Valérie Levkov
Valérie Levkov
Vice President Africa, Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean, EDF
Benedikt Lenders
Benedikt Lenders
Head of Minigrids, ENGIE Powercorner Africa

Graduated as Civil Mining Engineer, Benedikt Lenders joined the ENGIE group in 2002 and has since then occupied and been responsible for several activities in the Energy Management & Trading environment, ranging from gas & power energy management, contract negotiation and trading for ENGIE in Central Western Europe. As of January 2017, Benedikt has been appointed as Director of Transformation for ENGIE BENELUX. Since 2019, Benedikt has taken up the position of Head of Minigrids and Managing Director of ENGIE Powercorner, ENGIE’s solution for renewable minigrid development in Africa.

Christopher Baker-Brian
Christopher Baker-Brian
Chief Technology Officer, BBOXX

Christopher is a graduate of Imperial College London, where he obtained a first class honours (M.Eng) degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. At Imperial, he helped create “e.quinox” in 2008 alongside Mansoor Hamayun and Laurent Van Houke and subsequently co-founded BBOXX in 2010 to commercialise the technology and help cater for a growing demand for affordable energy products and services.
At BBOXX, Christopher is responsible for product development, supply chain and BBOXX’s manufacturing and technology partnerships and leads its engineering team in London. In addition, Christopher has extensive technical experience in the petro-chemicals (Shell) and aerospace (Rolls-Royce) industries. A British national, he is a full member of the IEEE and IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology) and served as a general member of the 2011-2014 IEEE Ad-Hoc Committee on Humanitarian Activities.

Ademidun Edosomwan
Ademidun Edosomwan
Emerging Markets Lead, Total Ventures

Head of the Emerging Markets Platform at Total Ventures, Ademidun focuses on investments in energy access, enabling technology and sustainable mobility in emerging markets.

Chris Würdemann
Chris Würdemann
Vice President Corporate Finance, Zola International
Manuel Wiechers
Manuel Wiechers
CEO, Iluméxico

Manuel Wiechers Banuet, 32 años, es Ingeniero Industrial de la UNAM, en donde fundó la sociedad de energía y medio ambiente. En la universidad trabajó para el proyecto Impulsa IV, en investigación de energías renovables para la desalación de agua, y escribió su tesis en Energía Renovable para el Desarrollo Rural. Posteriormente estuvo en GE Energy trabajando en licitaciones de proyectos eólicos y térmicos. A partir de fundar Iluméxico en 2010 han instalado cerca de 20mil equipo solares en viviendas rurales y ha sido reconocido como Ashoka Fellow y Emprendedor Endeavor. Asimismo, ha sido reconocido por el MIT como uno de los 10 innovadores en México, el Forbes 30 under 30 y ha sido ponente en diversos foros como el ANDE Annual Meeting o TEDxDF. Es una apasionado de combatir el cambio climático y la pobreza con el emprendimiento.

Leslie Labruto
Leslie Labruto
Head of Global Energy, Acumen

Leslie Labruto is the Head of Global Energy at Acumen, where she leads Acumen’s $20M Pioneer Energy Investment Initiative (PEII). Leslie is responsible for driving strategy, portfolio construction, and thought leadership for Acumen’s Global Energy Portfolio. Leslie joined Acumen from the Clinton Foundation, where she served as Director of Clean Energy for the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) and led programmatic strategy and partnerships. Previously, Leslie worked at Summit Partners, a $15 billion venture capital firm in Boston. Leslie holds two degrees in Civil and Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London and Vanderbilt University.

Mathilde Girard
Mathilde Girard
Investment Executive, Energy Access & Efficiency, CDC Group
Alakesh Chetia
Alakesh Chetia
CEO, Yoma Micro Power
Gema Sánchez Domínguez
Gema Sánchez Domínguez
Investment Director-Venture Capital, Iberdrola
Avi Jacobson
Avi Jacobson
Senior Investment Officer, Sunfunder

Avi is a Senior Investment Officer at SunFunder. He is responsible for managing relationships with SunFunder's clients and optimizing their debt structure so that they can grow together. Prior to joining SunFunder, Avi was the Director of Market Analysis at Lumos Global, a solar home system provider that launched initially in Nigeria. He began his career as a Special Operations Weather Team Leader in the US Air Force. Avi is a graduate of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and, as a graduate of the University of Michigan, a proud Wolverine.

