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12 June 2018 - 13 June 2018
Lusaka, Zambia
Zambia Off-Grid Investor Forum 2018

Welcome Session

Hon. Mathew Nkhuwa
(MP) Minister of Energy, Republic of Zambia Keynote Speaker
Brigadier General Emeldah Chola
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy Moderator
David Lecoque
Policy & Business Development Manager, Alliance for Rural Electrification David leads the policy & business development department at ARE - the largest global business federation of the decentralised renewable energy sector, delivering on rural electrification in emerging markets. In this role he provides streamlined business development services to 150+ ARE Members (SME to blue chip corporates) and advises governments and donors on how to improve market conditions to achieve clean energy access (SDG7) and broader sustainability.
Laura Sundblad
Program Manager Access to Finance, GOGLA Laura serves as Program Manager, Access to Finance. The objective of the program is to help increase investments in the sector that will allow it to scale up and accelerate the development of the off-grid market, leading to more people benefiting from clean, sustainable and economically viable off-grid lighting and electrification.
H.E. Alessandro Mariani
Ambassador of the European Union to Zambia and COMESA

Session I: Zambia Off-grid Energy Markets

Pastor Geoffrey Musonda
CEO, Rural Electrification Authority
Kannan Lakmeeharan
USAID / SAEP Team, Partner – McKinsey Kannan is part of the USAID Southern Africa Energy Program team, where he is leading activities around off-grid electrification and sector performance in Malawi and Zambia. Kannan is a partner in McKinsey’s Johannesburg office and a member of the Electric Power & Natural Gas, Public Sector and Capital Projects & Infrastructure Practices. Much of his work involves advising governments, utilities, and development agencies on electricity-sector reform, operations, infrastructure planning and capital productivity.
Mattias Ohlson
SIAZ Member / CEO, Emerging Cooking Solutions – SupaMoto Energy Mattias Ohlson is co-founder and CEO of Emerging Cooking Solutions, trading as SupaMoto, founded 2012. He has taken the company to a place of rapid growth, helped pioneer the development of a comprehensive and affordable Home Energy Solution targeting offgrid communities, innovative mechanisms for reaching the most vulnerable communities, the world’s cleanest low-cost pellet stove, ground-breaking biomass research for the nascent pellet fuel sector in Africa and as of lately: an impact bond based on certification of SupaMoto’s contribution to at least 4 Sustainable Development Goals.
Geoffrey Kaila
Moderator Chairman SIAZ Geoffrey Kaila is a Solar Energy Expert with expertise in Photovoltaic Systems Technology. Managing Director Muhanya Solar Ltd. He has over 15 years of experience in design and Installation of Photovoltaic systems. Chairperson of the Photovoltaic Technical Committee on PV standards in Zambia. Country Chairperson of the AFSEC TC on Renewable Energy Technology.
Paul Nkumbula
Project Accountant, Mpanta Solar Mini-grid Project Paul Nkumbula is a Project Accountant for the award winning Mpanta Solar Mini Grid Plant, a project operated by the Kafita Cooperative Society and in partnership with the Rural Electrigfication Authority. Paul Nkumbula is also a 2016 Energy Fellow for the Mandela Washingtone Fellowship Program under former President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative called the YALI Network.
Sabera Khan
REEEP & SIDA BTG Co-ordinator Sabera is a specialist in the fields of Carbon Markets, Climate Change, Clean Technologies, Energy and Finance. Sabera has worked in the Off-Grid Markets in Zambia since 2015, as the developer of the Green Village Programme, looking to transform rural areas into economic hubs through the development of energy, agriculture and human capital. She is the implementer of the Lundazi Green Village Project, a 48kW Solar mini-grid, working with Government and communities. Her experience also spans working with the Cooperating Partners, in particular as the Country Facility Administrator for the €20 million Power Africa: “Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia”, which is sponsored the Swedish Government and managed by REEEP (Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency Partnership).
Claudio Pedretti
Business Development Manager & Co-Founder, Wind Kinetic Claudio Pedretti has been involved in the off grid renewable energy area for the last twelve years covering several roles from engineering to sales & management. He successfully grew the company business in several industrial markets such as oil & gas, telecom, mining. He currently focuses on strategy and partnerships while expanding the company business in Africa and South East Asia. Before co-founding WindKinetic, He covered engineering roles for over a decade in the healthcare Industry. At same time as a consultant he collaborated on several project management roles with Italian public administrations and NGOs. He is considered an expert in off grid power system technologies, microgrids and related applications.
Michael Tarney
Zambia Renewable Energy Association (Zarena) Michael Tarney is an energy expert based in Zambia, with specific expertise in financing and strategic analysis of the African power sector. He is a former Managing Director and CFO of the listed Zambian power utility, CEC Plc and a former CEO of CEC Africa Investments which has strategic investments in the Nigerian power sector. Prior to working in Zambia, he was financial controller for international operations for the UK based power group National Grid. He has recently undertaken research and consultancy work in the off-grid sector for the EU and DFID in Zambia. He is an active Board member of Zarena and a member of the Off-grid Taskforce recently established by the Ministry of Energy in Zambia.
Daniel Rea
Managing Director, Zengamina Hydro Mini-grid Project

