ERRA would like to provide a new format to its large member base in Sub-Saharan Africa via a series of webinars on the paramount challenge faced by the continent: electrification.
The first edition of the webinar series will look into the status quo and ways forward for the fundamental development of electricity access in Sub-Saharan regions. Speakers will present current statistics and elaborate on ongoing challenges and needs to foster the process. Updates and case studies will also include specific issues that hamper the efforts to electrify (such as the pandemic impact, economic and financial factors) and best practice examples that facilitate it.
The event will also shed light on existing projects that aim at enhancing regional regulatory cooperation such as the West Africa Regional Regulatory Partnership, which can significantly help to increase grid resilience and accessibility.
The second webinar in Autumn 2022 will look into off-grid installations and small-scale renewables together with a look at the technicalities and the question of their financing.
Peter is an economist who spent the first 25 years of his career based in Zimbabwe, working on development issues in East and Southern Africa. Since 2007, he has been ECA’s Director for the Africa region, building up the energy and water practice in Africa, as well as working in other parts of the world. His work has spanned policy and strategy, sectoral reform and institutional analysis, regulation, tariff studies and service delivery. His recent projects in West Africa are the Gambia Power Sector Roadmap, a solar energy access project in Nigeria and on-going assistance to the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) to develop the agency’s Strategic Plan for 2022-2026.
Peter has an academic background in electrical engineering and economics and a PhD in engineering-economic systems. He has a strong interest in the relationship of infrastructure to overall economic development, with regional strategies set to play a particularly important role in sub-Saharan Africa. In recent years, Peter has increasingly focussed on ways in which low income households can access and use modern infrastructural services on an affordable and sustainable basis.
Gianluca is an Italian electrical engineer with a Master in Clean Energy Technologies.
He has more than 10 years of experience in energy data and modelling as well as in access to modern and clean energies within the IEA. Gianluca also spent 3 years in a consulting firm supporting private and public actors with their climate and energy strategies.
Yusuf was the Special Assistant to the President on Power Regulation in the office of the Vice President. In this capacity, Yusuf advised senior members of the Nigerian Federal government on far-reaching power sector reforms. Before taking this role, Yusuf worked in the Tony Blair Institute's Middle East practice. He undertook policy consulting work - helping leaders in the region analyse their options on a broad array of issues.
Before joining the institute, Yusuf worked as a management consultant at the Nigerian office of McKinsey & Co. from 2017 to 2019. He completed his PhD in Energy Policy, focusing on the Nigerian power sector, from the University of Cambridge. He has an M.Phil. in Nuclear Energy from the University of Cambridge and a BEng in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Manchester.
Following his nomination by President Muhammad Buhari, his appointment as a Commissioner was ratified by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in February 2022.
Dr. Geoffrey Aori Mabea is the Executive Secretary of the Energy Regulators Association of East Africa (EREA), tasked with spearheading the robust Energy Union for East African countries. He is an energy expert with vast experience in energy and infrastructure. Dr. Mabea has served in various senior leadership positions in national and international organisations, where he has amassed a wealth of experience in managing multibillion-dollar projects and policy formulation in Africa.
He is certified with SAP Project Systems and has managed the most extensive geothermal energy development programmes in Kenya, leading Northern Corridor countries regional energy Integration projects (NCIP) and various assignments in South Africa and Indonesia. He has vast experience in infrastructure projects origination and portfolio management of power sector energy projects. He has served in multiple national and regional policy formulation committees in East Africa.
Dr Mabea is a Kenyan national with multidisciplinary education: Geomatics Engineering, and MBA, both from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology; MSc. Energy Economics and Policy, University of Surrey; and Ph.D. Energy Economics, University of Dundee.
Dr. Mabea is a Chevening Scholar and has intensively researched the economic benefits of integrating energy markets in Eastern Africa. He is passionate about energy markets, sustainable capacity building and infrastructure in Africa and has been at the frontline forging for the establishment of robust energy markets in Africa.
Dr. Mohamedain Seif Elnasr is an Energy Economist with over 25 years of experience in the Energy Sector. Prior to his present appointment, Dr. Seif Elnasr has held senior appointments both in the government and NGO sectors. He started off as an Energy Economist at the National Energy Administration, Ministry of Energy and Mining, Khartoum, Sudan; Then he became the Deputy Director and Programme Manager at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES), which is a German Nonprofit Foundation in Khartoum, Sudan. His last appointment was as an Energy Economist at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Secretariat, a position he held for 12 years.
Dr. Mohamedain Seif Elnasr has a Ph.D. in Economics, focus on Macroeconomics; M.Sc. in Economics, focus on Energy Economics; and B.Sc. in Economics. He has also undertaken an Advance Professional Training in the Field of Energy Economics.