|H. E. Hailemariam Desalegn|
Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic
Republic of Ethiopia
|Aisha Al Abdooli|
Aisha Al Abdooli, Director, Green Development Department, UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment
Aisha has 15 years of experience in different fields including: green development, sustainable development and green economy. In addition to her expertise in developing policies, strategies and regulatory framework in air quality, climate change adaptation, waste and chemicals management. Aisha had worked in managing projects in sewerage infrastructure, sewage treatment plants and waste management projects. Currently she is the Director of Green Development Department at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. In this role, she is responsible for developing national green development policies and strategies and regulatory framework for transformation to green economy. Also, she is developing the necessary policies for the private sector contribution in green development and monitoring the transformation of country toward green economy.
During the session of the #GGGWeek 2017, Aisha will deliver the welcome speech on behalf of the Government of UAE and will also participate as a discussant in the roundtable discussion sharing the UAE government’s leadership in mainstreaming green growth in development policies.
Mahua Acharya, Assistant Director-General, Head of GGGI’s Investment and Policy Solutions Division, Global Green Growth Institute
Mahua Acharya is Assistant Director-General and Head of GGGI’s Investment and Policy Solutions Division. In this capacity, Ms. Acharya drives GGGI’s Green Investment Advisory Services to support GGGI member countries develop and seek financing for green investment projects, conceptualize knowledge products that build a strong theoretical and empirical base for green growth, build capacity for green growth implementation, and facilitate South-South cooperation.
|Gebrehiwot Ageba Kebedew
Gebrehiwot Ageba Kebedew, Director of Programmes, Ethiopian Development Research Institute
Senior Economics Advisor, UNDP Malawi CO; Dean and Associate Professor (Faculty of Business and Economics, AAU); Member of the Senate and the Council of Graduate Studies (AAU); Visiting Professor/Lecturer (PhD and MSc programs of the AERC); Associate Professor (Department of Economics, AAU); Senior Research Fellow (Ethiopian Development Research Institute); Board member and Chairman of Loan Review Committee (Commercial Bank of Ethiopia); Member of the Board of Trustees of the Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre, AAU; Member of the Technical Committee on Ethiopia’s Accession to the WTO; Chief Expert (Office of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia); Executive Committee member (Ethiopian Economic Association).
He has DPhil in economics (Oxford University); MPhil in Monetary Economics (University of Glasgow); BA (Economics, Addis Ababa University).
|William Kojo Agyemang-Bonsu|
William Kojo Agyemang-Bonsu, Manager, Mitigation and Transparency Support Sub-programme of the Mitigation, Data and Analysis Programme of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat
Mr. William Kojo Agyemang-Bonsu is a Chemical Engineer by profession and is currently the Manager, Mitigation and Transparency Support Sub-programme of the Mitigation, Data and Analysis Programme of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat. Since July 2010, William manages a team of technical experts within the Secretariat that provides technical assistance to developing countries in the areas of preparation and implementation of mitigation actions (i.e. nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMA) and nationally determined contributions (NDCs), as well as supporting developing countries in the work on transparency (i.e. measurement, reporting and verification of mitigation actions and their effects, including greenhouse gas emission estimates and reduction, preparation of national communications and biennial update reports). He also manages within the Climate Change Secretariat the team responsible for providing support to Parties, in particular developing country Parties, in addressing the impacts of implementation of mitigation actions (response measures), including economic diversification initiatives and just transition of the work force and the creation of decent and quality jobs.
Before joining the UN in 2010, William was the National Climate Change Focal Point and the Lead Negotiator for climate change for Ghana. He was the lead climate change negotiator for the African Group and for the G77 and China on technology development and transfer for over 10 years. He was also the IPCC Focal Point for Ghana, and he contributed to the work of the IPCC as Coordinating Lead Author for the Industrial Processes and Product Use, Volume 3, of the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories. William has had tremendous experience in the implementation of climate change mitigation and adaptation actions in Ghana and has been one of the pioneers of climate change work in his country.
Wisdom Ahiataku-Togobo, Director, Renewable and Alternative Energy, Ministry of Power, Republic of Ghana
Mr. Wisdom Ahiataku-Togobo has a BSc degree in Physic and Mathematics from the University of Ghana, Legon and an MSc degree in Renewable Energy from the University of Oldenburg, Germany; He also has a post graduate Diploma in Economics from Queens University, Kingston Canada.
