4th International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition
31 October – 01 November 2018
The International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (IOREC), organised by the International Renewable Energy Agency, is the global platform for sharing experience and best practices on design and implementation of enabling policies, tailored financing schemes, innovative business models and technology applications for stand-alone and mini-grid systems.
The fourth edition of IOREC took place in Singapore, on 31 October - 1 November 2018, as a co-located event with the Asia Clean Energy Summit, during Singapore International Energy Week. With over half a billion people in Asia still without access to electricity, the synergy with the ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting, chaired by Singapore in 2018, and with the Asia Clean Energy Summit, highlighted the role decentralised renewable energy solutions can play in electrification strategies in the region and beyond, as well as the role of off-grid renewable energy in achieving several of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Building on the success of the earlier editions, the 4th IOREC once again attracted experts from around the world and across the off-grid renewable energy value chain, with representatives from policy-makers, rural electrification agencies, private sector, NGOs, academia, financing institutions and international organisations. Over the two-day event, the participants deliberated on enabling policies, financing schemes, innovative business models and technology applications. A special focus was put on the nexus between energy access and other key priorities such as food, water and health service. Furthermore, innovators, practitioners and entrepreneurs from the off-grid renewable energy space had the opportunity to showcase their products and services in the exhibition, organised by the Alliance for Rural Electrification, which will run in parallel to the conference.
Harnessing off-grid renewables for national energy access and Sustainable Development Goals
Access to modern energy services is central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It has a transformative effect on the lives of people and communities by improving well-being – providing them the means to raise their income and productivity and have better access to healthcare, water, food and education. Achieving universal electricity access, especially at the rapid pace required, cannot be done solely through national electricity grids. It is imperative to also support the scaling up of offgrid renewable energy deployment, both stand-alone and mini-grids. It is estimated that by 2030, renewable energy sources will power over 60% of new electricity access, and stand-alone and mini-grid systems will provide the means for almost half of new access.
With over a billion people still without electricity access, off-grid renewable energy solutions are of paramount importance in achieving universal access. The distributed, environment-friendly and adaptable nature of renewable energy technologies makes them highly suited to cater to the energy needs of rural communities and to bring about substantial socio-economic benefits.
The session will bring together policy makers, practitioners, non-govermental organisations, financing institutions and intergovernmental institutions to discuss how the tremendous off-grid renewables opportunity can be harnessed to meet energy access goals and contribute to the wider 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Moderator: Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Arcandra Tahar, Vice-Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Indonesia
Habiba Ali, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Sosai Renewable Energies Company
Carol Gribnau, Director of the Green Energy and Green Food Programs, Hivos
Harish Hande, co-founder, SELCO Foundation
Surabhi Mathur Visser, Director Investments, SunFunder
Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary for Sustainable Development, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
Driving the deployment of stand-alone systems: Enabling policies and innovative delivery models
Dramatic cost decreases and technology advancements have made renewable energy technologies the most cost-competitive option for electrification in most rural areas. Realising this immense potential and further accelerating the transformative effect of modern energy on the socio-economic development of underserved communities requires an enabling ecosystem to support private sector participation and to strengthen national electrification efforts. Dedicated policy and regulatory measures coupled with innovation in delivery and financing models, as well as capacity building are the backbone of such an enabling ecosystem.
A range of models have been adopted globally for delivering stand-alone solutions based largely on solar and bioenergy. These include direct sales, rent-to-own and service models coupled with innovations in ownership and financing approaches (e.g., results-based financing, pay-as-you-go, mobile money, smart metering). Each model has pros and cons, and the most appropriate approach depends greatly on the local conditions, including the consumers’ willingness/ability to pay, access to enterprise and end-user finance, market demand and availability of local capacity to deliver technical and financial services.
With the aim to achieve universal modern energy access by 2030, the session will focus on the most suitable policy approaches and delivery models for continued growth in the development of standalone renewable energy solutions.
Moderator: Akanksha Chaurey, Chief Executive Officer, IT Power
Daniel Ciganovic, Business Development Director, ME SOLshare Ltd
Angelo Coppacchioli, General Manager, Ergon Peru, Tozzi Green
Ram Dhital, Former Executive Director, Alternative Energy Promotion Centre, Nepal
Johanna Galan, Director of Policy, Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA)
Henry Shongwe, Energy Efficiency Expert, SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE)
Sustainable energy plays a key role in alleviating poverty when linked to productive applications such
as automation in the agricultural value chain, crafts and manufacturing and other small and medium
enterprises. Some of the key parts that can catalyze improved incomes, savings, productivity and
reduction in drudgery include: efficiency of appliances, appropriate financial products, market linkages,
capacity building and enabling policies at multiple levels. This leads to the creation of an ecosystem
that can scale sustainable energy driven sustainable livelihoods.
The side event will explore the role of sustainable energy in catalyzing the ecosystem via innovative
models and processes and will be an opportunity to launch a publication with 50 case studies.
Moderator: Huda Jaffer, Lead Designer, SELCO Foundation
Energy efficient technology development for productive applications
Delivery Models to disseminate energy+livelihood solutions
Achieving universal electricity access is not a technology issue. In fact, existing distributed renewable energy (DRE) solutions have shown that they have the potential to alleviate energy poverty for more than 1 billion people. Rather, it is the human capital—the collective skills and knowledge of a new generation, especially women and youth—that will play a key role in determining our success or failure in achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 and ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all.
Join Power for All and IRENA to discuss the skills and job creation dimension of DRE development. Power for All, along with Schneider Electric and other partners, will also launch a new global campaign, Powering Jobs, focused on improving access to training and job opportunities in the energy access sector and building a 21st century workforce that is diverse, inclusive, and equitable.
Moderator: William Brent, Chief Communications & Engagement Officer, Power for All
Scene-setting presentation on Renewable energy and Jobs: IRENA
Launch of the “Powering Jobs” campaign: Power for All
Praveen Saxena, Chief Executive Officer, Skill Council for Green Jobs, Skill India Mission, India
Rabia Ferroukhi, Acting Director, Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre, IRENA
Thomas Andre, Access to Energy Strategy Director, Schneider Electric
Isaac Mwathi, Programme Development Manager, Renewable Energy for the East and Southern Africa Region, Hivos
The purpose of this event is to discuss the challenges faced by Sub-Saharan entrepreneurs and act as
a platform for experience-sharing and dissemination of best practices in terms of enabling policies,
innovative financing solutions, skills development and overall the support ecosystem that is at the core
of the Renewable Energy Entrepreneurship Support Facility’s concept.
The objectives of this side-event are to:
Support knowledge exchange between entrepreneurs and incubation centres working in the energy access space in Asia/Africa.
Identify critical gaps in knowledge, skills and resources that prevent the creation and growth of enterprises in the energy access sector as well as the opportunity that can boost renewable energy entrepreneurship in Africa and Asia
Outline skill enhancement and resources needed to support energy access entrepreneurs.
Moderator/ Opening remarks: Gurbuz Gonul, Acting-Director, Country Support and Partnerships, IRENA
Gurbuz Gonul, Acting-Director, Country Support and Partnerships, IRENA
Project facilitation and funding opportunities for renewable energy projects
The demand for renewable energy finance is growing whilst access to finance is not increasing as
quickly particularly for off-grid energy access projects. Access to finance comes through developing
financially attractive project proposals and having an effective strategy to seek funding. Public and
private sector finance from multilateral development funds through to the local commercial sector are
significant sources of funding. IRENA provides various tools, platforms and collaborations for project
facilitation and accessing funding:
Global Atlas – a web platform that allows its users to find maps of renewable energy resources for
locations across the world.
Project Navigator – an online platform providing comprehensive, easily accessible, and practical
information, tools and guidance to assist in the development of bankable renewable energy projects.
Sustainable Energy Marketplace – a matchmaking platform in the project and finance ecosystem
for renewable energy including project developers, funders and technology providers.
IRENA/ADFD Facility – involving a call for proposals to seek over USD 50 million in co-funding
annually from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD).
This event will present and discuss these including Global Atlas for resource allocation, Project Navigator
for project development, the Sustainable Energy Marketplace as a matchmaking platform for projects
and finance and the IRENA/ADFD Facility offering over USD 50 million in concessional debt annually
from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development for the implementation of projects.
Opening remarks: Roland Roesch, Deputy Director, IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre
IRENA project facilitation tools to support funding for renewable energy, Roland Roesch, Deputy
Director, IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre
Guidance on how to apply for the seventh cycle of the IRENA/ADFD Facility, Seleha Lockwood,
Programme Officer, IRENA
Experiences of development funds through the Facility and funding of mini-grid and off-grid
projects, Dr. Bandar Alhoweish, Global Senior Energy Specialist, Islamic Development Bank and
Stefan Mager, Strategies for renewable energy for climate protection in developing countries, GIZ
Financing for stand-alone systems: Finding the missing link
Stand-alone renewable energy solutions are cost-competitive options for expanding electricity access in
many rural areas. Consumer financing is often required to distribute such systems in order to overcome
cash shortages and make customers more comfortable that the vendor will support and guarantee the
functioning of the equipment. In some instances, governments or development agencies have reduced
the burden for end-users through grants and micro-credit programs. More recently, startups have
turned the consumer finance challenge into an opportunity. By bundling solar home systems, consumer
loans and digital payments, they have raised $1.1 billion in the past five years and expanded into related
For start-ups providing energy access, financing requirements change dramatically as they mature,
in both scale and type. At an initial stage, seed and Series A capital usually comes in the form of
equity and grants, while in the scale-up stage debt and working capital takes over. Mismatches between
the nature of the funding needed and the investment mandates of financiers can become a barrier
to growth. The emergence of specialised financial intermediaries and financing vehicles could allow
aggregation of smaller deals into larger programmes. But recent signs indicate that growth is slowing,
and new challenges are appearing.
This session will explore how policymakers and regulators, development finance institutions, impact
investors and entrepreneurs can accelerate progress towards energy access for all.
Moderator: Itamar Orlandi, Head of Frontier Power, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Sarah Alexander, Senior Advisor, SELCO Foundation
Habiba Ali, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Sosai Renewable Energies Company
Nazmul Haque, Director of Investment and Head of Advisory, IDCOL
Surabhi Mathur Visser, Director Investments, SunFunder
Off-grid innovation: latest solutions and future needs
Innovation has been one of the key drivers to facilitate a greater expansion of off-grid technologies.
Nowadays, these breakthroughs go beyond the technology domain, covering innovation in business
models, enabling infrastructure, systems operation, financing schemes and regulations.
