The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) with the kind support of Energias de Portugal (EDP) and the Africa-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 - ARE Awards Ceremony

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

34 Masters and MBA students from Vlerick Business School will also be offering free business consultancy services to six pre-selected companies. Are you a renewable energy entrepreneur active in developing countries? Do you have a strategic business challenge (e.g. market strategy, business model for new services, investment analysis) for which you would like to get support from Vlerick students? The deadline for your application is 12th March 2017, please contact Samson Hadush or David Lecoque.

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


The event is now soldout. Registrations have now closed.

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. 



08:00 - 09:00

Registration & Coffee

Decentralised Renewable Energies - Key Drivers for SDG and SEforAll Objectives

09:00 - 09:30 

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

  • António Mexia, CEO, EDP
  • Ernesto Macías, President, ARE

09:30 - 11:00 

High-level initiatives and news from ARE cooperation partners 

  • Aaron Leopold, Deputy Director for Global Advocacy at Power for All & ARE Board Member (moderator)
  • Rachel Kyte, CEO, SEforAll 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
  • Roberto G. Aiello, Energy Principal Specialist, IADB
  • Daniel Schroth, SEforALL Africa Hub Coordinator, African Development Bank (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 Vice-President (moderator)
  • Henning Wuester, Director of the Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre, IRENA
  • David Otieno, Project Manager, Africa-EU Energy Partnership
  • Isabelle Edwards, Off-Grid Energy Analyst, Bloomberg New Energy Finance / Climatescope
  • Fernando Silva, LCB PT EM Division CEO, Siemens

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, General Director, FRES & ARE Vice-President (moderator)
  • Frederik Jan van den BoschManaging Director, EDFIMC (ElectriFI)
  • Mahama Kappiah, Executive Director, ECREEE
  • Frédéric Verdol, Senior Power Engineer, World Bank
  • Felice Zaccheo, Head of Unit Sustainable Energy and Climate Change at DG International Cooperation and Development - European Commission
  • Loïc Perret, Investment Officer, Proparco

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 & ARE Board Member (moderator)
  • Martin Hiller, Director General, REEEP
  • Laure Vinçotte, Managing Director Rassembleurs d'Energies (ENGIE)
  • Julien Zeller, Advisor Access to Energy, Althelia Ecosphere
  • Martin Baart, CEO, Ecoligo
  • Michael Hoelter, Director of Sustainable Investments EMEA, Deutsche Bank AG 

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 & ARE Board Member (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
  • Nick Gardner, Country Manager Sierra Leone, United Nations Office for Project Services UNOPS 

17:30 - 18:30

18:30 – 19:00

Young Leaders in Energy Access Award Ceremony

Closing Remarks

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

19:00 - 21:00

Reception with ARE Awards 2017 Ceremony

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.




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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

  • Georgios Pantoulis, Head of Sector for Energy, DG DEVCO, European Commission

10:15 - 10:30 


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

  • Michael Franz, Team Leader, Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation
    Programme (RECP)



10:30 - 10:45

Key initiatives from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to enhance clean energy access

  • Joao Cunha, SEFA Coordinator, African Development Bank (AfDB)

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, Emiel Hanekamp, Senior Expert
    Renewable Energy Sub-Saharan Africa, Partners for Innovation
  • Presentation on Rwandan market opportunities, Olivier Ngororabanga, Industrial
    Development Analyst & RECP Project Manager, Rwanda Development Board
  • Presentation on Zambian market opportunities, Geoffrey Musonda, CEO, Rural 
    Electrification Authority (REA) Zambia
  • Presentation on Senegalese market opportunities, Abdoulaye Ba, Expert Renewable
    Energy & Rural Electrification, CEO, Coseer SUARL
  • 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

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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


"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

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Date events
22 March 2017 to 23 March 2017
Day 1: EDP Headquarters Auditorium, Av. 24 de Julho, 12 1249 - 300 Lisbon / Day 2: Lisboa Congress Centre, Praça das Indústrias 1 1300-307 Lisbon Portugal


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