Speakers

Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish  
Director-General

OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)

Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish, a Saudi national, has been the Director-General of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) since November 2003. Al-Herbish is a long-time supporter of people-centered development, and has been especially vocal on the issue of energy poverty eradication, a cause...

Read more >>

 
Shegun Bakari  
Advisor to President of Togo

Togo

Shegun Bakari is Advisor to HE Mr. Faure Gnassingbé, President of the Togolese Republic, on various issues, including energy. He has held this position since July 2016. He is in charge of the design and implementation of the CIZO presidential program ("Lighting" in the local language) which aims to...

Read more >>

 
Howard Bamsey  
Executive Director

Green Climate Fund

Howard Bamsey is the Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund, beginning in January 2017. Ambassador Bamsey has spent most of his career in international diplomacy and public service. He is a widely recognized negotiator in the global response to climate change and co-chaired the United...

Read more >>

 
Jaideep Bansal  
Energy Access Leader

Global Himalayan Expedition

Jaideep Bansal is the Energy Access Leader for the Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) which is working to electrify remote mountainous communities using solar DC micro grids. GHE has brought energy access to 55 villages, empowering over 22,000 people in the Himalayas. Bansal is also the Foundation...

Read more >>

 
Felix Bikpo  
Chief Executive Officer

African Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

Felix Adahi Bikpo is Chief Executive Officer of the African Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs). He is a graduate of ESSEC Paris, France and holds a Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Côte d'Ivoire. Bikpo has 25 years of experience in the financial sector...

Read more >>

 
Bjarni Bjarnason  
Chief Executive Officer

Reykjavik Energy

Bjarni Bjarnason is a geologist and a mining engineer. He became Chief Executive Officer at Reykjavík Energy in 2011 and his focus has very much been on sustainability. During his time at Reykjavik Energy, gender equality has undergone a total transformation. The gender pay-gap has been eliminated...

Read more >>

 
Greta Bull  
Chief Executive Officer

Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP)

Greta Bull is Chief Executive Officer of CGAP and a Director at the World Bank Group. Ms. Bull has more than 15 years’ experience in development finance. In her most recent role as a Manager at the IFC’s Financial Institutions Group, she oversaw a large digital financial services advisory program...

Read more >>

 
Anya Cherneff  
Founder and Executive Director

Empower Generation

Anya Cherneff is Founder and Executive Director of Empower Generation, a social enterprise that trains and supports rural women to lead inclusive businesses that deliver clean energy solutions to remote communities in Nepal. After fighting human trafficking for over five years, Cherneff tried a...

Read more >>

 
Laura Cozzi  
Head of the Energy Demand Outlook Division

International Energy Agency

Laura Cozzi is Head of the Energy Demand Outlook Division, Directorate of Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks, at the International Energy Agency. Ms. Cozzi co-leads the World Energy Outlook the IEA flagship publication. She is in charge of energy demand, efficiency, power generation,...

Read more >>

 
Hon. Simon D'Ujanga  
Minister of State for Energy

Uganda

Hon. Simon D'Ujanga has been a Member of Parliament in Uganda since 2000 and the Minister of State for Energy since 2006. During his career in the energy sector, he has been engaged in policy direction and supervision of various power projects in Uganda. He is an engineer by profession.

Read more >>

 
Ashvin Dayal  
Associate Vice President & Managing Director (Smart Power)

The Rockefeller Foundation

Ashvin Dayal led the Rockefeller Foundation’s pioneering investments in the renewable energy mini-grid space in India and oversaw the establishment of Smart Power India, a dedicated platform to support the acceleration of last-mile electrification. Building from this work, he now heads the...

Read more >>

 
Fatih Demiray  
Government and Regulatory Affairs Manager

Arçelik Group

Fatih Demiray is Governmental and Regulatory Affairs Manager at the Arçelik Group, a position he has held since 2015. He started his career as Refrigerator Cooling System Design Expert at Arcelik's R...

Read more >>

 
Audrey Desiderato  
Founder & Chief Operating Officer

SunFunder

Audrey Desiderato is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of SunFunder, a specialized debt provider for solar companies and projects in Africa. She is based in Nairobi, where she is responsible for growing the team and SunFunder's portfolio. Prior to SunFunder, she modeled clean energy projects...