Because of major digital and physical advances, more innovations in off-grid technologies, such as
those related to: improved modularity, off-the-shelf hardware and software, smart interoperability
between mini-grid components, advanced monitoring devices and controls, direct current mini-grids,
energy trading between prosumers and other options that will disrupt the energy market. All of these
may come with gaps and opportunities, and it is crucial to understand how to accommodate and
successfully integrate these improvements in the overall energy system.
This session will explore the status of and latest developments in off-grid technologies. It will discuss
the needs that these innovations will unleash and potential solutions to ease the future deployment and
operation of off-grid systems. The development of quality infrastructure will be presented as a mean
to strengthen the market uptake and commercialisation of these technologies, with a special focus on
mini-grids. Experts will provide an overview of innovative trends and evaluate their relevance in the
global energy transformation.
Moderator: Roland Roesch, Deputy Director, IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre
Presentation: Quality infrastructure for renewable mini-grids of the future - Insights from IRENA report,
Roland Roesch, Deputy Director, IRENA Innovation and Technology Center
Dennis Chew, Regional Director, International Electrotechnical CommissionAsia-Pacific Regional Centre (IEC-APRC)
Horng Leong Lim, Project Manager Energy Research Institute. Nanyang Technology University, Singapore
Munawar Moin, Managing Director. Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy Limited
Katarina Uherova Hasbani, Founder, EnRupt and Vice President, Alliance for Rural Electrification
Michael Wollny, Managing Director, Wollny Consulting
Marcus Wiemann, Executive Director, Alliance for Rural Electrification
Inclusive financing frameworks for off-grid renewable energy solutions
Organisers: Hivos and IRENA
Access to finance in the off-grid renewable energy sector remains a key barrier to scale-up. While
investments in the sector have grown substantially over the past few years, especially in the solar home
system segment, it has largely been concentrated in a specific region and among selected enterprises.
The sector continues to be perceived as risky, with high transaction costs and with financing that
often is outside the reach of many end-users, intermediary financing institutions and enterprises. This
impacts entrepreneurs as well as MFIs/SACCOs as well as end-users. To increase the uptake of off-grid
renewable energy solutions, an inclusive financing framework is needed that ensures that affordable,
long-term financing is available, especially for local entrepreneurs and women.
The session will bring together diverse stakeholders to discuss different approaches to channeling
financing to where it is needed and in the form that is needed (e.g., financial instrument, terms of
financing). It will also discuss policy and institutional changes to scale-up finance flow to different
stakeholders in the sector with a view to scale-up deployment as well as to maximise the socioeconomic
benefits of off-grid renewable energy solutions.
Opening remarks: Rabia Ferroukhi, Acting Director, Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre, IRENA
Moderator: Carol Gribnau, Director, Green Energy and Green Foods Programs, Hivos
Quality infrastructure for supporting global mini-grid market expansion
The session will explain the role of quality infrastructure (QI) in expanding mini-grids markets, including
best practices, future risks and strategies to mitigate those. In the session the participants will choose to
join one of three working groups: i) Policy makers/Public Sector ii) Project Developers iii) Communities.
Each group will work with a field expert to identify the challenges and expectations as a QI stakeholder.
The group moderators will share key tools and mechanisms that the stakeholders can apply to support
mini grids deployment.
During the session, key messages from the IRENA’s report Developing Quality Infrastructure for mini
grids will be shared, a study prepared with contributions from the International Electrotechnical
Commission and the Alliance for Rural Electrification.
Opening remarks: Roland Roesch, Deputy Director, IRENA Innovation and Technology Center
Insights from IRENA Report and INSPIRE demonstration, Alessandra Salgado, IRENA Innovation
and Technology Center
Dennis Chew, Regional Director for IEC-APRC, International Electrotechnical Commission
Marcus Wiemann, Executive Director, Alliance for Rural Electrification
Organiser: International Water Management Institute
Solar irrigation: opportunities and challenges
Organisers: International Water Management Institute and IRENA
Solar Irrigation has been expanding globally at a rapid rate, partly because of the efforts of governments
and multilateral agencies and partly because it appeals to the agrarian community, deprived from
affordable and reliable energy for irrigation access. Different experiments across the globe have
shown that, even though different solar irrigation pilots have been contextualized as per the local
requirements, the challenges faced in utilizing the full potential of the technology boils down to some
common problems, which are rooted in the business models of these experiments, which often inhibits
The session on Solar Irrigation: Opportunities and Challenges will bring together the learnings from
promising experiments in the field of solar irrigation from South Asia and East Africa. An engaging
discussion will follow the colloquium to debate and understand the business models and their current
and potential impacts. The discussion will also cover challenges in scaling up these models across
geographies and if there are common answers.
Moderator: Martin Hiller, Director General, REEEP
Presentation: “The Solar-Powered Irrigation Opportunity: Key considerations for deployment
and scale-up”: Divyam Nagpal, Associate Programme Officer, IRENA
Interventions: Insights from national experiences
India: Neha Durga, Consultant, IWMI-Tata Water Policy Program
Bangladesh: Nazmul Haque, Director (Investment) & Head of Advisory, IDCOL
Scaling up renewable energy mini-grid deployment: Innovations in delivery and business models
Government agencies, state-owned utilities, community groups, nongovernmental organizations have historically been driving renewable mini-grid development. As an increasing number of private sector actors step into this market, across the mini-grid value chain (i.e., in the development, financing, operation and management) a great deal of thinking goes into defining the most suitable business/delivery model for mini-grid deployment. A variety of aspects, including local socio-economic conditions, nature of electricity demand, technology solutions, ownership and financing structures, local capacities, tariff determination, risk mitigation, need to be taken into consideration for the identification of the ‘right’ business model. The choice and success of model depends on several factors, including the local context as well as on the size and structure of the mini-grids.
The end objective of a sound business model is to ensure sustainability of the project. Whether the challenge is ensuring cost recovery and timely and effective operation and maintenance, or ensuring risk-equivalent returns, there is no single ideal business model. Furthermore, mini-grid business models will continue to evolve as new approaches emerge and cutting-edge technology (e.g., metering, load management, remote sensing) are increasingly combined with operational elements (e.g., tariff collection) to reduce costs and enhance viability. Importantly, building has to be fostered across the value chain to improve bankability and adaptability of mini-grid solutions as well as maximize socio-economic impacts.
Delivery models also need to be tailored to tap into (and/or) develop productive end use of energy, as well as engage communities, especially women, not just as beneficiaries but in the design and operation and maintenance of mini grid systems to maximise sustainability and benefits.
The session will focus on innovative delivery and business models presently being used for the deployment of renewable energy mini-grids. The discussion will look at how the operational models for mini-grids are adapting to overcome various market challenges and how technological innovation and capacity development can contribute to their long-term sustainability. Going deeper into the topic of scalability, experts will present and debate different approaches to incentivise the participation of the private sector.
Moderator: Martin Hiller, Director General, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership
Ayu Abdullah, Regional Director for Southeast Asia, Enact Partners
Daniel Chavez, Director Design & Engineering, Electric Vine Industries
Richard Harrison, Chief Executive Officer, Smart Power Myanmar, PACT
Helmut Hertzog, General Manager, South African Renewable Energy Business Incubator (SAREBI)
Katharine Pelzer, Director of Commercial Operations, SparkMeter
Organizer: Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany
Renewable energy off-grid components of NDCs: Co-benefits for mitigation, adaptation, & SDGs
Organiser: Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany
The off-grid renewable energy sector is receiving growing attention in international and regional fora
dedicated to climate action. Furthermore, notable efforts have been made to identify challenges and
to create opportunities to scale up the engagement of the private sector in off-grid renewable energy
access. Nevertheless, there remain important pending questions regarding the role that the off-grid
sector can play in the framework of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
Within this framework, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear
Safety (BMU) via the German Cooperation Agency (GIZ) has commissioned a study titled “Renewable
Energy Off-grid Components of NDCs and their Role for Climate Change Mitigation” to: Develop a
global scenario for rural electrification; Quantify the off-grid market and climate change mitigation
potential; support countries in attracting climate finances for NDC implementation. The aim of this side
event is to kick-start engagement of local and global stakeholders and to discuss how the results of this
study can be transformed into means of concrete action.
Stefan Mager, GIZ Advisor to Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation,
Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany
Marcus Wiemann, Executive Director, Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE)
Renewable Energy Off-grid Components of NDCs, Hugo Lucas, Head of Energy, Factor
Scenario Development for Rural Electrification & Off-grid Market and Mitigation Potential, Catherina
Cader, Researcher Off-Grid Systems and Reiner Lemoine Institut GmbH
Renewable Energy Off-grid Ecosystem, Harish Hande, Co-founder, SELCO
Organizer: Department of Energy, Philippines
Accelerating renewable energy based electrification in small island contexts
Organiser: Department of Energy, Philippines
The household electrification level in the Philippines stood at about 90% in 2017. The number of still
unelectrified households totals about 2.4 million. While many of them will be connected by various grid
extension programs of the electric cooperatives and distribution utilities, over half a million households
located in remote, isolated areas such as small islands, will not be reached by such programmes and
will require decentralised mini-grids or individual systems based on renewable energy. The challenge is
compounded by the archipelagic nature of the country, which is composed of some 7,100 islands, most
of them small and dispersed. The solutions require a combination of innovative decentralised technical
approaches, new business models and policies and regulations that maximise the role of the private
sector. The Government’s objective is to have 100% household electrification by 2022.
The specific objectives of this side-event are to provide information and increase knowledge on existing
and upcoming opportunities for clean energy and hybrid mini-grids in the Philippines, to learn and
increase knowledge about the technical and financial solutions for mini-grids in the Philippines, and
to link key players in the Philippines electric power industry with mini-grid experts as well as potential
investors and financiers.
Opening remarks: Douglas Liner, Team Leader, European Union-supported Access for Sustainable
Energy Programme (ASEP)
Rene Fajilagutan, General Manager, Romblon Electric Cooperative
Gurbuz Gonul, Acting Director, Country Support and Partnerships, IRENA
Marc Louie Olap, OIC-Division Chief, Rural Electrification Administration and Management Division,
Electric Power Industry Management Bureau, Department of Energy, Philippines
Federico Villar, Acting Department Manager, Disaster Risk Reduction Management, and Manager
Technical Operations Division, National Electrification Administration
Marcus Wiemann, Executive Director, Alliance for Rural Electrification
Organisers: Practical Action, Hivos, Power for All and SNV
25 x 25 Collaborative: Market activation for energy access
Organisers: Practical Action, Hivos, Power for All and SNV
This session will discuss how to apply Market Activation approaches, aiming at boosting simultaneously demand and supply on decentralized renewable energy (DRE) solutions, promote changes in policies and regulation and increase finance availability in the sector. In this context, expert organizations working on market activation will present and discuss best practices and experiences, including ways to step up the current efforts and convene multi-stakeholder engagements to promote discussions between government representatives, development partners, regional institutions, private sector and financial institutions.
