PROGRAM DAY 2
26 April 2017
 

Organized in collaboration with SolarPower Europe

Solar Power Europe
08:30 Registration

09:00 Opening
ALEXANDER HUPPERTZ /// TEAM LEADER - RECP
Alex joined the EUEI PDF in July 2014. Within the team, Alex works on the topic of private sector cooperation under the RECP. Alex focuses on the cooperation with European industry associations and African institutions to mobilise private investment in renewable energy in Africa. Alex holds an Master's degree in International Relations and Development Politics from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Prior to joining EUEI PDF, he worked as an assistant project manager for a development consultancy in Cologne on various projects funded by the European Commission's DG DEVCO and the Asian Development Bank. In this respect, he also supported a project in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia as a junior consultant.
ALEXANDER HUPPERTZ
TEAM LEADER - RECP

09:15 SESSION 4 - Mitigating Financial and Operational Risks associated with Nigerian Solar PV Projects

GODWIN AIGBOKHAN /// EXECUTIVE SECRETARY - RENEWABLE ENERGY ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (REAN)
This Association is a platform for Renewable Energy (RE) practitioners and project developers in Nigeria to contribute towards the development of the industry.
FACILITATOR
SESSION 4:
GODWIN AIGBOKHAN
EXECUTIVE SECRETARY - REAN
Panel - Mitigating operational risk through technical assistance & capacity building
  • Importance of standardization / quality assurance
  • Technical and contractual risk mitigation strategies
  • Certified training schemes for installers
JAVIER BETANCOURT /// CHIEF OF PARTY REEEP - WINROCK INTERNATIONAL
Javier Betancourt, Chief of Party, REEEP Nigeria: experienced financial and development professional, having worked in a number of investment and business strategy projects, as well as implemented Economic Development and Renewable Energy projects in over 8 countries around the world. He is well-versed in identifying public policies and market-driven approaches that ensure and sustain economic growth and Pro-poor approaches, having worked with international development agencies such as The World Bank, IFC, UNDP, SUAID, DIFID, SIDA, etc. Javier holds a bachelor degree in business administration from Anahuac University and a Master Degree from The London Business School.
MODERATOR
JAVIER BETANCOURT
CHIEF OF PARTY REEEP - WINROCK INTERNATIONAL
BOLADE SOREMEKUN /// BAS CONSULTING - RUBITEC SOLAR
Mr Bolade Soremekun, B.Pharm 1978 University of Ife Nigeria, with an MBA degree from New York University 1983, has developed expertise and interest in Renewable Energy (RE) and Climate Change issues in the last 12 years. He is the founder of several companies and organisations in the renewable energy and environment space, including BAS Consulting, Rubitec Solar, Rubitec Power, IREC-Africa, a renewable energy NGO.
Rubitec Solar is focused on off-grid Solar PV, and is currently implementing a Solar Hybrid Rural Electrification project in Ogun state, supported by GIZ and Ogun State Government.
BOLADE SOREMEKUN
BAS CONSULTING - RUBITEC SOLAR
VICTOR KOYIER /// SALES MANAGER CENTRAL AFRICA - JINKO SOLAR close
Gulnara Victor Koyier has been on the solar space for over 10 years. Within the numerous years has extensively drove use and demand of solar applications within East/Central/West Africa.
He is convinced solar energy would be a game changer to the African states economies in that it would bring positive impact to livelihoods and its citizens.
Graduate of Business, certified marketer and project management profession.
VICTOR KOYIER
SALES MANAGER CENTRAL AFRICA - JINKO SOLAR
TUNDE ISIOLAOTAN /// PRINCIPAL EXPERT, RE CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT - NESP
Tunde Isiolaotan is currently the Principal Expert, RE Capacity Development at NESP. Tunde received his B.Sc. Electrical-Electronics Engineering from the American University of Cyprus Girne. Upon completing his Bachelor’s degree he returned to Nigeria where he led a team on the installation of a 9 MW diesel power plant for the Central Bank of Nigeria Lagos office. Soon after the successful completion, Tunde proceeded to obtain a Master’s degree in RE with a focus on Hybrid systems. Tunde’s has been involved in numerous capacity development programmes in which he develops training packages and certification of professionals for the clean energy industry for Nigeria and West Africa.
TUNDE ISIOLAOTAN
PRINCIPAL EXPERT, RE CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT - NESP
Panel - Dealing with Currency and Convertibility Risks in Nigerian RE / solar projects
  • Macro overview of the specific currency and convertibility risks for the on-grid and the off-grid solar sector
  • What mitigating solutions, providers and products are available and/or required?
