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
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
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
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
JÜRGEN RIGTERINK /// CEO MANAGEMENT BOARD - FMO
Jürgen Rigterink was appointed CEO and Chairman of FMO’s Management Board in October 2016. Before that, he was Chief Risk & Finance Officer (2014 – 2016) and Chief Investment Officer (2008 – 2014). With an investment portfolio of over EUR 9 billion, FMO is one of the largest bilateral private sector development banks worldwide. FMO creates access to a full range of financial products and services to private sector enterprises in developing markets with a focus on financial institutions, energy, agribusiness and private equity. Through Investment Management FMO offers institutional investors access to FMO’s expertise in responsible emerging market investing.
JÜRGEN RIGTERINK
CEO MANAGEMENT BOARD /// FMO
MANUEL CABRERIZO /// MANAGING DIRECTOR - 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
MANAGING DIRECTOR /// VOLTIQ
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
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
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
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
JAY GALLEGOS /// GENERAL DIRECTOR WIND & SOLAR - CMI ENERGÍA
Jay Gallegos is General Director – Wind and Solar at the energy unit of Corporación Multi Inversiones (CMI Energía), the leading renewable energy company in Central America. Jay’s experience spans over twenty five years in development, construction and operation of renewable power plants in USA, Europe, Africa, Asia and Central America. CMI Energía has 656 MWs in Operation (Hydro, Wind and Solar), 55 MWs in Construction and a pipeline of development projects of over 500MW.
JAY GALLEGOS
GENERAL DIRECTOR WIND & SOLAR /// CMI ENERGÍA
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
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
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
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
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.
MICHELLE DAVIES
PARTNER /// EVERSHEDS SUTHERLAND
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
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
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
INDERPREET WADHWA /// CHAIRMAN & CEO - AZURE POWER
Inderpreet Wadhwa is one of the most prominent thought leaders in the Indian solar industry. A renewable energy enthusiast with more than 20 years of experience in technology and infrastructure businesses, Inderpreet founded Azure Power in 2008. Through his work, he strives to have a direct and positive social impact in terms of improving the quality of life in rural India. Prior to founding Azure Power, Inderpreet served as a vice president of Loyalty Lab and as a senior director of Oracle Corporation. Additionally, Inderpreet has been a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG) to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Inderpreet received his bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering in 1994 from Guru Nanak Dev University, Punjab, India. He also graduated from Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley in 2002.
INDERPREET WADHWA
CHAIRMAN & CEO /// AZURE POWER