Specific objectives of this side event are to recognise the critical role of putting in place the right enabling environment to accelerate DRE markets development, understand how relevant multistakeholder engagement can address the needed policy, regulatory and financing needs, as well as to increase awareness of how the Market Activation approach can contribute to increase credibility across DRE markets, enhance the accountability, transparency and inclusivity in national DRE markets and business models.
Opening remarks: Market Activation and 25x25 Collaborative, Carlos Sordo, Energy Access Partnership & Innovation Manager, Practical Action
Solar Market Activation in Cambodia, Sophie Truffin, Project Manager Cambodia, SNV
Demand stimulation in Indonesia, Sandra Winarsa, Programme Development Manager Renewable Energy for South East Asia, Hivos
Private Sector as a crucial partner for market activation, ARE
Role of government engagement to frame the right policies and regulations, Henry Shongwe, Energy Efficiency Expert, SACREEE
Multi-stakeholder initiatives for a common vision, William Brent, Leadership team member, Power for All
Accelerating financially viable hydro mini-grids: A closer look at small-scale hydropower in South and Southeast Asia
Organiser: Hydro Empowerment Network
Micro-hydropower makes up the largest number of existing renewable energy mini-grids, and where resources exist, can generate energy at very low cost. Yet, despite the growing interest in mini-grids to provide electricity access to off-grid populations, little attention has been paid to how hydro mini-grids can be financed, how donor and government support can be mobilized, and which ownership models result in the highest adoption of productive uses.
Building on case studies from South and Southeast Asia, this side event will aim to identify challenges and solutions to scaling existing models of financially viable hydro mini-grids. In this context experts will discuss types of ownership and partnership models between local private developers and consumers, financial and economic viability achieved, role of local manufacturing and local skills development, design of productive end use applications and of connection fees and tariffs for residential and productive end use consumers.
Moderator: Binu Parthan, Sustainable Energy Associates (SEA)
Openingremarks: Binu Parthan, Sustainable Energy Associates (SEA)
Increasing access to finance: Unlocking capital for mini-grid deployment
Access to finance is a key challenge to the widespread deployment of renewable energy-based mini-grids despite growing interest from public and private actors. While some investment risks can be addressed through enabling mini-grid policy and regulatory frameworks (e.g., streamlined licensing, cost-recovering tariff setting, exit options on main-grid arrival), targeted measures are still needed to unlock asset financing in the sector.
The scale of investment projected for the mini-grid sector to achieve universal access is around USD 20 – 25 billion annually. As mini-grids pass through different phases (development, proof-of-concept and rollout), the financing needs vary. Depending on the local context, both public and private financing instruments are needed to meet the financing needs, ranging from grants for feasibility studies during project development phase, to a mixture of performance grants, equity and debt in the rollout stage. Facilitating access to financing for mini-grids will require different stakeholders, including development finance institutions (FIs), local FIs (especially commercial banks) and national financing facilities (e.g., rural electrification funds), to design long-term, tailored, affordable and accessible financing instruments for the sector. Complementing traditional approaches, innovative delivery models focusing on effective risk allocation (e.g., public-private partnerships) and new financing instruments (e.g., crowdfunding, block-chains) can also be considered.
The session will focus on the latest developments regarding approaches for improving access to finance for renewable energy mini-grids. Special focus will be given to pathways supporting the sustainable scale-up of renewable energy mini-grids through increased use of commercial financing.
Moderator: Bikash Pandey, Director of Clean Energy, Winrock International
Anjal Niraula, General Manager, Gham Power
Pranay Samson, Associate Director Corporate Finance, Impact Investment Exchange IIX
Peter Storey, Global Coordinator, Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN)
Kapila Subasinghe, Vice President and Head of Consulting, DFCC Bank Sri Lanka
Dipti Vaghela, Network Facilitator and Manager, Hydro Empowerment Network
Abdussalam Yusuf, Assistant General Manager, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission
Maximising socio-economic benefits of off-grid renewable energy solutions
Access to adequate, affordable, reliable and environmentally-sustainable electricity is essential for
meeting basic needs and to accelerate local socio-economic development. Deploying off-grid renewable
energy in areas lacking electricity access can yield benefits at both the consumption and supply level.
At the consumption level, beneficiaries experience improved quality of life and living standards through
lighting, communications and access to information. Off-grid renewables supporting productive uses of
energy can support sustainable livelihoods, stimulate local economic activities, raise incomes, enhance
productivity and create new employment opportunities in rural areas.
On the supply side, the development of sustainable energy enterprises and the underlying infrastructure,
workforce and value chains can drive macroeconomic growth through the creation of direct and
indirect jobs. Realising the vast potential of off-grid renewable energy solutions requires an enabling
environment comprising of, but not limited to, provision of adequate skills and training programmes,
and policies to support local practitioners.
Through cross-sectoral linkages, increasing access to cost-effective and environmentally sustainable
energy services can have a broader development impact through better education, gender equality,
improved health and enhanced access to clean water. Indeed, off-grid renewables hold the potential to
contribute to multiple Sustainable Development Goals.
This session brings together practitioners from the field to share insights on the socio-economic
dimension of off-grid renewable energy development. Panellists will highlight specific country
experiences and identify specific measures that could maximise the socio-economic benefits for local
communities from off-grid renewable energy development.
Moderator: Rabia Ferroukhi, Acting Director, Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre, IRENA
Presentation: Divyam Nagpal, Associate Programme Officer, IRENA
Hon. Adrian Banie Lasimbang, Executive Director, Centre for Renewable Energy and Appropriate Technology, Malaysia
Developing Market Intelligence: Understanding what is really going on in Asian Markets
To support renewable energy commitments across Asia and the Pacific region there is a need to
further scale-up policy best practices, cross-border collaborations and domestic, regional and foreign
investments. Given the region’s immense potential it is also important to understand the range of
possibilities and thinking on the future of renewables across the region. In this context, REN21, ADB and
UNESCAP will develop a report to map the current range of renewable energy development across the
region. Mapping the region’s renewable energy status will not only provide information for potential
investment, it will also present concrete evidence of the opportunities to harness economic and social
benefits in countries where uptake of renewables has lagged.
The event will present an outline of the report, solicit input from the audience on its structure, and
discuss possibilities for collaboration (contributing data, identifying necessary institutions, being a
Renewables Rising: Status of renewables in the region, Kee-Yung Nam, ADB and Kohji Iwakami,
Distributed Renewables in the Region: Who, what, where, Divyam Nagpal, IRENA
Asia and the Pacific Renewable Energy Status Report: Proposed outline, Laura Williamson, REN21
Adnan Z. Amin is the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), currently serving his second term. He has more than 25 years of experience and recognised accomplishments in the international arena, primarily in the fields of sustainable development. Full Biography
Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Singapore
Vice-MinisterMinistry of Energy and Mineral ResourcesIndonesia
Hon. Arcandra Tahar
Honorable Arcandra Tahar has been Deputy Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources since October 14, 2016. Tahar served as Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources from July 27, 2016 to August 15, 2016. He served as President of Petroneering from 2013 to 2016. He served as Principal of Horton Wison Deepwater from 2009 to 2013. He served as Principal and President of Asia Pacific AGR Deepwater Development System from 2007 to 2009.
He was employed at Hydronynamics Lead FloaTEC LLC from 2006 to 2007. He was a Researcher at Technip Offshore from 2001 to 2006. He served as Technical Advisor at Noble Denton since 2000. He was a Research Assistant at Offshore Technology Research Center from 1997 to 2001. He has been Vice President Commissioner and Commissioner of PT Pertamina (Persero) since November 14, 2016.
He is the owner of five patents in the field of offshore design. He graduated from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Institute of Technology Bandung in 1994 and Texas A & M University Ocean Engineering in 1998. He earned his PhD at Texas A & M University Ocean Engineering in 2001.
Regional Director for Southeast AsiaEnergy Action Partners
Ayu Abdullah is Regional Director for Southeast Asia at Energy Action Partners, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding individual opportunity and strengthening communities through collaborative sustainable energy programs and services.
Ayu has over eight years of experience working as a researcher and practitioner in sustainable energy and community development. She was previously at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi conducting research on energy access, policy and sustainable development. She has a bachelor's and master's degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University, and a masters in Engineering Systems and Management from the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.
Senior AdvisorSELCO Foundation
Sarah Alexander is a Sr. Advisor with SELCO Foundation. Since her 10 year tenure at SELCO, Sarah has engaged in communications, fundraising, implementation and strategic planning. Currently she oversees the Foundation's Inclusive Investment and Global Replication Program.
Senior Energy SpecialistIsDB
Bandar joined the Islamic Development Bank, based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in 2012. He is currently Senior Energy Specialist in the Economic and Social Infrastructure Department. He currently focuses on policy and strategy development, quality assurance of operations at entry and assessment at completion, expanding network of developers and streamlining new practices and intervention models. He used to manage an energy portfolio of over USD 1 billion dollars in several countries including Egypt, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Yemen.
The portfolio included projects across the entire power system in these countries (power generation, power transmission, power distribution and rural electrification). He teaches Energy Economics in Effat University and he occasionally writes in the public domain such as Aleqtisadiah newspaper. He was a member in the Consultative Group of the Saudi Energy Efficiency Center. He was also a member of the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility Panel of Experts and reviewed the project proposals for the fourth annual project selection cycle in 2016.
CEOSOSAI Renewable Energies Company
Habiba Ali has been in the renewable energy industry since 2005. She co-founded the Developmental Association for Renewable Energies, and worked as national coordinator. She worked on the Clean Development Mechanism project Efficient Cook Stoves for Nigeria, the Solar Lamps Assembly and sales training program, and the solar dryers for healthy foods project.
Habiba branched out to handle the commercial aspects of the renewable energy industry by launching Sosai Renewable Energies, which offers efficient, reliable and sustainable products including solar lamps, solar home systems and water filters to the people of the rural and peri-urban communities of Northern Nigeria.
As managing director and CEO of Sosai Renewable Energies, Habiba is manages a partnership with C-Quest LLC to implement a nationwide Programme of Activities for improved cook stoves in Nigeria with 50,000 cook stoves installed. Sosai is currently empowering communities and businesses with solar technologies ranging from roof top solar panels, solar home systems, 10Kw Micro Grids for communities, solar dryers and integrated energy centers.
Habiba is a member of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and holds the office of Kaduna North Regional Coordinator. She is currently the interim vice president of the Renewable Energies Association of Nigeria, and is a member of the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air, the Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves, the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves, and the Nigerian Energy Network.