  • The local currency / local lender solution
EMEKA OFFOR /// DIRECTOR - NIPC
Emeka is driven by a passion to solve business challenges on a sustainable basis. A first class scholar, trained in United Kingdom (M.Sc Corporate Governance) and Lagos Nigeria (MBA), he has developed competences and expertise spanning over 25 years in banking, corporate governance, business consulting, research, customer service, training and leadership, marketing, negotiation, project finance, investment promotion and public policy development.
Prior to his current position, he has worked with leading banks in Nigeria at strategic levels where his contributions resulted in quantum leaps for the banks. He also worked in different capacities in the Public Service including Director, Real Sector; Director, Human Resources Development; Director, National Competitiveness & Policy Advocacy, Director, Investment Facilitation & Incentives Administration, etc.
MODERATOR
EMEKA OFFOR
DIRECTOR - NIPC
PER VAN SWAAY /// SENIOR VP - TCX
Per van Swaay joined TCX in 2010 and is responsible for TCX business development in Africa. Prior to TCX, Per worked in African project finance at FMO, the Dutch Development Bank and before moving into banking and development finance, he worked as a corporate lawyer in Holland and the US. TCX is a special purpose fund to hedge the currency and interest rate mismatch that is created in cross-border investments between international investors and local borrowers in frontier and less liquid emerging markets.
PER VAN SWAAY
SENIOR VP - TCX
LUZ LEYVA /// ECONOMIST / HEDGING SERVICES - MFX
Luz joined MFX in March 2013. She holds a BA in Economics from ITESM –Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey – and a MPA with a concentration on Economic Policy and Management from Columbia University. She started her career in 2007 working at Banco Nacional de Mexico (BANAMEX/Citigroup) in the Treasury sales department in Monterrey, supporting derivative transactions for corporate and medium-size segments. Her experience includes trading of FX, interest rate, and commodity derivatives. After graduating from Columbia University, she worked at the International Finance Corporation. She is a CFA® charterholder.
LUZ LEYVA
ECONOMIST / HEDGING SERVICES - MFX
ROLAKE AKINKUGBE /// HEAD ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES - FBN MERCHANT BANK
Rolake leads energy deal origination and manages key sector relationships for FBN Merchant Bank, investment and merchant banking arm of Nigeria’s largest financial services group FBN Holdings Plc. She is focussed on delivering the full resources of the investment bank across equity, debt and other financial products to assist energy sector clients. She also provides strategic and expert insight and advice on the energy industry both internally and externally. Passionate about the energy space, Rolake is also founder of InaTidé a social impact investment platform aimed at sourcing funding for, and incubating off-grid renewable energy SMEs in Africa.
Prior to this, FBN Merchant Bank, Rolake was for more than 3 years head of the energy research team at pan-African Ecobank, based in their London office. In her earlier career, Rolake was the lead country risk analyst for West Africa and the Gulf of Guinea at the New York-based global risk consultancy, Eurasia Group, focusing on the oil & gas and mining & metals sectors. She was also a Senior Africa Analyst in the global risk analysis team of London-based Control Risks Group, advising energy multinationals on business and investment risks in Africa.
She was listed in the 2016 Choiseul 200 Africa Under-40 list of Young Economic Leaders on the continent. In May 2015 Rolake was also named Africa’s Best Oil and Gas Analyst by US organisation Energy & Corporate Africa. She is a regular commentator on global and African energy, and has been a regular reviewer of global newspaper headlines on BBC World News TV since 2012.
She holds a BSc and MSc from the London School of Economics (LSE), and is currently pursuing a Global Executive MBA at TRIUM, a partnership of LSE, NYU Stern, and HEC Paris.
ROLAKE AKINKUGBE
HEAD ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES - FBN MERCHANT BANK
EBIPERE CLARK /// ENERGY & POWER - CENTRAL BANK NIGERIA
Ebipere Clark has been involved in the Nigerian Power Sector since 2010. A inaugural member of the Presidential Task Force on Power, Ebipere has a deep and first hand knowledge of the Power Sector Reform and the Electricity Market. Ebipere is currently the Acting Senior Special Assistant to the CBN Governor on Energy and Power.
EBIPERE CLARK
ENERGY & POWER - CENTRAL BANK NIGERIA
10:45 NETWORKING BREAK
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11:45 SESSION 5 - The Road Ahead: Fulfilling Nigeria’s Solar Potential

