ARE with the kind support of the African-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) and ADA have the pleasure to invite you to the workshop “Talking business: Microfinance for decentralised renewables in Africa” on 9 October 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The workshop targets renewable energy companies & project developers, microfinance players (including investors, MFIs, researchers, banks, networks, governments, insurers, etc.) as well as the public sector interested in decentralised renewables in Africa. See list of participants for more information. 


08:30 – 09:30 Registration & Welcome Coffee
09:30 - 09:40

Welcome Address

  • Cheikh Bedda, Director of Infrastructure & Energy, African Union Commission
09:40 – 10:00

Services & Activities for Financiers & Developers Interested in Venturing into Africa’s Renewable Energy Markets

  • Alexander Huppertz, Project Manager, Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP)
  • David Lecoque, Policy & Business Development Manager, Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE)
10:00 – 10:30

Decentralised Renewables in Sub-Saharan Africa: Market Overview & Country Case Study

  • Noara Kebir, Managing Director, MicroEnergy International
10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

    11:00 – 11:30

    Cooperation Models between Microfinance & Decentralised Renewables Players

    • Renee Chao-Beroff, Managing Director, PAMIGA 
    • Asger Trier Bing, Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder, M-PAYG 
    11:30 – 12:30

    Panel Discussion: Experiences & Lessons Learnt from (Micro)finance Players & Decentralised RE Companies

    • Moderator: Dean Cooper, Global Sector Coordinator – Innovative Finance, SNV
    • Diana Jensen, Managing Director of the Global Energy Group, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
    • Renee Chao-Beroff, Managing Director, PAMIGA  
    • Javier Bustos, Managing Director, Generaciones Fotovoltaica de la Mancha (GFM)
    • Gabriele Schwarz, Managing Director International, Bonergie


    12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break
    14:00 – 15:30

    Business Pitches from Decentralised Renewable Energy Players

    • Javier Bustos, Managing Director, Generaciones Fotovoltaica de la Mancha (GFM)
    • Gabriele Schwarz, Diréctrice International, Bonergie
    • Tesfaye Befekadu, CEO, Harbu MFI
    • Teshome Dayesso, General Manager, Bussaa Gonefaa MFI
    • Nabil Adamjee, CEO, Triple-S-Solar Ltd
    • Antoine Veyre, Finance Manager, PowerCorner – ENGIE
    • Brian McConnell, Vice-President: Africa Region, SIMA Funds LLC
    • Pepin Tchouate Heteu, East Africa Regional Technical Advisor, Power Africa Transactions & Reforms Program
    • Ricardo Pinho, Business Development Manager, Mitrelli
    15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
    16:00 – 16:50

    Learning from Microfinance: Building Investability in Off-grid Energy Access

    • Laura Sundblad, Program Adviser, GOGLA
    16:50 – 17:00 Closing Remarks by RECP

    The workshop is organised in conjunction with the African Microfinance Week (SAM), taking place on 9-13 October in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

    The SAM taking place on 9-13 October 2017 is organised by the African networks African Microfinance Transparency (AMT), Microfinance African Institutions Network (MAIN) and African Rural & Agricultural Credit Association (AFRACA) and brings together the entire microfinance industry (investors, MFIs, researchers, banks, networks, governments). This is a great chance to network and also a unique opportunity to participate in two days of conference, three days of trainings and workshops, plus the Innovation Fair and the Investor's Fair


    Special deal for ARE followers using the code ARECODESAM2017: 
    10% discount on the SAM entrance and stands​


    Registrations have now closed.

    • Additional logistical information can be found here.

    (Kindly note that English-French translation for our workshop will be provided)


    Date events
    09 October 2017
    Sheraton Addis, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


    David Lecoque


    +32 2 400 10 00

    Ling Ng

    Director of Communications & Marketing

    +32 2 400 10 00