Session II: Experiences of other African Off-Grid Market




Benon Bena
Manager, Uganda Rural Electrification Agency Benon Bena holds a Masters in Engineering from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He has over 20 years of experience working on energy policy development, rural electrification planning, and development and implementation off-grid renewable energy project at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development and the Rural Electrification Agency. He is currently the Manager responsible for Off-Grid Renewable Energy Development at the Rural Electrification Agency in Uganda. The Rural Electrification Agency is a semi-autonomous agency of Government responsible for facilitating access to electricity in rural areas.
Dr Abdussalam Yusuf
Assistant General Manager, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission Dr. Yusuf currently serves as the Assistant General Manager at the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and holds a PhD in farm power and Machinery from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He worked for 9 years at the Energy Commission of Nigeria in the energy planning and analysis department, focusing on renewable energy, energy demand and supply modelling. Since in 2007, he has worked at the Planning Research and Strategy division at the NERC focusing on regulatory treatment of renewable energy and rural electrification investments. In particular, he served as the focal point for the NERC’s Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff Regulation issued in 2014 and the Mini-grid Regulation of 2017.
Pep Bardouille
Senior Operations Officer, Off-Grid Team, IFC Pepukaye - Pep - Bardouille is a Senior Energy Specialist with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group, where she leads several projects related to energy access, focusing on developing and helping to scale-up innovative, commercially-viable business models to extend electricity to the base of the pyramid. She has also penned a number of thought-pieces on the topic, including “From Gap to Opportunity: Business Models for Scaling Up Energy Access” (IFC, 2012) and “How a New Breed of Distributed Energy Services Companies can reach 500mm Energy-poor Customers within a Decade” (with Dirk Muench, 2014).
Balthasar Klimbie
EU Technical Assistance Facility Moderator
Rojas Manyame
Affiliate Leader, IEC (also General Manager of Regulation at the Electricity Control Board (ECB), Namibia)
Alfred Mwila
Director for Economic Regulation, Energy Regulation Board
Clement Sasa
Manager of the Office for Promoting Private Power Investment, Ministry of Energy

Session III: European Investment Support Instruments for the Zambian Off-grid Sector

Adam Grodzicki
Head of Infrastructure, Delegation of the European Union to Zambia and COMESA Moderator
Adam Grodzicki is head, since 2014, of the infrastructure team of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Zambia and COMESA, which overlooks implementation of all EU funded programmes in infrastructure related sectors (energy, transport, water) at national and regional level. In his role he works closely with government officials, private sector players and other development partners to ensure that programmes and projects funded by the EU contribute effectively to a more efficient and sustainable energy sector and enhance access to clean, affordable and reliable energy services. Mr Grodzicki is a civil engineer by education and, prior to joining EU in 2007, he worked on a wide range of infrastructure development and capacity building projects in his home country, Poland, primarily in the field of transport.
Edvard Magnus Baardsen
IAEREP Grant Facility – TA Team Representative
Alexander Filippov
TA1 IAEREP Policy, Legal and Regulatory Team
Mr. Alexander Filippov is an international development expert specialized in energy efficiency, renewable energy development, human and institutional capacity building, energy policy and climate change mitigation. He has worked in Eastern and Southern Africa since 2003. The project areas included establishing demand side management programs, implementing ESCO projects, organizing trade missions for African businesses, providing energy management for energy and water utilities; establishing clean energy policies, building capacity of governments, energy regulators, and other energy sector stakeholders, and working with financing institutions to scale up investment in clean energy projects.
Hatem Mahbouli
ElectriFI Facility for Zambia
Michael Franz
TA & Capacity Building Facilities – RECP Representative
Michael is a senior adviser for energy in international cooperation for sustainable development, working for the EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF), based in Brussels. He coordinates the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP), a European platform for promoting private sector participation and investment in renewables in Africa. In previous functions, he worked for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on a number of energy initiatives in East Africa.

