PROGRAM /// DAY 2
16 February 2018
 
CONFERENCE DAY 2
SESSION 5: EVOLVING BUSINESS MODELS
LOCATION: EFFECTENBEURSZAAL
08:00 Welcome coffee & registration
09:00 Opening words FMO
FREDERIK VAN PALLANDT /// DIRECTOR ENERGY DEPARTMENT - FMO
Mr Frederik van Pallandt is Manager at the Energy Department of FMO. FMO (the Netherlands Development Finance Company) is the Dutch development bank. We support sustainable private sector growth in developing and emerging markets by investing in ambitious entrepreneurs. We believe a strong private sector leads to economic and social development, empowering people to employ their skills and improve their quality of life. At FMO, Frederik manages a team of investment professionals responsible for the structuring and supervision of debt investments in the energy sector in Asia, Easter Europe and Central Asia. Main focus is on renewable energy projects. Frederik joined FMO in 2005. Prior to FMO, he held positions at the World Bank Group and various international commercial banks. Frederik holds Master degrees in Economics and Philosophy.
FREDERIK VAN PALLANDT
DIRECTOR ENERGY DEPARTMENT /// FMO
09:15 Financing Solar PV with Debt Capital
SEAN KIDNEY /// CEO - CLIMATE BONDS INITIATIVE
Sean Kidney is the CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative, an international NGO working to mobilize debt capital markets for climate solutions.
Projects include a green bond definitions and certification scheme with $34 trillion of assets represented on its Board and some 200 organizations involved in its development and governance; developing green securitization as a response to aggregation challenges in emerging markets; working with the Chinese central bank on how to grow green bonds in China; a Green Infrastructure Investment Coalition; and market development programs in India, Brazil, Mexico and East Africa. Sean has also been a consultant on green bonds to the United Nations Secretary General and was a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Expert Committee on Climate Finance. He was previously an award-winning marketing advisor to a number of the largest Australian pension funds and a social marketer and publisher.
SEAN KIDNEY
CEO /// CLIMATE BONDS INITIATIVE
09:40 Singularity: Tech Trends impacting the Energy Landscape
YURI VAN GEEST /// AUTHOR OF 'EXPONENTIAL ORGANIZATIONS'
Yuri van Geest is specialized in Singularity and future visions/trends. He wrote Exponential Organizations, together with Salim Ismail in 2014. In the same year he organized the first Dutch Singularity Summit in Amsterdam.
YURI VAN GEEST
AUTHOR OF 'EXPONENTIAL ORGANIZATIONS'
10:00 The future of solar PV: Disruptive Trends and Technologies
Business Models with an impact for solar in emerging markets
  • • Energy landscape
  • • Evolving Business Models
  • • Energy Storage
  • • Blockchain technology
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
TAKEHIRO KAWAHARA /// FRONTIER POWER SR. ASSOCIATE - BNEF
Takehiro joined Bloomberg New Energy Finance in December 2012. After engaging in analysis for Japan’s renewable energy sector, he joined the Frontier Power team in February 2017. The team covers off-grid and weak-grid energy sector in emerging countries, including micro-grids, solar-diesel hybrids, captive generation, and portable and short-term energy. He has worked on energy for telecom towers. Takehiro also gave presentations in several events such as Off-Grid Power Conference in Intersolar Europe.
Prior to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Takehiro completed a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science at Lund University in Sweden, and worked in Japan Science and Technology Agency.
TAKEHIRO KAWAHARA
FRONTIER POWER SR. ASSOCIATE /// BNEF
FRANCK CONSTANT /// CEO - CONSTANT ENERGY
A short bio will follow soon...
FRANCK CONSTANT
CEO /// CONSTANT ENERGY
MICHAEL GERA /// MANAGING PARTNER & CO-FOUNDER - ENERGY ACCESS VENTURES
Michael is a proven senior executive with over 20 years of professional experience, marked by a trend of progressive positions in various industries. For Michael EAV means being able to share his love for technology and Africa with first-class entrepreneurs. An entrepreneur by nature, Michael has been able to build a successful track record as a venture capitalist and has had hands-on operating and fields’ experience.
Michael’s career started in academia in the UK and then moved on to software engineering in Germany. He then relocated to Merril Lynch’s investment Banking Division before deciding to endeavouring to join Pond Venture Partners – an early-stage Silicon Valley and Europe-based venture firm.
Michael is a consummate executive and has leveraged his expertise for a number of diverse organisations. He was the interim CEO of two companies in Africa – one in Mozambique, and the other in Uganda – before moving to Nairobi to become the CEO of Africa Legal Network.
A passionate investment manager, Michael returned to venture investing with EAV. He holds a BSc and PhD in Computer Science from Imperial College in London and an MBA from INSEAD. He is multilingual and speaks: English, Italian, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Maltese and Spanish fluently.
MICHAEL GERA
MANAGING PARTNER & CO-FOUNDER /// ENERGY ACCESS VENTURES
10:45 NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
Sponsored by:
SESSION 6: INNOVATIVE FINANCING MODELS
LOCATION: EFFECTENBEURSZAAL
11:30 The Future of Solar Finance
  • • What is the potential of disruptive technologies, like blockchain and crowdfunding, in solar financing?
  • • The future of innovative financing structures (performance bonds, securitization, supplier finance)
  • • Should banks adjust their business model to stay relevant?