Koen Peters
Koen Peters
Executive Director, GOGLA

Koen Peters has been GOGLA's Executive Director since 2014. He has more than 20 years of international work experience, of which more than 12 years in relation to energy access. He gathered insights from many different perspectives and organizations, including government, consulting, start-up businesses, and international finance organizations.

Prior to joining GOGLA, Koen worked as renewable energy expert within the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In this capacity, he focused on development assistance programmes promoting access to energy in Africa – with a specific focus on private sector cooperation and development finance instruments. Here he worked with the leading international development finance organizations, donor governments, and international NGOs active in the field of sustainable energy in developing countries.

Earlier, he worked for about ten years as a consultant, supporting start-up businesses with business planning, project management, and fundraising – in particular in relation to energy access business initiatives in developing countries. During this period he co-founded and co-managed a solar PV company in Tanzania – then (in 2001-2006) the first company to focus mainly on providing solar energy solutions to poor people in rural communities. He was also project manager of one of the first projects aimed at solar mobile phone charging solutions, in Uganda.

His experience in the private sector came after several years in the public sector: for the Dutch government on international cooperation; for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on donor cooperation on international climate investments; and for the British Department for International Development.
Koen has a Master's degree in Environmental Engineering from Wageningen University and a Master's in Business Administration jointly from Nyenrode University and Kellogg School of Management. He is married and has two children.

Gabriel Davies
Gabriel Davies
Head of Energy Access, CrossBoundary

Gabriel is based in Nairobi as Head of Energy Access at CrossBoundary, a frontier market investment firm. Prior to CrossBoundary, Mr. Davies worked as an Associate at Augusta & Co, a London-based investment firm focused on renewable energy, where he worked in the investment banking team. At Augusta & Co, Mr. Davies advised developers, utilities, and institutional investors on placing capital into over 2GW of renewable energy projects and businesses across Europe, and also originating and structuring corporate PPAs. Previously, he worked for the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change, advising the Government on energy policy. Mr. Davies has also worked for BP’s Alternative Energy division in London and Brazil. Gabriel has written about the off-grid energy sector for the Financial Times’ ‘This is Africa’, the Brookings Institution, Quartz, Greentech Media, and NextBillion, and has been interviewed in Nature’s Energy Journal and on CNBC Africa.  He holds an MA in Physics and Philosophy from the University of Oxford.

Emma Hawkins
Emma Hawkins
Director of Corporate Finance, PEG Africa

Emma has recently joined PEG as Director of Corporate Finance, after four years at CDC in the Corporate Debt and Energy Access teams. Prior to this, Emma spent five years working in investment banking and advisory roles, focusing on natural resources and infrastructure opportunities in emerging markets.

Thomas Duveau
Thomas Duveau
Chief Strategy Officer, A2EI (former Chief Strategy Officer, Mobisol)

Thomas Duveau is on the founding team of the Access to Energy Institute, the first independent, non-for-profit collaborative research and development platform in the energy access industry, which was launched in January 2019 (http://www.a2ei.org). The A2EI is primarily putting data and engineering capabilities at the disposition of the offgrid sector, with a focus on productive use appliances. The A2EI can concentrate on solving the tough challenges in the offgrid sector, that commercial companies cannot put at the centre of their endeavour. An example can be found here: https://vimeo.com/341730105
The A2EI is a complementary partner to these commercial companies, be they small local entrepreneurs or large strategic players.

