About Us

CbI Meetings was formed in 2013 by Cross-border Information (CbI), an established Africa and Middle East-focused consultant active in primary infrastructure sectors. In 2014 we created the Africa Investment Exchange, a series of international meetings for leading investors in Africa’s high growth industries

Our meetings pair the extensive regional expertise and source network of Cross-border Information (CbI)’s African Energy with a seasoned events team experienced in producing high-level investment forums and dialogues across the African continent.

Through its power sector consultancy work and leading industry newsletter, African Energy has been involved at the heart of the debate surrounding the development of the energy sector in Africa for more than 20 years – African Energy Live Data, an innovative and interactive data platform featuring detailed profiles of more than 6,700 generation projects and plants across the continent, was launched in September 2017.

A unique perspective

As a consultant, rather than a traditional conference or events producer, we have a unique perspective when it comes to understanding the themes and topics that provide the foundations for a vibrant agenda.

We are focused on creating enduring dialogues between project developers and investment sources, including development finance institutions, private equity firms, venture capitalists, family offices, foundations, institutional investors and impact investors.

Membership programme

In 2020, we started holding monthly online meetings (and, later, hybrid meetings) in response to the brutal impact of the coronavirus pandemic on travel and traditional networking channels.

Building on this, African Energy’s experienced team of analysts has curated an AIX membership programme designed to offer stakeholders a trusted year-round forum for frank discussion and exchange of ideas and information.

Find out more about the AIX membership programme

Bespoke events

As well as our own events we can create tailored events for clients. Our unique service includes full event management from detailed agenda planning and development through to both pre- and post-event press campaigns, briefing papers and event write-ups.

Contact us to discuss your requirements

Current Meetings

Liberalising power markets

  • Start Date: May 31, 2022
  • End Date: September 27, 2022

A series of three webinars exploring the diverse experiences of three African countries (Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya) which have moved to liberalise their power markets. Each country is at a different stage of market reform and has embarked on a different course.

AIX: Power & Renewables 2022

  • Start Date: November 16, 2022
  • End Date: November 17, 2022

First held at RSA House in 2014, AIX: Power & Renewables has become one of the meeting places of choice for Africa’s power sector stakeholders to discuss the big issues confronting the industry and its financiers.

Past Meetings

AIX: Energy in Transition 2022

  • Start Date: April 27, 2022
  • End Date: April 28, 2022

The meeting at RSA House will examine the future of gas as a transition fuel as well as the prospects for hydrogen, carbon-capture, storage and alternative baseloads in the energy mix.

Power sector health check

  • Start Date: March 29, 2022
  • End Date: March 29, 2022

An online meeting examining the state of the African power sector and its possible future directions.

Solar in the Sahel

  • Start Date: February 22, 2022
  • End Date: February 22, 2022

The online meeting will examine solar investments in six countries: Senegal and the G5 Sahel states (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger). It will ask, what is required to encourage private sector participation and build capacity, how to prepare projects and mitigate risks, and what especially political and economic issues confront investment in the region.

AfricaHardball: Political and other risks in a year of re-emergence and high tension

  • Start Date: January 25, 2022
  • End Date: January 25, 2022
  • Location: Online

A frank examination of the political pressures and flash points – from sovereign debt to PPA renegotiations – that may impact on power sector development in 2022

AIX: Online 2021

  • Start Date: December 31, 2021
  • End Date: December 31, 2020

We are pleased to combine a monthly online AIX series with traditional live AIX: Gas and AIX: Power & Renewables meetings held at RSA House, London in 2021.

AIX: Gas 2021

  • Start Date: November 17, 2021
  • End Date: November 18, 2021
  • Location: London
  • Venue: RSA House and online

We are pleased to return to RSA House in 2021, combining a live event with online streaming and networking for delegates unable to travel to London.