WATCH ON-DEMAND: Opening Keynote Address: Africa's transitioning energy sector

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa Agenda
Digital Dialogue
InvestmentOff-GridUtilitiesIndependent Power Producerson-demandMini-GridMunicipalitiesTechnologyPublic SectorTransmission and Distribution


Join us for our Opening Keynote Address featuring an exciting announcement, followed by an interview with Eskom CEO Andre De Ruyter and a panel discussion on how Africa is transitioning and the associated business opportunities that will rise from this transition.

Organiser’s welcome

David Ashdown,  Managing Director, Clarion Events Africa, South Africa

Chanelle Hingston, Group Director: Power & Energy Africa , Clarion Energy, South Africa

Host utility interview

Andre de Ruyter, Group Chief Executive, Eskom, South Africa

Panel: Back to business: Where are the opportunities?

A running theme across 2020 discussions is the unlocking of opportunities in the African power and energy sector. We look at how Africa is transitioning and the associated business opportunities. The conversation will acknowledge Andre de Ruyter’s interview and address:  

  • How is the rise in off-grid and/or mini-grid solutions changing Africa’s energy access? How has Africa’s energy access been impacted by COVID-19?  
  • Private sector participation models in the electricity transmission sector: how are these evolving and what does the next generation model look like?  
  • What is the future for independent power producers and generation as a whole?


Fifi Peters, Financial Journalist, South Africa


  • Lisa Pinsley, Head of Africa, Energy Infrastructure, Actis, South Africa  
  • Eng Abel Didier Tella, Director General, Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA), Cote d’Ivoire  
  • Dr Clinton Carter Brown, Energy Centre Head, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa  
  • Simon Hodson, CEO, GridWorks Partners, UK