The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) with the kind support of Energias de Portugal (EDP) and the African-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP), has the pleasure to invite you to the ARE Energy Access Investment Forum.

The aim of the event is to discuss market conditions, key policy initiatives, business opportunities and showcase financial and technical instruments supporting rural electrification projects in developing and emerging markets. The list of participants attending the Forum is available here.

  • Day 1 (22 March, 2017): ARE Energy Access Investment Summit

  • Day 2 (23 March, 2017): B2B Off-grid Matchmaking

The Forum will also award companies, organisations and individuals for their work on energy access:

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Ticket price: 125 EUR*

*Students are eligible for student tickets worth 75 EUR

Day 1 - Agenda

ARE Energy Access Investment Summit (22 March 2017)

With a diverse programme, the Summit aims to deepen participants' understanding of policy and finance trends for existing and upcoming rural electrification business and engagement opportunities in developing and emerging markets. It also helps participants to understand where the opportunities lie and how to take advantage of them. 

Finally, with representatives from the international and European public and private sector, high level institutions as well as other key stakeholders for the development of business strategies in the decentralised renewable energy sector, the Summit creates a unique networking opportunity for companies, public institutions and NGOs working in off-grid renewable energy markets. 

    

Preliminary agenda

08:00 - 09:00

Registration & Coffee

Decentralised Renewable Energies - Key Drivers for SDG and SE4All Objectives

09:00 - 09:30 

Welcome: Presentation of ARE work and achievements - Setting the scene 

  • Ernesto Macías, President, ARE
  • António Luis Guerra Nunes Mexia, CEO, EDP

09:30 - 10:00 

Keynote Speech 

10:00 - 11:00 

High-level initiatives and news from new ARE cooperation partners 

  • Aaron Leopold, Deputy Director for Global Advocacy at Power for All & ARE Board Member (moderator)
  • Rachel Kyte, CEO, SE4All and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General  
  • Roberto Ridolfi, Director for Sustainable Growth and Development, DG for International  Cooperation and Development, European Commission
  • Faris Hasan, Director of Corporate Planning and Economic Service, OFID
  • Ariel Yepez-Garcia, Chief of the Energy Division, IDB
  • Amadou Hott, Vice-President, Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth, AfDB

11:00 - 11:30 

Coffee break

11:30 - 12:30 

Panel: Deployment of Decentralised Renewable Energies in the Emerging and Developing world

  • Guilherme Collares Pereira, Director of International Relations - Access to Energy, EDP & ARE Board Member (moderator)
  • Henning Wuesters, Director of the Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre, IRENA
  • Pradeep Monga, Director Energy and Climate Change, UNIDO
  • David Otieno, Project Manager, Africa-EU Energy Partnership
  • Itamar Orlandi, Head of Applied Research, Bloomberg New Energy Finance / Climatescope

12:30 - 14:00 

Lunch break

Decentralised Renewable Energies - Investing in and Technical Support for Rural Electrification

14:00 - 15:00

Investing in rural electrification - 5-min pitches and panel discussion with public financiers

  • Caroline Nijland, ARE Vice-President & FRES General Director (moderator)
  • Frederik Jan van den BoschManaging Director, EDFIMC (ElectriFI)
  • Mahama Kappiah, Executive Director, ECREEE
  • Felice Zaccheo, Head of Unit Sustainable Energy and Climate Change at DG International Cooperation and Development - European Commission

15:00 - 16:00

Investing in rural electrification - 5-min pitches and panel discussion with private and other financiers

  • Vivian Vendeirinho, Founder and Managing Director, RVE.SOL (moderator)
  • Martin Hiller, Director General, REEEP
  • Sylvain Goupille, Managing Partner, Althelia Ecosphere
  • Martin Baart, CEO, Ecoligo
  • Michael Hoelter, Director of Sustainable Investments EMEA, Deutsche Bank AG 
  • Julien Zeller, Advisor Access to Energy, Althelia Ecosphere

16:00 - 16:30

Coffee break

16:30 - 17:30 

Technical assistance for rural electrification - 5-min pitches and panel discussion with private and technical support providers

  • Pablo Astorga, Global Sales Manager, ABB (moderator)
  • Edu Willemse, Market Development Manager for Energy, SNV
  • Françoise Rauser, IEC Affiliate Country Programme Executive Secretary and
    International Liaison Officer for Developing Countries, IEC - International
    Electrotechnical Commission
  • François Borghèse, Prosumer Marketing Director, Schneider Electric
  • Michael Köberlein, Senior Advisor, Energising Development Programme (EnDev), GIZ