Habiba was named a Cherie Blaire mentee in 2016 and a Cherie Blaire mentor in 2017. She has also been named a Vital Voices GROW fellow, a World Bank Women's fellow and is a graduate of the Cherie Blaire Road to Business Growth program. Habiba holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting, a master’s degree in banking and finance, and is currently a dissertation-level PhD student in management (finance).
Access to Energy Strategy DirectorSchneider Electric
Thomas André leads the strategy of the Access to Energy program at Schneider Electric. He started his career as an electronic hardware engineer and project manager in a French SME. After studying sustainability, Thomas joins Schneider Electric in early 2010 to work on its inclusive business program. He covered coordination and then business development positions in parallel of conducting a PhD thesis, questioning the interactions between Base of the Pyramid, CSR and corporate strategies.
Thomas holds an Engineering degree from ESME Sudria, a MSc in Sustainability from HEC Paris, and a PhD in Economics from Ecole Polytechnique.
DirectorPower for All
William Brent is a leadership team member at Power for All, a global coalition of more than 200 organizations campaigning to make distributed renewable energy, including rooftop solar and mini-grids, a central solution for ending energy poverty.
Catherina is an expert in geographical information systems (GIS) for rural electrification planning. She holds university degrees in Environmental Management (Justus Liebig University Giessen) and in Geography (Philipps University Marburg). In 2011 she joined the Reiner Lemoine Institut and acquired deep knowledge of planning structures and challenges of rural and remote regions by developing and applying GIS-based methodologies for rural electrification planning in developing countries.
With her project work she aims at strengthening the knowledge of potentials and usage of renewable energies and analyses different electrification pathways critically. During field missions to rural Africa and Asia and by providing practical trainings on GIS capacities she experienced insightful stakeholder discussions leading to a better understanding of local energy access situations.
CEOIT Power India
Dr. Akanksha Chaurey is an expert on renewable energy technologies and markets and has led several projects dealing with technology assessment, market analysis, development of business models, capacity building, etc. She has over 30 years of experience in renewable energy sector with specialization in decentralised and distributed generation and has worked in more than 20 countries. She is the Chief Executive Officer of ITP India (member of ITPEnergised Group).
Before joining ITP in March 2012, she was working with TERI, India in the capacity of Director for Decentralised Electricity Solutions Division where she has led many programs focusing on rural electrification, off-grid energy solutions, sustainable development and related policy & regulatory aspects.
Akanksha completed her graduation in Physics from St. Stephens College, Delhi and then pursued her M.Sc. in Physics and M.Tech in Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, India. In 2011, she was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree by IIT Delhi for her Thesis on “Assessment and evaluation of Photovoltaic systems for rural lighting in India”. She has the life time membership of Solar Energy Society of India and has been serving several expert committees and task forces on solar energy and distributed generation. She is also on the governing body of Sshrshti India Trust, a Delhi based non-governmental, not-for-profit organization.
Director of Design and EngineeringElectric Vine Industries
Daniel, the Director of Engineering and Design at Electric Vine Industries, leads a uniquely structured in-house microgrid design team consisting of technical surveyors, GIS specialists, civil engineers, electrical engineers, telecommunication specialists, and building Information modeling (BIM) specialists. From launching a fleet of drones upon project inception to closing out commissioning activities for a newly established smart microgrid, Electric Vine Industries’ microgrid design team embraces the ever-evolving challenge of delivering clean renewable 24-hour energy to remote areas. To date, detailed designs have been completed for approximately 100 solar-PV microgrids, with a dozen of these microgrids currently in operation serving 24-hour electricity to over 1000 customers.
Informed by the attention to detail necessary for designing earthquake-resistant structures and the disciplined focus required while volunteering in the wake of a natural disaster, Daniel strives to maintain a balanced approach when directing the design team’s vision of developing scalable smart microgrid systems. Daniel is a LEED Accredited Professional with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and holds a professional engineering license in Civil Engineering in the state of California.
Regional DirectorIEC Asia-Pacific Regional Centre
Dennis Chew has been actively involved in international and regional standardization and related activities for more than 15 years. He regularly and actively participates in the meetings of industry and regional regulatory authorities to encourage the use and acceptance of IEC international standards and conformity assessment systems to support business and facilitate trade.
Dennis also has extensive knowledge and experience on technical regulations, standards and conformance infrastructure and developments in APEC and ASEAN. Prior to joining the IEC, he was Head of Planning and International Policy at SPRING Singapore where he was extensively involved in the development and implementation of the ASEAN Harmonized Regulatory Regime for Electrical and Electronic Equipment, regional Mutual Recognition Arrangements and the regional harmonization of standards and regulatory requirements.
As Regional Director, IEC-APRC, Dennis heads the regional centre which has two key objectives of supporting the IEC community in the region and the management of IEC Technical Committees/Subcommittees.The team at IEC-APRC provides support to more than 70 IEC Technical Committees and Subcommittees and its officers serve as the Secretary to the IEC SMB’s Advisory Committee on Electricity Transmission and Distribution and the Advisory Committee on Energy Efficiency.
Business Development DirectorME Solshare
Daniel Ciganovic is a stubborn-minded dreamer who never accepts and questions everything. Daniel has a background in Monetary Economics and Social Psychology and almost ten years of experience in business development and international development projects.
Daniel holds a Master degree in Economics from the University of Trier and has gained Hworking experience in Germany, Serbia, and Bangladesh. For his Master thesis about “Hedging Investments in Microfinance Products against Currency Risks - Analytical Consideration of a Monetary Fund” was awarded with the 2nd place at the University Meets Microfinance Master Thesis Award 2013. During his university studies, he was an independent business advisor on business development for IT start-ups.
As Co-Founder and Business Development Director of SOLshare, Daniel is leading the business as well as company development activities, and is overseeing the company financials, accounting, and HR department. He joined the company in January 2015, only three months after its incorporation, and lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Since joining SOLshare, Daniel has played a major role in the fast development of the company, with a focus on product market fit in terms of operational and business model development. Before joining SOLshare, Daniel worked as a consultant for MicroEnergy International in Germany as well as the KfW Development Bank and GIZ in Serbia, where he was involved in energy and private sector development projects.
General ManagerErgon Peru - Tozzi Green
Angelo Coppacchioli is a managing director of ERGON PERU, a company of TOZZIGREEN Group of Italy. He is a chemical engineer Universitá degli studi La Sapienza Roma (Italy).
With more than 40 years’ experience managing oil & gas, he is involved in petrochemical and renewal energy projects in various countries. Angelo is also an expert in project financing and company’s management worked in England, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Latin America. At moment, he is managing the most important project of renewal energy in Latin America.
Former Executive DirectorAlternative Energy Promotion CentreNepal
Ram Prasad Dhital
Ram Prasad Dhital served as the Executive Director of Alternative Energy Promotion Center (AEPC) overseeing operations, strategic and technical initiatives in renewable energy sector of Nepal. Ram recently completed his four year full term tenure at AEPC as ED. Ram has nearly two decades of experience in energy policy and design of Solar, Biogas, clean cooking and Hydro power in sustainable manner. He started his career as Technical Officer in Rural energy Development Project, UNDP Nepal in 1998.
With successful completion of two International assignments as Renewable Energy Advisor, National Area Based Development Program, Afghanistan and Rural Energy Technical Advisor, Vanuatu Energy for Rural Development Program, Vanuatu respectively Mr. Ram has excel in the roles undertaken and shared the knowledge and learning cross border by leaving a remarkable change and progress in Renewable Energy sector of Nepal; deploying renewable energy to more than one million beneficiaries nationwide.
Management Consultant International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Neha Durga is a consultant with International Water Management Institute (IWMI), where she conducts and manages research related to solar irrigation and its impacts on energy, environment and livelihoods in India. She has been working in energy and water sectors for past 8 years and has extensive experience in designing and executing action research pilots.
Acting Director, Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre IRENA
Dr. Rabia Ferroukhi joined IRENA in 2011 where she is currently the Deputy Director of the Knowledge, Policy and Finance division. She also leads IRENA’s Policy Unit, which is responsible for the work on a range of renewable energy policy issues including design, socio-economic benefits and integrated resource management.
Dr. Ferroukhi brought to this position over 20 years of experience in the fields of energy, development and environment. She worked in both public and private sectors, including with governments in the Middle-East and North Africa, energy companies in the Mediterranean region and the GCC, and international institutions. Dr. Ferroukhi holds a Masters in Applied Economics and a Ph.D. in Economics from the American University in Washington DC.
ASEAN Hydropower Competence Centre (HYCOM)
Gerhard Fischer has over 35 years of professional experience in the development of hydropower. He is specialized in technology transfer, concentrating on turbine design and manufacturing and has working experience in 27 countries. He worked 6 years as a researcher on the University Stuttgart in the hydraulic laboratory of the Institute for Hydraulic Machines and Fluid Dynamics. During this time he was in charge of construction and installing the hydraulic laboratory and research on simple turbine designs.
Then he worked 5 years in Switzerland as project engineer for hydropower projects and trainings in a small engineering company (Chapallaz Engineering). From 1995 - 1997, he was an engineer with SKAT (Swiss Centre for Development Cooperation in Technology and Management), St.Gallen, Switzerland. From 1997-2013, he worked for entec AG Switzerland on several assignments covering all aspects of hydro power development in Switzerland, South America, Africa and Asia. From 2005-2013 until March 2013 he was director of PT entec Indonesia, a consulting and engineering company active in the hydro power sector in Bandung, Indonesia.
In 2011 he helped to establish the ASEAN Hydropower Competence Centre (HYCOM), a hands-on training center for small-scale hydropower, located in Bandung, Indonesia. He has a diploma in mechanical engineering from the University Stuttgart and post graduate study in energy management in developing countries (TU Berlin).
Director of PolicyGOGLA
Johanna joined GOGLA as the first employee back in 2013, as project and operations manager. Between 2015 and 2017 she was in charge of the enabling environment program, working to build a conducive policy environment catalyzing market development for GOGLA members.
As the Policy Director, Johanna drives continuous development and improvement of policy & advocacy strategies. This includes the management of GOGLA's work streams on enabling environment, standards and guidelines, and the association’s regional representation.
Prior to joining GOGLA, Johanna had been working for the GIZ where she was actively involved in the provision of advisory services to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation regarding ICT4D. She holds Bachelor degrees in Development Studies and Political Science, as well as a Master degree in Political Science from the University of Vienna.