GODWIN AIGBOKHAN /// EXECUTIVE SECRETARY - RENEWABLE ENERGY ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (REAN)
This Association is a platform for Renewable Energy (RE) practitioners and project developers in Nigeria to contribute towards the development of the industry.
EVELINE JANSEN /// PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
A short bio will follow soon...
FACILITATOR
SESSION 5:
EVELINE JANSEN
PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
Panel - The Road Ahead: Fulfilling Nigeria’s solar potential?
  • How can state owned enterprises, the private sector and and the international community cooperate for Nigerian PV to grow?
  • Building on other Sub Saharan African Success stories
  • Holistic approach of the Nigerian solar sector
  • Key trends and developments that will make a difference
SONIA DUNLOP /// POLICY ADVISOR - SOLARPOWER EUROPE
Sonia Dunlop is a Policy Adviser at SolarPower Europe, where she is responsible for finance, emerging markets and digitalisation. She is leading the association’s work within the EU-funded PV Financing project which is looking at the best solar business models and sources of financing for PV across Europe. She previously worked as the Communications and Public Affairs Manager at the UK’s Solar Trade Association and on EU renewable energy policy in the European Parliament in Brussels. She studied political science and public policy analysis at the London School of Economics and speaks four European languages.
MODERATOR
SONIA DUNLOP
POLICY ADVISOR - SOLARPOWER EUROPE
AYOMIDE AKINDOLIE /// CONSULTANT - DALBERG
Ayomide is a consultant at Dalberg. She has experience in a range of sectors, including energy, urban development, ICT and agriculture, with a focus on helping clients generate social impact.
AYOMIDE AKINDOLIE
CONSULTANT - DALBERG
MARCUS HEAL /// FOUNDER & CEO - PAN AFRICA SOLAR
Marcus is the founder and CEO of the Abuja and London based company Pan Africa Solar Limited, focused on developing and investing in a 500MW pipeline of utility scale solar projects and rolling out Home Solar Systems to the 93 million Nigerians that have no access to the grid.
Pan Africa Solar is well known in Nigeria as the ‘front-runner’ solar developer. For their 75MW solar project in Katsina State, Pan Africa Solar were the first to obtain a Generation License, first to sign a PPA and hope to be the first to reach financial close in Q2, 2018.
Marcus has gained unparalleled experience in developing a solar business where none existed and then developing bankable utility scale projects in Africa’s largest and most challenging country. ‘Where documentation for a solar project did not exist in Nigeria we created them and then negotiated with the State stakeholders to adopt them’, says Marcus. In the meantime we are rolling out Home Solar Systems on a Pay As You Go basis and expect to reach 1,000,000 customers in the next 5 years. ‘There is demand now for affordable home solar systems. We provide a service based model and guarantee long term reliability’.
MARCUS HEAL
FOUNDER & CEO - PAN AFRICA SOLAR
BEN MATHEW /// SALES DIRECTOR - GREENLIGHT PLANET
Ben leads global sales for Greenlight Planet, a social enterprise that has delivered 6.5 million+ life-changing solar lighting systems to the under-electrified in 60+ countries. In this role he drives Greenlight's global sales partnerships and retail penetration, in addition to co-creating company's strategy on new products, operations and marketing.
Prior to this he served for over 5 years as the Vice President for Sales & Strategy in the founding team at VC-Circle (acquired by News Corp), a premier data and services enterprise for the private equity, venture capital and the deal-making ecosystem. Here he set up and managed the company's primary revenue channels and products.
He is a member of MIT’s Practial Impact Alliance and a graduate in Business Economics (Hons.) from Delhi University.
BEN MATHEW
SALES DIRECTOR - GREENLIGHT PLANET
THOMAS GOTTSCHALK /// FOUNDER & CEO - MOBISOL