Prior to the A2EI, Thomas Duveau spent 5 years as a chief strategy officer at mobisol, one of the leading commercial companies in the solar home system space, which has electrified over 150.000 households, mainly in East Africa. (http://www.plugintheworld.com)

Thomas also worked as an officer for renewable energies for WWF Germany from 2008 to 2013. Prior to that, he served as Vice President at Global Capital Finance (Investment with a focus on renewable energies) 2005 to 2008. From 1997 to 2004 he worked in the Corporate Strategy Department of REUTERS in Germany, UK and USA.

Thomas graduated in Economics, Econometrics and environmental management.

Murray Birt
Murray Birt
Vice President, DWS Group

Murray joined DWS in 2015 to undertake ESG thematic research and support the company’s responsible investment strategy.

Prior to his current role, Murray worked at a Group level in Deutsche Bank, supporting senior management leadership in the area of climate finance and implementing the Bank’s climate change business strategy. He previously worked with companies to develop consensus policy positions, published papers and lobbied UK and European governments on energy and climate change policies at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). Murray began his career in consulting, policy research and program support for energy efficiency, renewable energy and carbon markets in Alberta, Canada.

He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Calgary and a M.Sc. in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford. He also holds the UK Investment Management Certificate (IMC).

Ben Good
Ben Good
CEO, Energy 4 Impact

Ben Good is an engineer with over 25 years' experience in the renewable energy and utility sectors. He has undertaken a range of senior operational, commercial, financial, and corporate finance roles with various businesses and projects across Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Since 2011, Ben has led the establishment of Energy 4 Impact as a major contributor to the development of off-grid energy markets in sub-Saharan Africa.  Immediately prior to E4I, Ben was CEO of a UK-listed renewable energy business with interests in India and southern Africa.  He has a degree in Engineering, Economics and Management from Oxford University.

Wesley Verne
Wesley Verne
Chief Technology Officer, SteamaCo

Wesley is the CTO at SteamaCo, where he builds smart meters and automation software for the world’s toughest markets – off-grid Africa and Asia. SteamaCo’s technology provides power to tens of thousands of consumers in remote environments, at a fraction the cost of comparable smart meters. Wesley’s work ranges from building a world-class Mancunian software engineering team, to developing technology on-site in rural Tanzania, to designing smart meter networks using cutting-edge LoRa technology.

Alain Tales
Alain Tales
Program Director, Energy, Orange
Jon Exel
Jon Exel
Senior Energy Specialist, World Bank Group
Aaron Cheng
Aaron Cheng
President, PowerGen Renewable Energy

Aaron Cheng is the President at PowerGen Renewable Energy.  PowerGen's Mission is to Transform Lives through Smarter Power.  PowerGen develops, builds, and operates solar micro-grids to provide energy access to the millions of people without electricity.  PowerGen is based in Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, with 150+ employees. 

Aaron left Harvard Business School after his first year to join PowerGen, where he has worked across various teams and geographies.  Prior to HBS, Aaron was at Accel-KKR, where he invested in and worked operationally with technology growth companies.  Aaron also worked at Barclays Capital, in Technology Mergers & Acquisitions.  Aaron holds a BA in Political Economy and a BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Arne van Stiphout
Arne van Stiphout
Program Manager, Mee Panyar

Arne van Stiphout is program manager for Mee Panyar, a social enterprise that works with communities and builds capacity among rural electricians in Myanmar on operation and maintenance of renewable mini-grids as a way to accelerate energy access progress across the country. He obtained an MSc in Electrical Engineering (2012) from KU Leuven (Belgium) and INP Grenoble (France), and a PhD in Energy Engineering (2017) from KU Leuven. During his PhD, he studied the role of operational flexibility in the integration of renewable energy and its impact on the long-term investment planning of the electricity sector. He went on to study multi-energy systems as a postdoctoral researcher at EnergyVille. Thereafter, he obtained an MSc (2018) in Global Governance & Ethics from University College London. In his research there, he studied the political economy of sustainability transitions, focusing on energy policy in Myanmar. Arne is also co-founder of Carbon+Alt+Delete, a non-profit that informs and activates people on climate change mitigation in Belgium.