Read more >>

 
Gilles Vermot Desroches  
Sustainability Senior Vice President

Schneider Electric

After first experiences as president of an NGO and within a Minister cabinet in France, Gilles Vermot Desroches joined Schneider Electric in 1998. His primary mission was to create and develop the Schneider Electric Foundation. Three years later, he took over the role of the new global Sustainable...

Read more >>

 
Mafalda Duarte  
Head

Climate Investment Funds

Mafalda Duarte is head of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), a position she has held since 2014. Prior to this position, she led policy and corporate work and managed climate-related portfolios at the African Development Bank and the World Bank. Under her leadership, the $8.3 billion Climate...

Read more >>

 
Bessem Enonchong  
Country Director-Cameroon

Global LPG Partnership(GLPGP)

Bessem Enonchong has a decade of business development experience in the liquid petroleum gas (LPG) industry in Cameroon. As a Sales and Marketing Manager with Kosan Crisplant, she successfully directed the launch of GLOCALGAZ, a subsidiary focused on safe residential LPG cylinder distribution in...

Read more >>

 
H.E. João Pedro Matos Fernandes  
Minister of Environment

Portugal

João Pedro Matos Fernandes has been Minister of Environment, Portugal since November 2015. He previously served as President of the Portuguese Port Authorities' Association between April 2008 and April 2010. He was also a Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico (Infrastructures) and at Instituto...

Read more >>

 
Jürgen Fischer  
President

Danfoss Cooling

Jürgen Fisher has been President of Danfoss Cooling since 2015. He first joined Danfoss in 2008 as Vice President Industrial Automation, and in 2010 he became Senior Vice President for Automatic Controls. In 2013, he was appointed President of the Refrigeration and A/C Division. He has broad...

Read more >>

 
Lorien Gamaroff  
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Bankymoon

Lorien Gamaroff is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bankymoon, a blockchain and cryptocurrency consultancy and co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Centbee, a cryptocurrency payments and remittance company. As South Africa's foremost blockchain expert, Gamaroff has been invited...

Read more >>

 
Thomas Gottschalk  
Chief Executive Officer

Mobisol

Thomas Gottschalk is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mobisol, a company that combines solar energy with innovative mobile technology and microcredit to provide high-quality solar home systems and smart software solutions for emerging economies in Africa. He is a visionary entrepreneur with a...

Read more >>

 
Harish Hande  
Managing Director

SELCO India

Harish Hande is an Indian social entrepreneur who co-founded SELCO India, a social enterprise that provides sustainable energy services to the poor in India. Hande has received several awards for "his pragmatic efforts to put solar power technology in the hands of the poor, through his social...

Read more >>

 
Andrew Harper  
Director, Division of Programme Support and Management

UNHCR

Andrew Harper has been working with refugees since the 1990s when he worked in Turkey during the first Gulf War for UNHCR. Of particular note, he was the UNHCR Country Representative in Jordan and was responsible for more than a half million Syrian refugees who fled the war in their country. He now...

Read more >>

 
Per Heggenes  
Chief Executive Officer

IKEA Foundation

Per Heggenes is the Chief Executive Officer of the IKEA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Stichting INGKA Foundation, owner of the Swedish home furnishings company, IKEA. As CEO, Heggenes sets and drives the Foundation’s funding and innovation strategies, and is a tireless advocate for...

Read more >>

 
Andrew Herscowitz  
Coordinator for Power Africa

U.S. Agency for International Development

Andrew M. Herscowitz has been Power Africa Coordinator since 2013. Prior to his appointment, he served as USAID's Mission Director in Ecuador from 2011 to 2013, and as Deputy Mission Director in Peru from 2009 to 2011. He is also a Minister Counselor in the U.S.Foreign Service. In 2008, Herscowitz...

Read more >>

 
Naoko Ishii  
Chief Executive Officer

Global Environment Facility

Naoko Ishii has served as the CEO and Chairperson for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) since August 2012 and in 2015, the GEF Council unanimously agreed to extend her tenure for a second term until August 2020. Previously, Ms. Ishii was Deputy Vice Minister of Finance of Japan, where she...

Read more >>

 
Hon. Germaine Kamayirese  
Minister of State for Energy, Water and Sanitation

Rwanda

Hon. Germaine Kamayirese was appointed in July 2014 as the Minister of State in Charge of Energy, Water and Sanitation in the Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA), Rwanda. She is an Engineer by profession. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Electromechanical Engineering from the Kigali...