17:30 - 18:00

Closing Remarks - Introduction of Business & Finance Matchmaking Forum

  • Marcus Wiemann, ARE Executive Director (moderator)
  • Caroline Nijland, ARE Vice-President & FRES General Director / Michael Wollny, ARE Board Member & MD Wollny Consulting
  • Rebecca Symington, Executive Director, Mlinda Foundation

18:30 - 21:00

Reception

Day 2 - Agenda

B2B Off-grid Matchmaking (23 March 2017)

Through structured B2B and B2Finance sessions, participants are offered the chance to meet their next business partner or financier and to advance existing projects at different stages of maturity. The event will also feature innovative financing instruments presenting their approach and modalities to boost rural electrification projects and tear down remaining barriers.ARE in cooperation with the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP), will organise a B2B Off-grid Matchmaking event, which will bring together key institutional and business decisions makers and representatives to accelerate business growth in off-grid renewable energy markets.

 

 

 

Download the agenda

     

Preliminary Programme (moderated by Fiona D. Wollensack, Policy Advisor at GIZ)

08:30 - 09:30 

Registration & Coffee

09:30 - 09:45 

Welcome remarks 

  • Ernesto Macías, President, ARE

09:45 - 10:15 

Official Opening Note

  • Representative, DG DEVCO, European Commission

10:15 - 10:45 

The Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Program (RECP):
A service platform for renewable energy market development in Africa

  • Michael Franz, Project Coordinator, Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation
    Programme (RECP)

Q&A

10:45 - 11:15 

Coffee break 

11:15 - 12:15 

Presentations  and panel discussion on selected African markets and opportunities

  • Presentation on Nigerian market opportunities – representative, Renewable Energy
    Association of Nigeria (REAN) (tbc)
  • Presentation on Rwandan market opportunities – representative, Rwanda
    Development Board (RDB) (tbc)
  • Presentation on Senegalese market opportunities – representative, NN  
  • Presentation on Zambian market opportunities – representative, NN 
  • Panel discussion and Q&A

12:15 - 14:00 

Lunch Break

B2B Off-grid Matchmaking and Networking

14:00 - 14:15

B2B Matchmaking Introduction

14:20 - 15:55 

B2B Matchmaking Session I

15:55 - 16:15 

Coffee break

16:15 - 17:50

B2B Matchmaking Session II 

17:50 - 18:00

Wrap-up and evaluation

18:00 - 21:00 

Off-grid Reception

Sponsorship Options

Consult our Sponsorship Brochure

ARE offers different and customisable sponsorship options according to your wishes. Contact us to get a quote.

Testimonials

 

 

Dr. Samson Y. Hadush

Energy expert

Vlerick Business School

"ARE's Energy Access Investment Forum made it evident to me that there is a momentum being built for off-grid renewable energy revolution. The vibe in the B2B match making session was my personal highlight - it was very impressive to witness businesses trying to forge alliances to lead the revolution and unlock new market opportunities. The Forum inspired me to renew my commitment to contribute to the SE4ALL cause. I am already looking forward to the next forum."

 

Rebecca Symington 

Executive Director

Mlinda Charitable Trust

"I thoroughly enjoyed the Forum in Amsterdam and found it to be well worth attending. The event was useful to keep up to date both on innovations in technology and business models the sector, to meet actors face to face and generally stay up to date with what is going on. ARE events always seem to be very good at bringing together all the right people in the same room in a collegial, practical and inspiring manner."

 

Andreas Lehner 

Founder & COO

TRINE

"It was great to connect with like-minded people and see where the industry is heading, so we at TRINE see how we can adapt to the market and add more value. The focus on networking was great and as an investor the finance matchmaking session was very relevant and beneficial."

 

Logistical Note

A logistical note has been put together so you can plan your trip easily.

Platinum Sponsor

                 

 

Silver Sponsor

          

 

Bronze Sponsor

   

 

ARE AWARDS 2017 Sponsor

Deadline to apply for the ARE AWARDS 2017: 15 February 2017

 

Supporting Partners

                  

 

              

     
   

 

     
Date events
22 March 2017 to 23 March 2017
Where
Day 1: EDP Headquarters Auditorium, Av. 24 de Julho, 12 1249 - 300 Lisbon / Day 2: Turbine Hall, MAAT Av. Brasilia, 1300 – 598 Lisbon, Portugal

Contact

David Lecoque

Policy & Business Development Manager

+32 2 709 55 25

Erika Gomez

Event Coordinator

+32 2 709 55 42

Jens Jaeger

Policy & Business Development Officer

+32 2 709 55 42