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Africa's Energy Revolution: Perspectives on Cleantech Entrepreneurship

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Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

31 Caroline Street North

Waterloo, ON N2L 2Y5

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An energy revolution is taking place in Africa. Powered by the increasing affordability of clean energy technology as well as the application of new business models, a range of innovative enterprises now deploy off-grid energy systems in places that the grid has failed to reach. They utilize IoT technologies for remote monitoring and control of systems, employ advanced data analytics to identify and track frontier markets, and provide access to finance through cutting edge fintech innovations. Despite the promise, a slew of operational, technological, financial, and other challenges remain. Global entrepreneurs tackling these challenges provide a shining global example of 'tech for good'. Their trailblazing efforts are transforming how energy is produced, distributed and used in the Global South, paving the way for communities and individuals that have been left behind for decades to prosper with access to clean energy.

Lightning talks by

  • Oscar Ankunda, Energy Specialist and Uganda Country Lead, USAID
  • Peter Nyeko, Director, Mandulis Energy
  • Sebastian Manchester, Chief Technology Officer, Jaza Energy

Panel discussion with

  • Jatin Nathwani, Moderator, Executive Director, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy, University of Waterloo
  • Grace Mbungu, Junior Fellow, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies
  • Aaron Leopold, Chief Executive Officer, African Minigrids Developers Association
  • Ify Malo, Nigeria Country Director, Power for All & CEO, Cleantech Hub Abuja

The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A.

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