FounderHydro Energy Concern Pvt. Ltd., Nepal
Bir Bahadur Ghale
Bir Bahadur Ghale, the founder of Hydro Energy Concern Pvt. Ltd., has more than 25 years of experience in the micro/mini hydropower sector. He has also been awarded the Ashoka Fellowship (given to those who have excelled in Social Entrepreneurship). As a micro-hydro entrepreneur, he started his first Micro Hydropower (MHP) plant in Barpak (Gorkha) which generated 130kW of electricity.
After his first project in Barpak, he started promoting awareness and social benefits of hydropower systems and so far, his contribution has electrified more than 4000 household. He also established the Hydro Energy Concern Pvt. Ltd. (HEC) in 1995 with an aim to contribute towards the private sector capacity in micro, mini and small hydropower projects.
HEC believes that the economic and social development as well as the low environmental impact related to MHP represent the three inseparable pillars of sustainable development of Nepal, confirming that MHP can serve as an energy source for sustainable development.
Chief, Energy Systems and Infrastructure Division UNIDO
Rana Ghoneim is the Chief of the Energy Systems and Infrastructure Division at UNIDO. She is responsible for developing the organization’s strategy for promoting carbon neutral energy infrastructure and strengthening relationships with key partners in that space.
She leads, on behalf of UNIDO, the Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator within SEforALL’s Global Accelerator Platform and has extensive experience in the designing and implementing programmes promoting sustainable energy use in industry in the MENA and Africa.
Head, Regions; Acting Director, Country Support and PartnershipsIRENA
Gurbuz Gonul joined the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in 2014 as Head of Regions Unit and is currently Acting Director of Country Support and Partnerships at IRENA. Formerly, he worked as Senior Energy Economist of the Islamic Development Bank between 2010 and 2014, where he led the work for the development of an Energy Sector Policy for the Bank as well as complex loan and technical assistance projects in Africa and Asia.
Between 2004 and 2010, Gonul served as a Senior Expert at the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels, where he spearheaded policy analysis, sectoral in-depth reviews, regional / country reviews concerning energy investments, trade and transportation. He also held positions in the EU Delegation in Ankara and Turkey’s Ministry of Energy since 1993.
Director of the Green Energy and Green Food ProgramsHivos
A biologist by education, Carol has worked throughout her career at the interface of environmental, social and economic issues, with a specific focus on developing countries. Before joining Hivos in 2007, she worked for various organizations (SNV, Oxfam Novib, WUR, Euroconsult Mott MacDonald) and lived over 10 years in Asia and Africa.
Though strongly rooted in civil society organizations, her work generally engaged multiple stakeholders; from government to researchers and private sector. Sustainable food, renewable energy and natural resource management have been at the heart of most of her work. Within Hivos, sustainable food and renewable energy are her key areas of interest.
Harish Hande is an engineer and renewable energy entrepreneur with over 22 years of grassroots experience in meeting requirements of underserved communities. He is the co-founder of SELCO India, and under his leadership SELCO reached 650,000+ households across 6 Indian states, while focusing on Innovation and Ecosystem building, for which he was awarded the Magsaysay Award in 2011.
Harish is recognized as a pioneer of rural energy service across the globe. He and his company have received many national and international awards including the Ashden award (2005 and 2007), The tech museum award (2005), Khemka Social entrepreneur of the year 2007 and the Financial Times –Arcelor Mittal Boldness in Business award 2009.
Director of Investment & Head of AdvisoryIDCOL
Nazmul Haque is working with Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL), the largest energy and infrastructure financing company in Bangladesh, since 2003. During his tenure with IDCOL, Haque was involved in structuring and financing of many large infrastructure projects in sectors like power, telecom, toll roads, ports, ICT etc. Many of these projects were first of its kind in Bangladesh and vital for the national development.
Haque also plays a major role in IDCOL’s large renewable energy program including IDCOL Solar Home System Program - one of the largest off-grid electrification programs in the world. He has vast experiences in formulating renewable energy policies and designing national level programs on biogas, biomass, solar mini-grid, solar irrigation, solar rooftop, solar park etc.
Haque is a leading expert in Project Appraisal Techniques and Financial Modeling. He has given training on financing large projects, renewable energy financing, advanced project finance and financial modeling, corporate valuation techniques, Public Private Partnership etc. in Bangladesh, Singapore, Indonesia, Cyprus, Sudan, Uganda and Iran. Haque also presented papers in various international symposiums and conferences in South Korea, USA, UK, France, Germany, Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia, Namibia, Philippines, Thailand and Singapore.
CEOSmart Power Myanmar - PACT
Richard Harrison is the Chief Executive Officer for Smart Power Myanmar, a facility dedicated to catalyzing economic growth in Myanmar through improved access to reliable energy. With a background in investment banking, social marketing and international development, Richard has lived in Myanmar for a total of 9 years since 2002, and was Myanmar's Country Director between 2013 and early 2018, leading one of Myanmar's largest and most complex integrated development portfolios.
Smart Power was founded in May 2018, and is financed by the Rockefeller Foundation, and managed by Pact, a global non-profit agency based in Washington, DC, and with a large presence in Myanmar. Smart Power Myanmar's Founding Members include The Rockefeller Foundation, The World Bank, USAID and Yoma Strategic Holdings.
Helmut Hertzog is a serial entrepreneur with 20 years of extensive business and management experience ranging from sectors as diverse as hospitality and catering; manufacturing to clean energy. Helmut has been heading up the South African Renewable Energy Business incubator since 2015 where he has been instrumental in developing new business models and a turnaround plan for the incubator.
Sarebi has since 2015 supported in excess of 120 entrepreneurs and small business with new ventures or business improvement interventions. Helmut has long held the view that the lack of access to energy in Africa is not a technology issue, it is a business issue.
Economic Affairs Office, Energy DivisionESCAP
Kohji Iwakami has been working at the Energy Division of United Nations ESCAP, which promoted regional connectivity and integration. In particular, Kohji has been working on transboundary power trade in Asia and services the expert working group on energy connectivity established by the Commission.
His particular interest in promoting connectivity would be to establish clearer linkages between connectivity and SDG7 including how connectivity could contribute to social development as well as to larger uptake of renewable energy.
Lead DesignerSELCO Foundation
Huda Jaffer started as a product designer for SELCO India Pvt Ltd after graduating as a product and user interface designer from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology. She has been involved in the inception and building of SELCO Foundation and is the Lead Designer, Head of Urban Poverty Labs and Senior Management Team (strategy) of SELCO Foundation being actively occupied in design projects across various under-served user segments with solutions spanning across social, technical and and financial innovations.
She is deeply passionate about building innovative solutions that are socially, environmentally and financially sustainable. Through her work she hopes to inspire, support and lead social enterprises and future generations that will be agents and champions of sustainability in developing nations.
ChairmanSustainable Energy Association of Singapore
Manager Electricity Generation and MarketsEnergy and Water Utilities Regulatory AuthorityTanzania
Ng'anzi Jumaa Kiboko
Ng’anzi Jumaa Kiboko was born on 8th June 1962 in Mkinga District – Tanga Region of United Republic of Tanzania. He graduated in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Varna Bulagaria in 1995. He has a vast experience in hydropower generation and distribution systems having worked with Tanzania Electricity Supply Company Limited (TANESCO) for 13 years in various positions (1996 -2009).
He is also experienced in regulation of electricity sub-sector having worked with the Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) in Tanzania since December 2009, in charge of commercial regulation of the electricity sector. Has also attended various international utilities regulatory courses. Currently, he holds a position of Manager Electricity Generation and Markets at EWURA.
Executive Director Centre for Renewable Energy and Appropriate Technology (CREATE)
Hon. Adrian Banie Lasimbang
In 2018, Adrian Banie Lasimbang became a senator for the national government of Malaysia, representing the state of Sabah. With extensive experience in participatory mapping, conducting community awareness workshops, enrichment planting, gravity water supply systems, and designing community-based micro-hydro systems, his work centers on improving the socio-economic conditions of rural indigenous communities in Sabah and Sarawak.
He has been the Executive Director of TONIBUNG, a local NGO promoting localized renewable energy solutions, including CREATE Borneo, a village-based workshop and training facility, educating the next generation of indigenous engineers in renewable energy technologies.
In 2004, Banie was awarded the Seacology Prize for Indigenous Conservationist of the year for protecting watershed areas and improving livelihoods in rural indigenous communities in Borneo. In both 2007 and 2008 he received the Outstanding Young Person Sabah (TOYPS) award for his work integrating natural resource management and rural indigenous communities. Adrian also runs Penampang Renewable Energy, a renewable energy consultancy company. He is a technical advisor for Indigenous Peoples Network of Malaysia (JOAS).
Senior Energy Access ConsultantEfficiency for Access Coalition
Garick Lee is a Senior Energy Access Consultant for the Efficiency for Access Coalition, which is focused on promoting energy efficiency as a catalyst for global clean energy access through a range of programmes and support mechanisms. In his role there, Garick works on developing and managing the R&D and Co-investments work stream, which aims to accelerate innovation in off- and weak-grid appliances.
Prior to this, Garick spent a decade developing, implementing and managing renewable energy and energy access projects and programs in Asia, Australia, the United States, and Africa. He holds a Master's degree in Renewable Energy from Murdoch University, and Bachelor's degrees in Engineering and Commerce from the University of Western Australia.
Horng Leong Lim
Lim Horng Leong is a Project Manager with Energy Research Institute @ Nanyang Technological University Singapore. He works on the partnership with industry, government and academia for the Renewable Energy Integration Demonstrator – Singapore (REIDS) program, smart grids and power electronics.
His interests include Microgrid renewable energy integration and energy policy. Prior to his current role, Horng Leong was the Deputy Director of Urban Solutions and Sustainability Directorate in National Research Foundation (NRF). In NRF, he developed policy for energy, water and, land & liveability research and prioritise funding from basic to translational research.
Programme Officer, Renewable Energy and FinanceIRENA
Seleha Lockwood joined the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in 2012 as a manager of the IRENA/Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) Project Facility. She has over 25 years of programme management experience in government, private and non-profit organisations covering sustainable development, emissions mitigation, renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
At IRENA, she has devised a clear and simple selection and evaluation process to pre-screen and evaluate renewable energy projects with sustainable development benefits in developing countries for recommendation to and funding by ADFD. Seleha manages the work of a global Panel of Experts who carry out the project evaluations using technical, economic/financial and socio-economic development criteria.
To date, her work has enabled the selection of 21 projects for co-funding of $214 million in soft loans from ADFD and $420 million from government, development funds and the private sector. The projects are solar PV, wind, geothermal, hydro and biomass energy in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Pacific and Caribbean. These projects will benefit over 3.5 million people, many in low income communities with increased access to energy and creation of jobs.