Session IV – Financing Mini-grids and Micro-grids in Offgrid Locations in Zambia



Matt Wainwright
CFO, Standard Microgrid
Matt is the CFO of Standard Microgrid where he and the team are reimagining power with an innovative approach to distributed renewable energy services, based in Zambia with Offices in Johannesburg and Sacramento. He studied Business Science at the University of Cape Town and qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte where he went to work in the consulting practice in the US and South Africa. For fun he rides his mountain bike, cooks, builds excel models and hangs out with his wife Sara and little boy Max.
Mukabanji Mutanuka
Business and Commercial Development, Engie Power Corner
Mukabanji Mutanuka is a renewable energy and development economist with over 5 years extensive experience in the offgrid energy field. Based in Lusaka Zambia, she is responsible for the Business and Commercial Development of the Power Corner smart mini grid innovation across Zambia. Prior to this, she has been responsible for the technical, financial and environmental design and development of off grid innovations in Zambia under the White House Led initiative- Power Africa Offgrid Energy Challenge, where she had direct oversight of development and risk management of a 30kw solar micro grid, a 60kw micro-hybrid and a 28.8kw distribution of 450 pay-as-you-go solar home systems that have increased access to clean and affordable power to over 700 households across Zambia.
Craig Morgan
CEO, Videre South African born,
Craig is an entrepreneur with over 10 years experience in the energy sector, he co-founded Videre in 2015 providing energy access to energy poor communities through the delivery of cutting-edge technology and innovative business models. Having grown up, extensively working and travelling in Southern African countries Craig understands first hand the market, people and politics involved in doing business in Africa. Moving to the UK in 2006 he has built successful businesses in the Commercial and Industrial Energy, Renewable Energy and M&E sectors with blue chip companies, councils and the UK National Health Service. In 2016 as Videre CEO he presided over the delivery and launch of the Vero Power Grid.
Damian Casmiri
REACT Portfolio Officer - Tanzania, AECF
Damian has 9 years of experience managing projects on climate change mitigation, adaptation and renewable energy. He is a Renewable Energy and Adaptation to Climate Change Technologies (REACT) Portfolio Officer for The AECF in Tanzania, managing about 15 renewable energy and adaptation projects. Before joining the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) Damian worked for KPMG – International Development Advisory Service as renewable energy advisor for 3 years. In 2010 he was hired by carbonLimits, a Norwegian company, a consultant to the African Development Bank in Tunis, working to implement the African Carbon Support Programme.
Lauri Tuomaala
Head of EEP Africa Portfolio Management
Lauri currently works for the Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP Africa) as the Head of Portfolio and Finance. EEP Africa is a multi-donor fund providing early stage grant and catalytic financing to innovative clean energy projects, technologies and business models. Lauri has been involved with EEP Africa since 2013 and is based in South Africa covering the EEP region of Southern and East Africa. Lauri has over 10 years of wide experience from financial management and finance with a specific focus on international development aid sector, private sector development and renewable energy.
Representative Energy Regulation Board
Les Kugel
Expert, IAEREP Project
Les Kugel is a legal and regulatory consultant focusing on the provision of legal and regulatory related legal services to a select group of clients. From his base in Pretoria, South Africa, he services clients throughout the Southern and Eastern African region. On the project development front, he has been involved in the development of traditional as well as renewable energy (RE) projects and frameworks, including the development and negotiation of project agreements such as Concession Agreements, Implementation Agreements, PPAs, Connection Agreements and Wheeling Agreements.

