PROGRAM /// DAY 1
15 February 2018
 
CONFERENCE DAY 1
SESSION 1: OPENING OF THE CONFERENCE
08:00 Welcome coffee & registration
08:45 Opening words
  • Setting the stage
ROLAKE AKINKUGBE /// HEAD ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES - FBN MERCHANT BANK
An emerging, young thought-leader in the African energy space, Rolake heads the energy and natural resources division at FBN Merchant Bank, the investment banking subsidiary of Nigeria’ largest financial services group, FBN Holdings Plc. She overseas and manages key sector relationships for FBN Merchant Bank, helping to raise and structure funding solutions for corporates in energy across equity, debt and other financial products. In May 2017, she was appointed as an advisory member of the Board of Economists in the Office of the Vice President of Nigeria, working closely with the Chief Economic Adviser to the President, and supporting Nigeria's economic management team and the VP’s office on a range of sector, macro-economic and national development policy issues.
Prior to FBN Merchant Bank, Rolake was for more than 3 years head of the energy research team at pan-African Ecobank, based in their London office. She managed Ecobank’s research output across the energy industry value chain, covering a wide range of energy products and industry players across 33 African countries.
ROLAKE AKINKUGBE
HEAD ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES /// FBN MERCHANT BANK
09:00 Word of welcome from hosts
EDWIN KOOT /// CEO - SOLARPLAZA
Edwin founded SolarPlaza company in 2004. He is a senior PV expert and started in the photovoltaic solar energy business in 1994. He has experience as a solar energy consultant and project developer in more than 200 PV projects. Edwin holds a Masters degree in Chemical engineering and previously worked in the Chemical industry before starting his first consultancy company in PV in 1994.
EDWIN KOOT
CEO /// SOLARPLAZA
LINDA BROEKHUIZEN /// CIO MANAGEMENT BOARD - FMO
Linda Broekhuizen started per 2014 as Chief Investment Officer in FMO’s Management Board. In this role, she is responsible for FMO’s total investment portfolio of EUR 9.0 billion. FMO is the Dutch development bank, investing since 1970 in the private sector in developing economies in Africa, Asia and Latin America. FMO creates access to a full range of high impact financial products and services, covering inter alia loans, private equity, blended finance and capacity development. FMO’s investments focus on three sectors: Financial Institutions, Energy and Agribusiness. FMO simultaneously targets financial returns and impact returns. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are part of FMO’s core business. FMO selected three SDGs as most relevant: Decent Work and Economic Growth, Reduced Inequalities and Climate Action. Moreover, FMO has fully integrated environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) policies into every aspect of its business. Through its subsidiary FMO Investment Management, institutional investors can get access to FMO’s expertise in responsible emerging market investing.
LINDA BROEKHUIZEN
CIO MANAGEMENT BOARD /// FMO
09:15 Keynote opening speech
09:30 Global energy transition
The total energy system is changing. This presentation will shed light on this by focussing on these points:
  • • Driving Forces: fast trends in clean and smart energy technologies
  • • Amplification of policymakers, corporations and communities in multiple countries to the above
  • • Rise of artificial intelligence and robotics
  • • Challenge that solar companies and their investors are facing to keep up with these crucial developments
JEREMY LEGGETT /// FOUNDER - SOLARCENTURY
Social entrepreneur Jeremy, author of The Energy of Nations, The Carbon War and Half Gone, is founder and non-executive chairman of Solarcentury and founder and chairman of SolarAid, an African solar lighting charity set up with Solarcentury profits. Described by the Observer as 'Britain's most respected green energy boss,' he writes and blogs for the Guardian, the Financial Times, and Sublime Magazine. He was the first Hillary Laureate for International Leadership on Climate Change, a CNN Principal Voice, and Entrepreneur of the Year at the New Energy Awards. He is on the associate faculties, lecturing in business and environment, at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and St Gallen.
JEREMY LEGGETT
FOUNDER /// SOLARCENTURY
10:00 NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
SESSION 2: REGIONAL OUTLOOK: ASIA, AFRICA & LATIN AMERICA
10:45 Bankability of solar PV
11:15 Overview of the regions: Asia, Africa & Latin America
Experts from Asia’s, Africa’s and Latin America’s solar PV markets shedding their light on the current status of solar PV in their respective markets.
  • • Bankability of solar PV in each region
  • • Applied business models in solar PV
  • • Outlook for solar PV per market
12:15 NETWORKING LUNCH
Sponsored by:
SESSION 3A: UTILITY SCALE:
GAINING ACCESS TO LOW-COST CAPITAL
13:45 Gaining Access to Low-Cost Capital
Assessing the existing financing streams for utility scale PV projects and exploring innovating financing models (i.e. covered bonds, concessional funding, green bonds etc.)
  • • What financing options are available and how effective have they been?
