PROGRAM /// DAY 1
16 October 2019

Simultaneous translation offered throughout the conference

UNLOCKING SOLAR CAPITAL AFRICA

09:15Word of welcome - Opening session

LAURA FORTES /// PROJECT MANAGER - GOGLA
A short bio will follow soon...
LAURA FORTES
PROJECT MANAGER /// GOGLA
TOM VAN DORP /// BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & SALES - SOLARPLAZA
A short description will follow soon...
TOM VAN DORP
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & SALES /// SOLARPLAZA
MBODJI BOUBACAR /// SPECIAL ADVISER TO THE PRESIDENT - GOVERNMENT OF SENEGAL
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BOUBACAR MBODJI
SPECIAL ADVISER TO THE PRESIDENT /// GOVERNMENT OF SENEGAL

09:45African solar entrepreneurs - Success stories

  • Best practices and key learnings of local solar entrepreneurs
  • Seizing opportunities in fast moving markets
  • Building capacity and attracting finance
WANJI NG'ANG'A /// PROGRAM MANAGER - GOGLA
Wanji Ng'ang'a leads GOGLA's work on Access to Finance which is focussed on facilitating the increased flow of investment into the off-grid sector. Prior to this role, Wanji spent seven years leading business development and key account management in leading solar manufacturers across territories in Africa, Latin America and the Pacific. Wanji has also spent five years in the financial services sector across different functions in Kenya.
MODERATOR
WANJI NG'ANG'A
PROGRAM MANAGER /// GOGLA
GHIRMAY ABRAHAM /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - APTECH AFRICA LTD
Ghirmay Abraham is the Founder and Managing Director for Aptech Africa Ltd, a solar energy and water pumping company. He founded Aptech Africa Ltd in 2006 in Eritrea. Ghirmay partnered with his brother Metkel to expand the company to South Sudan in 2011, and together they overcame a series of obstacles to grow Aptech to become one of the leading players in the solar industry across five African countries including Uganda, Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. Ghirmay has worked to distinguish Aptech from other companies by using high quality solar products and having an expert team of engineers in the field that can operate in some of the most difficult frontier markets in Africa. Aptech is ISO 9001:2015 certified and was listed by the London Stock Exchange Group in their 2019 report as being a private African owned company with an excellent growth rate and a major player in powering African development.

Ghirmay has a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Asmara and has led Aptech’s team of engineers and renewable energy experts to install key solar powered water pumping and renewable energy projects across the continent. Ghirmay is a visionary for Aptech Africa and he is working towards the mission of making renewable energy the leading source of energy for all of Africa.
GHIRMAY ABRAHAM
MANAGING DIRECTOR - APTECH AFRICA LTD
ADMORE CHIUMIA /// FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR - GREEN IMPACT TECHNOLOGIES
Admore is a renewable energy specialist with over eight years of hands-on experience in clean energy deployment and the implementation of decentralized energy systems. Prior to the founding of his company, Green Impact, in Malawi, Admore worked with international and local organizations including Practical Action and Solar Aid and contributed to the development of energy systems in Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, through the implementation of mini-grids and distribution of solar home systems and biogas systems. Admore is also a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow, during which he specialized in energy at the University of California Davis. Over the past two years, Admore has shared his “energypreneur” story in various forums including the African Union, Commonwealth Pitch@place-UK, Nigeria Energy Forum, and Sahara Sparks Tanzania.
ADMORE CHIUMIA
FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR /// GREEN IMPACT TECHNOLOGIES
10:40 AM BREAK
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On-grid track

Session 1 - Pushing solar to scale

11:30On-grid Analysis - Developments & Hurdles to scale

  • Leading markets and their driving factor
  • Overview of key players and potential entrants
  • Expectations for the short and medium term
BENJAMIN ATTIA /// RESEARCH ANALYST - WOOD MACKENZIE
Benjamin Attia is a Research Analyst in the Power & Renewables practice at Wood Mackenzie, a global consultancy providing data analytics, market research, and advisory services across the energy and extractives sectors (formerly GTM Research). He leads the firm’s coverage of solar PV markets in Africa and the Middle East, and off-grid energy access markets globally. His research and writing have recently been featured in leading outlets including Foreign Affairs, The Economist, The FT, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, CNBC, the World Economic Forum, and Greentech Media. Benjamin also conducts affiliated research as a Non-Resident Fellow at the Energy for Growth Hub, the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines, and the Foundation for Renewable Energy & Environment.
BENJAMIN ATTIA
RESEARCH ANALYST /// WOOD MACKENZIE

