You are warmly invited to the upcoming ARE Energy Access Seminar to learn how to successfully realise self-sustainable business solutions for access to energy and services in developing countries by making use of upcoming finance supporting schemes.

During the ARE Seminar, experts with long-standing experience in the sector will give practical insights and hands-on advice to both practitioners and newcomers from the private and public sector. This seminar will also offer the opportunity to receive direct and individual feedback from six experts during the expert table rounds.


13:30-14:00  Registration / Coffee 

14:00-15:45 Session 1: Rural Electrification – Views of Main Partners for Energy Access Solutions

  • Welcome and Introduction by ARE
    Ernesto Macías, ARE President / Partner, SFC Business Partners, Spain
  • The Core Factors for Access to Energy and Services
    Martin Niemetz, SEforALL Country Action Officer, Austria
  • Asia, Africa and Latin-America - Off-grid Economic Growth Perspectives
    Nico Tyabji, Clean Energy Policy Analyst, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
    Paul Bertheau, Researcher, Reiner Lemoine Institut, Germany
  • Energy Access Support Schemes - Key Players, Donors and Funding Conditions
    Felice Zaccheo, Deputy Head of Unit, EuropeAid 
    Michael Franz, Project Manager, EUEI PDF 
    Monali Ranade, Senior Environmental Specialist, World Bank Group 
    Bozhil Kondev, Energy Adviser, GIZ

15:45-16:00  Q&A

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break and Networking – Matchmaking

16:30-17:30  Session 2: How to get successfully involved?

  • Financial Mechanisms and Programmes - Key Characteristics and Principles
    Chris Service, Business Developer, FRES, Netherlands
  • SEforALL High Impact Opportunity – Private Sector View on Cooperation with IFIs and IOs
    Matteo della Volta, ARE Board Member / Energy Sector Business Developer, Siemens AG, Germany
  • UNEP – EDP Partnership on ‘Clean Energy Mini-Grids’ in Africa
    Guilherme Collares Pereira, ARE Board member / Director, EDP, Portugal

17:30-17:45  Q&A

17:45-18:45  Session 3: Café for Energy Access – Expert table

  • How to Design Rural Electrification Technologies Solutions
    Xavier Vallvé, ARE Board member / Director, TTA, Spain
  • How to Choose from Available Technologies, Products and Services for Rural Electrification
    Claude Ruchet, ARE Board member / Deputy Director, Studer Innotec SA, Switzerland
  • How to Be Your Own BOSS – Business Opportunities with Solar Systems
    Tobias Zwirner, ARE Board Member / Managing Director, Phaesun, Germany
  • How can IEC International Standards and Conformity Assessment Systems facilitate rural electrification in developing countries
    Françoise Rauser, Affiliate Country Programme Executive Secretary / International Liaison Officer for Developing Countries, IEC, Switzerland
  • Supporting Renewable Energy Market Development in Africa – Private Sector Cooperation under the RECP
    Michael Franz, Project Manager, EUEI PDF
  • How to Demonstrate the Business Opportunity for Clean Energy Mini-Grids in Developing Countries
    Dean Cooper, Energy Finance Programme Manager, UNEP

The presentations from ARE Board members will show case studies and live experiences to address and discuss questions on the following:

  • What are the most interesting emerging markets for rural electrification?
  • What are the framework conditions, laws and regulations to consider?
  • What is the future role of profit and non-profit organisations in the sector?
  • How to best integrate off-grid renewable energies from a business perspective?
  • How to make use of available donor and finance support schemes?
  • How to start? Which factors need to be considered?
  • How to find an appropriate project with growth perspective?
  • How to build a sustainable business model for off-grid markets?
  • How to calculate a project?
  • How to finance the project?
  • What are the technologies, products and services available in the market?
  • What are the criteria to choose the appropriate site and technology?
  • How to find appropriate partners and supporters?

18:45-19:00  Q&A

19:00-20:00  Networking Cocktail (with high-level representatives of African embassies)


The seminar is now fully booked. For more information, contact Ling Ng.

30 September 2014

Embassy of Portugal
Avenue de Cortenbergh 12
1040 Brussels


  • Metro
    The nearest metro station is Schuman. If you are attending the Empowering Rural Electrification workshop beforehand, the nearest metro is Rogier.

    To get from Rogier to Schuman, take metro 2 or 6 (direction Simonis or Roi Baudouin), change at Arts-Loi and take metro 1 or 5 (direction Stockel or Hermann-Debroux) and get off at Schuman. The journey takes around 15 minutes.

  • Taxi
    Taxis Verts (+32 2 349 49 49). The journey takes around 15 minutes.

Martin's Brussels EU
New Hotel Charlemagne
Silken Berlaymont Brussels

Normal fee: 400 €
ARE members: 200 €
* if you are an NGO or startup company since 1 Jul 2013, ARE member fees could apply. Please provide proof when sending in your registration form.

For organisations who wish to enhance their engagement during the seminar, we are also offering sponsorship opportunities that fit different marketing budgets:









Sponsor logo on ARE events page








Sponsor logo on all seminar material








Company roll-up for display in entry area








Sponsor logo on ARE homepage (3 months)








1 article in upcoming ARE newsletter (11,000 readership)










1,000 €


750 €


500 €


We hope to see you in Brussels,

The Alliance for Rural Electrification's Team

The ARE Energy Access Seminar is kindly sponsored by:



Date events
30 September 2014
Embassy of Portugal, Avenue de Cortenbergh 12, 1040 Brussels, Belgium