Speakers

Monica Araya  
Founder and Director

Nivela and Costa Rica Limpia

Monica Araya, who has worked on sustainability issues in Latin America for over 20 years, is the Founder and Director of Nivela, a thought-leadership group and of Costa Rica Limpia, a citizen-strategy group devoted to renewables and electric mobility. She is also a Senior Policy Adviser at E3G in...

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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...

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Greta Bull  
Chief Executive Officer

CGAP

Greta Bull is Chief Executive Officer of CGAP and a Director at the World Bank Group. Ms. Bull has more than 15 years’ experience in development finance. In her most recent role as a Manager at the IFC’s Financial Institutions Group, she oversaw a large digital financial services advisory program...

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Bessem Enonchong  
Country Director-Cameroon

Global LPG Partnership(GLPGP)

Bessem Enonchong has a decade of business development experience in the liquid petroleum gas (LPG) industry in Cameroon. As a Sales and Marketing Manager with Kosan Crisplant, she successfully directed the launch of GLOCALGAZ, a subsidiary focused on safe residential LPG cylinder distribution in...

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Fiza Farhan  
Global Strategic Development Advisor

UN High Level Panel on Women Economic Empowerment and Punjab Task Force on Women Empowerment

Fiza Farhan is an expert on national and global issues regarding gender equality, renewable energy, access to rural water projects, climate change, inclusive impact investment and sustainable social development. She specializes is developing innovative partnerships that integrate multiple...

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Jürgen Fischer  
President

Danfoss Cooling

Jürgen Fisher has been President of Danfoss Cooling since 2015. He first joined Danfoss in 2008 as Vice President Industrial Automation, and in 2010 he became Senior Vice President for Automatic Controls. In 2013, he was appointed President of the Refrigeration and A/C Division. He has broad...

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Thomas Gottschalk  
Chief Executive Officer

Mobisol

Thomas Gottschalk is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mobisol, a company that combines solar energy with innovative mobile technology and microcredit to provide high-quality solar home systems and smart software solutions for emerging economies in Africa. He is a visionary entrepreneur with a...

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Andrew Herscowitz  
Coordinator for Power Africa

U.S. Agency for International Development

Andrew M. Herscowitz has been Power Africa Coordinator since 2013. Prior to his appointment, he served as USAID's Mission Director in Ecuador from 2011 to 2013, and as Deputy Mission Director in Peru from 2009 to 2011. He is also a Minister Counselor in the U.S.Foreign Service. In 2008, Herscowitz...

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Amadou Hott  
Vice President

African Development Bank

Amadou Hott is Vice President of the African Development Bank’s Power, Energy, Green Growth and Climate Change Complex, a position he has held since November 2016. He has 20 years of experience in areas such as structured finance, sovereign wealth funds management, investment banking,...

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Michael Keating  
Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Somalia

United Nations

Michael Keating is the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). He has held the position since January 2016. He was previously Associate Director at Chatham House, leading projects on Afghanistan,...

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

Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL)

Rachel Kyte is Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All. A leading advocate for sustainable development, Ms. Kyte is focused on affordable, reliable and sustainable energy as the key to...

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Elizabeth Littlefield  
Senior Counselor

Albright Stonebridge Group

Elizabeth Littlefield is former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s Development Finance Institution. She was appointed by President Obama in 2009. OPIC manages a $24 billion portfolio of financing for private investment...

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Nthabiseng Mosia  
Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer

Azimuth | Easy Solar

Nthabiseng Mosia is Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer of Azimuth – trading locally in Sierra Leone as Easy Solar – an innovative distribution company making clean energy affordable to those under-served by electric grids. Easy Solar offers solar-powered devices on a rent-to-own financing...

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James Irungu Mwangi  
Executive Director

Dalberg Group

James Irungu Mwangi is Executive Director of the Dalberg Group, a collection of impact-driven businesses that seek to champion inclusive and sustainable growth around the world. He is also a Partner with Dalberg Global Development Advisors. Mwangi founded and built up Dalberg’s presence in Africa,...

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Damilola Ogunbiyi  
Managing Director

Nigerian Rural Electrification Agency

Damilola Ogunbiyi is Managing Director of the Nigerian Rural Electrification Agency and is responsible for implementing the Nigerian Off Grid Electrification Programme and Nigerian Electrification Project, which is a $350 million World Bank effort to rapidly increase deployment of solar mini-grids...

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Sam Parker  
Director

Shell Foundation

Sam Parker is Director of the Shell Foundation, an independent UK-registered charity trying to create and scale new solutions to global development challenges. He was named to the position in 2015 after many years working in industry and the non-profit space in Latin America , Asia and elsewhere...

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Rebecca Pearl-Martinez  
CIERP Research Fellow and Head of the Renewable Equity Project

Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University

Rebecca Pearl-Martinez is a researcher and policy strategist providing technical support on energy, climate change and gender to UN agencies, donors, international organizations and governments. She is currently leading research on socio-economic trends for Sustainable Energy for All and...

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Toby Peters  
Professor in Cold Economy

Birmingham University

Toby Peters is Professor in Cold Economy at the University of Birmingham, Senior Research Fellow in Transformational Innovation for Sustainability at Heriot-Watt University and Chair of the Academic Group of CoolingEU. His award-winning work is focused on new system-level approaches to deliver...

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Nithya Ramanathan  
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

Nexleaf Analytics

Nithya Ramanathan is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Nexleaf Analytics, a nonprofit group dedicated to preserving human and planetary health by creating sensor technologies, intelligent data analytics and data-driven solutions for global challenges. Nexleaf’s sensor technologies are used...

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Eric Reynolds  
Chief Executive Officer

Inyenyeri

Eric Reynolds is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Inyenyeri, a clean cookstove company delivering clean biomass cookstoves to Rwanda's poorest households through a for-profit model. The Inyenyeri stove and pellet fuel system is creating a world beyond charcoal, where every household can save...

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Donald Sadoway  
Professor of Materials Chemistry in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Donald Sadoway is the John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science, M.A.Sc. in Chemical Metallurgy and Ph.D. in Chemical Metallurgy are all from the...

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