She has extensive international experience through business and education-related stays in Burkina Faso, Senegal, South Africa, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Papua New Guinea, UK, US and Ecuador.
She holds a masters in science (MSc) degree in Environmental Technology from Imperial College in London and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with Development Studies from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom.
Head of EnergyFactor
Hugo Lucas is the Head of the Energy Department at Factor. He has 20 years of experience in the private sector, the government and multilateral institutions, working in the design and implementation of support mechanisms for the promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.
He has been deeply involved in the establishment of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) where he was responsible for the off-grid component of the work programme. Recently, he has provided advice on renewable energy for electrification to governments in ECOWAS, Philippines, Madagascar, and Peru. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty for Environmental Studies of the York University in Canada.
GIZ Advisor to Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature ConservationBuilding and Nuclear Safety
Stefan Mager studied political science in Germany and the UK. He joined GIZ in 2008. His professional experience encompasses strategy and business development in the context of international cooperation for global greenhouse gas mitigation. Currently he is advising the German Government on global aspects of the Energy Transformation.
Avishek Malla is social entrepreneur, with over 10 years’ extensive hands-on experience in Renewable Energy in Nepal and International markets. His experience includes various roles in industry, government, and academia.
He has been a pioneer in the development of solar Photovoltaic (PV) Nepal, he has introduced “Rent to Own” solar energy services in rural health, education and agriculture. He has also authored several solar PV related papers and publications and has been key member to developing national technical standards and policies on solar PV.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Diploma in Management from Kathmandu University and Master’s degree in Renewable Energy from Murdoch University, Australia. He is gold medalist for academic excellence, awarded by former King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev and currently Australian Endeavour Awards Ambassador for Nepal.
Access2Energy Program ManagerRES4Africa
Marco Aresti is Access2Energy Program Manager at RES4Africa. His focus is on access to energy and off-grid solutions to support sustainable development. Marco recently launched the Micro-Grid Academy project that aims to create a unique environment for capacity building on renewable mini-grids in Sub-Saharan Africa.
He is currently investigating the Water-Energy-Food Nexus to identify bankable business models that can help ensure access to energy.
Previously, Marco worked for 8 years at Enel Green Power on the development of large-scale wind projects, including on the company’s expansion in Latin-America.
Driven by a strong interest for innovation, Marco started his career in the Fiat Research Centre where he experimented for over 5 years on the application of Fuel Cells on electric vehicles.
Managing DirectorRahimafrooz Renewable Energy Limited
Executive Director and FounderIBEKA
Tri Mumpuni is the Executive director of the People Centered Business and Economic Institute (IBEKA). She is a former senior advisor to the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, in charge new and renewable energy, and known for replacing diesel power plants with micro hydro once to improve economic development in Indonesia.
She has worked on renewable energy production with key stakeholders including the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources and the state electricity company, PLN. She is now executive director of People Centered Business and Economic Institute (IBEKA) which has successfully installed more than 80 micro hydro projects across Indonesia and one in the Philippines. She pioneered the community private partnership to build small power plants, equally owned, by the community and private sector, with revenue from the energy sales channeled back to the villages for economic development.
With UNESCAP support, she has made it a model for other developing countries. She received the Magsaysay Award 2011, the Ashden Award in 2012, Global Peace Atlanta 2012, and the Islamic Development Bank Award for Woman Contribution to Development 2013.
Programme Development ManagerRenewable Energy Hivos Foundation East AfricaKenya
Isaac Mwathi is a renewable energy engineer/specialist/enthusiast with a particular interest in energy access focusing much on clean cooking and energy for productive use. He has a wealth of experience in energy projects and programmes involving both grid-connected & off-grid systems principally small hydro-power, solar PV & solar thermal energy technologies, waste to energy technologies, biomass thermo-chemical and bio-chemical conversion technologies, wind energy technology, energy storage and improved cooking stoves and sustainable fuels.
He has extensive experience and proven track record with renewable energy project/programme development, implementation and management covering technical and financial advisory, proposal development and fundraising/resource mobilization, bankable feasibility studies, due diligence for livelihood improvement and inclusive socio-economic development.
Currently, He works for Hivos East Africa in charge of programme development and fundraising for RE projects and programmes. At Hivos EA, He has been able to develop programmes mainly focusing on clean cooking and power for productive use. His passion is that Africa will shift/put in place infrastructure/adopt and implement policies that are geared towards 100% energy access powered by RE for inclusive sustainable development.
Isaac has a Bachelor’s degree in Energy Engineering from Kenyatta University, Kenya and a Master’s degree in Renewable Energy from University of Reading, UK.
Associate Programme Officer - PolicyIRENA
Divyam Nagpal is an Associate Programme Officer with the International Renewable Energy Agency's (IRENA) Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre. Within the Policy Unit, he works on a broad range of projects, including renewable energy policy assessment, off-grid renewables for energy access, socio-economic impacts of the energy transition, the water, energy and food nexus, and regional market analyses. He has co-authored over 15 major publications.
Prior to joining IRENA, Divyam worked in the United Kingdom and India focusing on techno-economic and financial assessments of large-scale and off-grid renewable energy projects, as well as on sector-level energy efficiency benchmarking. He is a mechanical engineer by training and has an MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures from Imperial College London.
He is presently pursuing his Doctorate in Public Administration from the University College London researching policies that support local innovation systems focusing on off-grid renewable energy solutions for livelihood applications, especially in the agriculture sector.
General ManagerGham Power
Head of Frontier Markets BNEF
Itamar Orlandi is an experienced research analyst and management consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the research industry. He has proven ability to combine vision, creativity and business acumen with thorough and thoughtful analysis that has led to direct impact for his employer and clients. His proficiency lies in distributed energy, micro-grids, and places where energy and technology overlap.
Bikash Pandey is Director of Clean Energy at Winrock International. His work experience encompasses twenty five years in policy review, design, and implementation of a range of clean/renewable energy projects in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He is one of the pioneers of micro-hydro mini-grid systems in Nepal, where he started his career in energy access.
The revisions in Nepal’s recently approved renewable energy subsidy policy, which were based on a review he carried out in 2015, include a role for private developers to receive incentives to develop mini-grids and inclusion of anchor load based mini-grids. He recently developed a toolkit for USAID outlining the policy, financing, technology and ownership issues around mini-grids.
His expertise includes interventions to commercialize renewable energy technologies and design of financing mechanisms and incentives for market transformation. He has registered a number of energy access projects under the CDM, including the first aggregated domestic biogas projects in Nepal and community micro-hydropower projects in Pakistan. He holds an M.S. from the Energy and Resources Group from the University of California at Berkeley and a S.B. in Electrical Engineering from MIT.
Associate Professional, Knowledge, Policy and FinanceIRENA
Bishal Parajuli is an Associate Professional in IRENA’s Knowledge, Policy and Finance centre. Within the Policy Unit, he works on diverse range of subjects, such as off-grid renewables for energy access and socio-economic impacts of renewable energy deployment.
Prior to joining IRENA, he worked at the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre, Ministry of Environment in Nepal on national policy design for rural electrification, techno-economic assessment of numerous off-grid and urban projects, and project implementation and monitoring. He has Master’s degree in Sustainable Energy and Entrepreneurship from the University of Nottingham.
PresidentSustainable Energy Associates (SEA)
Dr. Binu Parthan is the principal at Sustainable Energy Associates (SEA), a global consulting and advisory company, and has over 20 years of professional experience in financing, policy and technology aspects of clean energy and climate change.
Prior to SEA, he was the Deputy Director General for the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) and also the executive director of IT Power India where he led the energy and environment practice. His professional experience covers 18 developing countries including countries in Asia and Africa.
Parthan holds a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering (Low-carbon Energy) from the Technical University of Graz and Master degrees in Renewable Energy from University of Oldenburg and Industrial-Mechanical engineering from National Institute of Technology Calicut.
Director of Commercial OperationsSparkMeter
Senior Energy AdvisorPractical ActionKenya
Tijana Radojicic is the Senior Energy Advisor for East Africa at Practical Action based in Nairobi, Kenya where she manages various energy access programmes such as the Green Mini-grids Facility for Kenya which provides technical assistance and grant financing to mini-grid developers. Prior to joining Practical Action, Tijana was Associate Programme Officer in the Sub-Saharan Africa unit at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi.
During her time at IRENA, she worked on various regional and national programmes in West, Eastern and Southern Africa – such as the Africa Clean Energy Corridor, Promotion of Sustainable Solar PV market in the ECOWAS Region (ProSPER), the ECOWAS and SADC Renewable Energy Entrepreneurship Support Facility and Renewables Readiness Assessments for Zimbabwe and Tanzania. She also worked at the SIRDC Energy Technology Institute in Harare, Zimbabwe and at Fraunhofer Institutes in Germany.
Tijana has a BSc in Electrical Engineering and MSc in Engineering Physics specialising in Renewable Energy, and certifications in Renewable Energy and Climate Finance as well as SME Finance. She is a national of Serbia and lived in Zimbabwe for the greater part of her life.
AdvisorFlorence School of Regulation
Pippo Ranci is Professor of Economic Policy at the Università Cattolica in Milan and Advisor to the Florence School of Regulation.
Until 2008 Pippo was director of the Florence School of Regulation at the European University Institute in Florence. Before that, he was president of the Italian regulatory authority for electricity and gas for seven years (1996 – 2003), co-founder and vice-president of the Council of European Energy Regulators (2000-2003), and often a consultant to the Italian government (1972-1993).
He has advised the SESSA project on energy (in the “Scientific Support to Policies” series) promoted by the European Commission and in addition about 30 European Universities plus a number of industrial stakeholders.
Recent publications include “Sustainable Development Goal Number 7: How to Set Appropriate Targets, Organise an Appropriate Monitoring, and Reach Universal Access to Energy”, Florence School of Regulation Policy Brief, July 2017, andEnergy Poor, il Mulino, 2016 (co-authors: L.Susani e M.Leonardi).
Deputy Director, IRENA Innovation and TechnologyIRENA
Dr. Roland Roesch is Deputy Director of the Innovation and Technology Center of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). He worked for 15 years in the Oil & Gas and Utilities Industry for Shell and E.ON as General Manager Power at Shell and for E.ON as Head of Division.
Prior to that, he worked as Energy Market Consultant for Lahmeyer International and as researcher for renewable energies and CO2 mitigation.
Roland has solid business experience in energy market related strategies, M&A including senior deal lead and integration management, energy project development and project financing.
He currently leads IRENA Renewable Energy Project Development Navigator initiative known as IRENA Project Navigator, IRENA’s Innovation activities and the grids & storage activities including the grid Integration of renewable energies on islands. Roland has a high proficiency in delivering applied energy solutions in difficult work environments.