11:50Allowing more renewables on the grid

  • Bottlenecks for large-scale solar development in SSA
  • The role of storage - ancillary services
  • Scaling renewables while remaining the grid reliable and affordable
BENJAMIN ATTIA /// RESEARCH ANALYST - WOOD MACKENZIE
Benjamin Attia is a Research Analyst in the Power & Renewables practice at Wood Mackenzie, a global consultancy providing data analytics, market research, and advisory services across the energy and extractives sectors (formerly GTM Research). He leads the firm’s coverage of solar PV markets in Africa and the Middle East, and off-grid energy access markets globally. His research and writing have recently been featured in leading outlets including Foreign Affairs, The Economist, The FT, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, CNBC, the World Economic Forum, and Greentech Media. Benjamin also conducts affiliated research as a Non-Resident Fellow at the Energy for Growth Hub, the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines, and the Foundation for Renewable Energy & Environment.
MODERATOR
BENJAMIN ATTIA
RESEARCH ANALYST /// WOOD MACKENZIE
ABEL DIDIER TELLA /// DIRECTOR GENERAL - APUA
Abel Didier Tella is a Beninese national and a graduate in electrotechnical engineering (1983). He holds a master’s degree in electrotechnical engineering and a postgraduate diploma in renewable energies (1985).

Abel Didier Tella is the current director general of the Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA), formerly known as UPDEA, which he led as secretary general from April 2008 to December 2012 before the change of denomination.

APUA has 56 active members in 45 African countries and 25 affiliate members in Africa, Europe and America.

Before taking up this position, he worked at SBEE, Benin national Power Utility, for 25 years from 1983 to 2008, where he served as engineer, head of studies and projects in electricity from January 1986 to January 1990, then regional director of SBEE in several regions of his country including Cotonou, the economic capital from January 1990 to January 2002 and commercial and marketing director from January 2002 to January 2008.

At international level, Abel Didier Tella was a member of the Scientific Council of the Regional Centre for Solar Energy (CRES), in Bamako, Mali, from 1986 to 1989, and in this capacity he participated in the elaboration of the terms of reference for the project to create a photovoltaic systems production structure for the member countries of CEAO.
ABEL DIDIER TELLA
DIRECTOR GENERAL /// APUA
LIZ PFEIFFER /// ENERGY PROGRAM DEPUTY CHIEF OF PARTY - POWER AFRICA
Ms. Pfeiffer is the Power Africa, USAID Southern Africa Energy Program Deputy Chief of Party. In this capacity, she manages the technical delivery of the project across Southern Africa’s 11 countries to advance energy policy and regulatory reform, and accelerate investment to increase power generation and access to electricity throughout the region. Ms. Pfeiffer is a Senior Manager with Deloitte Consulting and over her career she has managed complex projects focused on domestic and international clients in emerging markets across clean energy, access to finance, electricity markets, power project development and infrastructure public private partnerships. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown School of Foreign Service.
LIZ PFEIFFER
ENERGY PROGRAM DEPUTY CHIEF OF PARTY /// POWER AFRICA
CORENTIN BASCHET /// ANALYST - CLEAN HORIZON
Corentin graduated with a degree in engineering at Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris (France) with an additional master in sustainable energies at the Imperial College in London (England). He worked in anaerobic submarine energy propulsion systems and racing yacht electricity system. Since joining Clean Horizon, he works as a technical expert to assess the value of energy storage systems for electricity grids. He is responsible for following energy opportunities and regulatory evolutions the UK and Caribbean markets.
CORENTIN BASCHET
ANALYST /// CLEAN HORIZON
VICTOR KOYIER /// SALES MANAGER - JINKOSOLAR
Victor Koyier has been on the solar space for over 10 years. Within the numerous years has extensively drove use and demand of solar applications within East/Central/West Africa. He is convinced solar energy would be a game changer to the African states economies in that it would bring positive impact to livelihoods and its citizens. Graduate of Business, certified marketer and project management profession.
VICTOR KOYIER
SALES MANAGER /// JINKOSOLAR
BARTON SHASHA /// BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER - IB VOGT
Several years of experience in development and implementation of solar PV power plants in Europe, Africa and other emerging markets.
Profound knowledge of the development of ground-mounted solar projects, project financing, contract negotiations and partner management.
More than 12 years of professional experience in the field of renewable energy with regard to technology, engineering, design, project management and commissioning of technical plants.