Read more >>

 
Michael Keating  
Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Somalia

United Nations

Michael Keating is the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). He has held the position since January 2016. He was previously Associate Director at Chatham House, leading projects on Afghanistan,...

Read more >>

 
Isaac Kiva  
Secretary for Renewable Energy

Ministry of Energy, Kenya

Isaac Kiva is the Secretary for Renewable Energy at the Ministry of Energy for Kenya. He heads the Directorate charged with policy formulation and promotion of development and utilization of renewable energy, including facilitation of private sector investment. Kiva has wide experience in public...

Read more >>

 
Daniel Klier  
Group Head of Strategy and Global Head of Sustainable Finance

HSBC

Daniel Klier joined HSBC in August 2013 as Group Head of Strategy in London. He oversees the development of HSBC’s global strategy, allocation of resources and implementation of the Group’s strategic projects. As Global Head of Sustainable Finance since June 2017, Klier is also leading the Group...

Read more >>

 
Masamichi Kono  
Deputy Secretary-General

OECD

Masamichi Kono was appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in August 2017. His portfolio includes the strategic direction of OECD, policy on Environment, Development, Green Growth, Taxation, Science, Technology and Innovation, Financial...

Read more >>

 
Rachel Kyte  
Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All

Rachel Kyte is Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All. A leading advocate for sustainable development, Ms. Kyte is focused on affordable, reliable and sustainable energy as the key to...

Read more >>

 
Michael Liebreich  
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Liebreich Associates

Michael Liebreich is Chairman and CEO of Liebreich Associates, Founder and Senior Contributor to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, and a Board Member of Transport for London. He is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College's Energy Futures Lab, and a member of the high-level advisory group for the UN...

Read more >>

 
Elizabeth Littlefield  
Senior Counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group / former Chief Executive Officer of OPIC

Albright Stonebridge Group

Elizabeth Littlefield is former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s Development Finance Institution. She was appointed by President Obama in 2009. OPIC manages a $24 billion portfolio of financing for private investment...

Read more >>

 
Hon. Hajia Alima Mahama  
Minister for Local Government and Rural Development

Ghana

Honourable Hajia Alima Mahama is the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development in Ghana and is also a Member of Parliament for the Nalerigu/Gambaga constituency in the Northern Region of Ghana. In her Minister position, she has embarked on a strategy to: increase participation of the...

Read more >>

 
M. Yasmina McCarty  
Head of Mobile for Development

GSMA

Yasmina McCarty is the Head of Mobile for Development at the GSMA, where she is responsible for nine global initiatives delivering mobile innovations in financial services, health, agriculture, digital identity, energy, water, sanitation, disaster resilience and gender equality. Her work at GSMA's...

Read more >>

 
Fernando Medina  
Mayor

Lisboa

Fernando Medina has been Mayor of Lisbon since 2015 and President of the Lisboa Metropolitan area since 2017. He has a Degree in Economics by the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto and a Master’s Degree in Economic Sociology by the School of Economics and Management from de...

Read more >>

 
António Luís Guerra Nunes Mexia  
Chief Executive Officer

EDP

Since March 2006, he became CEO of EDP Energias de Portugal and since April 2017, he is Chair of the Administrative Board of Sustainable Energy for All. He is also the President of the Business Council for Sustainable Development in Portugal (part of the WBCSD regional network) since April 2016....

Read more >>

 
Philippe Miquel  
CEO Western & Central Africa

ENGIE

Philippe Miquel is the Chief Executive Officer of Western and Central Africa, ENGIE, a French electric utility company. Miguel graduated with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (USA) in 1996. He started his professional career in the Research and...

Read more >>

 
Nthabiseng Mosia  
Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer

Azimuth | Easy Solar

Nthabiseng Mosia is Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer of Azimuth – trading locally in Sierra Leone as Easy Solar – an innovative distribution company making clean energy affordable to those under-served by electric grids. Easy Solar offers solar-powered devices on a rent-to-own financing...

Read more >>

 
Greg Murray  
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

KOKO Networks

Greg Murray is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of KOKO Networks, a technology company that enables major downstream fuels companies to profitably add liquid ethanol cooking fuel to their existing infrastructure and to safely deliver affordable fuel to customers within a short walk of their...