He has over 20 years experience in renewable energy for developing countries and solar PV electrification in particular. He is currently the Director of Renewable Energy at the Ministry of Energy, Ghana and was very instrumental in the development and passage of Ghana's Renewable Energy Act (Act 832). Mr. Togobo is a visiting lecturer and has a number of publications, articles and reports on renewable energy and sustainable development to his credit.
|Hashim A. Ahmed
Hashim A. Ahmed, Executive Director, Economic Policy Analysis Unit, Ethiopian Development Research Institute
Mr. Ahmed leads EPAU in providing the Prime Minister and Senior Economic Policy Makers with, comprehensive and timely policy analysis towards the achievement of national development goals and transformation plans. Under the direction of the Government, Mr. Ahmed leads EPAU in the production of a Commercial Agriculture Strategy, which reinforces approaches for leveraging Ethiopia’s recent economic advances towards supporting growth policies aligned with the Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) Strategy.
|Abdulaziz K. Almulla|
Abdulaziz K. Almulla, CEO and Co-Founder, Madar Farms
Abdulaziz’s interest in food security began during his time at McKinsey & Co. working extensively with GCC governments addressing a variety of national risk challenges. A serial investor in disruptive technologies (Lyft, Hyperloop One, among others), he is dedicated to addressing the food security challenge. He dedicates time to the region’s food ecosystem as a Mentor at Savour Ventures, the Middle East’s first accelerator focused on food. Previously a banker with HSBC, Abdulaziz’s coverage included Middle Eastern sovereigns, financial institutions, corporates and both the entire international Islamic Finance and African bond space. Abdulaziz lead such landmark transactions as the State of Qatar’s USD4bn Sukuk (largest orderbook in RegS history at the time), and the inaugural Republic of Turkey Sukuk. He holds a BA and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Business.
In the #GGGW2017 session, Abdulaziz will highlight his experience as a green entrepreneur, highlighting the perspective of the private sector specifically the challenges and opportunities faced by entrepreneurs in pursuing green businesses.
Orestes Anastasia, Deputy Head, Office of Thought Leadership, and Head, Knowledge Sharing
Orestes Anastasia is the Deputy Head of the Office of Thought Leadership and the Head of Knowledge Sharing for GGGI. In these roles, he manages Office operations in support of GGGI’s Director-General, and oversees GGGI programs supporting climate diplomacy, GGGI’s green growth index and assessment tools, and knowledge sharing, partnerships, and platforms.
Mr. Anastasia has worked for more than 22 years serving as a senior international development and environment manager, advisor, and expert in positions with government, the private sector, think tanks, and non-profits. He has been responsible for leading catalytic, innovative initiatives, partnerships, and programs at global, regional, and country levels, including experience working in 20 countries.
Before joining GGGI, Mr. Anastasia served as Senior Regional Climate Change Advisor with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) based in Bangkok, Thailand.
Mr. Anastasia holds law and master degrees from Vermont Law School in the United States.
AO Baoping, Deputy Director General, Elion Resources Group
Mr. AO Baoping started his career in Elion since 1996 and is now holding the post of Deputy Director General of Elion and mainly focusing on Kubuqi Eco-business. For almost 30 years dedication to eco business in Kubuqi, Elion, with Mr. AO Baoping as an example, has restored about 1/3 of the Kubuqi Desert and helped more than 100,000 people shake off poverty through developing the green economy in desert area in China.
Being part of the GGGWeek2017, Elion is willing to share with all the stakeholders involving green growth globally, particularly in African countries, its experience and knowledge accumulated in the past decades, and to establish long-term partnership with friends from different government departments, private sectors and so on.
|Magnus Asbjornsson |
Magnus Asbjornsson, Co-founder, Executive Director, Reykjavik Geothermal
Magnus Asbjornsson is a co-founder, executive director and board member of Reykjavik Geothermal (RG). He leads RG’s development activities in Africa and the Middle East, including the negotiation of the 1,000 MW geothermal development agreement signed with the Government of Ethiopia in 2013. He is currently responsible for the ensuing development and financing of the twin $2 Bn 500 MW Corbetti and Tulu Moye geothermal projects, expected to be Africa’s largest IPP investments. In addition to RG, he serves as a board member of Corbetti Geothermal and Enerwhere, a rapidly growing off-grid solar-hybrid power producer focused on the Middle East and Africa, where he is a founding investor.