  • • Blending: is it still needed given the amounts of funds finding their way to the energy sector?
SEAN KIDNEY /// CEO - CLIMATE BONDS INITIATIVE
Sean Kidney is the CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative, an international NGO working to mobilize debt capital markets for climate solutions.
Projects include a green bond definitions and certification scheme with $34 trillion of assets represented on its Board and some 200 organizations involved in its development and governance; developing green securitization as a response to aggregation challenges in emerging markets; working with the Chinese central bank on how to grow green bonds in China; a Green Infrastructure Investment Coalition; and market development programs in India, Brazil, Mexico and East Africa. Sean has also been a consultant on green bonds to the United Nations Secretary General and was a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Expert Committee on Climate Finance. He was previously an award-winning marketing advisor to a number of the largest Australian pension funds and a social marketer and publisher.
MODERATOR
SEAN KIDNEY
CEO /// CLIMATE BONDS INITIATIVE
MANUEL CABRERIZO /// PARTNER - VOLTIQ
Manuel Cabrerizo has more than 20 years international experience in structured finance and investment banking gained with Voltiq and WestLB, globally. During that time he has closed more than 50 financings across sectors and jurisdictions. At Voltiq, he has been particularly active in structuring renewable energy transactions in Spain, Italy, Brazil, Chile and Panamá. He's been involved in landmark transactions such as the project financing of the 146 MWp Laberinto project in Chile's Atacama desert, closed in the summer of 2015.
MANUEL CABRERIZO
PARTNER /// VOLTIQ
ABRAHAM CAMBRIDGE /// FOUNDER CEO - THE SUN EXCHANGE
Abraham Cambridge is a British born solar entrepreneur and disruptive technologist and has established multiple businesses and projects around the world that use solar energy as a means for creating positive change. In 2010 he pioneered utility-scale solar in Britain and in 2012 one of his businesses, The Renewable Energy Co-operative, was nominated 'International Co-operative of The Year' in the United Nations Year of Co-operatives. Abe now lives in Africa, a continent rich in sunlight but poor in energy and from where in 2014 he launched the world’s first blockchain based solar finance company, The Sun Exchange.
ABRAHAM CAMBRIDGE
FOUNDER CEO /// THE SUN EXCHANGE
EMMANUELLE MATZ /// HEAD OF THE ENERGY & INFRASTRUCTURE DIVISION - PROPARCO
Emmanuelle Matz, has developed an extensive experience in structured financing for more than 25 years. She started her professional life developing a tax lease department at Crédit Lyonnais dedicated to the financing of energy efficiency and waste to energy programs in France. Through different positions in the French banking group and then, with Barclays Capital, she structured and led many multisourcing financing transactions in emergent countries.
For the last 10 years, Emmanuelle has been expanding Proparco’ debt & equity’s investments in the energy & infrastructure sectors, mainly in Latin America/Asia. Among all, she financed the first solar plant in Latin America, for T Solar, in Peru in 2011 and have supported since then the expansion of renewable energy projects (Solar, wind, hydro & biomass) in Central America, the Andean countries and those last years in Africa. Since 2012, she’s leading a team of 20 experts in energy & infrastructure project financing with the aim of developing solutions contributing to limit the impacts of Climate Change. This creative & dedicated team has supported the implementation of the largest African Renewable IPPs through tailor made solutions and has successfully arranged in 2016 the financing of the first private solar plants built in Western Africa.
Convinced that power should be available to all, at an affordable price, she supports both on-grid & off-grid solutions promoted by innovative sponsors, thanks to the digital and solar revolutions surrounding Africa.
EMMANUELLE MATZ
HEAD OF THE ENERGY & INFRASTRUCTURE DIVISION /// PROPARCO
FELICE ZACCHEO /// HEAD OF UNIT SUSTAINABLE ENERGY & CLIMATE CHANGE - DG DEVCO EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Mr Felice Zaccheo has over 25 years’ experience in international cooperation and development. He started his professional career in the field as responsible for a rural development project in Ethiopia. He has been project manager and adviser for several development projects financed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affair in Peru, Tanzania, Tunisia and Nicaragua. Mr Zaccheo joined the European Commission in 1997 at the Food and Veterinary office in Dublin. He moved back to Africa in 1999, as Head of Rural Development for the EU Delegation in Nigeria. Among other tasks, he was responsible for rural development micro-projects in the Niger Delta. In 2003-2007 he was Head of Rural Development for the EU Delegation in Jamaica. One of his main tasks was the execution of development projects in the Caribbean, including Jamaica and Belize. As from 2007 he works in the European Commission Headquarters in Brussels. Since 2016 he has been the Head of Unit for Sustainable Energy and Climate Change in the Directorate for Planet and Prosperity at DEVCO.
FELICE ZACCHEO
HEAD OF UNIT SUSTAINABLE ENERGY & CLIMATE CHANGE /// DG DEVCO EUROPEAN COMMISSION
12:30 Closing of the conference
13:00 NETWORKING LUNCH
Sponsored by:
SESSION 7: NETWORKING / MATCHMAKING
14:30 Matchmaking and Networking Sessions
Pre-arranged 1-on-1 meetings to guarantee you gain the right contacts
15:30 NETWORKING DRINKS
 
PROGRAM /// DAY 2
16 February 2018