Read more >>

 
James Irungu Mwangi  
Executive Director

Dalberg Group

James Irungu Mwangi is Executive Director of the Dalberg Group, a collection of impact-driven businesses that seek to champion inclusive and sustainable growth around the world. He is also a Partner with Dalberg Global Development Advisors. Mwangi founded and built up Dalberg’s presence in Africa,...

Read more >>

 
Tara Nathan  
Executive Vice President, Public Private Partnerships

MasterCard

Tara Nathan is Group Executive, Executive Vice President for Public Private Partnerships, at MasterCard. In this role, she leads the company’s strategy to build partnerships with governments and international development organizations. The team innovates new technical and commercial solutions,...

Read more >>

 
Maria Neira  
Director of the Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health

World Health Organization

Dr Maria P. Neira was appointed Director of the Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health at the World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland in September 2005. Prior to that, she was Vice-Minister of Health and President of the Spanish Food Safety Agency. She...

Read more >>

 
Sheila Oparaocha  
International Coordinator and Programme Manager

ENERGIA

Sheila Oparaocha is the Executive Secretary of the ENERGIA, where she has worked since 1999. Founded in 1996, ENERGIA is an international network of organizations and professionals active in 22 countries in Asia and Africa addressing gender and energy issues. Ms. Oparaocha currently oversees a...

Read more >>

 
Fatih Özkadı  
Global Head of Sustainability and Corporate Affairs

Arçelik Group

Fatih Özkadı has served as the Global Head of Sustainability and Corporate Affairs at the Arcelik Group since 2015. He started his career at Arcelik at the R...

Read more >>

 
Sam Parker  
Director

Shell Foundation

Sam Parker is Director of the Shell Foundation, an independent UK-registered charity trying to create and scale new solutions to global development challenges. He was named to the position in 2015 after many years working in industry and the non-profit space in Latin America , Asia and elsewhere...

Read more >>

 
Alfredo Parres  
Group Senior Vice President

ABB

Alfredo Parres is Group Senior Vice President, Market Development Manager Renewables, at ABB. Based in Spain, his role is to lead ABB strategy in this sector and to lead the different business units active in this industry. ABB works with OEMs, project developers, independent power providers,...

Read more >>

 
Toby Peters  
Professor in Cold Economy

Birmingham University

Toby Peters is Professor in Cold Economy at the University of Birmingham, Senior Research Fellow in Transformational Innovation for Sustainability at Heriot-Watt University and Chair of the Academic Group of CoolingEU. His award-winning work is focused on new system-level approaches to deliver...

Read more >>

 
Elizabeth Press  
Director of Planning and Programme Support

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Ms. Elizabeth Press is the Director of Planning and Programme Support at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). As part of her portfolio, Ms. Press leads the development of the Work Programme and strategic Documents, including reporting to governing bodies. She also oversees the...

Read more >>

 
Riccardo Puliti  
Senior Director and Head of the Energy and Extractive Industries Global Practice

World Bank Group

Riccardo Puliti joined the World Bank Group as Senior Director, Head of the Energy and Extractives Global Practice, in November 2016. In his role, Puliti leads a team of 400 in their work developing policies and financing in the global energy and extractive industries. The Energy and Extractives...

Read more >>

 
Nithya Ramanathan  
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

Nexleaf Analytics

Nithya Ramanathan is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Nexleaf Analytics, a nonprofit group dedicated to preserving human and planetary health by creating sensor technologies, intelligent data analytics and data-driven solutions for global challenges. Nexleaf’s sensor technologies are used...

Read more >>

 
Eric Reynolds  
Chief Executive Officer

Inyenyeri

Eric Reynolds is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Inyenyeri, a clean cookstove company delivering clean biomass cookstoves to Rwanda's poorest households through a for-profit model. The Inyenyeri stove and pellet fuel system is creating a world beyond charcoal, where every household can save...

Read more >>

 
Teresa Ribeiro  
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation

Portugal

Teresa Ribeiro was appointed as Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in November 2015. Until that date and since 2013, she had held the position of Deputy Secretary-General for Energy at the Union for the Mediterranean, in Barcelona. She was also Secretary of State for European...

Read more >>

 
Hon. Dr. Gale T C Rigobert  
Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development

Saint Lucia

Dr. Gale T C Rigobert serves as Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development in Saint Lucia. She made history by becoming the youngest and first female Leader of the Opposition in Saint Lucia in 2014. Following the success of her party in the 2016 election, she...