Emily McAteer
Emily McAteer
CEO/Co-Founder, Odyssey Energy Solutions

Emily is CEO and co-founder of Odyssey Energy Solutions, a software platform that is facilitating half a billion dollars of funding into rural electrification projects around the world. In her current role, Emily works closely with key financiers, project developers, and other industry leaders to simplify, streamline, and reduce the costs of developing and financing mini-grids and other distributed energy resources. With more than a decade of experience in the rural electrification sector, Emily is an expert in off-grid renewable energy business models and financing.
Prior to Odyssey, Emily was Chief Revenue Officer of Frontier Power, a subsidiary of SunEdison, launched to rapidly scale the deployment of mini-grids in India and East Africa. Emily was also a Fulbright Scholar focused on off-grid solar systems in India and worked in advanced energy management at EnerNOC and Yahoo. Emily holds a BA from Brown University, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Brianna Schuyler, Ph.D.
Brianna Schuyler, Ph.D.
Data Scientist, Fenix International

Brianna leads the data team at Fenix International.  She works with a team spanning multiple countries, including Uganda, Zambia, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Benin, Mozambique, and the US.  She and the data team at Fenix work on a wide range of problems from predicting repayment of small solar home system loans, to analyzing IoT data from solar devices, to understanding the best paths for customer support.  All of these projects help Fenix to provide clean, safe, and sustainable energy to people living off the grid in Sub-Saharan Africa.  After working with several large datasets while completing a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, she took a break from academia and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Northern Uganda.  At Fenix, she's able to work at the perfect crossroads of big data, sustainable energy, and energy access for underserved populations.

Arthur Jacquiau-Chamski
Arthur Jacquiau-Chamski
Chief Operating Officer, SparkMeter

Arthur has more than a decade of energy sector experience with both utilities and microgrids. After completing his engineering degree, he joined Engie in 2006 where he managed R&D projects. In 2013, he joined the US non-profit EarthSpark International to design and manage the first 24/7 solar-based microgrid in Haiti, and the same year cofounded SparkMeter with a group of mission-driven, smart professionals from the energy and technology sectors. He's been living in the Washington, DC area since 2015, coordinating the company's growth as its COO. SparkMeter's smart metering solution is now present in 25 countries, enabling utilities to provide underserved populations with quality electricity services.

Juan García Montes
Juan García Montes
Co-Founder & CEO, Sunkofa Energy

Juan García Montes – Pioneer in energy access, working on different projects for over 18 years as Managing Director, Project Developer, Project Manager and Country Manager. Former Managing Director of PowerCorner, initiative of ENGIE for mini-grids in rural Africa and head of Bto in charge of energy access activities. Former Director Rural Electrification EMEA at SunEdison. Launched from scratch Isofoton in Morocco – one of the first Solar Home Systems concession in 2005 for over 30,000 systems. Executed energy access projects in over 20 countries in Africa (SHS, Mini-Grids, PV Pumping Systems). Education: MBA (IE Business School ) and BA Law and Economics (Universidad Cantabria). Best regards, Juan Garcia Montes

Jessica Stephens
Jessica Stephens
COO, Africa Mini-Grid Developers Association

Jessica serves as COO for AMDA, representing mini-grid developers of sustainable and renewable energy solutions for rural electrification in Africa.

Jessica is an entrepreneur, who has set up and sold two of her own companies in Tanzania and has been involved in the start up of several other energy and agricultural business in East Africa.  She has over 12 years of experience working in rural and peri-urban African communities, in an array of capacities in private, non-profit, and government sectors. Jessica drives AMDA’s agenda to advocate and coordinate with industry, policy-makers, government authorities, and other stakeholders to ensure optimal development of the mini-grid sector and its pivotal role in ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all Africans.

