Event Description

The Collaborating for Impact event aims to culminate the wPOWER project through an overhaul presentation of our specific activities, successes, lesson learned, challenges and recommendations for future actions.

The event will be held on September 12 – 13, 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya and will bring together donors, policymakers, advocates, implementers, and technology manufacturers.


Day 1


Overcoming Challenges

8:00 – 9:00

Registration & coffee

9:00 – 9:10

Welcome and Open of the 2018 Sustainable Energy for All Forum

Rachel Kyte, Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All

9:10 – 9:25

Introductory Remarks and Keynote

Every country, city and sector is approaching the energy transition with a unique set of issues. The pace and scale of strategies needed to meet Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 and the Paris Agreement must be tailored to local contexts to ensure no one is left behind. Not only that, but achieving SDG7 is essential to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits for all. Open and honest discussion is needed to address remaining challenges and unmet needs.


António Luís Guerra Nunes Mexia, CEO of Energias de Portugal (EDP)


Antonio Manuel de Oliveira Guterres, United Nations Secretary General (video address)

9:30 – 10:00

Tracking SDG7: The Energy Progress Report

The panelists will present the findings from the SDG7 Tracking Report, including an update on progress – and challenges – on energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Riccardo Puliti Senior Director and Head of the Energy and Extractive Industries Global Practice, World Bank Group

Laura Cozzi Head of the Energy Demand Outlook Division, International Energy Agency
Vivien Foster Global Lead for Energy Economics, Markets & Institutions, World Bank Group
Maria Neira Director of the Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organization
Elizabeth Press Director of Planning and Programme Support, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

10:00 – 10:10

The Wake-Up Call

SEforALL insights on SDG7 trends and data from the 2018 Global Tracking Framework as well as the challenges around meeting SDG 7, specifically: energy for all; clean cooking fuels for all; expansion of energy efficiency measures in all end-use sectors; and, deploying renewable energy for heating and cooling applications. What’s needed from this Forum and beyond?

Rachel Kyte Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All

10:10 – 11:10

Knowledge into Action – Policy Matters

Discussion with government leaders on challenges in meeting SDG and climate goals. Leaders will reflect on the opening sessions remarks – do they resonate with them – or not? How do they see trends differently? What policies are they pursuing and what challenges remain? Who is at risk of being left behind and what are the solutions?

Elizabeth Littlefield Senior Counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group / former Chief Executive Officer of OPIC, Albright Stonebridge Group

H.E. João Pedro Matos Fernandes Minister of Environment, Portugal
Hon. Germaine Kamayirese Minister of State for Energy, Water and Sanitation, Rwanda
Masamichi Kono Deputy Secretary-General, OECD
Hon. Dr. Gale T C Rigobert Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development, Saint Lucia
Leonardo Beltran Rodriquez Deputy Secretary for Energy Planning and Transition, Mexico

11:10 – 11:20

Opening of Market Place

Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish Director General, OFID

Day 2


Scaling Solutions

8:00 – 9:00

Registration & coffee

9:00 – 9:10

Welcome and Open of Day 2

Rachel Kyte Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All

9:10 – 9:25

The Wake-Up Call

What are the necessary conditions enabling SDG7 innovations to take off fast and at scale? Is there a set of circumstances that make innovations more successful? How can success be broadened beyond borders to entire regions and continents?

Michael Liebreich Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Liebreich Associates

9:25 – 9:45

Knowledge into Action

A conversation between practitioners on the nexus of the three objectives of SDG7. Practitioners will discuss how data is driving innovative actions on the ground as well as any hurdles preventing them from moving forward – how they are addressing these challenges and what they can learn from each other?

Part 1: SDG Enablers: Mobile, Finance and Energy

Greta Bull Chief Executive Officer, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP)
Thomas Gottschalk Chief Executive Officer, Mobisol

9:45 – 9:55

Disruptive Voices

Innovations that are driving change.

Cathy Zoi Co-founder and President, Odyssey

9:55 – 10:15

Knowledge into Action

Part 2: Utility of the Future

Rana Adib Executive Secretary, REN21

Gilles Vermot Desroches Sustainability Senior Vice President, Schneider Electric
Alfredo Parres Group Senior Vice President, ABB

10:15 – 10:25

Disruptive Voices

Innovations that are driving change

Donald Sadoway Professor of Materials Chemistry in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

10:25 – 10:45

Knowledge into Action

Part 3: Cooling

Jürgen Fischer President, Danfoss Cooling
Nithya Ramanathan Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Nexleaf Analytics

10:45 – 10:55

Disruptive Voices

Innovations that are driving change

Lorien Gamaroff Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Bankymoon

11:00 – 11:15

Shine Announcement

11:15 – 11:45

Coffee & networking

11:45 – 13:00

The Deep Dive: Energy in Humanitarian Settings

Exploring how increasing numbers of refugees and displaced people are changing the way we think about the delivery of modern energy solutions. How do these impact the achievement of SDG7?

