three teenagers, I feel that it is not only my passion, but even more my duty to help speed up the transition to a sustainable society. Where ecology, society and economy are all equally important and benefit from each other in a pure and honest way.
DAPHNE PIT
FOUNDER - PIT PURE POWER
CHARLOTTE GEOFFRAY /// BUSINESS DEVELOPER - TOTAL
Charlotte is part of the team which is setting up an investment fund that will finance innovative initiatives to expand energy access in emerging countries, and particularly in Africa. It plans to include other qualified investors that share Total’s ambition and standards in terms of offering wider access to affordable, reliable and clean energy.
Previously Charlotte was in charge of the Access to Energy crowdfunding platform, co-developed with Babyloan, to help finance micro-entrepreneurs in the access to energy field. In parallel she has been working on financial topics for Total’s Energy Access Social Business (named Awango by Total) for three years.
Before joining Total, she worked as an analyst at BNP Paribas Corporate Social Responsibility. She graduated from Neoma Business School with a Master in Finance in 2014.
CHARLOTTE GEOFFRAY
BUSINESS DEVELOPER - TOTAL
LEONIDE SINSIN /// CEO - ARESS
Benin native, Leonide Michael Sinsin is graduated in Energy, Economics and Innovation from IFP School in France. After research assistant functions in Polytechnique in France, he decided in 2012 to set up his company ARESS in Benin to promote energy access solutions. Nowadays, ARESS is considered as one of the leader company in the country for residential market. As key figures, ARESS distributed thousands of pico pv, had installed more than 200 kWc off grid capacities; impacting more than forty thousands of people in urban and remote areas. Leonide is achieving a PhD cycle between France and Benin and is also a member of Energy and Prosperity Chair in France.
LEONIDE SINSIN
CEO - ARESS
11:15 | COFFEE BREAK
UNLOCKING SOLAR CAPITAL AFRICA - DAY 2

08:45 Registration


12:00

GENERATION (On-grid solar PV, C&I)

SESSION 5A

MODERATOR
SESSION 5A:
AURÉLIE BEAUVAIS
POLICY DIRECTOR
SOLARPOWER EUROPE
AURÉLIE BEAUVAIS /// POLICY DIRECTOR - SOLARPOWER EUROPE
Aurélie Beauvais is the Policy Director of SolarPower Europe, the European association representing companies and organization active along the whole Solar value chain. SolarPower Europe is particularly committed to shaping the regulatory environment and enhance business opportunities for solar power in Europe. Prior to joining SolarPower Europe, she headed the EU Affairs department of the French Union of Electricity (UFE) from 2012 to 2017. She holds a Double Master’s degree in Political Sciences and Public Affairs from the Political Science Institute of Bordeaux.
Co-organized with
SolarPower Europe