Mohsen Mohseninia
Mohsen Mohseninia
VP of Market Development, Europe, Aeris

Mr. Mohseninia has over 18 years of experience in telecommunications sector where he has engaged with C-levels to define, design and deliver business solutions, enhancing efficiency and productivity. Prior to joining Aeris in 2013, Mr. Mohseninia was the head of M2M for Logica in the UK responsible for the development of strategy, go to market and sales. Prior to that, he spent more than 4 years in the Middle East and Africa where he established a telecom business for Logica in the region. From 1999 to 2007 Mr. Mohseninia was responsible for the OSS business of Logica, where he successfully transformed the business into a global business and established Logica as a leading supplier of OSS solutions globally. Mr. Mohseninia holds a Ph.D. in numerical computations from the university of Hertfordshire in the UK.

William Brent
William Brent
Director, Power For All

William Brent is a climate solutions evangelist and entrepreneur, working tirelessly to promote renewable energy and other solutions. He is a communications and marketing professional with more than 20 years experience in branding, digital media, community engagement, content, and advocacy. As director of communications at Power for All, he oversees all external communications and strategic partnership. Prior to joining Power for All, he was a senior executive and head of the climate solutions practice at Weber Shandwick, an award-winning global PR firm and part of NYSE: IPG. He has also been executive director of a non-profit, and was an entrepreneur who co-founded several media and content focused companies. He began his career as a foreign correspondent and editor in China. A native of the United States, William has deep experience working globally, having spent nearly 20 years living in Asia and Europe.

Emily Clark
Emily Clark
Director, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Alistair Gordon
Alistair Gordon
CEO, Lumos

Prior to joining Lumos, Alistair founded, operated and, after 13 years, exited ValuAccess, a full-service provider of stored-value and customer engagement programs for Asian retailers, providing both processing and distribution. Earlier in his career Alistair created, in partnership with First Data Corporation, a mobile, affinity marketing and m-commerce company in USA; he led Shell’s first foray globally into mobile telecoms; was COO for PCCW’s TV and Web digital content service and has established international and mobile telecoms companies in Hong Kong. Alistair holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Manchester, UK.

Ashwin West
Ashwin West
Investment Director, African Infrastructure Investment Managers

With a 19 year track record, African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) is the most experienced private equity investment manager focused exclusively on African infrastructure on the continent. AIIM is committed to Africa’s long term development through its infrastructure focus and currently manages USD2.1 billion across 7 funds having concluded investments into more than 55 assets across the power, telecommunications and transport sectors in East, West and Southern Africa.
Ashwin is responsible for originating potential deals, analysing, assessing, structuring and negotiating investment opportunities, as well as the execution, performance monitoring and realisation of investments at AIIM. He has most recently led the successful execution of an in investment into BBOXX Next Generation Utility companies in Kenya, Rwanda and the DRC.  He has also been involved in power projects in Mali, Benin, Ghana, South Africa and Namibia. Ashwin is a non-executive director on the boards of BBOXX Rwanda, BBOXX DRC, Beyond Energy Investments, Mercury Power, AIIF3 Clean Energy and Albatros Energy Mali.

Benjamin Attia
Benjamin Attia
Research Analyst, Power & Renewables, 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 primarily covers downstream solar PV markets in Africa and the Middle East, and leads the firm’s emerging coverage of off grid power markets for energy access Benjamin also conducts affiliated research as a Non Resident Fellow at the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines, The Energy for Growth Hub, and the Foundation for Renewable Energy Environment, and advises off grid energy access startups operating in Nigeria and Myanmar pro bono He previously worked in solar asset management and commercial operations at SunEdison and on clean energy transition focused regulatory research for utilities and policymakers at the National Regulatory Research Institute He holds a Master of Energy Environmental Policy and a B S in Economics and Energy Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware. Follow Benjamin on Twitter @solarbenattia.

Advisory Board

Ademidun Edosomwan
Ademidun Edosomwan
Emerging Markets Lead, Total Ventures

Head of the Emerging Markets Platform at Total Ventures, Ademidun focuses on investments in energy access, enabling technology and sustainable mobility in emerging markets.