Before founding RG, Magnus was a management consultant with Booz & Company, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Marakon Associates. He has fifteen years of advisory, investment and general management experience spanning five continents, spent eight years living in the Middle East and Africa, and speaks five languages. He holds an MBA from London Business School and Columbia Business School, and a Bachelor degree (First in Class) in International Relations and Economics from Schiller International University.
Fenella Aouane, Principal Green Finance Specialist in GGGI’s Green Investment Services Department.
Fenella has over 20 year experience in the financial markets. Most recently Fenella was part of the Environmental Markets team in Standard Bank, Africa’s largest bank. She helped to lead the bank into multiple award winning, first- to- market transactions involving, amongst others, pre-payments against tranched portfolios of emission reducing projects. She later focused on origination in Africa, resulting in the bank holding the largest portfolio of African emission reducing projects globally. She helped to run the ACAD (Africa Carbon Asset Development) program – the first public/private program of its type between UNEP FI and Standard Bank to help allocate grant funding and develop capacity building for green projects across sub-Saharan Africa. Most recently she has worked with international agencies such as the World Bank and the Swedish government to help fund early capital for programmatic green projects.
She is a board member of the industry association Climate Markets Investors Association (CMIA) which promotes low carbon growth through market mechanisms and adds to the discussion of finding further green finance solutions across both the formal and voluntary sectors.
Previously Fenella has run teams in financial institutions helping clients in the energy markets with risk management through the commodity derivatives markets, working within banks and corporates such as Natixis and Cargill. She has lived in South Africa and London and has travelled extensively within Europe and Africa.
Fenella has an honors degree in Business from Oxford Brookes University and is an Approved Person with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK.
|Nii O. Attoh-Okine
Nii O. Attoh-Okine, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Delaware
Nii O. Attoh-Okine is a Full Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Delaware. He received Dipl-Ing in Applied Mechanics from Rostov Institute of Civil Engineering, Rostov-on-Don, Russia and PhD in Civil Engineering (with minor Statistics) from the University of Kansas.
His research interests are in the areas of computational intelligence, resilience engineering and big data (data science). He has published extensively on neural networks, graphical probability networks, belief functions and other advanced statistical techniques (like copulas).
His articles have appeared in journals such as ASCE Journal of Computing, ASCE Journal of Transportation, ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems and IEEE Journals. He is the author of two books in the last years: Resilience Engineering: Models and Analysis, Cambridge University Press, 2016, and; Big Data and Differential Privacy: Analysis Strategies for Railway Track Engineering, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2017.
Aida Awel, Chief Technical Adviser (CTA), ILO CO-Addis Ababa
Ms. Aida Awel is international civil servant with more than 14 years experience working on development issues. She is an expert on labor migration and reintegration. Ms. Awel is currently a Chief Technical Adviser on Labor Migration project based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia working for the ILO Country Office for Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia., Sudan and South Sudan. She possesses both international and national exposure in research and training, legal analysis and project management. She has been working with the ILO for over 14 years in different field and position. During her experience, she has covered 14 countries including the Horn of Africa, and worked closely with the AU, the UNECA and the Regional Economic Communities (REC’s) on the Decent Work Agenda. Since 2010, she has supported TC programs and projects in Somalia and part of the TC portfolio in Ethiopia. She was also involved in the development of the Employment for Peace strategy paper for the Horn of Africa. She was also involved in the development of the first and second generation of the DWCP and UNDAF for Ethiopia, which responds directly to the Ethiopia development strategy. She has developed and implemented a number of projects on labor migration and reintegration.
During the #GGGW2017, she will share the perspective of ILO as an international organization that fosters global cooperation on green jobs and green industries.
Andrew Bainbridge, Group Head, US Supervisory Remediation Program, Standard Chartered Bank; Chair, Infrastructure Crisis Facility Debt Pool; Chair of GuarantCo Limited
Andrew Bainbridge is the Chair of the Infrastructure Crisis Facility Debt Pool and the Chair of GuarantCo Limited. The Infrastructure Crisis Facility Debt Pool is a German Government-funded initiative to help to fund gaps in infrastructure development finance created by the global financial crisis. GuarantCo is a company which enhances local currency debt issuance by the infrastructure sector in lower income countries.
