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Africa’s Energy and Climate Future

Exploring pathways for an Africa-centric vision

WHEN: October 23 – 24, 2024
WHERE: Radisson Blu Hotel, Nairobi Upper Hill, Kenya

About the event

Africa’s energy and climate challenges are often mischaracterized or ignored on the global stage. Conventional climate action typically involves an imposition of Western ideals, leading to policy prescriptions that do not consider context-specific opportunities and challenges.

The proposed Africa Energy and Climate Convening will aim to change that, providing a future alternative convening space for Africans interested in the energy transition, development, and climate policy to share ideas and co-create innovative solutions — in pursuit of an African energy and climate vision that better conforms to the realities within which they live. 

Participants joining us in Nairobi will engage with other African thought leaders to build out the vision for this alternative convening space and devise a roadmap for its effective delivery. 

Dress code: Business casual

To learn more, contact Lily Odarno:

Lily Odarno

Director of Energy and Climate Innovation, Clean Air Task Force
Email: [email protected]

Meet the participants

Michael Adu Okyere

Energy Economist, Clean Air Task Force

Michael Adu Okyere serves as an Energy Economist within the Energy and Climate Innovation, Africa program at CATF, where he specializes in conducting policy-oriented research that delves into the intersections of economics, energy, and climate change in Africa. With nearly a decade of research experience, Michael’s work spans a diverse range of subjects, including energy, fisheries, and digital technology. His research covers various aspects of the energy transition, encompassing topics such as household behavior, climate vulnerability, energy subsidies, and the symbiotic relationships between energy and digital technologies within the African context. Michael holds a PhD in Technology Economics and Management from the China Institute for Studies in Energy Policy at Xiamen University, as well as a Master of Philosophy in Economics from the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in Ghana. He has an extensive publication record on energy transition issues, with his research featured in esteemed peer-reviewed academic journals like Energy Economics, Environmental and Resource Economics, and Energy Research and Social Science, among others.

Akinyemi Akinyugha

Project Coordinator, Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project

Akinyemi Akinyugha is the Project Coordinator of the World Bank-funded Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) and Adviser to the Governor of Ekiti State on environment and climate change, providing advisory on environmental protection, natural resources management, climate adaptation and mitigation strategy development, circular economy, and more. In this position, he coordinated and successfully executed an over $22 million project comprising forest regeneration, flood/erosion control and social livelihoods intervention in the state. The project won a national award from the World Bank for being the Overall Best State Project (Tier IV) for NEWMAP in Nigeria. He is also responsible for developing a 5,500 ha forest carbon project, which is targeted at generating over 140,000 carbon credits over the project lifetime.

Harriette Amissah-Arthur

Executive Partner and Co-Founder, Arthur Energy Advisors

Harriette Amissah-Arthur is an Executive Partner and Co-Founder of Arthur Energy Advisors, providing professional technical expertise and support to project owners, developers, and investors in energy sectors across Africa. Prior to her role with Arthur Energy Advisors, Amissah-Arthur was appointed the Director of the Kumasi Institute Technology, Energy and Environment, a Ghanaian energy and environment nonprofit organization, leading the United Nations funded African Renewable Energy Development program. She also previously worked with the Volta River Authority, a power generation and distribution utility. She holds an master’s of business administration finance degree from the University of Ghana, Legon and a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. She is a fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Marge Anderson

Senior Director, Events and Engagement, Clean Air Task Force

Marge leads CATF’s meeting and events function, harnessing the full power of human connection to accelerate and scale CATF’s climate solutions. Our guiding principals are to put people first, design event experiences intentionally, innovate, and prioritize empathy, optimism, and joy. Marge’s career experience spans grassroots organizing, nonprofit leadership and governance, program development, and technical education. She founded and built Slipstream’s education team that trains 10,000 building professionals annually. Her leadership in the global meeting and events industry includes chairing the Meeting Architecture Board and chairing the inaugural Corporate Social Responsibility Task Force when she served on the board of Meeting Professionals International. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College.

Murefu Barasa

Managing Partner, EED

Murefu Barasa is the Managing Partner at EED Advisory, a multidisciplinary Pan-African consulting firm that offers technical, analytical, and advisory services in energy, water, and climate change. An experienced renewable energy and energy access consultant, Barasa has led engagements for several high-level clients, including the World Bank Group, UN agencies, the Government of Kenya, the U.K. Department of International Development, the Government of Rwanda, and the Government of Tanzania. He is also a fellow at the Energy for Growth Hub and manages the Real-time Electricity Supply and Quality Tracker (RES-Q) initiative, monitoring the quality of electricity supply across national capitals in Africa. He holds a master’s degree from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Kenyatta University.

