Wednesday 4 December
PROGRAM DAY 1
Thursday 5 December
PROGRAM DAY 2

08:30Registration and welcome coffee

09:25Welcome address

Session V - THE NIGERIA ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAM & LOCAL INVESTMENTS

09:30Panel - The Nigeria Electrification Program

  • Key stakeholders to debate on opportunities and challenges related to the NEP
  • Moderator
  • Segun Adaju
  • President
  • Segun Adaju
  • President
  • REAN
Segun Adaju is the President/CEO, Consistent Energy Limited a social enterprise creating energy access for off-grid communities and small businesses through deployment of stand-alone, rooftop solar PV for productive use. He is also the lead consultant of Blue Ocean Nigeria, a renewable energy consulting
  • Eitan Hochster
  • VP Business Development
  • Eitan Hochster
  • VP Business Development
  • Odyssey
Eitan is the Vice President of Business Development at Odyssey Energy Solutions, a software platform for managing and monitoring distributed energy investments. Previously, Eitan was Director of Business Development at Lumos Global, one of the largest providers of solar home systems in Western Africa. At Lumos, Eitan was responsible for financing of solar assets and business partnerships.  Eitan also has experience in clean energy finance at the Connecticut Green Bank, emerging markets mobile payments, and cleantech venture capital. Eitan has an MBA and Masters of Environmental Management from Yale University. 
  • Vera Nwanze
  • General Manager
  • Vera Nwanze
  • General Manager
  • Azuri Technologies
Vera is an experienced professional with over 25years of extensive strategic and operational leadership experience in various multinational companies spanning across Pharmaceuticals, FMCGs and the Energy Sector. She has a proven track record in Management, including building organizations from the scratch. Her background spans across Sales & Marketing, Route to Market, change Management, with an outstanding background and experience in Government/Corporate /Regulatory Affairs across various multinational companies, GSK, Novartis, Philip Morris International and Azuri technologies.  She was formerly the Country Group Head for Novartis Pharmaceuticals West Africa. Former General Manager for Philip Morris Nigeria and currently Managing Director Azuri Nigeria and General Manager Azuri West Africa.  Vera holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and is a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN). She also holds master’s in business administration (MBA) and Chief Executive Program from the Prestigious Lagos Business School (LBS) and IESE Business School Barcelona, Spain.Vera also has an executive management certification in Enterprise Transformation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Boston, USA and African Talent Leadership from the Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Chukwuka Isichei
  • Business Development Manager
  • Chukwuka Isichei
  • Business Development Manager
  • METKA
Chukwuka Isichei is a power sector professional in the Nigerian Electricity Market. He is currently leading the business development for METKA Power West Africa. METKA is an international EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contractor, which undertakes the construction of large-scale turn-key power plant projects from design and procurement to construction and commissioning. The company is currently carrying EPC & O&M services for four (4) hybrid solar plants to power four (4) Nigerian Universities under the Energizing Education initiative by REA. The project includes a total of 9.5MWp Solar, 13.5MWh batteries and 7.5MW diesel.  Chukwuka was formerly the head of the Project Unit in the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Market and was also a technical assistance in the Presidential Task Force on Power. He has served in several stakeholder panels that have led to improvement in the regulatory and commercial framework for the industry.

10:15Panel - Local Investments

  • How to attract new investors into the landscape?
  • What's the approach of commercial banks and institutions?
  • Exciting factors for investors
  • Moderator
  • Ayodele Oni
  • Partner
  • Ayodele Oni
  • Partner
  • Bloomfield
Ayodele has been actively involved in several power, oil and gas transactions including advising on a number of off-grid renewable projects in the power sector, such as mini-grids and solar homes systems related projects and transactions. In this respect, he has advised some of the most notable companies in the power sector.Furthermore, Ayodele has played a crucial role in policy formulation and specifically was part of the team that developed aspects of the Partial Risk Guarantee for gas to power use. He was also part of the team that developed the derogation template for the grid solar PV Plants.Ayodele was nominated by the minister of power, works and housing (on behalf of the minister), to chair the Legislative Agenda Committee of the National Council on Power 2017. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer at the Centre for Petroleum, Energy Economics and Law, University of Ibadan.Ayodele also has considerable experience in corporate, commercial and M&A, asset management & private equity, corporate finance and project finance. 
11:00 NETWORKING BREAK + MATCHMAKING

Session VI - SOLAR & TECH

12:00Panel

  • Innovative tech players debate on how their technology/product/service will help Nigeria's solar growth
  • Yewande Odumosu
  • Nigeria Lead
  • Yewande Odumosu
  • Nigeria Lead
  • Nithio
Ms. Yewande Odumosu has over 10 years' experience leading key strategic initiatives for such clients as Google, Exxon Mobil, Vodacom, and Nigerian Bottling Company.  She has also worked with various startups and businesses to define and implement their business, operational, growth, and product strategies.
  • Hendrik Broering
  • Co-Founder & COO
  • Hendrik Broering
  • Co-Founder & COO
  • AMMP
Hendrik Broering is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at AMMP Technologies – a portfolio monitoring and management solution for off-grid energy systems.He is an experienced energy systems engineer, previously leading the technical operations of mini-grid systems across Tanzania for E.ON Off Grid Solutions.Before that he worked in various positions around Strategy and Business Development as well as Research for the electric utility company E.ON SE.Hendrik holds a M.Sc. in Business Administration and Electrical Engineering from RWTH Aachen University
12:45 NETWORKING LUNCH + MATCHMAKING