Prior to joining Standard Chartered, Andrew was the CEO of BMI Bank, an associate of BankMuscat. Before BMI, Andrew worked for Barclays for many years, including roles as the COO for Emerging Markets, Managing Director for retail and commercial banking business across Sub-Saharan Africa & the Indian Ocean, COO and Risk Director for Africa and Middle East; Segment and Change Management Director for UK Larger Business; CFO for Africa and Assistant Corporate Director for London.
Andrew holds a degree in Law (LLB) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Financial Services and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors Southern Africa.
|Sileshi Bekele Awukachew
Sileshi Bekele, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity
H.E. Ato Sileshi Bekele (PhD) is the Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity in Ethiopia. He was previously a Water and Energy Capacity Building Specialist at the UN Economic and Social Department in New York for 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Dr. Bekele previously held the positions of Dean of Arba Minch University; Head of International Water Research and Administration Institute, East African and Nile Basin; Acting Director IWMI for Africa and; Senior Water and Climate Change Specialist with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).
Dr. Bekele holds a Doctorate, with Distinction, in Hydraulics and Water Engineering from Dresden University of Technology.
|Firew Bekele Woldeyes|
Firew Bekele Woldeyes, Research Fellow, Ethiopian Development Research Institute
Firew Bekele Woldeyes is a Research Fellow at Macroeconomics and Trade Center, the Ethiopian Development Research Institute. He holds a PhD in Economics and Management from Aarhus University. His fields of specialization include analysis on public expenditure, domestic resource mobilization (taxation), debt sustainability, urban development in developing countries, and adaptation to climate change.
Jesse Benjamin, Director General, Ministry of Climate Change Adaptation, Meteorology, Geo-Hazards, Environment, Energy and Disaster Management, Vanuatu
Mr. Jesse Benjamin is currently the Director General for the Ministry of Climate Change Adaptation, Meteorology, Geo-Hazards, Environment, Energy and Disaster Management of the Government of Vanuatu. Before taking on the position as Director General, he was serving as the Director of the Vanuatu Department of Energy. He has more than 10 years of experience in the energy and climate change mitigation sectors. Mr. Benjamin holds a Master Degree in Engineering majoring in Energy Policy and Planning from the University of Sydney, Australia and a Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji.
He has been instrumental in leading several innovative projects and programs in the energy sector in line with the national priorities on creating access to affordable and sustainable energy for all Vanuatu people. Mr. Benjamin was a key person in facilitating Vanuatu’s membership to GGGI and the development of the Updated National Energy Roadmap which has the green growth strategy and sustainable energy financing as one of its focus. Mr Benjamin is now leading the establishment of the National Green Energy Fund to make available financing for rural electrification, renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Vanuatu.
Per Bertilsson, Assistant Director-General, Head of Green Growth Planning & Implementation Division, Global Green Growth Institute
Prior to joining GGGI, Mr. Bertilsson was International Project Manager of UNDP’s Urban Partnerships for Poverty Reduction (UPPR) initiative in Bangladesh. In this capacity, Per led collaborative efforts with the Government of Bangladesh’s Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) ,UNDP, DFID, UN-HABITAT and local government partners to ensure the smooth implementation of the project, which utilized social mobilization and community banking, to empower communities and improve livelihoods though skills development, small business support, and initiatives in education, health, and nutrition. Mr Bertilsson was also responsible for ensuring the achievement of policy objectives and the project’s monitoring and evaluation according to agreed guidelines.
Prior to his post at UNDP, he served as Deputy Executive Director of the Stockholm International Water Institute where he was responsible for applied research, advisory services, and capacity development, as well as for strategic planning for all of the Institute’s activities. Mr Bertilsson has also held management positions at the Global Water Partnership, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, and the International Labour Organisation.
| Sam Bickersteth|
Sam Bickersteth, Chief Executive - Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)
Sam Bickersteth has led CDKN, since 2011. CDKN is a leading global, multi-donor funded organization supporting climate compatible development for developing countries. Through over 1000 technical assistance, research and knowledge management projects in 70 countries CDKN has provided assistance on climate policies, planning and finance, climate related disasters and international negotiations.
Sam is an Honorary Research Associate and graduate of Oxford University’s School of Geography and Environment. He is an agricultural economist with a background in food security, natural resources and climate change, having previously worked for DFID and Oxfam in Africa, South Asia and Latin America as researcher, policy adviser and program manager. From 2006 to 2010 he was head of program policy at Oxfam and previously held leadership positions in DFID including as Head of DFID Bolivia. Sam is a Director in PricewaterhouseCooper’s Sustainability and Climate Change team.