Work History: Since 2017 responsible for Business Development activities for the Africa region at ib vogt GmbH.
His previous professional positions include various positions in project management and business development at companies such as Antaris Solar, Solaria, RW Energy.
BARTON SHASHA
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER /// IB VOGT

Off-grid track

Session 1 - Closing the pioneer gap

11:30Lessons from early stage financers

Dedicated early stage funds for investments in solar.

More money than ever is flowing into impact investing, yet many entrepreneurs creating companies that serve the poor still find it difficult to raise capital, particularly at the early stages of their company’s growth.

  • What financing is needed for early stage companies vs what financing is available?
  • What is the motivation for investors to focus on early stage companies vs mature companies?
SIMON BROSSARD /// PROJECT MANAGER - HYSTRA
Simon has been dedicated for the past 10 years to designing and operating business innovations in emerging markets. He joined Hystra Consulting in 2012, after working with a microfinance institution in India and a medical startup company in the US. At Hystra, he has led over 50 strategic projects with various stakeholders, from multinational corporations to development agencies, foundations and social entrepreneurs; notably in the fields of energy access, nutrition, and sanitation. He developed extensive experience in setting up and running public-private alliances, including the Toilet Board Coalition and the African Cotton Foundation. In 2017, Simon was seconded to Baobab+, the subsidiary of the French leading microfinance institution, to lead the launch of Pay-as-you-go solar systems in Ivory Coast. Simon holds an MSc in management from ESSEC and an MRes from the Paris School of Economics. He also studied development economics at UC Berkeley. He is a regular lecturer at HEC and Sciences Po Paris.
MODERATOR
SIMON BROSSARD
PROJECT MANAGER /// HYSTRA
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.
LESLIE LABRUTO
GLOBAL ENERGY LEAD - ACUMEN
REED BENNETT /// DIRECTOR MANUFACTURING PARTNERSHIPS- ANGAZA
Reed Bennett joined Angaza in 2017 as the Director of Channel Sales managing all aspects of the revenue-generating side of the business. He has recently taken on the new role of Director of Manufacturing Partnerships, focused on working with the 15+ manufacturing partners that have integrated with the Angaza platform as well as finding new and innovative products to be enabled for sale in the pay-as-you-go-market. During his time at Angaza, he has spent significant time in emerging markets, developing an extensive knowledge of the challenges, needs, and successes of businesses operating in these areas.

Prior to Angaza, Reed spent 10+ years working in the technology and banking sectors, working with businesses to provide them with the technology and tools necessary to enable their success.
REED BENNETT
DIRECTOR MANUFACTURING PARTNERSHIPS /// ANGAZA
JAN-HENRIK KUHLMANN /// HEAD SUSTAINABLE ENERGY - TRIPLE JUMP
Jan leads the Sustainable Energy practice at Triple Jump since 2019, after being a Sr.Investment Manager of the Fund of Funds’ team managing the Dutch Good Growth Fund.
JAN-HENRIK KUHLMANN
HEAD SUSTAINABLE ENERGY /// TRIPLE JUMP
THOMAS SAMUEL /// FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT - SUNNA DESIGN
Thomas Samuel is the founder and president of Sunna Design, a world-leading company specialized in the design and manufacturing of smart solar street lighting solutions based in Bordeaux, France. Since the company creation in 2011, Sunna has installed over 20 000 products in over 40 countries worldwide, primarily in emerging markets. Thomas also led the negotiations with investors that fueled the company’s growth and raised a total of m$15.

Since 2015, Thomas developed a new project in parallel with his role at Sunna Design. The new venture “Moon” is already providing energy, digital and financial inclusion for 3000 rural families in sub-Saharan Africa, and has been recently been “spin-offed” for becoming an independent company.
THOMAS SAMUEL
FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT /// SUNNA DESIGN
YASMINE WATTEBLED /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - TOTAL
After graduating from the engineering school École Centrale de Lyon, I completed my education with a Master of Science in fluid mechanics at Stanford University in California. I had my first professional experience there as a hydraulic engineer for the Santa Clara Water District department.

I then took a sabbatical year to go backpacking in South America before joining the Total group in 2003.