Moussa Blimpo

Assistant Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto

Moussa Blimpo is an Assistant Professor of economic inequality and societies at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. His research addresses a wide array of issues impacting Africa, including education and labor economics, infrastructure, and taxation in developing economies. He currently serves an advisor for the Energy Growth Hub and is a member of the Intellectual Leadership Team of the Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE) Program, which seeks to understand how education systems in developing countries can raise learning outcomes. Prior to his role at the University of Toronto, he served as a Senior Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist for the Africa Region at the World Bank where he led research programs on electricity access and digital development in Africa, publishing several papers and reports on the issue. He also founded and led the Center for Research and Opinion Polls (CROP). He holds a doctoral degree in economics, a master’s degree in political science from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Pau and the Adour Region. He is a senior fellow at Clean Air Task Force’s (CATF) program on Energy, Development, and Climate in Africa.

Sellah Bogonko

Founder, Jacobs Ladder Africa

Sellah Bogonko is the Co-Founder and CEO of Jacob’s Ladder Africa. She has a passion for sustainable development in the private and public sectors, aiming to find sustainable models of addressing the youth unemployment challenge in Africa. Prior to founding Jacob’s Ladder Africa, she was the Chief of Staff for Kirinyaga County, Group Operations Coordinator at Linksoft Group, Chief Operating Officer of AG Group International, and Strategy Operations Manager at Mellech Group. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business and sociology from Kenyatta University and a master’s degree in public governance from International Leadership University.

Stephen Brick

Senior Advisor, Clean Air Task Force

Stephen Brick is a Senior Advisor with Clean Air Task Force. He has worked for more than 30 years at the intersection of energy and environmental policy, and his expertise includes utility regulatory policy, energy economics, energy technology assessment, and air pollution control policy and economics. From 2005 to 2009, Brick was manager of the environment program for the Joyce Foundation in Chicago. He directed a $6 million per year grant portfolio focused on energy and water issues in the Great Lakes region. Prior to his work at the Joyce Foundation, Brick worked as associate director of research for the Energy Center of Wisconsin, where he was responsible for a wide range of studies on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and on the environmental impacts of energy systems. His previous positions include director of environmental affairs for PGE National Energy Group, science and policy director for the Clean Air Task Force, and cofounder and vice president of the energy consulting firm MSB Energy Associates. Brick received his BA and MS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied at the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.

Habiba Ahut Daggash

Senior Associate, RMI, Africa

Habiba Ahut Daggash is a senior associate with the Africa Energy Program, supporting the Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI) efficient demand simulation efforts in Nigeria by encouraging the productive use of energy in agriculture to enable rural economic development. She currently sits on the Vision Council of the 2023 TED Future Forum. Prior to joining RMI, Daggash was a senior associate with the Boston Consulting Group’s Lagos office, working on a range of projects in the energy and public sectors. She also advised the U.K. Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy on its carbon dioxide removal program. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering science from the University of Oxford, and a doctorate in energy systems and climate change research from Imperial College London.

Prudence Dato

Senior Energy Economist, Clean Air Task Force

Prudence is a Senior Energy Economist with CATF’s Africa Energy and Climate Innovation Program. He leads policy-focused economic analysis on topics related to energy transitions, energy systems/markets, and development in Africa. Prudence is a research economist with more than twelve years of policy-oriented research experience in the areas of energy, climate change, transport, and digital. He has worked on different aspects of the energy transition, including macroeconomics, household behavior, firm strategies, electricity market design, policy instruments, the economics of smart grid technologies, the financial viability of power utility, energy subsidies reform, and complementarity of energy with transport and digital sectors. Prudence holds a P.h.D in economics from Savoie Mont Blanc University in France and a Master’s degree in environmental and resource economics from Toulouse School of Economics (TSE), France. He has a good publications record in top-field peer-reviewed academic journals, including The Energy JournalEnergy Economics, and Environmental and Resource Economics. Prudence also has teaching experience and has taught economics and climate change related courses for undergraduates and graduates at universities in Switzerland, France, Benin, and Cameroon.