Panel: Navigating between risks and opportunities for multi MW projects

  • Understanding risks: (currency risk, off-takers risk, insurance, political risk, legal risk, oversupply and grid adequacy)
  • Strategies and services available to mitigate risk
  • SAMUEL CHASIA /// EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR EAST & SOUTHERN AFRICA - GUARANTCO
    Samuel Chasia has over 17 years of investment banking and investment management experience and is an expert in the debt capital markets, project finance, asset backed securitization, credit investing, structuring and fundamental investment analysis.
    Mr. Chasia has extensive experience in both the United States and in Africa having worked for leading local and international firms. In Kenya Mr. Chasia worked for NIC Capital, a leading Investment Bank where he was an Associate Director in charge of Structured Products and Project Finance. In the US Mr. Chasia worked for Highland Financial Holdings, a credit hedge fund, as a senior credit analyst and head of credit surveillance and risk management. Before Highland he worked at Fortis Investments, as Director of Asset Backed Securities (ABS) credit. Prior to joining Fortis he was an Assistant Portfolio Manager at GMAC Institutional Advisors (“GIA”). Mr. Chasia started his finance career at Goldman Sachs in the Real Estate Investment Banking Division.
    Mr. Chasia earned a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance and Real Estate from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon where he graduated with cum laude honors.
    SAMUEL CHASIA
    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR EAST & SOUTHERN AFRICA - GUARANTCO
    CHRISTOPHE FLEURENCE /// VP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AFRICA - EREN
    Christophe has 20 years’ experience in international business development of conventional and renewable energy solutions, as well as in the leadership of business units in Africa and around the world.
    An Ingénieur from ENSEM in Nancy, France and the University of Bath, UK, Christophe started his career in 1992 by managing electro-technical activities in French oversea territories.
    He later joined Wärtsilä’s, the Finnish leader in power solutions for the marine and energy markets. After managing Power Plant business development in Latin America, and Service subsidiaries in Puerto Rico and Italy, he moved to Africa to lead subsidiaries covering 18 countries.
    In October 2014, Christophe joined the EREN, the long term Renewable Energy IPP, to become Vice-President for Business Development for Africa.
    EREN is a global renewable energy IPP with 650MW of assets in operation worldwide and 2GW under development. In Africa, EREN provides renewable energy to public utilities, large industries and off grid population and businesses.
    In November 2016, EREN started the commercial operation of its first project in Africa, a 10MW plant located in Soroti, Uganda, the largest solar PV plant in eastern Africa. In May 2017 EREN started the construction of a 15MW of solar PV plant complementing a 55MW diesel plant for the Essakane gold mine in Burkina Faso, the largest hybrid solar/diesel plant in the world.
    CHRISTOPHE FLEURENCE
    VP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AFRICA - EREN
    DAVID EKABOUMA /// HEAD BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - AGF
    David Ekabouma joined AGF as the Chief Internal Controller and was subsequently promoted to Deputy, then Head of Business Development. He supports the business development activities, with the main role of developing new and existing products including and not limited to structured finance. He leads the thinking of the new products/propositions, on-going appraisals of existing propositions and effective product pricing.
    Before joining AGF, David was a Partner at Malea Consulting LLC, offering financial Advisory Services, Advisory Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers based in New York (USA) and Audit Senior Manager with Deloitte, based in Paris (FRANCE). As such he has extensive international experience both in auditing and optimizing business performance across multiple industries and sectors. He led cross-border GAAP to IFRS conversions, along with worldwide audits of leading multinationals companies.
    A French national, David has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (Finance and Accounting Option) from the University of Orleans (FRANCE) and is also a Certified Public Accountant (FRANCE).
    DAVID EKABOUMA
    HEAD BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - AGF
    KUNAL PAREKH /// DIRECTOR ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE - ABRAAJ GROUP
    Kunal Parekh is a Director at the Abraaj Group within their Energy Infrastructure team and has extensive experience in Investment Banking (Mergers and Acquisitions, Capital Markets) and Investments. Prior to joining Abraaj, Mr. Parekh was a Vice President at Luminis Partners (an independent advisory firm focused on mergers and acquisitions and corporate advisory) in Australia. Prior to that, he was in the Mergers and Acquisitions team at ABN AMRO | RBS and CIMB Investment Banking (Sydney, Australia), where he focused and led multibillion cross border transactions primarily across Infrastructure, Energy and Resources sector. Mr. Parekh holds an MBA from INSEAD, a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons.) and a Bachelor of Business (Distinction) from the University of Technology, Sydney. He also holds a Diploma in Applied Finance and is a Chartered Accountant (Australia).
    KUNAL PAREKH
    DIRECTOR ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE - ABRAAJ GROUP

CONNECTIONS (Off-grid solar PV, Energy Access)

SESSION 5B

MODERATOR
SESSION 5B:
LESLIE LABRUTO
GLOBAL ENERGY LEAD
ACUMEN
LESLIE LABRUTO /// GLOBAL ENERGY LEAD - ACUMEN
Leslie Labruto is the Global Energy Lead at Acumen, where she leads Acumen’s $20M Pioneer Energy Investment Initiative (PEII). PEII invests philanthropically backed capital into early stage energy access start-ups in East Africa, West Africa, India, and Pakistan. Leslie joins Acumen from the Clinton Foundation, where she served as Director of Clean Energy for the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) in New York City, where she led programmatic strategy, fundraising and partnerships for CCI’s clean energy work. Previously, Leslie worked at Summit Partners, a $15 billion venture capital firm in Boston. Leslie received her Master’s degree in Sustainable Energy Futures from Imperial College London, where her work was published in the Journal of Energy Policy. She served on the Vanderbilt Board of Trust, where she earned her undergraduate degree, and continues to serve as a Board of Trust member for the Vanderbilt School of Engineering.

