12 Jun 2018 - 13 Jun 2018 | Lusaka, Zambia


12 Jun 2018
08:00 – 09:00
09:00 – 09:05
National Anthem of Zambia
09:05 – 09:30
Welcome Address

Moderator: Ministry of Energy, Zambia  

Opening Remarks  

  • Brigadier General Emeldah Chola, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy
  • David Lecoque, Policy & Business Development Manager, Alliance for Rural Electrification
  • Laura Sundblad, Access to Finance Manager, GOGLA
  • Alessandro Mariani, Ambassador of the European Union to Zambia and COMESA
09:30 – 09:45
Keynote speech
  • Hon. Mathew Nkhuwa (MP), Minister of Energy, Republic of Zambia
09:45 – 10:30
Coffee Break
10:30 – 12:10
Session I: Zambia Off-grid Energy Markets

Objective: “Scene setting” - provide participants with a good common understanding of the current state of the Zambian market, recent and foreseen developments, and main issues to be addressed.  

Presentation One:  REA: Focus on Government Objectives and Approach for Off-Grid Electrification

  • Pastor Geoffrey Musonda, CEO, Rural Electrification Authority

Presentation Two: USAID/ Southern African Energy Program (‘SAEP’): Key Indicators for the Off-Grid Sector based on the USAID Geospatial Model

  • Kannan Lakmeeharan, USAID / SAEP Team, Partner - McKinsey

Presentation Three:  SIAZ: Key challenges in meeting the energy requirements of rural / off-grid communities

  • Mattias Ohlson, SIAZ Member / CEO, Emerging Cooking Solutions – SupaMoto Energy

Moderator: Geoffrey Kaila, Chairman, SIAZ


  • Paul Nkumbula, Project Accountant, Mpanta Solar Mini-grid Project
  • Sabera Khan, REEEP & SIDA BTG Co-ordinator
  • Claudio Pedretti, Business Development Manager, Wind Kinetic
  • Michael Tarney, Zambia Renewable Energy Association (Zarena)
  • Daniel Rea, Managing Director, Zengamina Power Limited


12:10 – 14:00
Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:15
Session II: Experiences of other African Off-Grid Markets

Objective: Improve understanding on what companies/projects require to successfully deliver public interests and how well-targeted support programmes can help such companies grow. What effect does investment support have vs a good policy environment – which measures should come at which scale, and when? The session will debate the best ways to distribute public support instruments for off-grid renewables in Zambia.

Presentation One: Benon Bena, Uganda Rural Electrification Agency

Presentation Two: Abdussalam Yusuf, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission

Presentation Three: Pep Bardouille, Senior Operations Officer, Off-Grid Team, IFC

Moderator: Balthasar Klimbie, Rural Electrification Expert, EU Technical Assistance Facility  


  • Rojas Manyame, Affiliate Leader, IEC
  • Alfred Mwila, Director for Economic Regulation, Energy Regulation Board
  • Clement Sasa, Manager of the Office for Promoting Private Power Investment, Ministry of Energy


15:15 – 15:45
Coffee Break
15:45 – 17:00
Session III: European Investment Support Instruments for the Zambian Off-grid Sector

Objective: To inform participants about upcoming financial support instruments to help projects reach financial close, with specific focus on the ElectriFi Country Window Zambia and the IAEREP Grant Facility.

Presentation One: Alexander Filippov, TA1 IAEREP Policy, Legal and Regulatory Team & Edvard Magnus Baardsen, TA2 IAEREP Feasibility and Demonstration Projects Team

Presentation Two:
Hatem Mahbouli, ElectriFI Facility for Zambia

Presentation Three:
Michael Franz, Team Leader, RECP

Moderator: Adam Grodzicki, Head of Infrastructure, Delegation of the European Union to Zambia and COMESA

17:00 – 17:15
Closing Remarks
  • Ministry of Energy, Zambia
17:15 – 19:00
Networking Reception
13 Jun 2018
09:00 – 09:15
Opening Remarks

  • Pastor Geoffrey Musonda, CEO, Rural Electrification Authority
09:15 – 10:30
Session IV – Financing Mini-grids and Micro-grids in Off-grid Locations in Zambia

Objective: To evaluate the business case for mini-grids and micro-grids in Zambia, focusing on the availability of market data / appropriate sites, effectiveness of the regulatory environment in stimulating investment (tariffs, protection from main grid encroachment), affordability of services in rural communities and financing structures to achieve scale and bankability for investors.  To what extent are subsidies for grid construction required?  Which financial institutions are willing to finance this sector, what instruments are available, what criteria will potential applicants be required to demonstrate?

Presentation One: Matt Wainwright, CFO, Standard Microgrid

Presentation Two: Mukabanji Mutanuka, Business and Commercial Development, PowerCorner Zambia

Moderator: David Lecoque, Policy & Business Development Manager, Alliance for Rural Electrification


  • Craig Morgan, CEO, Videre
  • Damian Casmiri, REACT Portfolio Officer - Tanzania, AECF
  • Lauri Tuomaala, Head of EEP Africa Portfolio Management
  • Representative, Energy Regulation Board
  • Les Kugel, Expert, IAEREP Project


10:30 – 11:15
Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:30
Session V – Financing Stand Alone Household Solutions

Objective: To discuss the Zambian strategy to ensure universal access to electricity for all in accordance with SDG 7 through the provision of SHS (where main grid and mini-grid solutions are not currently economic).  How are SHS companies financed, is the business case sustainable?  How can costs of delivery of services by reduced?  How can payments systems be streamlined? What innovations can be applied to enhance the business case for investors?  Can SHS projects be deployed through women’s groups and female entrepreneurs?

Presentation One: Ivan Topalov, Corporate Finance Director, Fenix

Presentation Two: Tamara Mkandawire, National Sales and Service Coordinator, Vitalite

Presentation Three: Snehar Shah, General Manager – East Africa, Azuri Technologies

Moderator: Laura Sundblad, Access to Finance Manager, GOGLA


  • Karla Kanyanga, Operations Director, SunnyMoney
  • Steve Beel, Head of Economic Growth, DFID Zambia
  • Likonge Makai Mulenga, CEO, Light Up Zambia
  • Andrew Githaiga, Senior Investment Officer, SunFunder
  • Mwila Pascal Mwenya, Senior Manager Investment Banking, Stanbic Zambia


12:30 – 14:00
Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:40
Matchmaking Session 1
15:40 – 16:00
Coffee Break (B2B Networking)
16:00 – 17:00
Matchmaking Session 2
The event agenda's time zone is CAT.