Session V – Financing Stand Alone Household Solutions

Ivan Topalov
Corporate Finance Director, Fenix
Ivan Topalov is a Corporate Finance Director at Fenix International, responsible for financial planning and fundraising. Ivan advised Fenix on the ENGIE acquisition while at Enclude Capital. He was introduced to impact investing through the LGT Venture Philanthropy fellowship program. Ivan started his career at RBS’s investment banking division in 2008. He holds a Master of International Affairs degree from SIPA, Columbia University, and is an avid salsa dancer.
Tamara Mkandawire
National Sales and Service Coordinator, Vitalite
Snehar Shah
General manager East Africa, Azuri Technologies
Snehar Shah brings over 20 years of expertise in investment, finance, and business development to Azuri Technologies, with a particular focus on African markets. Snehar has been the General Manager for Azuri East Africa since 2016 and was previously the Regional Chief Financial Officer of mobile towers business, Eaton Towers. Snehar has a strong history in the telecoms and consumer services markets, including with mobile operator Orange where he was head of the company’s mobile money business unit. Snehar holds a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (BEng) from Imperial College, London and is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Karla Kanyanga
Operations Director, SunnyMoney
Karla joined SunnyMoney in 2009 and over the years started and shaped the job of Business Support Coordinator and has been most recently promoted to the Operations Director and is now in charge of all aspects of running the SunnyMoney business in Zambia. During her 9 years at SunnyMoney, Karla has watched the solar market change and adapt to the growing demand within Zambia. She has past work experience in Zambia as a Health and Safety Manager of a Exploration and Mining Company and as Manager of a local lodge and conference center.
Steve Beel
DFID / Energy Africa
Steve Beel works for DFID Zambia where he leads their work on economic development, infrastructure and energy. He was previously a Commercial Director at the UK energy regulator, Ofgem, where he oversaw over £5bn of investment into the UK energy sector through novel financing and concession-based mechanisms. Prior to that he worked in the private sector for Hutchison Whampoa and PwC.
Likonge Makai Mulenga
CEO, Light Up Zambia
Likonge Brenda Makai Mulenga (Mrs.), grew up in Zambia and obtained an undergraduate degree in Electrical/Electronic specialized in power systems engineering at Copperbelt University. Likonge is a founder of LiChi’s Community Solutions Ltd (LCS) a NGO aiming at reaching out and working with rural communities by providing off grid power supply and empowering youths and women in education and agriculture. She is currently working at KCM as Manager Electrical and Instrumentation at the same time a Director for LCS and Zenith Engineering an entrepreneur company.
Mwila Pascal Mwenya
Senior Manager Investment Banking, Stanbic Zambia
Andrew Githaiga
Head of Regional Lending, SunFunder
Andrew is Senior Investment Officer at SunFunder based in Nairobi and oversees the Regional Lending portfolio in East Africa. His focus is to drive business growth within the C&I sector in the region. Prior to joining SunFunder, he was the Senior Relationship Manager for energy at Jamii Bora Bank in Nairobi, with a focus on the renewable energy sector. His 5 years at Jamii Bora Bank saw him earn a wealth of experience lending within the SME sector. Andrew has also previously worked with Stanbic Bank Kenya as a Business Development Manager and with Morgan Stanley in Alexandria, Virginia as a Financial Advisor.


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Participants 179
Meetings 235


Austria 1
Belgium 8
Burundi 1
Cameroon 4
Chad 1
China 1
Congo 1
Côte d'Ivoire 2
Ethiopia 4
France 2
Germany 5
Ghana 1
China (Hong Kong) 2
India 2
Italy 8
Japan 2
Kenya 23
Lesotho 1
Luxembourg 1
Morocco 1
Mozambique 1
Namibia 3
Nepal 1
Netherlands 3
Niger 1
Nigeria 7
Rwanda 3
Senegal 1
South Africa 15
Spain 1
Sweden 1
Switzerland 3
Tanzania, United Republic Of 7
Togo 1
Uganda 2
United Kingdom 8
United States 1
Zambia 141
Zimbabwe 10
Total 281


Academia & Research 6
Consultancy 41
Corporate firm 37
Development organisation 25
Government Agency 14
Investor/Financier 12
NGO 10
Non-Profit Organisation 20
SME 64
Utility 13
Other 39
Total 281