H.E. Vincent Biruta, Minister of Natural Resources, Republic of Rwanda
Dr Vincent Biruta is the Minister of Natural Resources for the Government of Rwanda.
Prior to his appointment in July 2014, he served as Minister of Education from 2011. He also held the position of President of the Rwandan Senate from 2003 to 2011. He served as the President of the National Transition Assembly from January 2000 to August 2003, Minister of Public Works, Transport and Communication from 1999 to 2000 and Minister of Health from 1997 to 1999.
Minister Biruta is a qualified physician. He furthered his studies in Planning and Management of Health Services in Developing Countries at the Université libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. He is also a holder of a post-graduate diploma in Public Health and Nutrition from the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium.
Minister Biruta is passionate about the intersection of the environment and the economy to achieve sustainable green growth and socio-economic transformation.
Khalid Bomba, Chief Executive Office, Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency
Khalid Bomba is the Chief Executive Office (CEO) of the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), an initiative of the Government of Ethiopia, to promote agricultural sector transformation. Prior to joining the ATA, Mr. Bomba was Senior Program Officer with the Agriculture Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he developed and managed grants intended to strengthen the human and institutional capacity of the agricultural sector in African countries. Prior to that, Mr. Bomba served as the Regional Director for Africa at the Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative, an organization founded by the United Nations ICT Task Force. He has also held senior level and executive positions in various public and private sector institutions and began his career at JP Morgan, where he spent ten years working on corporate finance and sovereign debt issues.
Mr. Bomba received his Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College in the United States and his Master of Science from the London School of Economics (LSE) in the United Kingdom (UK).
Barbara Botos, Head, Climate Policy Department, Hungary Ministry of National Development
Aside from leading the climate department at the Ministry of National Development of Hungary, Barbara is also the UNFCCC and IPCC focal point of Hungary. She has been actively involved in the UNFCCC and EU climate negotiations for the last 8 years as head of the Hungarian delegation. She coordinates international and bilateral climate finance programmes within her Ministry, including through two projects in cooperation with GGGI. One has already started in Budapest aiming the setting up the Balkan Trust Fund to assist Balkan countries to implement their NDCs. The other project is to be implemented in Uganda in the water management sector. Previously, Barbara worked for local governments, drafting local climate change strategies and Heat/UV alert plans, winning the best practice award of the European Commission.
During the #GGGW2017 session, Barbara will share some of the key takeaways from Hungary’s experience in promoting green industrial policy and how such policies can be relevant and useful for other countries.
Bruce Campbell, Director, Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food security (CCAFS)
Dr. Bruce Campbell has degrees in Ecology from Cape Town (B.Sc. Hons.), Minnesota (M.Sc.) and Utrecht (Ph.D.), but has increasingly moved into inter-disciplinary work, championing new approaches to doing applied research on natural resource management. He is Director of the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), and a staff member of the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). He operates out of the CCAFS office at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.
CCAFS taps into the complementary strengths of the international agricultural system (CGIAR) and Future Earth, and their respective partners, to address the most pressing and complex challenge to food security in the 21st century. The collaboration brings together some of the world's best researchers in agricultural science, development research, climate science and Earth System science.
He serves on several editorial boards, and is a scientific committee member of PECS, the ICSU Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society. He was previously based in Zimbabwe, Indonesia and Australia, where he has worked in agricultural and forestry research for development. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and more than a dozen books.
Kare Chawicha, State Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Mr. Kare Chawicha is currently the State Minister to the Ministry of environment Forest and Climate Change of Ethiopia. Mr. Chawicha is engaged in coordinating the Climate Resilient Green Economy and Environment Related Policy matters across the national level.
Prior to taking up this role in 2013, Mr. Chawicha was the Head of the Regional Health Bureau for the SNNP region of Ethiopia for 8 years. Mr. Chawicha has an MSC in Development Management and BSC in Public health.
HASTINGS CHIKOKO, Regional Director for Africa at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.
