Wednesday 4 December
PROGRAM DAY 1

Thursday 5 December
PROGRAM DAY 2

08:30Registration and welcome coffee

09:30Opening address by Solarplaza

  • Why, Goals, audience involvement & house rules

Session I - INTRODUCTION

09:45Keynote opening

  • Damilola Ogunbiyi
  • Managing Director
  • Damilola Ogunbiyi
  • Managing Director
  • REA
Damilola Ogunbiyi is the first female Managing Director of Nigeria’s Rural Electrification Agency (REA) and Power Sector Recovery Programme (PSRP) Coordinator. She is responsible for Implementing the Nigerian Off Grid Electrification Programme and the Nigerian Electrification Project which is a $550m facility to rapidly deploy solar mini grids and solar home systems across Nigeria. She is also responsible for the Energizing Education Program to provide electricity to 37 federal universities and the Energizing Economies Initiative providing sustainable power to markets in Nigeria. Mrs Ogunbiyi drives gender inclusion activities in the REA and energy sector. Prior to these roles, she was the first female General Manager of the Lagos State Electricity Board. Under her leadership, five independent power projects were completed to deliver over 55 megawatts of power to Lagos State hospitals, schools, streetlights, and the Government secretariat. In renewable energy, she completed 5MW decentralised solar project for 213 schools and clinics in Lagos State.
  • Wiebe Boer
  • CEO
  • Wiebe Boer
  • CEO
  • All On
Dr. Boer is the Chief Executive Officer of All On and joined the team from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he was one of the founders of the strategy firm\'s Lagos office. Prior to BCG, Dr. Boer spent five years with the Heirs Holdings Group in Lagos, playing roles including Chief of Staff to the Chairman, Director of Strategy, and CEO of the Tony Elumelu Foundation. Dr. Boer has also worked in the Rockefeller Foundation\'s Africa Regional Office in Nairobi, McKinsey & Company, and with World Vision Mauritania where he managed a USAID funded development project. While conducting his doctoral research in Nigeria for his Yale PhD thesis, Wiebe co-founded AfriOne, the first ISP in North Central Nigeria. He has served on a variety of corporate and public sector boards across Africa, and is also a widely published author and speaker. His most recent publication is the co-edited volume Africans Investing in Africa, published by Palgrave in 2015. Dr. Boer earned a PhD and two Masters degrees from Yale University and a Bachelor\'s degree from Calvin College, all in history. He spent one year studying political science at the University of Jos, and completed his primary and secondary education at Hillcrest School, also in Jos, Nigeria where he was born and raised.

10:15The 2019 Nigeria Off-Grid Energy Challenge - Panel with 2018 participants

  • Introduction to the challenge
  • Key outtakes of the 2018 edition
  • Progresses made by the 2018 recipients since the latest edition
  • Moderator
  • Aishat Alimi
  • Investment Analyst
  • Aishat Alimi
  • Investment Analyst
  • All On
Aishat is an Investment Analyst at All On. She analyzes our potential investments, conducts due diligence and facilitates deal approval processes while proposing investment options.Prior to All On, Aishat worked in the Corporate Finance department of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Nigeria where she conducted several valuations and mergers and acquisition projects along with other members of the deals team. She brings with her the experience of having worked with clients on ‘buy side’ and ‘sell side’ transactions for medium to large-sized institutions in various sectors including oil and gas, financial services, manufacturing and agriculture.Aishat has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom and a Masters degree in Management from Warwick Business School. She loves exploring new places and is a food enthusiast.
  • Moderator
  • Claudia Schwartz
  • Energy Lead
  • Claudia Schwartz
  • Energy Lead
  • USADF
Claudia Schwartz leads the off-grid energy portfolio at the U.S. African Development Foundation, which has funded over 100 energy enterprises in fifteen countries. Prior to USADF she was involved in the start-up of Qorax Energy, a solar company based in Somaliland; and worked for the international NGO Pact while based in Nairobi, Washington and Addis Ababa. She has also been detailed to USAID as part of the Power Africa initiative and was a graduate intern at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. She holds a master’s degree in development economics and international business from the Fletcher School at Tufts, where she wrote her master’s thesis on private electricity infrastructure investment. She holds a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Brown University.
  • Washima Mede
  • CEO
  • Washima Mede
  • CEO
  • Prado Power
Washima Mede is a co-founder and CEO of Prado Power Limited. Prado Power Limited is a renewable energy company that offers a wide array of solutions aimed at enhancing energy access in Nigeria. Prado Power is currently focused on deploying turnkey renewable energy solutions to rural and peri urban communities in Nigeria including renewable energy mini-grids, solar home systems etc, and has set a target of empowering 100 communities or 200,000 people with reliable energy access by 2022 .Washima is a trained civil & structural engineer and before founding Prado Power Limited in 2014, was actively involved in designing and implementing infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges and power plants.Washima has served on various committees including the Infrastructure Technical Working Group for the development of the National Integrated Infrastructure Master-plan (NIIMP). He is also a registered member of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, the Nigerian Society of Engineers and the Project Management Institute.
11:15 NETWORKING BREAK + MATCHMAKING

