Day 1

AIX: Power & Renewables – Thursday 19 November

08h30 to 09h00 Registration & coffee

09h00 to 10h15
Africa Power Outlook
Investors view of the power sector. New and established players, local and international developers, commercial investors and development finance institutions share their insights
Mapping Africa in 2020: Which are the markets that will attract most attention in the period to 2020. How long will ‘emergency power’ continue to dominate in many economies?
The fuel mix and the hunt for baseload – gas, coal, hydro – African planners want their electricity supply problems fixed with multi-gigawatt projects
The price of renewables and the financial returns expected and anticipated
Investing in the grid – issues and opportunities
Latin America – exporting a successful power model to Africa

Sam Amadi
Chief Executive, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission

Henry Aszklar
Chief Executive Officer, Globeleq

Jon Marks
Chairman, CbI

Alex Katon
Executive Director, InfraCo Africa

10h15 to 11h00
Climate Finance Mechanisms
Preparing for a post COP 21 world and a potential carbon tax – what to expect, and how will it impact on the African power sector?

Gregor Paterson-Jones
Managing Director, UK Green Investment Bank

Georges Beukering
Senior Investment Officer, FMO

Sam Bickersteth
Chief Executive, Climate and Development Knowledge Network

11h00 Coffee

11h30 to 13h00
Early Stage Development
Debate in previous AIX meetings has often turned to early stage problems. This session in a response, allowing experts share their insight on the challenges and potential solutions.
Structuring early stage risks
Resource, expertise and funding assistance available to facilitate projects
Main items to determine bankability in an early stage
World Bank guarantees

Orli Arav
Chief Investment Officer, Impala Energy

Cliff Aron
Principal, GreenMax Energy Ventures Africa

David Donaldson
Head, IFC Infraventures, sub-Saharan Africa, IFC

Pankaj Gupta
Manager Guarantee Program World Bank

Alex Katon
Executive Director, InfraCo Africa

13h00 Lunch

Roundtable discussions in the afternoon are structured to stimulate collaboration and innovative thinking for Africa’s power and renewable industries. Suggested themes are listed below.


14h00 to 15h30
Mobilising Funds
Engage with institutional investors, private equity firms, fund of funds, family offices, development finance institutions and fundraisers.

Listen to their investment approach, portfolio, deals, target sectors, and how they address the specific opportunities and challenges of investment in sub Sahara Africa.

Dmitriy Antropov
Vice President, Partners Group

Gilles Parmentier
Chief Investment Officer, GreenWish Partners

Ruhi Cosgun
Senior Investment Officer, FMO

Radhika Dil
Senior Private Sector Adviser, Department for International Development

Joseph Tato
Partner, Global Co-Chair of Energy Sector, DLA Piper

Herc van Wyk
Chief Executive Officer, Pembani Remgro Infrastructure Fund


14h00 to 15h30
Impact Investors in Off-grid
Examining the off grid consumer model and the opportunties for investment.
How to harness impact investment in decentralised energy programmes.
To what extent are investors allocating additional capital towards energy access funds?
Understanding how impact investment works and is measured in Africa.

James Addo
Director, Asensu Holdings

Peter Ballinger
Managing Director, South Africa, OPIC

Mike Mulcahy
Atlantis Special Economic Zone Project Executive, South Africa

Pradeep Pursnani
Deputy Director – COO, Shell Foundation

Peter Weston
Trustee, Renewable World

Faruk Yusuf Yabo
Assistant Director of Renewable Energy and Rural Power Access Department, Nigeria

Sidney Yankson
Chief Executive Officer, Ghana Capital Partners


15h30 Coffee


15h45 to 17h00
Renewable Energy Models
Examine established and new renewable energy programmes.
REIPPP: is it a reference anywhere outside South Africa?
GET FiT and other Feed-in Tariff structures – are they exportable?
Mini-grid’s huge potential and challenges

Richard Apire
Chairman, Electricity Regulatory Authority, Uganda

Bertrand Belben
Senior Business Developer, InfraCo Africa

Farhan Nakhooda
Projects Director, Madhvani Group

Mike Mulcahy
Atlantis Special Economic Zone Project Executive, South Africa


15h45 to 17h00
Energising Fragile States
Providing basic services remains a critical issue to post-conflict and other least-developed economies, as often fragile polities face structural problems and setbacks such as Ebola that mean that, even if funds are available, committing financing alone is often not enough. This session addresses those issues: overcoming security and governance shortfalls, analysing the potential for developing new power projects and rebuilding infrastructure in countries including Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone and South Sudan.

Many of these countries are resource-rich – and can use mining projects to provide anchor investment into infrastructure schemes. The session will also discuss options for the integration of power and other infrastructure development and revenue-generating projects – in a difficult environment where low commodities prices have led Chinese and other investors to pull back.

Andrew Gaines
Managing Director, DeRisk

Pankaj Gupta
Manager Guarantee Program World Bank

Johannes Gunnell
Partner, Maris Capital

Jon Marks
Chairman, CbI

Craig Sillars
Mining & Infrastructure, UK Trade & Investment


17h00 Evening reception


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