Monisola Olarewaju
Monisola Olarewaju
Head of Energy Access, Shell New Energies

Currently the Head of Energy Access at Shell New Energies, Monisola Olarewaju is responsible for developing commercial opportunities that provide affordable and reliable energy for underserved communities in developing markets. Portfolio companies include Husk Power Systems, SolarNow, SteamaCo and Sunfunder.

Ashwin West
Ashwin West
Investment Director, African Infrastructure Investment Managers

With a 19 year track record, African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) is the most experienced private equity investment manager focused exclusively on African infrastructure on the continent. AIIM is committed to Africa’s long term development through its infrastructure focus and currently manages USD2.1 billion across 7 funds having concluded investments into more than 55 assets across the power, telecommunications and transport sectors in East, West and Southern Africa.
Ashwin is responsible for originating potential deals, analysing, assessing, structuring and negotiating investment opportunities, as well as the execution, performance monitoring and realisation of investments at AIIM. He has most recently led the successful execution of an in investment into BBOXX Next Generation Utility companies in Kenya, Rwanda and the DRC.  He has also been involved in power projects in Mali, Benin, Ghana, South Africa and Namibia. Ashwin is a non-executive director on the boards of BBOXX Rwanda, BBOXX DRC, Beyond Energy Investments, Mercury Power, AIIF3 Clean Energy and Albatros Energy Mali.

Gabriel Davies
Gabriel Davies
Head of Energy Access, CrossBoundary

Gabriel is based in Nairobi as Head of Energy Access at CrossBoundary, a frontier market investment firm. Prior to CrossBoundary, Mr. Davies worked as an Associate at Augusta & Co, a London-based investment firm focused on renewable energy, where he worked in the investment banking team. At Augusta & Co, Mr. Davies advised developers, utilities, and institutional investors on placing capital into over 2GW of renewable energy projects and businesses across Europe, and also originating and structuring corporate PPAs. Previously, he worked for the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change, advising the Government on energy policy. Mr. Davies has also worked for BP’s Alternative Energy division in London and Brazil. Gabriel has written about the off-grid energy sector for the Financial Times’ ‘This is Africa’, the Brookings Institution, Quartz, Greentech Media, and NextBillion, and has been interviewed in Nature’s Energy Journal and on CNBC Africa.  He holds an MA in Physics and Philosophy from the University of Oxford.

Kevin Connolly
Kevin Connolly
Director, Airband International

Kevin currently serves as Director of Airband International within Microsoft’s Airband Initiative – an organization that partners with start-ups and commercial organizations to help make Internet connectivity and off-grid energy access more accessible. Areas of technology collaboration typically include cloud, Internet of Things, data reporting and analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.
Prior to joining the Airband team, Kevin was accountable for the Windows commercial and public sector businesses across worldwide emerging markets; managed the Windows and Devices businesses across Sub-Saharan Africa while based in Nairobi, Kenya; led business development initiatives focused on education and public health scenarios across Middle East & Africa region while based in Johannesburg, South Africa; and spent two years in Paris, France in Microsoft’s Europe, Middle East, & Africa Headquarters. Before his overseas roles, Kevin served as a Group Product Manager in Redmond, Washington at Microsoft's corporate headquarters in the USA. He completed his Masters degree and PhD coursework in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin.
Kevin currently lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and children.

Manuel Wiechers
Manuel Wiechers
CEO, Iluméxico

Manuel Wiechers Banuet, 32 años, es Ingeniero Industrial de la UNAM, en donde fundó la sociedad de energía y medio ambiente. En la universidad trabajó para el proyecto Impulsa IV, en investigación de energías renovables para la desalación de agua, y escribió su tesis en Energía Renovable para el Desarrollo Rural. Posteriormente estuvo en GE Energy trabajando en licitaciones de proyectos eólicos y térmicos. A partir de fundar Iluméxico en 2010 han instalado cerca de 20mil equipo solares en viviendas rurales y ha sido reconocido como Ashoka Fellow y Emprendedor Endeavor. Asimismo, ha sido reconocido por el MIT como uno de los 10 innovadores en México, el Forbes 30 under 30 y ha sido ponente en diversos foros como el ANDE Annual Meeting o TEDxDF. Es una apasionado de combatir el cambio climático y la pobreza con el emprendimiento.

