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Keynote speakers confirmed for Future Energy East Africa in Nairobi in September

07-09-2019 12:04 PM CET | Energy & Environment

Press release from: Future Energy East Africa

Mini grids and off grid power projects are the future

Mini grids and off grid power projects are the future

The 21st edition of the upcoming Future Energy East Africa conference and exhibition will focus on the enormous progress that has been made in the region in terms of access to energy and the increasingly important role of mini and off-grid projects to meet targets. The event takes place from 17-18 September at the KICC in Nairobi.

The Kenyan Ministry of Energy is the host ministry for the event. “The Ministry welcomes the invitation to host the Future Energy East Africa” says the Principal Secretary Dr Eng Joseph K Njoroge, noting that the event “brings together key stakeholders to deliberate approaches to the development of renewable energy. We shall therefore support the convention.”

Early confirmed keynote speakers in the opening session on 17 September are:

Lucia Bakulumpagi-Wamala, CEO of Bakulu Power, Uganda:
• Ms Bakulumpagi-Wamala is one of Forbes 2017’s most promising young entrepreneurs in Africa.
• Bakulu Power is a renewable energy firm. They design, implement, own and operate energy infrastructure. Bakulu Power’s core purpose is to power local communities by providing residential and commercial clients with clean, affordable renewable energy systems tailored to their specific needs.

Patrick Obath, new Chairman of Standard Bank’s board, Kenya:
• Mr Obath served as the Chairman of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and as a director at East African Business Council, Africa Alliance Capital, and Kenya Power.
• Previous appointments include Managing Director at Shell East Africa.

Initiate! Challenge winners
The team of students from Strathmore University in Nairobi, who won the coveted Initiate! Impact Challenge at African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa in Cape Town in May will also be featured at Future Energy East Africa. Squaring off and winning against teams from three South African universities, the four engineering students walked away as winners with ZAR20 000 in prize money for an innovative concept to provide equitable energy access to remote villages based on, among others, “Uber(ising) solar energy.”

The Future Energy East Africa conference programme will also include discussions on the following topics:
- From centralized to decentralized power generation: Partnership agreements to improve energy access
- Strathmore University Panel: Solutions to expand energy access
- Navigating the East African power investment market: Country spotlights with case studies from Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda
- Panel discussion: Mini-grids for productive use and beyond: business model innovation towards financial viability

Industry support
Future Energy East Africa is the largest and longest running regional power conference and exhibition in East Africa, boasting both a strategic conference and a large trade exhibition.

The 2019 edition will bring together leaders from the regional and international power and energy community, including more than 400 regional conference delegates and over expo 1000 visitors. The event also offers an East African Utility CEO Forum - this is by invitation only for utility CEOs to meet under Chatham House Rules and discuss pressing issues.

Future Energy East Africa dates and location:
Strategic conference: 17-18 September 2019
Venue: KICC, Nairobi, Kenya

Senior Communications Manager: Annemarie Roodbol
Telephone: +27 21 700 3558
Postal address: PO Box 321, Steenberg, 7947, South Africa

Future Energy East Africa is organised by Spintelligent, a multi-award-winning Cape Town-based exhibition and conference producer across the continent in the infrastructure, energy and mining sectors. Other well-known events by Spintelligent include African Utility Week, Future Energy Nigeria (formerly WAPIC), Nigeria Mining Week, East & Central Africa Mining Summit and DRC Mining Week. Spintelligent is part of the UK-based Clarion Events Group.

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