I spent my first 7 years within Total’s E&P branch, as a field engineer on an offshore rig in Congo and in Nigeria on an onshore gas plant as a project manager. In Paris, I worked for Corporate Finance for 3 years. Thereupon, I joined the Gas Renewables & Power’s solar business development team, negotiating new contracts in Egypt, Pakistan and Argentina. I was then based in London for 2 years as Head of the Back Office and Cash Management team of Total Treasury.

Back in France since June 2019, I am currently the Managing Director of Total Access to Energy Solutions.
YASMINE WATTEBLED
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// TOTAL
12:45 LUNCH BREAK
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Session 2 - Risk mitigation & financing
mechanisms for utility scale solar

14:15Mitigating project risk in sub-Saharan Africa

  • Investment trends in sub-Saharan African utility-scale PV projects
  • Challenges to overcome when financing projects in the region
  • Case studies of de-risking initiatives or finance initiatives that address the above issues
ANTOINE VAGNEUR-JONES /// ANALYST - BLOOMBERGNEF
Antoine Vagneur-Jones heads BloombergNEF's research on energy policy in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to his current role, he worked in business development for a Tokyo-based PV developer, and as a researcher for the Foundation for Strategic Research in Paris. He holds a bachelor's from the London School of Economics and a Master's in International Law from SOAS, University of London.
ANTOINE VAGNEUR-JONES
ANALYST /// BLOOMBERGNEF

14:30Finance mechanisms to stimulate project development

  • Guarantees and risk mitigation to mobilize private sector
  • Perceived risk vs. actual risk in project development
  • Public-private-partnerships to facilitate private sector participation
ANTOINE VAGNEUR-JONES /// ANALYST - BLOOMBERGNEF
Antoine Vagneur-Jones heads BloombergNEF's research on energy policy in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to his current role, he worked in business development for a Tokyo-based PV developer, and as a researcher for the Foundation for Strategic Research in Paris. He holds a bachelor's from the London School of Economics and a Master's in International Law from SOAS, University of London.
MODERATOR
ANTOINE VAGNEUR-JONES
ANALYST /// BLOOMBERGNEF
NIYAZI METE SARACOGLU /// SR. VP DEVELOPMENT - MERIDIAM
Niyazi Mete Saracoglu joined Meridiam in 2013, since then he worked in the development and financial structuring of numerous infrastructure projects in Europe and in Africa, particularly in renewable energy, healthcare and transport sectors. He is currently based in Dakar, Senegal as Senior Vice-President of Development for West Africa. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey.
NIYAZI METE SARACOGLU
SR. VP DEVELOPMENT /// MERIDIAM
MAMADOU MBAYE /// EXECUTIVE VP - FONSIS
Experienced Senior Advisor with a demonstrated history of working in the investment banking industry. Strong community and social services professional skilled in Private Equity, Financial Structuring, Risk Management, Corporate Finance, and Investment Banking.
MAMADOU MBAYE
EXECUTIVE VP /// FONSIS
PIETER WERNINK /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - ALBRIGHT CAPITAL
Pieter Wernink has 22 years of experience in emerging markets investing and 19 years devoted to private investments. Mr. Wernink has played an integral role in developing Albright Capital’s special situations offering and has focused on investments in power, financial services, agribusiness, clean technology and infrastructure. He has also served on the board of directors for many companies in emerging markets.

Prior to joining Albright Capital, Mr. Wernink was a Director at Citigroup Venture Capital international where he was responsible for the origination, structuring and management of private equity investments in Latin America, the Caribbean and the U.S. Hispanic markets. His previous experience also includes Citicorp Securities, Inc. where he worked with syndicated leverage and asset-based loans, and J.P. Morgan’s emerging markets loan trading group.

Mr. Wernink received an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a BA in Economics, cum laude, from Kenyon College.
PIETER WERNINK
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// ALBRIGHT CAPITAL
PIERRE MASPOLI /// SR. INVESTMENT OFFICER - PROPARCO
Pierre Maspoli is a senior investment officer at Proparco’s West Africa Regional Office. Based in Dakar since 2018, he recently opened the local branch while he still manages the Private Sector Department of the AFD local representation. Having to deal with all stakeholders (public sector initiatives, banks, funds and companies), Pierre has a very strong knowledge in bringing parties together to structure and execute large projects.Before joining the AFD Group in 2014 where he was in charge of developing new financial products, Pierre was head of operations of the NGO Pour un Sourire d’Enfant. He previously spent twelve years working for the French Export Credit Agency and banks on Corporate, Asset based and Project Finance cross-border transactions. Pierre holds a degree from the Institute of Technology of Tralee and graduated as laureate from IAE Rennes.
PIERRE MASPOLI
SR. INVESTMENT OFFICER /// PROPARCO

Session 2 - Funding productive use of
technologies

14:15Emerging business and technology financing needs & opportunities

The needs of the consumer continue to evolve and rise in the energy ladder. In the productive use helm, the consumer buying process is different depending on the purpose of purchase.