DirectorStrathmore Energy Research Centre
Geoffrey Ronoh (BSc, MSc) isthe Director of the Strathmore Energy Research Centre (SERC) and one of the founding consortium members of the Kenya Climate Innovation Centre. He has been involved in establishment of national curriculum, training and accreditation programs on Solar technology in Kenya.
At SERC, Geoffrey has overseen the establishment of a solar testing centre which now serves the region. In addition, he has implemented a large programme for promoting energy efficiency in Kenya’s tea sector. Geoffrey is co-founder of OFGEN Limited, a solar PV project development and execution entity.
Alessandra Salgado is an Associate Professional at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). She is part of IRENA Innovation & Technology Centre, where she performs analytical work and research in patents, technology innovation and quality assurance for renewable energy.
Before joining IRENA, she worked for 5 years in the private sector as an Engineer, having this experience in Mckinsey & Company and INTEL Corporation. Alessandra Salgado has a degree of Master of Science with a major in mechanical engineering for sustainable energy from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. She graduated as an Industrial Engineer from the University of Costa Rica.
Associate Director Corporate FinanceImpact Investment Exchange IIX
Pranay Samson leads the Corporate Finance team at IIX, where he works closely with companies to raise growth capital from investors. He has a decade of experience across the region, with a specific focus on access to energy through the use of decentralized deployment of renewables.
Recently, he has supported companies from India, Bangladesh and Myanmar successfully raise growth capital, and is currently working on an innovative structure to finance mini-grid development in the region. He has also worked with the Rockefeller Foundation on the Smart Power for Rural Development program in India through Development Alternatives, which financed and set up 21 mini-grids.
Having left behind a career in banking, Pranay is passionate about integrating system-thinking to address development issues in emerging markets. He was part of the premier cohort of the Social Impact Leadership Program in India conducted by Harvard Business School. He also has a MBA and is a qualified architect.
CEOSkill Council for Green JobsIndia
Assistant General Manager of Operations SELCO Foundation
Guruprakash Shetty is currently the Assistant General Manager of Operations at SELCO Solar Pvt Ltd. He manages the operations over 23 branches of south Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu in South India. Having extensive experience on all the different facets of running a Clean Energy Enterprise as a service network in rural and peri urban parts of India, he also handles Customer Support Department at SELCO India.
He has been championing last mile decentralized clean energy distribution for over 15 years now andhas a B Sc from Mangalore University. His specialization included sales and marketing, building partnerships and financing for end users. He has also mentored and trained entrepreneurs and practitioners across the globe at multiple local, national and global incubation and training programs.
Energy Efficiency ExpertSADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE)
Henry Dumsani Shongwe
Henry Dumsani Shongwe was born in 1957 in Manzini, Swaziland. He obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree (Bsc Hon.) in Mechanical Engineering in 1986 and Msc in Mechanical Engineering specializing in Applied Energy from the Cranfied University, Bedford, United Kingdom in 1987. He further obtained a Bsc (Hon) in Energy Studies at the Rand Afrikaans University in 1994.
He started working for the Swaziland Railways in 1979 as a Signals Technician. He joined the Swaziland College of Technology in 1981 as a lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He left in 1983 to further his studies in the United Kingdom. From 1990, he joined the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy and established the Department of Energy. Established policies, legislations, reforms in the electricity sector leading to the establishment of the Independent Regulator. Established programmes, projects and studies in electricity, petroleum, coal, gas and renewable energy. He was a Board member for the Swaziland Electricity company for 11 years, Swaziland Standards Authority for 3 years, Motor Accidents Fund for 9 years and a Member of Institute of Directors for 10years. Been involved with SADC, WEC, AUC, IRENA and other international organizations on energy issues.
Currently the Energy Efficiency Expert at the SADC Centre foe Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE), Windhoek, Namibia.
His interests include Renewable energy, Energy efficiency, IPP's entry into the power market and Energy Regulation and security.
Fund Manager and Programme CoordinatorHivos
Energy Access Partnership & Innovation ManagerPractical Action
Carlos Sordo is the Energy Access Partnership & Innovation Manager at Practical Action. With more than 14 years of experience in the field of decentralized renewable energies and development cooperation, he is currently gearing Practical Action into establishing and building exciting and thriving partnerships that deliver energy access for all.
Peter Storey is a financing professional, specialized in developing countries and transition economies with significant expertise in renewable energy as well as other infrastructure sectors. He has held senior positions with major European banks and project developers and has over 20 years of experience of working on multi-disciplinary advisory and financing mandates and of structuring and developing projects.
Peter is a Global Coordinator of the Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN). PFAN is a multi-lateral public private partnership which connects Clean Energy projects with investment in developing countries.
Vice President (Specialized Project Lending)/ Head of ConsultingDFCC Bank
Kapila Subasinghe is Vice President (Specialized Project Lending)/Head of Consulting, DFCC Bank and former Project Director of the World Bank and Global Environment Facility funded Renewable Energy for Rural Economic Development (RERED) Project of the Government of Sri Lanka. Subasinghe has extensive experience in project management and financing. At DFCC Bank he has worked in the Small and Medium Enterprise Department specializing in project appraisal, implementation and follow-up, including off-grid renewable energy projects. Thereafter, he served at Corporate Banking where his portfolio included all grid-connected renewable energy projects financed by the Bank. At Corporate Banking he was actively involved in appraisal, structuring, implementation and monitoring of many loan syndications for hydropower projects.
In 2002, he joined the Project Management Department which managed credit lines to Sri Lanka from multilateral agencies. He headed the Department from 2007 to 2010 as Vice President (Project Management) managing credit lines offered to the Government of Sri Lanka by The World Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Investment Bank and KfW Germany. Thereafter, he served as Vice President (Corporate Banking) from 2010 to 2015 where the Department accounted for approximately 50% of DFCC Bank’s lending portfolio comprising of Sri Lankan corporate enterprises in diverse business sectors, including renewable energy.
At present as Vice President (Specialized Project Lending)/Head of Consulting he is responsible for, driving the project lending function and to oversee the evaluation and implementation of large scale/complex/specialized projects across the bank, as well as management of DFCC Consulting (Pvt) Ltd. He has been a resource person to many local and international renewable energy forums, including for delegations to Sri Lanka from Asia and Africa to study the Sri Lankan renewable energy model. He is also the Team Leader of an ongoing assignment in Uganda undertaken by DFCC Consulting to develop an Adoptable Solar Loan Product for Participating Financial Institutions under the Energy for Rural Transformation Project of Uganda with funding support from the World Bank. Subasinghe holds a degree in civil engineering from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK.
Acting Manager, ASEAN-German Energy ProgrammeASEAN Centre for Energy
Septia Buntara Supendi
Septia is an Acting Manager for ASEAN-German Energy Programme (AGEP) Department at the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE). He leads the implementation of collaborative partnership programme between ACE and Die Deutsche
Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ which covered the area of renewables and energy efficiency.
Prior to AGEP, he is in charge to support the monitoring of the implementation of ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC), a blue print document for ASEAN energy development for the period of 2016-2025 covering on i) ASEAN Power Grid, ii) Trans ASEAN Gas Pipeline, iii) Clean Coal Technology, and iv) Regional Energy Policy and Planning. Septia holds undergraduate and engineering master’s degree from National University of Malaysia and Institut Teknologi Bandung.
Sustainable Development Program Manager & AdviserSNV
Graduated from Barcelona Autonomous University and NOEMA Business School, Sophie Truffin joined in 2018 SNV Cambodia as Energy Market Adviser and Consultant. She currently is Project Manager for the AFD/EU-funded Green Microfinance Program.
As Project Manager for the AFD/EU-funded Green Microfinance Program, Sophie oversees the implementation of the largest off-grid solar market development initiative in Cambodia to-date. The initiative builds on a comprehensive approach to remove structural market barriers - such as low consumer trust, affordability constraints and limited routes to market – to kick-start local off-grid solar sector growth.
She has also been Project Manager for several renewable energy and consultancy projects in Africa and the Caribbean. Truffin is actively involved in the promotion of sustainable energy infrastructure and service schemes, including context analysis, business model design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, by commissioning of private, public and multilateral agencies.
She has been dealing with projects based on renewable energy, sustainable energy service schemes, stand-alone PV systems, microgrids, and accompanying measures on social and dissemination aspects.
Katarina Uherova Hasbani
Katarina Uherova Hasbani is Founder of Enrupt, open innovation platform for energy sector. She founded EnRupt to support the ongoing transformation of the energy sector to be closer to the customer, using cleaner, renewable sources, and leveraging digital technologies. She is driving this transformation by building partnerships between young, innovative startups and corporations.
Enrupt has rapidly become a dynamic builder of energy-focused startup innovation from Singapore and expanding to Dubai in Q4 2018. Katarina has 15 years of professional experience in energy from government & consulting in Europe, Middle East & South-East Asia. She was a visiting scholar at Stanford University in 2011 and continues to research on topics related to energy sector transformation, focusing on countries and companies transiting from fossil-fuels to renewable energy based systems.
Katarina is Vice President on the Board of the Alliance for Rural Electrification (Industry association, HQ in Belgium) and driving Insead Alumni Women in Business activities. She is always looking out for opportunities to support energy sector transformation and champion gender equality, especially in energy.
Division ChiefHydropower and Ocean Management Division, Department of Energy
Engineer Andresito F. Ulgado is currently the Chief Science Research Specialist of the Hydropower and Ocean Energy Management Division (HOEMD) of the Renewable Energy Management Bureau of the Department of Energy (DOE), Philippines.
The HOEMD primarily handles the administration, regulation and promotion of hydro and ocean energy programs in the Philippines. He participated in the formulation of energy policies and the corresponding implementing rules and regulations particularly the Biofuels Act of 2006 and Renewable Energy Act of 2008.Prior to his stint with the Hydropower and Ocean Energy Management Division, he was involved in the administration and regulation of biomass, biofuels, coal exploration and mine development and geothermal exploration and development in the Philippines.
Engineer Ulgado holds a Bachelors Degree in Mining Engineering and a Masters Degree in Management. He is currently pursuing a doctoral program in Technology Management. He also finished his Geothermal Energy and Environmental Sciences Course at Kyushu University in Japan and conducted researches on biodiesel at Nihon University also in Japan.
Engineer Ulgado participated and presented papers in various local and international seminars, workshops and conferences in the following fields: Geothermal Energy, Clean Coal Technology, Alternative Fuels, Biomass, Biofuels and Renewable Energy.