Sheila Oparaocha International Coordinator and Programme Manager, Energia

Hon. Simon D’Ujanga Minister of State for Energy, Uganda
Andrew Harper Director, Division of Programme Support and Management, UNHCR
Michael Keating Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Somalia, United Nations
Tara Nathan Executive Vice President, Public Private Partnerships, MasterCard
Andreas Spiess CEO, SolarKiosk

11:45 – 13:00

The Deep Dive: Financing the Transition

What are the different types of financing that are needed to move energy solutions faster and at scale? Are we making progress on these issues?

Mafalda Duarte Manager and Head, Climate Investment Funds

Daniel Klier Group Head of Strategy and Global Head of Sustainable Finance, HSBC

Howard Bamsey Executive Director, Green Climate Fund
Audrey Desiderato Founder & Chief Operating Officer, SunFunder
Sam Parker Director, Shell Foundation
Teresa Ribeiro Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Portugal

11:45 – 13:00

The Deep Dive: Catalyzing Decentralized Renewable Energy Markets

Explore the huge opportunities of burgeoning decentralized energy solutions. What’s needed to turn millions of customers into billions?

Ashvin Dayal Associate Vice President & Managing Director (Smart Power), The Rockefeller Foundation

Harish Hande Managing Director, SELCO India

Isaac Kiva Secretary for Renewable Energy, Ministry of Energy, Kenya
Meike van Ginneken Chief Executive Officer, SNV
Anya Cherneff Founder and Executive Director, Empower Generation
Felice Zaccheo Head of Unit Sustainable Energy and Climate Change at DG Internation Cooperation and Development, European Commission
Jaideep Bansal Energy Access Leader, Global Himalayan Expedition

13:00 – 14:30


13:00 – 14:30

Interactive Lunch- Blended Finance for SDG 7: Mobilizing Commercial Finance to Achieve Universal Energy Access Across Sub-Saharan Africa

The Global Impact Investing Network, Scaling Off-Grid Energy Grand Challenge for Development
Preregistration for this session is required and is limited to the first 120 registrations


Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish

Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish

Director-General OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)

Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish, a Saudi national, has been the Director-General of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) since November 2003. Al-Herbish is a long-time supporter of people-centered development and has been especially vocal on the issue of energy poverty eradication

Shegun Bakari

Shegun Bakari

Advisor to President of Togo Togo

Shegun Bakari is Advisor to HE Mr. Faure Gnassingbé, President of the Togolese Republic, on various issues, including energy. He has held this position since July 2016. He is in charge of the design and implementation of the CIZO presidential program ("Lighting" in the local language) which aims to...

Howard Bamsey

Howard Bamsey

Executive Director Green Climate Fund

Howard Bamsey is the Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund, beginning in January 2017. Ambassador Bamsey has spent most of his career in international diplomacy and public service. He is a widely recognized negotiator in the global response to climate change and co-chaired the United

Date and Venue of the Forum

wPOWER Close-Out Event 12 – 13, September 2018

Hotel Ibis Styles, Westlands

Rhapta Road, Nairobi

Tel: 020 5147500

Website: https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-B065-ibis-styles-nairobi-westlands/index.shtml


Registration and issuance of event badges will be done at the venue

Event Language

The event’s working language for the Plenaries will be in English only.

Financial Arrangements

Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs however few scholarships will be issued.


Participants are advised to process all travel documents that they may require for their travel to Nairobi, Kenya. Although a visa can be processed upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, it is advisable that these documents be processed before travel is commenced to avoid any inconveniences. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the e-visas website. For other types of visa, apply at your nearest Kenyan High Commission or Embassy.


Participants are urged to make timely accommodation reservation. For purposes of commuting conveniences, it is advisable to book hotels closest to the venue of the event.

List of hotels in Westlands, Nairobi

Hotel Ibis Styles
Rhapta Road, Nairobi
Tel: 020 5147500

Azure Hotel
Azure Towers, Lantana Road Westlands
Tel: +254 (0) 709 716000/+254 (0) 709 716001

Villa Rosa Kempinski
Chiromo Rd, Nairobi
Tel:  +254 703 049000

14 Riverside Dr, Nairobi
Tel: 0787 657000


Correspondence and Inquiries

related to the event should be addressed to:

Simon Kiragu
Strategic Partnerships Manager
Email: simon.kiragu@wpowerhub.org
Phone: +254720178675

Davina Ngei,
Project Assistant and Content Strategist
Email: davina.ngei@wpowerhub.org
Phone: +254 722603669

Idah Amakove
Project Intern
Email: idah.amakove@wpowerhub.org
Phone: +254 707315203