  • • Keys to unlocking commercial capital for projects
  • • Risk mitigation strategies
  • • Creditworthiness of the off-taker
  • • Lack of long term vision
MICHELLE DAVIES /// PARTNER - EVERSHEDS SUTHERLAND
Michelle is one of the leading advisers globally in the renewables sector. Under her leadership, the Eversheds Sutherland Clean Energy team has advised on over 40GW of clean energy projects. This has granted her industry recognition including being listed as a leader in renewables by 'The Lawyer Hot 100 Lawyers’, being named Solar Woman of the Year for MENA in 2014 and 2015 by the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA), being invited to the UK Government’s POWERful Women Group and named for the last 3 years as being one of the top 100 people in global wind power by ‘A Word About Wind’. She is on the Advisory Boards of the Climate Change Initiative, BPVA, MESIA and other key bodies.
Michelle advises across all renewable technologies including offshore and onshore wind, biomass, solar, hydro and biofuels, specialising in strategic advisory, M&A, equity raising and investments. Michelle's clients range from utilities to IPPs, private equity and infrastructure funds, institutional investors, banks and Governments.
Michelle advises Governments around the world on renewable policy. Most recently she has collaborated with the IFC in Pakistan, Egypt and Southeast Asia but she has also supported the renewable authorities of Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines and Iran and is currently assisting in Algeria, helping them in the early stages of policy framework structuring. These engagements have been on a pro-bono basis to help develop markets and their global investment profile.
MODERATOR
MICHELLE DAVIES
PARTNER /// EVERSHEDS SUTHERLAND
TAS ANVARIPOUR /// GLOBAL PARTNER - ABRAAJ GROUP
Tas Anvaripour, a Turkish-American, is a global partner at the Abraaj Group responsible for managing the energy platform. She was the Chair, Themis Infrastructure before its integration within the Abraaj Group. She also served as the interim CEO of Africa50, Africa’s newest infrastructure delivery initiative. Previously, she was the Director of Business Development at the African Development where she had led the design, structuring, fund raising and establishment of Africa50 among other initiatives. She was instrumental in designing, structuring, developing a fund raising strategy for Africa50 including securing a ground breaking capitalization of USD 830 million. Prior to this position she was the Head for Private Infrastructure Finance, a position which she kept for 4 years, where she was in charge of the Bank’s private sector investments in the Energy, Transport, Water, and ICT sectors. Tas honed her deal origination and portfolio management skills at the Asian Development Bank, Manila, Arthur Andersen LLP, New York and PriceWaterHouse Coopers, Chicago. She has 27 years of industry experience, including 10 in public sector finance in Asia and 17 in corporate and project finance in Africa and North America. In the past ten years, she has invested in 6 billion dollars facilitating over 30 billion dollars in infrastructure investments in key emerging markets. Her tireless energy and strong character have rendered her a game changer with an important track-record bringing progress and opportunity in countries from East Asia to Southern Africa. In 2012, the African Business Magazine and the Commonwealth Business Council nominated Tas as one of the Top 5 Most Outstanding Women of the Year at the African Business Awards. Later in 2013, the investor platform “Homestrings” gave Tas the “Excellence in Development Finance” award, in recognition of her “dedication and innovative thinking in advancing development finance in Africa”. In 2014, she was decorated as a Commander, National Order of Merit of the Republic of Ivory Coast. A World Bank Fellow, Tas holds a BSc in Finance from Ankara University in Turkey and an MA in Economics and Policy Management from Columbia University.
TAS ANVARIPOUR
GLOBAL PARTNER /// ABRAAJ GROUP
RAGNAR GERIG /// DIRECTOR ENERGY - DEG
Ragnar Gerig is heading DEG's energy operations for Africa and Asia with a loan book of more than US$ 500 million. In his last position as Director Manufacturing Industry and Services he was responsible for structuring and contracting DEG's business in various industry sectors globally. From 2009 to 2013 he was leading DEG's Business Origination and Portfolio Management in Africa with investments of some US$ 1,5 billion. Before 2009 he set up DEG's syndication unit. Prior to 2006 he worked as Senior Manager on a professional exchange program with SIEMENS Financial Services in Munich being responsible for project and export finance in the telecommunication sector. Ragnar graduated from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in 1996 with a diploma degree in economics.
RAGNAR GERIG
DIRECTOR ENERGY /// DEG
CLAUS-HENNING SCHMIDT /// SR. VP PROJECT FINANCE - SCATEC SOLAR
Claus-Henning Schmidt has more than 13 years experience in Renewable Energy financing. Since 2009, he works for Scatec Solar ASA in Oslo-Norway. As Senior Vice President Project Finance, Claus-Henning Schmidt is responsible for Project Finance global in the Scatec group.
Before joining Scatec Solar, he worked as Project Finance Manager at UmweltBank AG, Germany – one of the pioneer lending institutions for Solar, Wind and Bioenergy in Germany.
