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Programme

16 May 2016
Conference Day 1
Thematic day: “Business and Science – leading the way to sustainable energy”

08:00
Accreditation

POLIMI Bovisa Campus, Main Forum Hall entrance

09:00
Official Opening
AEEP Trailer

Venue: Plenary Hall, L.1.2

Master of Ceremony

  • Ms. Lerato Mbele
    Anchor and Presenter, Africa Business Report, BBC World News

Opening Remarks

  • Mr. Marco Marsilli
    Deputy Director General, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
  • Dr. Moussa Omran
    First Undersecretary of State for Research, Planning and Authorities’ Follow up, Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Egypt
  • Prof. Marco Ricotti (Host)
    Rector’s Delegate for Research, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

09:30
Key-note Address and Inspirational Message

  • H.E. Dr. Elham Ibrahim
    Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission

09:45
Setting the Stage
Fostering Partnership: Progress and future of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership

Venue: Plenary Hall, L.1.2

AEEP state of play (incl. progress and way forward)
AEEP operations: Africa-EU Symposium outcomes, RECP

Speakers

  • Mr. Aboubakari Baba Moussa
    Director, Infrastructure and Energy Department, African Union Commission (AUC)
  • Mr. Roberto Ridolfi
    Director, Sustainable Growth and Development, European Commission (EC)
  • Prof. Emanuela Colombo
    Rector’s Delegate to Cooperation and Development, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, RECP Scientific committee

Moderator

preview of B2B Matchmaking and Exhibition

Presentations

10:45
Group Photo and Official Opening of Exhibition
Start of B2B Matchmaking

Coffee and Networking Break

11:15
Moderated Panel 1 in Plenary
Innovating and investing in the energy sector in Africa

Venue: Plenary Hall, L.1.2

Official development assistance alone will not counter the growing energy poverty in Africa. Therefore increasing energy investment in Africa particularly by the private sector remains the key to unlocking global energy poverty in a sustainable manner. Panellists will discuss the challenges and opportunities in the African business environment and attempt to indicate key steps forward that different stakeholder groups should aim for in order to increase investments beyond what is currently foreseeable in the Africa energy sector.

Moderator

  • Ms. Sissi Bellomo
    Senior Energy Journalist, Il Sole 24 Ore

Panellists

  • Dr. Jacques Moulot
    Chief Energy Specialist, African Development Bank
  • Prof. Roberto Randazzo
    Honorary Consul of the Republic of Uganda to Milan and Northern Italy, Italy
  • Dr. Roberto Vigotti
    Secretary General, RES4MED
  • Mr. George Pergamalis
    Head of Business Development - Africa & Middle East, Enel Green Power, South Africa
  • Mr. Selim Küneralp
    Deputy Secretary General, Energy Charter Secretariat
  • Mr. Bernard Osawa
    Project Director, Frontier Investment Management
  • Mr. Alfred Nicayenzi
    Principal, African Century Capital Group

12:15
Moderated Panel 2 in Plenary
Coordination and Aligning Initiatives to Meet the AEEP Targets

Venue: Plenary Hall, L.1.2

Presentation and discussion of selected AEEP core achievements, i.e. intermediate Status Report on meeting the 2020 political targets, Mapping of initiatives in Africa and Coordination of Initiatives such as the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), ElectriFI, the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility (GRMF), African Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI), SE4All in Africa and the Africa Energy Leaders’ Group (AELG.)

Session Chair

  • Mr. Tom Pätz
    Head of Division 311, Energy, Infrastructure and Raw Materials, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany

Moderator

  • Ms. Ina de Visser
    Project Manager, Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP)

Speakers

  • Dr. Daniel Schroth
    SE4All Africa Hub Coordinator, African Development Bank
  • Mr. Miguel Ángel Varela
    Policy Officer – Unit C6: Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, DEVCO - European Commission
  • Mr. David Otieno
    Head of Secretariat, Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP)
  • Mr. Jon Marks
    Chairman, Cross-border information, United Kingdom
  • Dr. Rainer Quitzow
    Research Associate and Project Coordinator, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Germany

Presentations

13:15
Host: Politecnico di Milano University

  • Prof. Emanuela Colombo
    Rector’s Delegate to Cooperation and Development, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

13:30
Lunch and Networking Break

14:30
Thematic Parallel Sessions; part 1
Session concepts elaborated and coordinated by AEEP Stakeholder Action Groups

Session 1 – Energy Access: Capacity building for project developers for reaching the last mile first

Venue: L.1.2 (Plenary Hall)

Panellists will present and discuss lessons learnt from successful roll-out and scale-up of energy access business models and programmes across various energy access sub-sectors with particular emphasis given to the need for capacity building of project developers to reach the “last mile”. The outcome of the session should be a greater understanding of the roles, experiences and contributions of the private sector, NGOs and academia with regard to capacity building for energy access, as well as a clear picture on which capacities and skills should be strengthened and how, among project developers, to ensure faster delivery of decentralised renewable energy solutions. A deliberate focus will be given to research activities conducted in Africa, entrepreneurship and innovative service models.