  • What are the consumer financing needs in the Productive Use Technologies sphere?
  • Are investors structuring their investments differently as they look into this segment of the market?
MAKENA IRERI /// SR. ASSOCIATE - CLASP
Makena is a Senior Associate at CLASP leading and managing research for the Low Energy Inclusive Appliances program (LEIA). LEIA is part of a wider effort, Efficiency for Access, a global coalition promoting energy efficiency as a potent catalyst in clean energy access efforts. The coalition programmes aim to scale up markets and reduce prices for super-efficient, off-and weak-grid appropriate products, support technological innovation, and improve sector coordination.

Makena’s work generates data and insights to advice sector actors on how to accelerate the availability, affordability, efficiency, and performance of four near-to-market products (refrigerators, televisions, fans, and solar water pumps), productive use appliances and a variety of cross-cutting horizon and enabling technologies. She has over 7 years of diverse experience in the energy sector in both utility scale solutions and distributed renewables, having previously worked as an engineer in the United Kingdom’s Civil Nuclear Industry, in energy generation and utility scale distribution.

Prior to joining CLASP, Makena managed energy access theme prizes and other research effort on pro-poor energy solutions in developing countries. She has authored impact and baseline research on improved institution cookstoves and refrigeration for the rural poor, contributed to research efforts in solar home system market stimulation in Bangladesh, and helped scope energy for humanitarian needs.
MODERATOR
MAKENA IRERI
SR. ASSOCIATE /// CLASP
CLAUDIA SCHWARTZ /// PROGRAM OFFICER – USADF
Claudia Schwartz leads the off-grid energy portfolio at the U.S. African Development Foundation, which has funded over 100 energy enterprises in fifteen countries. Prior to USADF she was involved in the start-up of Qorax Energy, a solar company based in Somaliland; and worked for the international NGO Pact while based in Nairobi, Washington and Addis Ababa. She has also been detailed to USAID as part of the Power Africa initiative and was a graduate intern at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. She holds a master’s degree in development economics and international business from the Fletcher School at Tufts, where she wrote her master’s thesis on private electricity infrastructure investment. She holds a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Brown University.
CLAUDIA SCHWARTZ
PROGRAM OFFICER /// USADF
AVA ZHANG /// CHIEF OF STAFF - SUNCULTURE
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AVA ZHANG
CHIEF OF STAFF /// SUNCULTURE
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
JULIEN POTRON /// CEO - NADJI.BI
Julien has dedicated its carrier to solar, and with 15 years of experience in the global solar industry, in Germany, China and France, having serve JinkoSolar Group during its take off period (IPO in NYSE, opening of several factories around the globe and reach of number 1 Global Solar PV Module manufacturer); Julien came back home to launch a very ambitious African company focused on cutting edge IoT innovations for the Off-Grid lighting and productive markets. Winners of many innovation prizes in Africa, Nadji.Bi has developed several connected smart solar solutions (from solar home systems to solar water pumps and milling machines), and is having a complete Research and Development lab as well as a manufacturing plant in Mbour-Senegal.
JULIEN POTRON
CEO /// NADJI.BI
15:15 PM BREAK
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Session 3 - C&I solar