Session II - LOCAL MARKET UPDATE AND OUTLOOK

12:15An overview of Nigeria's solar situation and key updates since May 2018

  • What has happened in the past year?
  • Focus on the Nigeria Electrification Program (NEP) and local investments
  • Key PV facts for Nigeria: requirements, strengths and weaknesses?
  • Local incentives and regulation, how do these impact growth?
  • Opportunities for growth - what is achievable by 2023, and how?
12:45 NETWORKING LUNCH + MATCHMAKING

Session III - FINANCIAL PERSPECTIVES

13:45How can financial tools support solar off-grid growth?

  • Which ones to use to figure out the business case?
  • Innovative finance for off-grids
  • Customer protection
  • Quentin Antoine
  • Sr. Investment Advisor
  • Quentin Antoine
  • Sr. Investment Advisor
  • ElectriFI
Quentin is senior investment officer at EDFI Management Company NV, a Brussels-based fund manager established by the European DFIs and managing ElectriFI, a 215 million euros impact-first investment facility investing in on- and off-grid renewable energy projects in emerging markets. Quentin leads ElectriFI investment effort in Nigeria with a 30 million euros investment capacity entirely funded by the European Union.

14:15Panel - Financing and Investment

  • What are PPA's, and can they help us develop solar in Nigeria?
  • Best practices and tips to sign your PPA
  • Risks and opportunities to invest in solar
  • How to increase investments getting to local players
  • Emeka Offor
  • Director
  • 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.
  • Janos Bonta
  • Renewable Energy Advisor
  • Janos Bonta
  • Renewable Energy Advisor
  • GET.invest
Janos Bonta has been working with FMO from 1990-2018 in various management and finance positions, as Head Africa, Head Latin America and East Europe/Central Asia Region. Track-record in emerging markets covers corporate finance, project finance, private equity and work-out/restructurings. Last position at FMO, 2007 – March 2018 (retired), has been Senior Investment Officer with the FMO Structured Finance Energy, leading power related development finance and large structured finance transactions in W. Africa and Pakistan/S.E Asia. Janos Bonta has been in lead roles for FMO finance in projects like syndicated facility Kpone Gas Fired IPP/Ghana, development finance for Singrobo Hydro/Ivory Coast, development finance for Djibouti Wind, syndicated debt for PAS Katsina solar project/Nigeria, AFC-FMO Infrastructure Project Development Facility. Following retirement Janos Bonta joined the Get-Invest Finance Catalyst team, as Renewable Energy and Project Finance Advisor. The international Get-Invest FC expert team, currently expanded to 20 members, is a GIZ/EU subsidized initiative with mandate to assist developers of renewable power, projects up to 50MW, in project development and in raising finance in SSA and the Caribbean region.
  • Ike Ibeku
  • Managing Partner
  • Ike Ibeku
  • Managing Partner
  • Benchmac & Ince
Ike C. Ibeku- Ike is the managing partner of Benchmac & Ince. A keen P3 practitioner who regularly consults for the Government of Nigeria, its Development Finance Institution partners and the private sector on the legal, regulatory and institutional framework for ensuring private sector participation in public services. He has played an active role in landmark transactions that have shaped the evolution of Public Private Partnerships.In the above regard, he has advised the Federal and State Governments as well as Developmental Finance institutions including the World Bank, USAID, GIZ etc.Ike has led the Benchmac & Ince team in their legal, regulatory and institutional review for developing Outline Business Cases and Full Business Cases towards award and contract signing for number of projects. Ike is passionate about the need to urgently fill the infrastructure gap in Nigeria which will fast track growth and development.
15:00 NETWORKING BREAK + MATCHMAKING

Session IV - C&I & 2019 ENERGY CHALLENGE

16:002 C&I success stories

  • Why did we start our project?
  • Which challenges did we have to overcome?
  • How do we look at our project now?
  • What are our next steps, and recommendations for those who want to be the next ones?
  • Femi Adeyemo
  • CEO
  • Femi Adeyemo
  • CEO
  • Arnergy
Femi Adeyemo is the founder and Chief Executive Officer for Arnergy, a distributed utility providing energy reliability to residential, commercial and industrial customers in Nigeria. Arnergy enables SMEs and economic clusters to run sustainably by providing reliable and affordable uninterrupted electricity with rooftop solar solutions. Beforehand, Femi executed a nationwide rollout of four (4) mobile telecommunication access networks. He was the Single Point of Contact on the rollout and Managed Service Operations projects to multinational telecom OEMs including Ericsson, Huawei, and Nokia across Africa, South America and Asia from the startup phase to nationwide scale.  With 15 years of versatile experience, Femi is particularly skilled at operation excellence deploying high availability and reliability for operations ranging from Solar Energy to Telecommunications. His work has been featured on BBC, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, CNBC, CGTN, Quartz, Yahoo finance, Channels TV and NTA.