Read more >>

 
Leonardo Beltran Rodriquez  
Deputy Secretary for Energy Planning and Transition

Mexico

Leonardo Beltrán Rodríguez has been Deputy Secretary for Energy Planning and Transition, Mexico, since December 2012. In 2010, he was appointed director-general for information and energy studies at the Secretariat of Energy (SENER). In 2005, Beltrán Rodríguez joined the SENER as director of...

Read more >>

 
Donald Sadoway  
Professor of Materials Chemistry in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Donald Sadoway is the John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science, M.A.Sc. in Chemical Metallurgy and Ph.D. in Chemical Metallurgy are all from the...

Read more >>

 
Jérôme Schmitt  
Senior Vice President, Innovation and Energy Efficiency

Total

Jérôme Schmitt is currently Senior Vice President, Innovation and Energy Efficiency at Total, a leading international oil and gas company and a world leader in the global solar power industry with SunPower. He began his career in 1989 as Regional Representative for South-East Asia of Coface. In...

Read more >>

 
Heidi Schroderus-Fox  
Director

United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS)

Heidi Schroderus-Fox was appointed as Director of the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States in July 2012. She serves as Deputy to the High Representative and oversees management and...

Read more >>

 
Kristina Skierka  
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Power for All

As co-founder and CEO of Power for All, Kristina Skierka has helped create a global movement to advance decentralized renewable energy (DRE) as the fastest, most cost-effective and sustainable approach to universal energy access. Skierka has over 20 years’ experience in the energy sector, including...

Read more >>

 
Andreas Spiess  
CEO

SolarKiosk

Andreas Spiess is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SOLARKIOSK AG, headquartered in Berlin, Germany. Spiess' professional career started 1999 as a lawyer and founding partner of Spieß Schumacher Schmieg,...

Read more >>

 
Upendra Tripathy  
Interim Director General

International Solar Alliance

Upendra Tripathy is the Former Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India and has 36 years of experience in project implementation and policy formulation. During this long span, he held the posts of Adviser in the Embassy of India for the Belgium, Luxembourg and the...

Read more >>

 
Dymphna van der Lans  
Chief Executive Officer

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

As Chief Executive Officer, Dymphna van der Lans joins the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves with more than 25 years of experience managing and leading global development, energy, and climate initiatives in the nonprofit and private sectors. In her most recent role, she led international...

Read more >>

 
Meike van Ginneken  
Chief Executive Officer

SNV

Meike van Ginneken is the Chief Executive Officer of SNV, a leading development organisation based in the Netherlands. She is passionate about fighting poverty. During a 20-plus year career spanning five continents, she has helped large numbers of people gain access to energy, water and...

Read more >>

 
Carola van Rijnsoever  
Director of Inclusive Green Growth and Ambassador for Sustainable Development

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

Carola van Rijnsoever has fulfilled a wide range of functions during her 22 years of working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. Until summer 2017, Ms. van Rijnsoever worked as Representative of the Netherlands to the Political and Security Committee of the EU in Brussels. Before...

Read more >>

 
Andrea Voigt  
Director General

European Partnership for Energy and the Environment

Andrea Voigt was appointed in 2009 as Director General of the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE), the voice of the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump industry in Europe. Headquartered in Brussels, EPEE represents 48 companies, national and international...

Read more >>

 
Zouera Youssoufou  
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Dangote Foundation

Zouera Youssoufou is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Dangote Foundation, based in Lagos, Nigeria. She leads the Foundation’s efforts to improve the health, nutrition and educational outcomes for the less fortunate, primarily in Nigeria and other parts of Africa. Prior to...

Read more >>

 
Felice Zaccheo  
Head of Unit Sustainable Energy and Climate Change at DG Internation Cooperation and Development

European Commission

Felice Zaccheo has over 25 years of experience in cooperation and development. He started his professional career in Ethiopia where he was responsible for a rural development project. He has been project manager and adviser for several development projects financed by the Italian Ministry of...

Read more >>

 
Cathy Zoi  
Co-founder and President

Odyssey

Cathy Zoi is Co-founder and President of Odyssey, a secure web-based platform with software tools and real-time marketplaces that serves project developers, vendors, financiers and government leaders working in the energy access space. Zoi is also Chief Executive Officer of EVgo, the largest fast...

Read more >>

 

 

SPONSORS

 

 

SILVER

 

MEDIA PARTNERS

 

SUPPORTERS

In 2018 Sustainable Energy for All is Funded by