Spotlight on starting up and scaling up: what makes partnerships work?

  • Identifying the right investor/investee
  • Smart use of philanthropic capital to catalyze new businesses
  • Key lessons learned from different stages of growth
  • HUGH WHALAN /// CEO - PEG AFRICA
    Hugh Whalan is the CEO of PEG Africa, a leading PAYG company operating in Ghana and Ivory Coast. He has started several businesses focused on energy and financing in West Africa over the last 9 years. He started the first crowd-funding site for energy lending, and a fast growing solar distribution company in Ghana, which was acquired in 2011. He has previously been recognized as a top 30 under 30 Australian entrepreneur, and he was named a 2015 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
    HUGH WHALAN
    CEO - PEG AFRICA
    SAM PARKER /// DIRECTOR - SHELL FOUNDATION
    Graduating from Oxford University in 1983, Sam worked for 6 years in the agrochemical industry, with a focus on Latin America. After 18 months working as a volunteer with street children in Sao Paulo, Sam returned to business with 11 years at a UK commodity trading company, becoming Managing Director of the company’s Asian business in 2001. In 2002, Sam returned to the development sector as Organisational Development Manager at the International Save the Children Alliance. In 2006, Sam joined Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), as its first CEO. WSUP is a not-for-profit company, composed of private sector and NGO members, which empowers local WASH service providers to serve low income urban consumers on a commercially viable basis. In 2015, Sam was appointed Director of the Shell Foundation.
    SAM PARKER
    DIRECTOR - SHELL FOUNDATION
    HEATHER ONOH /// CEO - SMARTER GRID INTERNATIONAL
    Heather Onoh is a renowned expert in domestic and international energy development, Strategic management, Business planning and Strategic positioning of energy start-ups. She is the visionary CEO of Smarter Grid International, a prominent PAYG company operating in Nigeria.
    Mrs. Onoh holds a Master’s degree in Business Management from the University of Toronto, BBA in Business psychology from Hofstra University, New York, and Executive Training at the Metropolitan School of Business Management. She brings along more than 20 years of experience in energy, and a track record leading the $201 million acquisition of the 1020MW Sapele Power plant.
    With an extensive experience in executive management. Mrs. Onoh was nominated for an honorary doctorate degree at the Common Wealth University London UK, and serves on the board of Directors for Fluor engineering international and Sapele Power plc. As a member of the board she has facilitated inventive schemes to support the overhaul of the power sector in Nigeria.
    HEATHER ONOH
    CEO - SMARTER GRID INTERNATIONAL
    ALEXANDRE TOURRE /// CEO - AZIMUTH / EASY SOLAR
    Alexandre Tourre is the CEO and co-founder of Azimuth, an innovative West African company distributing pico-solar products on a rent-to-own basis, and operating in Sierra Leone under the name "Easy Solar". Prior to that, he worked in the field of Mobile Money and Financial Inclusion in Kenya and Afghanistan, and has 5 years of experience as an M&A, Strategy and Financial Services consultant at PwC. He holds an MPA in Technology & Economic Development from Columbia University's SIPA, an MSc in Advanced Computing from Imperial College and a Masters degree in Energy & Telco from CentraleSupelec.
    ALEXANDRE TOURRE
    CEO - AZIMUTH / EASY SOLAR
13:00 | CLOSING PLENARY SESSION

13:00 Speak your mind: charting the future of solar PV in sub-Saharan Africa

Interactive debate session


LAUREN COCHRAN /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - BLUE HAVEN INITIATIVE
Lauren Cochran is Managing Director at Blue Haven Initiative, where she leads strategy and execution for the family office’s portfolio of direct investments.
Lauren makes debt and equity investments with the dual expectation of best-in-class financial returns and maximum positive social and environmental impact. As part of this work she spends more time in sub-Saharan Africa than anywhere else, sitting on the boards of several of Blue Haven’s portfolio companies, working with entrepreneurs, building the ecosystem and finding new investment opportunities. She is also a member of the Blue Haven Initiative Investment Committee.
LAUREN COCHRAN
MANAGING DIRECTOR - BLUE HAVEN INITIATIVE
13:30 | NETWORKING LUNCH BREAK
15:00 | MATCHMAKING - Supported by RECP
17:00 | NETWORKING DRINKS
 
PROGRAM /// DAY 2
26 October 2017