Wind, solar, hydro and biomass projects will play a major role in meeting Africa's growing power needs. Many African countries have strong renewable energy ambitions but to date only South Africa and Morocco have introduced fully fledged independent power producer (IPP) procurement programmes. South Africa intends to bring 6.9 GW of renewables capacity online by 2020. However political and exchange rate risks rank highest on the list of concerns for investors in African renewable energy projects.
The event will highlight the key opportunities and challenges facing investors and developers within the renewable energy sector, with a focus on solar, wind and hydro.
Panel Speakers Include:
Tas Anvaripour, Partner, Clean Energy Team
Prior to joining Abraaj, Ms. Anvaripour was the Chairperson at THEMIS, a project development and transaction advisory company focusing on economic (power and transport), industrial (heavy industries, oil and gas), and social infrastructure projects in the transitioning countries of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Before joining THEMIS, Ms. Anvaripour was the CEO of Africa50, an infrastructure delivery initiative sponsored by the African Development Bank. Prior to this position, as Director of Business Development at the African Development Bank, she led the design, structuring, fund raising and establishment of Africa50 among other initiatives. She was also the Head for Private Infrastructure Finance where she was in charge of African Development Bank’s private sector investments in the Energy, Transport, Water, and ICT sectors.
Christopher Baker-Brian, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, BBOXX
Christopher Baker-Brian is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of BBOXX, a company that designs, manufactures, distributes and finances innovative solar systems to improve access to energy across Africa and the developing world. Since 2010, BBOXX has sold more than 80,000 solar kits and impacted over 350,000 lives in the developing world. The company now employs over 350 people in five countries around the world.
Christopher co-founded BBOXX in 2010 to commercialise the technology and help cater for a growing demand for affordable energy products and services in developing countries. Christopher is responsible for product development, supply chain and BBOXX’s manufacturing and technology partnerships.
Lorena Ciciriello, Founder Managing Director, Ankhal Energy
Lorena has almost 20 years experience in financial services as a principal investor, asset manager and investment banker.
Between 2007 and 2015, she headed the renewable energy team at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporations where she positioned the bank in as lead global mandated lead arrangers of renewable energy. Her team originated and executed more than 40 transactions for a total asset value of US$13bn across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Prior to SMBC, Lorena was head of the project finance team at Veolia Water Italy for five years from 2001. She was in charge of the development and asset management of IPP projects in the water sector supporting the successful awarding of a number water management concessions and project financed a total value of circa US$5bn.
She worked as senior economist for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva and the Argentine Embassy in Rome from 1995 to 1999. During this time she lectured microeconomics at Link University in Rome.
David Cunningham, Principal Financial Analyst Wood Group Clean Energy
David Cunningham is the Principal Financial Analyst at Wood Group Clean Energy, responsible for evaluating and structuring finance in renewable energy infrastructure projects and cleantech businesses.
Prior to joining Wood Group in November 2012, David was a number 1 Extel Rated equity analyst with 22 years’ experience in the fields of investment banking and research. His focused sectors include renewable energy infrastructure, environmental technologies, energy storage, mobility and energy efficiency.
David has originated and executed seven IPOs on the London stock exchange in addition to numerous private placements in the cleantech and renewable energy industry.
Alastair Vere Nicoll, Partner and Co-Founder, Berkeley Energy
Alastair Vere Nicoll is a Founding Partner of Berkeley Energy. Berkeley Energy is a fund manager dedicated to renewable energy project development, construction and operations in emerging markets. It has three funds including the Africa Renewable Energy Fund (AREF), the first pan-African dedicated fund for renewable energy and two further funds focused on Asia. Berkeley Energy has 40 professionals with a particular focus on engineering and technical know-how and manages a portfolio of more than 25 projects globally with over 2000 employees.