16:15Drivers & barriers of commercial and industrial solar

  • The role of off-takers, international corporates, and bankability of local companies
  • The importance of the right regulatory framework and implications of the wrong
  • The emergence of new business models and financing mechanisms
RENATA ARÁUZ DESTEFANO /// SR. ASSOCIATE - KAWISAFI
Renata Aráuz-DeStefano is a Senior Associate at KawiSafi Ventures, where she supports the sourcing of new investments and management of portfolio company relationships. She brings over six years of experience working at the intersection of finance, entrepreneurship, and social impact. Prior to joining KawiSafi, Renata worked with FINCA International, a global microfinance network, throughout Latin America and Africa. Most recently, she was an investment banking associate with the Natural Resources and Financial Institution teams at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and ran a Malawi-based ethical fashion brand. She is a 2017 MBA graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations and French from Tufts University.
MODERATOR
RENATA ARÁUZ-DESTEFANO
SR. ASSOCIATE /// KAWISAFI
CHRISTIAN WESSELS /// FOUNDER - DAYSTAR POWER
Christian Wessels is the founder of Daystar Power, which focuses on hybrid solar power solutions for agricultural, manufacturing, and banking customers. Daystar Power has four objectives: reducing energy cost by 25%, providing stable power at 99% uptime and reducing pollution by cutting diesel consumption. Daystar Power is on course to roll-out 1,000 systems in the next 2 years. Daystar Power is headquartered in Nigeria, with operations in other African countries such as Ghana and other West African geographies. Christian has more than 10 years working experience in Nigeria and West Africa. Prior to founding Daystar Power and Sunray Ventures, Christian served as the Deputy GMD of the TGI Group. Christian served as a Partner to Bain & Company, supporting Bain’s growth in Sub-Saharan Africa. Christian’s time in Africa started as a Director for Barclays Africa, where he worked across Eastern and Southern Africa. In 2012, Christian was appointed as a Young Global Leader (YGL) of the World Economic Forum. He is a member of the Young President Organization.
CHRISTIAN WESSELS
FOUNDER /// DAYSTAR POWER
STEFAN ISSLER /// HEAD DIRECT INVESTMENTS - RESPONSABILITY
Stefan has more than 10 years of experience in the financial industry with a focus on energy access over the last two years. With a proven track record in leading, structuring, negotiating and executing debt investments in the financial and energy sectors. He has extensive knowledge of business practices in developing countries with a focus on Sub-Sahara Africa, including 50+ due diligences conducted in 20+ countries.
STEFAN ISSLER
HEAD DIRECT INVESTMENTS /// RESPONSABILITY
JEAN-DENIS COLLIN /// REGIONAL MANAGER - ELECTRIFI
Investment professional with 12+ years experience in financing and investing in international renewable energy infrastructure now focusing on on-grid and off-grid mid-scale projects in Africa.
JEAN-DENIS COLLIN
REGIONAL MANAGER /// ELECTRIFI
JAMES SHOETAN /// SR. ASSOCIATE - CROSSBOUNDARY ENERGY
James Shoetan is the Regional Portfolio lead at CrossBoundary Energy. He supports the firm’s investment platform which finances clean economical solar based power systems for businesses across Africa. As an American-Nigerian currently based in Nairobi, Kenya, he has also worked in South Africa, Nigeria, Rwanda, and The Middle East. James holds an electrical engineering degree from Duke University and an MBA from Wharton Business School. Prior to joining CrossBoundary, James worked at The Boston Consulting Group based out of Johannesburg, South Africa and he also worked in power generation across the US with heavy focus on nuclear power.
JAMES SHOETAN
SR. ASSOCIATE /// CROSSBOUNDARY ENERGY

Session 3 - The next frontiers

16:15What's next in Debt Funding

The changing debt funding landscape

Different industry leaders have different perceptions of debt: Some believe there is flight of debt while others believe there is a saturation of debt