Zaha Indimuli

Founder, Amali Community

Zaha Indimuli is the Co-Founder and Director of Amali Community, working to empower and uplift young people through collaborative initiatives to ignite change for a sustainable future. Within the Amali Community, Indimuli works to secure a healthy and productive society driven by the power and potential of youth through leadership, innovation, and technology. She holds a degree from Mount Kenya University.

Brian Kinuthia

Senior Manager, EED

Brian Kinuthia is a Senior Manager at EED Advisory, and he is currently involved in a market and technical study on Cold Chain Infrastructure in Africa for InfraCo Africa Limited. He has successfully managed nationwide surveys, like the World Bank multi-tier framework household energy surveys in Keyna and Burundi, and the Kenya enterprise energy survey. He also provided technical support and directing over the World Bank-supported Electricity Supply Monitoring Initiative-Kenya (ESMI-Kenya), which aims to provide real-time data on supply interruptions and voltage levels at consumer locations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

Martin Kitetu

Senior Manager, EED

Martin Kitetu is a Senior Manager at EED Advisory and is the current project manager at KAIOTE LTD, a subsidiary of EED Advisory involved in developing innovative solutions for challenges in energy and water management and climate change, using Internet-of-things (IoT) technologies. He is an energy expert with experience providing insights into energy demand assessments, energy audits, organizational carbon foot printing, and feasibility studies. He is currently the project manager for CATF’s pilot project to assess opportunities and challenges of two-wheeler electric mobility in Kenya, and previously managed CATF’s study on exploring options for electricity demand stimulation in Kenya. Prior to his role at EED Advisory, Kitetu worked at Spin Knit Ltd as a mechatronic engineer, maintaining the plants machinery and planning and implementing energy conservation measures. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechatronic engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, and he is a certified energy auditor from the Association of Energy Engineers.

Grace Mbungu

Senior Fellow & Head, Climate Change Program, Africa Policy Research Institute

Grace Mbungu is a Senior Fellow and Head of Climate Change Program at the Africa Policy Research Institute (APRI), supporting African policymakers with timely and evidence-based policy options to enable the creation of long-term, sustainable and inclusive livelihood opportunities. Prior to joining APRI, Dr. Mbungu was a research associate at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, where she worked on topics such as the politics and governance of the global energy transition, social performance, and opportunities of renewable energy development with a focus on the Global South. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in political science and gender studies as well as a master’s in public administration, with a focus on human rights and international development. She also holds a doctorate from the University of Stuttgart, Germany.

Tedd Moya Mose

Oxford Martin Fellow, Oxford University

Tedd Moya Mose is a legal professional and an Oxford Martin Fellow at the Oxford University Martin Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy, focused on mitigating climate change through the transition to low carbon energy systems. His inter-disciplinary research interests focus on international energy law and policy, transitioning to sustainable energy systems, energy justice, sustainable development and governance, globalization, and the role of technology in shaping a sustainable future. He is also a board member and strategist in education, conservation, philanthropy, and technology ventures in sub-Saharan Africa, the U.K. and the Middle East. He holds a doctorate from Queen Mary University of London.

Brian Mukhaya

Research Associate, Energy and Climate Innovation, Africa, Clean Air Task Force

Brian Mukhaya is a Research Associate with CATF’s Africa Energy and Climate Innovation Program. He supports program development, research, and stakeholder engagement. Brian joins CATF from the Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust where he helped develop program strategies and supported the management and oversight of the Trust’s Environment grant portfolio. Prior to that, he worked as a Senior Auditor with Deloitte LLP.  Brian holds a BBA in Accounting and International Development Studies from the University of Notre Dame.

Lily Odarno

Director, Energy and Climate Innovation, Africa, Clean Air Task Force

Lily Odarno is the Director of CATF’s Energy and Climate Innovation Program, Africa. She leads CATF’s effort to address the dual need of expanding affordable energy in developing economies and building a global decarbonized energy system. Her work focuses on development-centric energy transition pathways, utility markets, and technology innovation for low-carbon energy development in Africa. Lily holds a BSc in Biological Sciences from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, an MSc (Eng.) in Environmental Management from the Aalborg University in Denmark, and a PhD in Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware.

Geoffrey Sabiiti

Climate Change Adaptation Officer, IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre

Dr. Geoffrey Sabiiti is an experienced Climate Change Adaption Officer with the IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre, supporting countries in Eastern Africa to build resilience and adapt to climate related impacts. His work primarily focuses on climate change impacts analysis, climate change resource mobilization, and awareness creation on climate impacts and adaptation options across sectors and fragile landscapes. He holds a doctorate in meteorology from the University of Nairobi, Kenya and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Makerere University, Uganda.