Mathilde Girard
Mathilde Girard
Investment Executive, Energy Access & Efficiency, CDC Group
Antoine Veyre
Antoine Veyre
CFO & Co-Founder, Sunkofa Energy
Avi Jacobson
Avi Jacobson
Senior Investment Officer, Sunfunder

Avi is a Senior Investment Officer at SunFunder. He is responsible for managing relationships with SunFunder's clients and optimizing their debt structure so that they can grow together. Prior to joining SunFunder, Avi was the Director of Market Analysis at Lumos Global, a solar home system provider that launched initially in Nigeria. He began his career as a Special Operations Weather Team Leader in the US Air Force. Avi is a graduate of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and, as a graduate of the University of Michigan, a proud Wolverine.

Gema Sánchez Domínguez
Gema Sánchez Domínguez
Investment Director-Venture Capital, Iberdrola
Emily McAteer
Emily McAteer
CEO/Co-Founder, Odyssey Energy Solutions

Emily is CEO and co-founder of Odyssey Energy Solutions, a software platform that is facilitating half a billion dollars of funding into rural electrification projects around the world. In her current role, Emily works closely with key financiers, project developers, and other industry leaders to simplify, streamline, and reduce the costs of developing and financing mini-grids and other distributed energy resources. With more than a decade of experience in the rural electrification sector, Emily is an expert in off-grid renewable energy business models and financing.
Prior to Odyssey, Emily was Chief Revenue Officer of Frontier Power, a subsidiary of SunEdison, launched to rapidly scale the deployment of mini-grids in India and East Africa. Emily was also a Fulbright Scholar focused on off-grid solar systems in India and worked in advanced energy management at EnerNOC and Yahoo. Emily holds a BA from Brown University, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Simon Bransfield-Garth
Simon Bransfield-Garth
CEO, Azuri Technologies

Simon Bransfield-Garth received a Ph.D. in Engineering from St John's College, Cambridge. He was also a former Fellow at Cambridge University; former Industrial Fellow, Royal Society. Garth has over 25 years of experience building rapid growth, technology-based businesses in sectors including semiconductors, automotive equipment and mobile phones. Formerly, seven years with Symbian, the phone OS maker, as Member, Leadership Team and Vice-President, Global Marketing. Currently, Chief Executive Officer, Azuri Technologies, a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, delivering pay-as-you-go solar power on a commercial basis to rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa.

Thomas Chevillotte
Thomas Chevillotte
Group CFO, BBOXX
Moya Connelly
Moya Connelly
Vice President, Sustainable Investments, DWS
Peter Weston
Peter Weston
Director, Investment Advisory Services, Energy 4 Impact

Peter is an expert in power, renewables and energy access, with 20 years of experience as an investor, lender and strategic advisor. He has executed and advised on $9 billion of energy investments in 24 countries, covering Europe, Africa, South Asia, Middle East and Latin America.

Peter is a Director of Energy 4 Impact (formerly GVEP International), an organisation which supports entrepreneurs developing distributed off-grid energy solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is a Board Member of Thrive Renewables (formerly Triodos Renewables), a community-based renewables investor, and Renewable World, a global renewables charity. He is also a visiting lecturer at ESCP, a European business school.

Peter has previously held management roles with GE Energy Financial Services, Siemens Wind Power, MAN Diesel & Turbo, Westdeutsche Landesbank, Aquila Energy and Osaka Gas.

Sam Slaughter
Sam Slaughter
CEO & Co-Founder, PowerGen Renewable Energy
Alakesh Chetia
Alakesh Chetia
CEO, Yoma Micro Power