  • What is the cost of debt funding and is this cost increasing or reducing?
  • Which companies face abundance of debt and which companies face depletion of debt?
  • Emergence of debt crowd-funding platforms, and their demand in the sector
  • Can commercial debt play a role in debt funding with the inclusion of contingents for collateral?
IRENE HU /// ASSOCIATE PARTNER - OPEN CAPITAL ADVISORS
Experienced Senior Advisor with a demonstrated history of working in the investment banking industry. Strong community and social services professional skilled in Private Equity, Financial Structuring, Risk Management, Corporate Finance, and Investment Banking.
MODERATOR
IRENE HU
ASSOCIATE PARNER /// OPEN CAPITAL ADVISORS
DAN ROSA /// CO-FOUNDER & CEO - OOLU
Dan’s experience is in the fields of public policy and international development related to the energy sector. At the law firm of K&L Gates, he researched, wrote and covered congressional developments for energy sector clients. Before Oolu, he researched off-grid solar models in South Asia and West Africa and lived in a village in rural Senegal. Mr. Rosa speaks English and French. He graduated from American University with a BA in International Relations and is a graduate of YCombinator, rated the best business accelerator in the world.
DAN ROSA
CO-FOUNDER & CEO /// OOLU
MAKOTO UJIKE /// ALLIANCE ACTIVITY - CROWD CREDIT
Makoto is in charge of ALLIANCE ACTIVITY with a profound experience of cross border partnership development including the alliance with MFIs and NBFIs in Latin America, EU, and Africa. He was the previous Japanese branch manager of a Korean enterprise software company. He was also responsible for the business development for Asian IT investees after his contribution to the biotech investment at the largest Japanese venture capital firm
MAKOTO UJIKE
ALLIANCE ACTIVITY /// CROWD CREDIT
MAITE PINA /// SR INVESTMENT OFFICER - FMO
Over 18 years experience in the clean energy sector, covering investments (PF and PE), advisory and project development with an special focus on emerging markets (Latam, Africa and Asia) I have provided advisory services to governments, FI, multilateral agencies, developers and start-up companies -risk assessment, asset valuation as well as analytical and strategic advice. I have led the execution and management of debt and private equity investments in clean energy in emerging markets. I have served as a member of the Board of several investee companies.
MAITE PINA
SR INVESTMENT OFFICER /// FMO
PER VAN SWAAY /// SR. VICE PRESIDENT - 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. Before moving into development finance, Per worked as a corporate lawyer in the Netherlands 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
SR. VICE PRESIDENT /// TCX
NICO TYABJI /// DIRECTOR STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS - SUNFUNDER
Nico is Director of Strategic Partnerships at SunFunder, where he works both with SunFunder’s investors and solar company borrowers. Previously he initiated the coverage of off-grid solar at Bloomberg New Energy Finance in London. He has a Masters in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
NICO TYABJI
DIRECTOR STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS /// SUNFUNDER

Session 4 - Closing Session

17:10Closing session

  • Fireside chat
  • Recap of the day
  • Closing ceremony
WANJI NG'ANG'A /// PROGRAM MANAGER - GOGLA
Wanji Ng'ang'a leads GOGLA's work on Access to Finance which is focussed on facilitating the increased flow of investment into the off-grid sector. Prior to this role, Wanji spent seven years leading business development and key account management in leading solar manufacturers across territories in Africa, Latin America and the Pacific. Wanji has also spent five years in the financial services sector across different functions in Kenya.
MODERATOR
WANJI NG'ANG'A
PROGRAM MANAGER /// GOGLA
PETER TRENCHARD /// MISSION DIRECTOR - USAID
Peter Trenchard was sworn in as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director for Senegal on July 31, 2019. Mr. Trenchard manages USAID’s programs and works with the Government of Senegal and other partners to accelerate Senegal’s transition towards established lower middle-income status.

Mr. Trenchard brings to the position more than 35 years of experience across sub-Saharan Africa, eleven of which were in Senegal. His most recent assignment prior to joining USAID/Senegal was at USAID’s Malawi mission, where he served as Deputy Mission Director from August 2015 to July 2019. Before that, he managed economic growth programs at USAID in Senegal and Ghana and was involved in implementing several key initiatives such as Feed the Future, Partnership for Growth, Power Africa, Trade Africa, and the G7 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. His work in sub-Saharan Africa has largely focused on agriculture, natural resource management, local governance, trade and private sector development, and has taken him to the Central African Republic, Burundi, Uganda, Madagascar, and Botswana.

Mr. Trenchard has a Master of Science degree in forest economics from the University of Florida and is fluent in French and Sango. He has two children and is married to Josephine Trenchard, East Africa Director for the organization FHI360.
PETER TRENCHARD
MISSION DIRECTOR /// USAID
DAN MURPHY /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - VENTURE BUILDER & CATALYST OFF-GRID ADVISORS
Dan leads strategy and operations for Catalyst Off-Grid Advisors and for VentureBuilder. He has 20+ years of Africa experience, having resided on the continent for 7 years (Cameroon, Uganda, Botswana, Guinea) and performed substantive project work in over 25 countries. He previously co-founded and served as the CEO of Sage Systems, Cote d’Ivoire’s first PAYGo solar company. He also spent over a decade at the World Bank in varied roles that included managing Lighting Africa, the World Bank’s flagship program to support off-grid solar.
DAN MURPHY
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// VENTURE BUILDER & CATALYST OFF-GRID ADVISORS
17:45 Waterside cocktail drinks and dinner
PROGRAM /// DAY 1
16 October 2019