Session Chair

  • Mr. Philippe Niyongabo
    Senior Consultant, Department of Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission

Moderator

  • Mr. David Lecoque
    Policy and Business Development Officer, Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), Belgium

Panellists

  • Mr. Anthony Ighodaro
    Managing Director of KXN Nigeria Ltd.
  • Ms. Lucy Stevens
    Senior Policy and Practice Adviser, Energy and Urban Services, Practical Action, United Kingdom
  • Prof. Izael Da Silva
    Associate Professor, Strathmore University, Kenya
  • Mr. Nicola Morganti
    President, Fondazione ACRA, Italy
  • Dr. Carsten Hellpap
    Programme Director, Energising Development, Germany
  • Mr. Francesco Catucci
    Business Director, ENEL Green Power, Italy

14:30
Session 2 – Breaking down Energy Efficiency – Strategies for Africa

Venue: Room L.1.5

Energy efficiency is often undervalued in energy policy discussions in Africa and in its place generation and access emphasised. Energy efficiency remains one of the key targets European and African leaders agreed to improve. Session panellists will discuss progress made in the sector as well as the different perspectives stakeholders have, with consumers requiring lower prices, and policy-makers expecting more generation. A deliberate focus will be given to research activities conducted in Africa, entrepreneurship and innovative service models.

Session Chair

  • Dr. Claudia Boldrini
    Head of Sector, Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, DG DEVCO, European Commission

Moderator

  • Prof. Fabio Inzoli
    Head of Energy Department, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Panellists

  • Dr. Vincent Kitio
    Chief Urban Energy Unit, UN-HABITAT
  • Dr. Dimitris Papastefanakis
    Key Expert Energy Efficiency, EU Technical Assistance Facility (TAF)
  • Mr. Ibrahim Soumaila
    Principal Programme Manager, Energy Efficiency, ECREEE, Cape Verde
  • Prof. Venkata Ramayya
    Director, Jimma University, Ethiopia
  • Mr. Johnson Maviya
    Environmental and Projects Officer, Southern African Power Pool
  • Mr. Tyler Bryant
    Project Manager, International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • Mr. Andrew Amadi
    Secretary General, Association of Energy Professionals Eastern Africa

Presentations

14:30
Session 3 - Energy Security: Connectivity and Regional Integration

Venue: Room L.1.4

Panellists will discuss the relevance of energy infrastructure development and regional integration, particularly through cross-border transmission lines and power pools, for energy security in Africa and Europe. In addition panellists will discuss the need and progress made on developing a legal harmonised regulatory framework for the energy sector in Africa in order to improve the electricity market.

Session Chair

  • Mr. Aboubakari Baba Moussa
    Director, Infrastructure and Energy Department, African Union Commission (AUC)

Moderator

  • Mr. Tom Pätz
    Head of Division 311, Energy, Infrastructure and Raw materials, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany

Panellists

  • Dr. Mohamedain Eltigani Seif Elnasr
    Senior Energy Expert, COMESA Secretariat, Zambia
  • Prof. Pippo Ranci
    Advisor and Former Director of the Florence School of Regulation, European University Institute, Italy
  • Mr. Elijah Sichone
    Executive Secretary, Regional Electricity Regulators Association of Southern Africa (RERA)
  • Mr. Abel Didier Tella
    Director General, Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA)
  • Mr. Alberto Piatti
    Head of Sustainability, ENI, Italy
  • Mr. Peter Kinuthia
    Senior Energy Officer, East African Community

16:00
Coffee and Networking Break

16:30
Thematic Parallel Sessions; part 2 (continuation from part 1)
Session concepts elaborated and coordinated by AEEP Stakeholder Action Groups

After Paris, what now for the energy and climate sector?

Venue: Room L.1.4

It is widely acknowledged that energy is one important key to mitigate climate change. Important international initiatives and processes have been launched in Paris at the COP 21 (NDCs, AREI, ElectriFi), which have significant implications for energy sectors in emerging and developing countries, and which have to be harmonized with on-going initiatives and processes in both energy (SE4ALL) and climate sectors (NAMA, GCF and various climate funds). However, coordinating strategies and decisions between the climate and other relevant sectors such as energy is often challenging. Vice versa, decisions made within the energy sectors are often incompatible with climate protection efforts and may actually increase CO2 emissions. To implement the Paris Agreement, it will therefore become essential to increase the coherence between energy and climate sectors. But how can this be achieved?