16:30Panel - C&I Impact on Nigeria

  • How can solar improve health and wealth in Nigeria (impact on hospitals, agriculture...)
  • Foreseen developments
  • Financing and how to accelerate investments?
  • The role of private banking
  • Moderator
  • Ify Malo
  • Nigerian Campaign Manager
  • Ify Malo
  • Nigerian Campaign Manager
  • Power for All
Ify Malo is the Country Campaign Director for Power For All in Nigeria. She leads the Nigerian campaign to promote distributed renewable energy in Nigeria and is one of the country\'s leading energy access experts. She helped to set up and incubate the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN), and has advised a range of government agencies on how best to support market growth, and engaged both the national media, the faith community and donor groups and agencies in the promotion of distributed renewable energy. She is also CEO of Clean Tech Hub and the Energy Innovation Center, Abuja. She has held Senior Policy Adviser on Energy Policies, Regulations and Partnerships at the Ministry of Power in Nigeria, where she led a number of policy and partnership initiatives for the Nigerian power sector including cultivating and managing relationship with the World Economic Forum and World Energy Council, the Europe Energy African Partnership, The West African Power Industry Convention and the African Utilities Week (AUW). She was also responsible for building, cultivating and driving public private partnerships for project delivery and implementation in the power sector. She held similar senior advisory portfolios with the Chairman/CEO of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). Ify’s focus area lies with Global Policy; Project Design and Strategy and Stakeholder partnership initiatives. Ify is a qualified attorney with graduate advanced degrees in Law, Business and Public Policy. She is a African Leadership Initiative PIA Fellow (2012); A Desmond Tutu Fellow (2013); a Crans Montana New Leaders for Tomorrow Fellow (2014); A Dwight Eisenhower Fellow (2015); Global Leadership Academy Fellow (2017).

17:15The 2019 Nigeria Off-Grid Energy Challenge - Panel with 2019 participants

  • Announcement of the 2019 edition
  • Key expectations and objectives
  • Moderator
  • Goziem Okubor
  • Investment Associate
  • Goziem Okubor
  • Investment Associate
  • All On
Goziem is passionate about creating access to opportunity for Africa\'s brightest ideas. He joined All On to lead origination and transaction structuring, working with internal and external stakeholders to deploy capital and support to clean energy companies. Prior to joining the team, he developed structured finance solutions and advisory for clients in the Oil & Gas and Power value chains at GTBank, where he also led bank-wide strategy projects focused on redesigning enriching experiences and retail strategies for evolving customer segments.He started his career as an Impact Investment analyst at The Tony Elumelu Foundation, where he helped to build and manage a portfolio of double bottom line investments in agriculture, technology, health, financial services and education sectors. He contributed significantly to the design and development of the largest Africa focused early stage venture capital intervention, the TEF Entrepreneurship Program.Goziem studied Banking and Finance at the University of Benin, and holds a Masters degree in Finance from the University of London. He serves as adviser to entrepreneurs and change agents across Africa, volunteering for impact led organizations including the Africa Conservation Foundation, Slum 2 School initiative and the Kingdom Business Network. He enjoys travelling, football, badminton and disturbing neighbors with his guitar.
  • Habiba Ali
  • Managing Director
  • Habiba Ali
  • Managing Director
  • Sosai
Habiba is a pioneer in the renewable energies field. She is the founder and managing director of Sosai Renewable Energies, an innovative company that brings reliable and affordable renewable energy products to those in Nigeria who need it most. Habiba has been in the renewable energy industry since 2005, developing her expertise as the co-founder of the Developmental Association for Renewable Energies. She previously worked on the following initiatives: Clean Development Mechanism’s Efficient Cook Stoves for Nigeria project, the Solar Lamps Assembly and sales training program and the solar dryers for the healthy foods project. Habiba holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in banking and finance.
  • Alexander Obiechina
  • CEO
  • Alexander Obiechina
  • CEO
  • ACOB Lighting
Alexander Obiechina is the CEO of ACOB Lighting Technology Limited. A flagship renewable energy utility company that develops off grid power solutions, high density LED street lighting infrastructure, stand-alone or interconnected solar home systems, and Mini-Grid solutions to provide power to unserved and underserved areas in Nigeria. Alex currently doubles as the pioneer President of the African Mini-Grid Developers Association Nigeria, an umbrella body for Mini Grid Developers in Nigeria Which seeks to galvanize stakeholders support and accelerate private sector investment in the development of Mini Grids in Nigeria.
18:15 NETWORKING DRINKS & BITES
19:00 END
PROGRAM DAY 1
Wednesday 4 December
Thursday 5 December