With billions of people globally without access to reliable electricity and nearly $2 billion USD in cumulative corporate-level investments into this rapidly emerging sector since 2010, off-grid energy access players and their strategic partners are tapping into this massive opportunity in the energy transition.

The only conference assessing global investment, market opportunities & technology developments for off-grid energy access at the last mile

But identifying and approaching commercial opportunities in risky emerging markets is still a key question. Which technology solutions and business models can sustainably meet growing power demand that can transform lives and communities while generating healthy returns and deepen customer relationships? How can ‘value stacking’ adjacent products and services add value to these projects?

Speakers

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alakesh Chetia
Alakesh Chetia
CEO, Yoma Micro Power
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.

Mathilde Girard
Mathilde Girard
Investment Executive, Energy Access & Efficiency, CDC Group
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.

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
agenda 2019 Conference Themes
  • Scaling the Utility of the Future for the Last Mile
  • Tapping the 'next billion’: Mapping the JV & Commercial Partnership Ecosystem for Off-Grid Energy Access
  • Beyond Electricity: Value-stacking Adjacent Customer Services in Emerging Markets
  • Regional Dynamics in East and West Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America
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