Session VII - OFFGRID & MINIGRID DEEP-DIVE

13:45Panel - Offgrid

  • What are the technologies we currently use, and those we'd need in Nigeria?
  • What are the existing technologies we can't use, and why?
  • What is required to get to the next step (including but not limited to finance / regulation ...)?
  • Jim Howlett
  • COO
  • Jim Howlett
  • COO
  • Pan Africa Solar
Jim is a key member of the executive management team that launched PAS Solar in Nigeria in early 2017. PAS Solar is a Solar Home System business that serves bottom-of-the-pyramid customers and micro-businesses in Northern and Southern Nigeria. PAS Solar now employs over 50 permanent staff, has over 300 commissioned sales agents, and has been able to raise $10M in senior debt through a syndicated loan facility arranged by the Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP), including a $3M loan from ElectriFI. Jim was a key member of the team that brokered one of the first Power Purchase Agreements for a 75MW large-scale solar utility project in Nigeria and led the environmental and social safeguard component to ensure that the project obtained credit approval at the end of 2016. Previous roles include as a consultant for the Asian Development Bank in Afghanistan and a member of the Leadership Team for Black & Veatch\'s regional East Asia water business.
  • Bankole Cardoso
  • Nigeria Managing Director
  • Bankole Cardoso
  • Nigeria Managing Director
  • Fenix
Bankole Cardoso is the Managing Director of Fenix International Nigeria, a next generation energy company with an expandable lease to own solar home system providing lighting, phone charging, Tv and radio, financed through affordable installments over mobile money to over 500,000 households in Africa. Bankole launched his career in New York in financial services with PWC and The Carlyle Group before co-founding  Easy Taxi, a taxi e-hailing platform in Nigeria. Bankole has featured in Forbes magazine as one of the 30 Under 30 most promising entrepreneurs in Africa and has also worked with Africa’s first tech unicorn The Jumia Group and with the Venture Capital firm Quona Capital. He has an MBA from Columbia Business School.

14:30Panel - Minigrid

  • What are the set-ups that currently work, and those who don't?
  • Undergrid minigrids: how will that develop, in relation to existing minigrids?
  • What can be done to lower costs and increase efficiency?
  • What's required to get Nigeria to the next step?
  • Olumide Fatoki
  • Sr. Advisor
  • Olumide Fatoki
  • Sr. Advisor
  • GIZ
Olumide Fatoki is a Senior Advisor at the Sustainable Energy Access (Off-Grid) Unit of the Nigerian Energy Support Programme. He has supervised and overseen the successful installation of six pilot commercial mini-grid projects supported by the programme. In addition, to monitoring the existing projects, he is currently advising the Government on how to further improve the mini-grid framework and supporting the development of 40 new projects. His vast experience in the sector is also extended to further strengthen capacities of the local developers – Africa Mini-Grid Development Association (AMDA Nigeria) in building capacities to design, install and operate Mini-Grid, and collaborations to actualize more successful Mini-Grid projects in-country. Prior to joining GIZ, he was the Country Manager – Access to Energy Programme, for the foremost Energy Management OEM - Schneider Electric aimed at providing access to renewable energy for rural people at the bottom of the pyramid where he successfully developed over 20 projects.
  • Trey Jarrard
  • CEO
  • Trey Jarrard
  • CEO
  • Renewvia
Trey Jarrard is an accomplished entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in private equity, project finance, real estate development, online business and digital distribution and solar energy. He founded Renewvia Energy in 2008 to develop solar power systems in financeable favorable regions across the United States. Under his leadership, the company expanded internationally in 2013 to develop utility-scale solar in Uruguay and then, hybrid and standalone solar photovoltaic and battery-powered microgrids in the Marianas Islands in 2016, Kenya in 2018 and Nigeria in 2019. Today, Renewvia operates under an expanded mission not only to add value to its U.S. clients, but also to improve the quality of life for people in power challenged areas globally while providing above market returns for investors. Creating subsidiaries in Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda, Renewvia is particularly focused on sub-Saharan Africa, where the access to energy challenge is the greatest and where Renewvia\'s Rural Microgrid Development and Operation Model has the greatest potential to generate sustainable impact and return on investment.  Before founding Renewvia, Trey was Partner (2001-2007) in The Convex Group, a private equity firm where he participated in raising over $150 million in equity and acquisition and disposition of four digital distribution technology companies. As Director of Strategic Relations at WebMD (2000-2001), he identified and participated in financing for the leading online consumer healthcare website from its inception to the $5 billion acquisition by Healtheon. Previously, he worked as a Sales Engineer (1994-200) at Guidant Corporation, part of Boston Scientific and Abbott Labs. Trey received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from The University of Georgia in 1993.

15:15Closing keynote - All-On, USADF and Solarplaza

15:30 MATCHMAKING SESSIONS
Wednesday 4 December
PROGRAM DAY 2
Thursday 5 December