Dipti Vaghela is the Network Facilitator and Manager of the Hydro Empowerment Network (HPNET), a knowledge exchange platform to advance policy, technology, and socio-environmental aspects of small-scale hydropower. She has fifteen years of experience in developing decentralized renewable energy (DRE) solutions for rural electrification in S/SE Asia, bridging communities, local entrepreneurs, field-based NGOs, policy makers, and funding agencies.
For eight years she worked with indigenous communities in Odisha, India to establish localized energy solutions. In 2016 she was a Fulbright Public Policy Fellow placed at the Renewable Energy Association of Myanmar (REAM). Based in Myanmar, she supports and learns from Myanmar’s micro/mini hydropower and biomass gasifier mini-grid developers.
She holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a M.S. in Environmental Studies from San Jose State University.
Managing PartnerTechno Trama Ambiental
Xavier Vallvé holds Engineering and Master’s degrees from the University of Waterloo (Canada) and is co-founder (1986) and director of the consultancy firm Trama TecnoAmbiental (TTA) in Barcelona, Spain. He has been an active practitioner and researcher for more than 30 years in renewable energy rural electrification and distributed generation projects, autonomous as well as grid tied, RE hybrid technology and micro grids for islands and isolated villages.
Many of his projects involved interdisciplinary activities in economic, social and management aspects as well as engineering in RE generation and storage.
He has been involved in feasibility studies, engineering and project management of many PV rural micro grids in isolated villages in Africa, South America, Asia and the Pacific for private and government clients and also for UNDP, UNIDO, UNEP, AECID, IDB, WB, EC, IRENA and other agencies. He is also an active member in international codes and standards committees and teaching activities on this subject.
Head, Partnerships and Technical Advisory ServicesIRENA
Salvatore Vinci is the Head of Partnerships and Technical Advisory Services at IRENA. Since Joining IRENA in 2010, Salvatore Vinci has been managing projects related to policies to promote renewable energy, with focus on developed and developing markets. He has authored several publications, the last ones being ‘Policies and regulations for private sector renewable energy mini-grids’ and ‘Adapting market design to high shares of variable renewable energy.
Salvatore is heading the Agency’s work on technical advisory services and coordinates the Agency’s global partnerships, including the Global Geothermal Alliance and the Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) Lighthouses Initiative. Salvatore is the Coordinator of the International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (IOREC) and has been in charge of the programme development for all four editions of IOREC.
Before joining IRENA, Salvatore worked at the Department of Energy of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development. He holds a degree cum laude in Environmental Engineering and a Master’s degree in Energy Resources Management.
Surabhi Mathur Visser
%nbsp;Surabhi Visser is responsible for supporting SunFunder's clients by structuring bankable financial solutions that address their capital needs and growth strategies. Surabhi joined SunFunder from MRI Group in Singapore where she led the structured trade finance team globally.
Prior to that, she was a member of SMBC’s power & infrastructure project finance team and also has worked at Standard & Poor’s securitisation team. Surabhi holds an MBA from HEC Paris and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Georgetown University. Surabhi has lived in 9 different countries and is based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Executive Director Alliance for Rural Electrification
Marcus Wiemann, Executive Director of the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) is responsible for the management and direction of ARE as well as for the relationship management with institutional partners and governments. In this regard, he is a member of numerous steering committees and working groups with the purpose of building a sustainable decentralised renewable energy industry for the 21st century, activating markets for affordable energy services, and creating local jobs and inclusive economies.
Marcus (47 years, born in Dortmund, Germany) holds diplomas in Economics, International Relations/Developing Countries and Environmental Economics from the Universities of York and Trier. Marcus has a professional background from the finance and energy sector as well as in consultancy, advocacy and project management.
Before joining ARE in 2013, Marcus established and led representation offices in Brussels of Verbundnetz Gas AG, EWE AG and of the International Association of Gas and Oil Producers (OGP).
Outreach and Communication ManagerREN21
Laura E. Williamson
Laura Williamson is responsible for directing communication and outreach activities at REN21, the Renewable Energy Policy Network of the 21st Century, housed at the United Nations Environment Programme in Paris. Laura’s other activities include managing the production of thematic reports on renewable energy and coordinating the biennial International Renewable Energy Conference.
From 2008 to 2013, Laura was the Project Director for HELIO International, an international think-tank developing renewable energy solutions. Previously, she worked for the United Nations Environment Programme on industry and sustainability issues. Laura holds degrees from the University of Chicago and Tufts University and has more than 20 years of work experience in the field of renewable energy.
Project Manager Green EnergyHivos
Sandra Winarsa is Green Energy Program Development Manager for Hivos Southeast Asia. Since 2012 she has been responsible in leading Hivos’ portfolio in sustainable energy and one of them is the multi-actors Iconic Island Initiative. The initiative aims to provide the population of the medium sized Indonesian island Sumba with 100% renewable energy as driving force of development particularly focusing on decentralised and inclusive renewable energy at remote villages.
Prior to Hivos, Ms Winarsa worked in several development sectors such as environment education, youth social-green entrepreneurship and climate change with the British Council Indonesia. She is also a volunteer at the Climate Reality Project, a community campaign movement in the field of communicating climate change impact to the wider public.
Program Development Manager - Green SocietyHIVOS
Gigi Wing-Davies is a Programme Development Manager - Green Society at Hivos (Humanist Organisation for Social Change) is senior business development and communications professional, with extensive experience in International and local development NGOs, decentralised renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and livelihoods and inclusive market development in southern Africa.
Strengths in forming and coordinating strategic partnerships to grow portfolios in highly competitive environments. She is passionate about social and environmental justice.
Managing DirectorWollny Consulting
Since October 2013, Michael Wollny is Founder and Managing Director of WOLLNY CONSULTUNG. WOLLNY CONSULTING is specialized in technical and economic advice, business development and project management with emphasis on solar energy for developing countries and emerging markets. Michael has supported the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) in Kenya in establishing standard specifications for Solar Hybrid Mini-Grids taking in account to the international technical standards and regulations from international electrical commission (IEC) and IEEE. He supported REA in preparation of technical specification of equipment, design, tender preparation, training in design and grid planning for Greenfield PV-Hybrid Mini-Grid implementations in the power range of 60-100 kWp.
He developed a Solar PV-diesel-hybrid business-planning guideline for applications in local power distribution systems operated by electric cooperatives in off-grid areas in the Philippines and conducted capacity building workshops for local stakeholders, project developers, financial institutions and cooperatives.Michael is supporting the Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL) in Bangladesh in technical and economic optimization of solar PV mini-grids (up to 1 MWp), in design, technical specification for international procurement, data evaluation, financial model, capacity building and O&M measures.
He has prepared a technical assessment and energy audit for Siantan Village(s) Hybrid-PV project on Anambas Islands, Riau. and provided support on socio-economic assessment, and recommendation on Hybrid renewable energy solutions/models with storage application. WOLLNY CONSULTING has analysed the rural electrification programs in Indonesia with focus on renewable energies. For the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Sources (MEMR). Michael is working as advisor and procurement manager (tender agent) on behalf of KfW Development Bank and is involved in energy infrastructure projects in Africa and Asia.
For private companies and industry he is selecting and preparing market entrance strategies for targeting developing countries.From 2013 on-going he has conducted trainings and workshops for technicians, engineers, project developers, government authorities, and utility operators in several countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Especially in Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Philippines, he trained different local stakeholders in the selection, planning, design, installation and O&M of PV-Hybrid Mini-Grid, and solar PV rooftop systems.
Michael Wollny is member and former Vice President of the international business organization Alliance for Rural Electrification and co-heading the committee group PV Export and Rural Electrification at German business association (BSW Solarwirtschaft). He is active member of the VDE/CIGRE committee and member of the CIGRE working Group C6-28 on Hybrid Power System and Micro/Mini-Grids.
Assistant General ManagerNigerian Electricity Regulatory CommissionNigeria
Eng. Abdussalam Yusuf holds a PhD in farm power and Machinery from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He worked for 9 years at the Energy Commission of Nigeria, focusing on renewable energy, energy demand and supply modelling and policy analysis.
He joined the Planning Research and Strategy division of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in 2007 and over the past 11 years has been focusing on regulatory treatment of renewable energy and rural electrification investments.
He has been the focal person on the Nigeria‘s Renewable Energy Feed-In tariff regulation issued in 2014 and recently the Mini-grid Regulation of 2017. Has special interest in modelling of energy supply system alternatives and their environmental implications
Dr. Yusuf is the secretary of the Nigerian National Committee of the World Energy Council, WEC and a registered member of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).
Deputy Executive Secretary for Sustainable DevelopmentUNESCAP
Kaveh Zahedi is the Deputy Executive Secretary for Sustainable Development of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). He oversees ESCAP’s work on social development, environment, energy, disaster risk reduction and information communications and technology. He also oversees ESCAP’s overall work with ASEAN and Northeast Asia.
Prior to this, Zahedi was Regional Director and Representative for Asia and the Pacific of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). He managed UNEP’s technical and policy support programmes and represented the organization in the region. Zahedi has also served as Deputy Director of UNEP's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, overseeing work on green economy, resource efficiency and climate change. He also set up and headed the Climate and Clean Air Coalition for reducing short lived climate pollutants. Before UNEP, Zahedi worked at an NGO as project manager for micro credit and development projects.
Over two decades Zahedi has worked in United Nations offices in Kenya, Mexico, UK, France and Thailand. He holds a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, USA, and a BSc first class degree in Economics & Geography, from University College London.
The IOREC exhibition will take place in parallel with the Conference from the 31 October – 1 November 2018 and is organised by the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE). The exhibition serves as a showcase for the very latest off-grid technologies and the innovative approaches fuelling rapid deployment of decentralised renewable energy solutions.
The exhibition is an important component of the IOREC and is open to all interested companies and organisations. In particular, private sector companies with cutting-edge products and projects are encouraged. IOREC presents one of the year’s most important opportunities to network and build influential partnerships with key global off-grid industry players.
Renewable Energy Solutions for Healthcare Facilities
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is organising the international conference on Renewable Energy Solutions for Healthcare Facilities which is to be held in Singapore on 2 November 2018 immediately after the 4th International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (IOREC). The conference will be a unique opportunity to discuss challenges to the deployment of renewables for health centers, present successful case studies and identify technical, regulatory, policy, and financial options which can accelerate the deployment of renewable energy for the electrification of health centres in rural communities.
The 3rd edition of the International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (IOREC) took place in Nairobi, Kenya on 30 September and 1 October 2016. The Conference was organized by IRENA in partnership with the Kenya Ministry of Energy & Petroleum and the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE).
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) co-organised the 2nd International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (IOREC) in Manila, Philippines on the 16-17 of June 2014.
The first International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC), organized by IRENA along with the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), was held in Accra, Ghana on 1 and 2 November 2012.