Session Chair

  • Mr. Daniel Werner
    Programme Manager, EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF), Germany

Moderator

  • Prof. Yacob Mulugetta
    Professor of Energy and Development Policy, Dep of Science, Technology, Engineering & Public Policy (STEaPP), University College London

Panellists

  • Ms. Gifty Delali Tettey
    Deputy Director, Ministry of Power, Ghana
  • Mr. Nicolas Dasnois
    Policy Advisor: Climate Change: Energy, Africa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, France
  • Mr. Miguel Ángel Varela
    Policy Officer – Unit C6: Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, DEVCO - European Commission
  • Mr. Momodou O. Njie
    Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, The Gambia
  • Dr. Mohamed Abdel Monem
    AMCEN focal point, Ministry of Environment, Egypt
  • Ms. Priscillia Andrieu
    Special Advisor to the President - Energies for Africa, France
  • Mr. Ed Brown
    Co-Coordinator of the UK Low Carbon Energy for Development Network

16:30
Municipal Energy Efficiency Governance and the role of Covenant of Mayors (Session 2 continuation)

Venue: Room L.1.5

Building on the earlier dialogue regarding links to the urgent call for incorporating energy efficiency in energy mix, this panel will discuss the implications and strong need for a local political ownership and governance structures to drive energy efficiency in urban settlements. The Covenant of Mayors for Africa has been launched by the European Commission and the panel will discuss and identify synergies and overlaps of different initiatives and instruments promoting municipal energy efficiency.

Session Chair

  • Mr. Nico Longo
    Diplomat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy

Moderator

  • Dr. Vincent Kitio
    Chief Urban Energy Unit, UN-HABITAT

Panellists

  • Dr. Claudia Boldrini
    Head of Sector, Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, DG DEVCO, European Commission
  • Mr. Laurent Widmer
    Program Manager Infrastructure Financing at Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), Switzerland
  • Mr. Paolo Bertoldi
    Senior Expert on Renewables and Energy Efficiency, European Commission JRC
  • Prof. Federico Butera
    Emeritus Professor, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Mr. Antoine Faye
    Chief Resilience Officer, City of Dakar, Senegal
  • Mr. Khaiko Makwela-Wali
    Director, Green Globe Architecture Ltd, United Kingdom
  • Ms. Silvia Escudero
    Project Manager, EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF)

Presentations

16:30
SE4ALL and Energy Access: Strengthening capacities in the public sector for reaching the last mile first (Session 1 continuation)

Venue: L.1.2 (Plenary Hall)

Building on the earlier discussion on the links between enabling environment and energy project investments, this panel will discuss the need for strengthening public sector capacities to facilitate increase of private investment and financing. The outcome of the session should be a greater understanding of the roles, experiences and contributions of the public sector, a clear picture on which capacities should be strengthened within the public sector and how, and finally, a consensus on how national planning processes can be better focused on delivering energy access to the last mile. The session will tap on experiences from selected SE4ALL African focus countries.

Session Chair

  • Amb. Sergio Mercuri
    Minister Plenipotentiary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy

Moderator

  • Dr. Mike Enskat
    Energy, Water and Transport Group Leader, GIZ

Panellists

  • Dr. Daniel Schroth
    SE4All Africa Hub Coordinator, African Development Bank
  • Mr. Jean-Louis Borloo
    President, Énergies pour l’Afrique (former Minister of Environment in France)
  • Mr. Felice Zaccheo
    Deputy Head of Unit, Sustainable Energy and Climate Change – DG DEVCO European Commission
  • Mr. Hary Andriantavy
    Executive Secretary, Club-ER - African Association for Rural Electrification
  • Ms. Chiedza Mazaiwana
    Advocacy Officer, Practical Action Southern Africa
  • Ms. Faith Wandera Odongo
    Deputy Director of Renewable Energy, Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Kenya
  • Ms. Juliet Gbormittah
    Technical Solar and Training Advisor, DSTC Solar Training Center, Ghana

18:00
Summary of Day 1 and Preview of Day 2

Session Chairs and Graphic summary by Housatonic
(Pre)-Launch of RES4Africa and collaboration

  • Dr. Roberto Vigotti
    Director, RES4MED
  • H.E. Dr. Elham Ibrahim
    Commissioner AUC (AEEP Co-chair)

Closing Remarks

  • Amb. Sergio Mercuri
    Minister Plenipotentiary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy

Venue: Plenary Hall, L.1.2

18:30
Departure to Hotels and Gala Dinner

20:00
Gala Dinner
Courtesy of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Venue: Politecnico di Milano, Leonardo Campus, City Center

Back to Preparation DayContinue to Conference day 2

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy
  • Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
  • Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Egypt
  • Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
  • Politecnico di Milano/University of Milan
  • Terna Group