Troy Shaheen

Communications Director, Clean Air Task Force

Troy leads CATF’s communications team, overseeing communications strategy, planning, and execution at the organizational level, as well as across its global programs and regional advocacy areas. He specializes in articulating the unique value and vision of innovative organizations — with a focus on those at the intersection of climate change, policy, financial markets, and technology. Troy began his career in journalism — first as a freelance reporter in New England and New York, and then as a communications director for the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, an investigative newsroom based at WGBH and Boston University. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College.

Kyle Smith

Certified Digital Event Strategist, Conference Consultancy South Africa

Kyle Smith, DES has a passion for people, nature, information, and technology. Kyle has been working in the business meetings and events industry for 19 consecutive years. He has worked and contributed on numerous meetings, events and conferences across the globe. Kyle became the first Digital Event Strategist in Africa and was awarded the PCMA 20 in their twenties class of 2018.

Olufunso Somorin

Regional Principal Officer, African Development Bank

Olufunso Somorin is a Regional Principal Officer at the African Development Bank. He leads work on climate change and green growth in 13 countries of the Bank’s East African region. Somorin supports countries’ access to climate finance for implementing their climate actions, and mainstreams climate change in all Bank policies and programs. He holds a doctorate in international environmental policy from Wageningen University and two master’s degrees from Finland and Netherlands on agriculture and forest policy. He is also an Eisenhower Fellow.

Boriana Strzok

Founder and CEO, 5IVE

Boriana is Founder and CEO of 5IVE ­– a social impact agency. She brings over 15 years of expertise in communication strategy, systems thinking, human-centered design, and audience activation. Throughout her career, she has worked with global thought leaders on strategic initiatives and has led award-winning campaigns and projects that tackle some of the most complex issues facing humanity such as climate change, women’s rights, health equity, and racial and social justice.

Pieter Swart

Founder and Managing Director, Conference Consultancy South Africa

Pieter serves as Business Events Strategist and Conference Consultancy South Africa (PTY) Ltd (ConfSA) Founder and Managing Director since 1998; leading a high-performance team of internationally certified and recognized event professionals from best-practice to next-practice in a time of digitization. Pieter was in the first group of South Africans to obtain the global designation of Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) from the Convention Industry Council in 2006 and in 2010 became the first, and since then, the only person in Southern Africa to obtain the Certification in Meeting Management (CMM). He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Innovation and Design Thinking from the Emeritus Institute of Management in association with MIT Sloan School of Management, Tuck School of Business and the Columbia Business School. 

Zainab Usman

Director, Africa Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Zainab Usman is a Director and Senior Fellow of the Africa Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washinton, D.C., with expertise in economic policy, energy policy, institutions, and emerging economies in Africa. Prior to her role at Carnegie, Usman worked on social sustainability, policy reforms, natural resources management, and disruptive technologies at the World Bank as a Public Sector Specialist. She holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford, a master’s degree from the University of Birmingham, and a bachelor’s degree from Ahmadu Bello University. She currently sits on the board of Premium Times in Nigeria.

Charles Wanguhu

Founder, Enzi Ijayo

Charles Wanguhu is the founder of Enzi Ijayo, a Pan African think and do tank that convenes academia, private sector, civil society, and governments to analyze and formulate energy transition policies and solutions that are inclusive, equitable, accountable, and contributes to the socio-economic development in Africa. He has broad experience in natural resources and energy governance, and currently sists on the boards of the Natural Resource Governance Institute and the Africa Centre for Open Governance. He has studied and holds degrees from the University of Eastern Africa Baraton, the University of Bedfordshire, the University of Westminster, and Columbia University. He completed a fellowship in democracy, development, and rule of law at Stanford University.

Hervey Adelson

Executive Administrator, Clean Air Task Force

Hervey Adelson joined CATF in September 2022 as Executive Administrator with over eight years of experience. Prior to joining CATF Hervey supported many major senior leadership staff in his previous role at a financial software company. Hervey has worn many hats in his career inclusive of event planner, IT assistant, and administrative professional. Hervey is well known for his resourcefulness, strong organizational skills, and calm demeanor. Hervey has a unique ability to manage complex projects and challenges seamlessly. The ability to help others and be part of a good team are what keeps him going through each day.

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