Thomas is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mobisol, a company that combines solar energy with innovative mobile technology and microcredit to provide high-quality solar home systems to low-income individuals in developing countries. He is a visionary entrepreneur with a solid background in renewable energy technologies, implemented solar thermal systems in Egypt and spent 18 months driving around the world in a solar-powered car called Solartaxi. Gottschalk holds a Master’s degree in renewable energy engineering from the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft University of Applied Sciences in Berlin and founded the Thinktank ‘Energiewende’. Within just 6 years Thomas grew a team from scratch to over 1,000 people – raising Mobisol from startup to strong brand in EA.
THOMAS GOTTSCHALK
FOUNDER & CEO - MOBISOL
Closing Keynote - Joined-Up Action Plan for Solar Revolution in Nigeria
PATRICK TOLANI /// CEO - COMMUNITY ENERGY SOCIAL ENTERPRISE LTD (CESEL)
Patrick has been working in the international development arena for over two decades. He did a degree in Law at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and later earned a Master of Laws Degree (with the Best Graduating Student Award) from the same University. He was called to the Nigerian Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor in 1991. Patrick proceeded to do two other master degrees, namely, Master in Industrial and Labour Relations (MILR) and Master in Public Administration (MPA specializing in Policy Studies) at the University of Lagos in Nigeria. He later did a Postgraduate Studies in Cross-Sector Partnerships at the Cambridge University, Cambridge and finally crowned it all with a PhD in Public Management.
With that robust multidisciplinary background, Patrick has worked across different sectors (local government, department of justice, private sector, local NGO, international NGO, international organisations as well as the UN System) for over two and half decades. He previously worked with UNDP Capacity Building Support Programme as Principal Advisor for Trade and Development in the Directorate for Commerce, Ministry of Development, in the Asian-Pacific country of East Timor.
Dr Patrick Tolani is a man of many parts. As the Chief Executive of CESEL, he is a main resource person in area of stakeholder’s relationship management in the renewable energy landscape in Nigeria. His unique ability to navigate through government agencies, development institutions and communities has helped him to achieve tremendous success in the renewable energy sector in Nigeria. His participatory approach to community engagement is gaining prominence in the country.
PATRICK TOLANI
CEO - COMMUNITY ENERGY SOCIAL ENTERPRISE LTD (CESEL)
13:15 CLOSING
13:45 NETWORKING LUNCH
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15:00 - 18:00 B2B Matchmaking Session - Financing: Structuring Bankable Deals and Attracting Capital - (organized by SolarPower Europe / supported by RECP)

Business and Finance Matchmaking Sessions

The potential of solar energy for the African continent cannot be overstated. In order to support Africa's continuing economic growth and sustainable development, generation capacity on the continent will have to quadruple by 2040.

Solar, as a proven technology, will be critical on a continent that boasts twice the insolation of many traditional European markets. However, smart solutions and strong private investments are needed to achieve this goal.

SolarPower Europe is organising a structured information and matchmaking session that will bring together businesses and financiers. Every Solar Future Nigeria participant is invited to join. Supported by RECP, this matchmaking will promote African solar markets and bring together the European and African solar industry with financiers and other key market participants.

Registration for the conference is mandatory to attend the matchmaking sessions.
More info on the Matchmaking Session can be found here:
https://www.b2match.eu/solarfuture-nigeria

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PROGRAM DAY 2
26 April 2017