2015 Ashden International Conference
The Business of Energy: Enterprising solutions to the energy access challenge
Tuesday, 9 June 2015
Come along. Be inspired. #Ashden15
Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG
Morning chair: Dr Anne Wheldon, Ashden Assessor and Judge
Afternoon chair: Jenni Murray, BBC Woman’s Hour
Registration: 10.00 - 10.30
Across the developing world, enterprising businesses are innovating with technology, marketing and business models to bring clean, safe energy to millions. But how realistic is it to expect the private sector to solve the poor’s energy needs? What role do social enterprises play? And where do governments’ responsibilities lie?
Don’t miss your opportunity for an update on the cutting edge of sustainable energy.
The morning session of the conference will showcase Ashden finalists and reveal their secrets of success, while afternoon panel debates will look at how far business can go in meeting the energy needs of the poor.
Morning: Showcasing Ashden Awards finalists
Hear from some of the leading experts in the field and some of Ashden’s 2015 finalists discussing how the communities they are working with are benefiting from clean energy:
Afternoon: Panel discussions
Panel one: How far can business go to meet the energy needs of the poor?
Niki Armacost, Managing Director, Arc Finance
Dominic Brain, Head of Programme Funding, Christian Aid
Alejandro Brenes, CEO, Enertiva
Masood Ul Mulk, CEO, Sarhad Rural Support Programme
Sam Duby, CTO, SteamaCo
Businesses are expected to play a key role in helping meet the forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals. So what are the different technologies and business models needed in addressing the energy access challenge? How can businesses overcome the barriers to getting clean energy to the poorest, most remote areas? How can we ensure women are beneficiaries? How easy is it for a socially driven business to scale up, while remaining commercially viable? Can we expect energy enterprises to mirror the role of governments and provide universal energy access, which is a basic human right and key to human development?
Panel two: The bigger picture: energy enterprises and the role of government
Kandeh Yumkella, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, will be introducing the second panel discussion.
Boston Nyer, Chief Product Officer, BURN Manufacturing
Ernesto Infante Barbosa, Deputy Director - Business Promotion and Market Development, Sociedad Hipotecaria Federal, EcoCasa
Camilla Toulmin, Director, International Institute for Environment and Development
Christine Eibs Singer, Senior Advisor, Sustainable Energy for All
Looking beyond, what policies and forms of finance are needed to help businesses increase their ability to meet the energy needs of the poor? Where are the gaps and what role can governments, multilateral agencies and non-profits play in increasing energy access? How could the forthcoming Paris COP 21 climate negotiations help bolster governments’ commitments to energy access as well as climate change?
10.00 - 10.30 Registration and exhibition
10.30 - 12.30 International finalist presentations and Q&As
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch: exhibition open
13.30 - 14.30 Panel discussion
14.30 - 15.00 Break: exhibition open and refreshments available
15.00 - 16.00 Panel discussion
16.00 - 16.30 Exhibition open
More details of speakers to follow soon.
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Who Should Attend?
The conference will be of interest to a wide range of people and organisations, including NGOs, politicians, businesses, policy makers, academics and students, international development organisations, local government officers, investors and financiers, charitable trusts and foundations.
What last year's delegates thought
"I really loved the conference and found it incredibly inspiring. I thought the format worked very well and meant that my interest was engaged throughout the whole day, which is no mean feat! Making sure the presentations are well-prepared and short, leaving enough time for questions, is very good."
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