Claus-Henning Schmidt has a Business degree and PhD from University of Freiburg, Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources in Germany.
CLAUS-HENNING SCHMIDT
SR. VP PROJECT FINANCE /// SCATEC SOLAR
SESSION 3B: C&I:
STRUCTURING A BANKABLE PRIVATE PPA
13:45 Structuring a Bankable Private PPA
This session will focus on the keys to structuring a bankable private PPA.
  • • How to get projects financed - what streams of financing are available?
  • • Assessing credit risk in private off-takers (balance sheet financing vs. non-recourse project financing)
  • • Innovative financing models
STEFAN MÜLLER /// CO-FOUNDER & BOARD MEMBER - ENERPARC AG
Mr. Stefan Müller is the Co-founder, shareholder of Enerparc AG and since end of 2008 as a board member responsible for the international and operational business. After his diploma theses in 1992 in Solar Energy he gained international experiences in different roles for international companies in various countries and was based in India and Singapore. Enerparc is an international specialist in the whole value chain of large-scale photovoltaic power plants, has 150 experienced employees with offices in Germany, India, US and a number of registered partners (Ukraine, Jordan, Egypt, Belarus and others).
STEFAN MÜLLER
CO-FOUNDER & BOARD MEMBER /// ENERPARC AG
MATTHEW TILLEARD /// MANAGING PARTNER - CROSSBOUNDARY
Matt Tilleard is a Managing Partner at CrossBoundary, a mission driven investment firm that has focused on innovative models of bringing capital into underserved markets. In 2015, CrossBoundary closed Africa’s first investment fund for commercial and industrial solar in Africa. The fund, CrossBoundary Energy, invests into medium scale rooftop solar assets in East and West Africa. Their first 1MW distributed solar plant is operating in Kenya. Mr. Tilleard holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar. He is originally from Australia and holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne. He has been recognized as an Aspen Ideas Scholar by the Aspen Institute and named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
MATTHEW TILEARD
MANAGING PARTNER /// CROSSBOUNDARY
SESSION 3C: OFF-GRID:
INNOVATIVE FINANCING SOLUTIONS
13:45 Innovative Financing Solutions
This session will explore key challenges and solutions in the financing of off-grid business models.
  • • Available financing streams for off-grid initiatives in emerging markets
  • • Financial scalability of solar home systems (receivables securitization)
  • • Tackling currency risks
PER VAN SWAAY /// SENIOR VP - TCX
Per van Swaay joined TCX in 2010 and is responsible for TCX business development in Africa. Prior to TCX, Per worked in African project finance at FMO, the Dutch Development Bank and before moving into banking and development finance, he worked as a corporate lawyer in Holland and the US. TCX is a special purpose fund to hedge the currency and interest rate mismatch that is created in cross-border investments between international investors and local borrowers in frontier and less liquid emerging markets.
PER VAN SWAAY
SENIOR VP /// TCX
14:45 NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
SESSION 4: SOLAR SHARK TANK & THE ART OF PERCEPTION
15:30 Solar Shark Tank
This competition is for local developers that require development support to make their solar projects more “bankable”. Three final contestants will pitch their project proposals on stage. The winning proposal will receive a $100,000 grant towards the development costs of the project from Access Power & FMO.
16:30 Closing keynote speech: The art of perception
AMY HERMAN /// PRESIDENT - THE ART OF PERCEPTION
Amy Herman is a lawyer and art historian who uses works of art to systematically sharpen observation, analysis, and communication skills. By showing people how to look closely at painting, sculpture, photography, she helps them hone their visual intelligence to recognize the most pertinent and useful information as well as recognize biases that impede professional conduct. She developed her Art of Perception seminar in 2000 to improve medical students’ observation and communication skills with their patients when she was the Head of Education at The Frick Collection in New York City. She subsequently adapted the program and works internationally with a wide range of professionals from the New York City Police Department, the French National Police, the FBI, Interpol, the Department of Defense, the State Department, Fortune 500 companies, the military, and the intelligence community. She will present the relevance of visual literacy across the professional spectrum and demonstrate how the analysis of works of art affords the participants in her program an innovative way to refresh their sense of critical inquiry and reconsider the skills necessary for improved performance and effective leadership. The program has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Smithsonian Magazine, among others. Ms. Herman holds an A.B., a J.D., and an M.A. in art history. Her book, Visual Intelligence, was published in May 2016.
AMY HERMAN
PRESIDENT /// THE ART OF PERCEPTION
17:30 NETWORKING BOAT TOUR
Networking drinks while cruising along the scenic canals of Amsterdam on the way to the Dinner location.
(Only when registered for the Networking Pack)
19:30 NETWORKING DINNER
(Only when registered for the Networking Pack)
 
PROGRAM /// DAY 1
15 February 2018