In his role as regional director, Hastings is responsible for the implementation of the C40 business plan in Africa, supporting C40 member cities in Africa in their climate action planning, measurement and implementation, and helping to forge inter-city as well as regional collaboration. His work with local authorities started at the City of Blantyre and later at the Ministry of Local Government in Malawi. Prior to joining C40, Hastings had a long career with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Zimbabwe, Kenya, South Africa and the global headquarters in Switzerland. Hastings has been one of the International Development Research Centre’s (IDRC’s) African Mentors for policy think-tank groups in Africa and a member of the Regional Technical Committee for the Global Water Partnership (Southern Africa).
At the #GGGW2017 session, Hastings will share his insights about how green industrial policies are shaping climate leadership at the local level, based on his experience from the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.
Dawit Dagnew, Advisor, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Dawit is currently working as Knowledge Management & communication advisor at GIZ Energising Development. Dawit is working on renewable energy promotion, dissemination and a community of practice. He was part of the national wide research and training works like SE4ALL global tracking and cook stove sustainability survey in Ethiopia through GIZ. Combining his expertise in IT and international development, he has done intensive work with development organization as well as government partner offices in renewable energy. He is also engaged in research works focusing on social media, inclusive green economy, climate change, and sustainable consumption. His scholarly works are in ICT, information systems, research, communications, marketing and business development.
Dawit will contribute to the discussion by highlighting the perspective of international organizations in helping establish an enabling environment for green industrial policies from the context of developing countries.
Gemedo Dalle, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
Dr. Gemedo Dalle holds a PhD in Rangeland Ecology (Agricultural Sciences) from Georg-August University of Goettingen, Germany, MSc in Botanical Sciences (Biology) and BSc in Biology both from Addis Ababa University. As of November 2016, Dr Gemedo Dalle has been appointed as Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ministry of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia. He had been Director General of the Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute from 2012 to October 2016. He served in different capacities in the same institute in the past including as Director of the Genetic Resources Transfer and Regulation Directorate and Head of the Forest Genetic Resources Conservation Department.
Dr. Gemedo is Associate Professor of Biodiversity and Vegetation Ecology in Addis Ababa University and has been teaching Ecology, Botany, Environmental Ecology and Biodiversity Management courses at post graduate levels.
Dr. Gemedo Dalle is among the African Negotiators in International Conventions such as the Nagoya protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources (ITPGRFA). He is CBD and ITPGRFA National Primary Focal Point for Ethiopia.
|Ramatoulaye Dieng Ndiaye |
Ramatoulaye Dieng Ndiaye, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Senegal
Ramatoulaye Dieng Ndiaye is the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development. She has a Master’s degree in Environmental Economy and in Sciences of Environment from Dakar University. Her career has been dedicated to the public sector where she has previously worked as a technical counselor for the Director of Environment, as Inspector of Financial and Administrative Affairs and as Director of General Administration and Logistics in the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development.
She was a member of the African Roundtable on sustainable consumption and production. Ramatoulaye’s work is centered on the implementation of environmental policy at the national level and in assisting the Minister of Environment in the exercise of his duties. She is also the head of the gender unit in the Ministry that works on gender issues related to the environment and natural resources management. For her, a future challenge for a country like Senegal is to be able to develop and implement gender-sensitive budgets that take into account gender-specific needs.
She is the co-Chair of the Orientation Committee of the Green Cities Program established by the Steering Committee of GGGI in Senegal, and has been instrumental in the promotion of green growth in the country.
Jordan Fabyanske, Global Co-leader, Inclusive Growth and Cities practices, and Dalberg Country Director, Ethiopia
As global co-leader of Dalberg’s work in Cities and Inclusive Economic Growth practice areas, Jordan works across a broad range of development topics including sustainable urban and regional development, resilience, industrial policy, and innovative finance. With leading actors in global development, including foundations, governments, multilateral organizations, NGOs and corporations, he advises on national policy reforms, organizational strategies, and the design of innovative new programs and partnerships. As founder of Dalberg’s office in Ethiopia, he is currently based in Addis Ababa.
Jordan’s recent professional achievements include facilitating more than USD 200 million in foreign investments in Ethiopian agro-processing, developing a strategy for Germany to invest more than USD 100 million to unleash inclusive growth in Afghanistan, helping the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Islamic Development Bank on the launch of a multi-billion dollar financing facility for pro-poor infrastructure projects, and helping the UAE’s Ministry of International Cooperation and Development to develop a policy agenda and five-year strategy for channeling more than USD 20 billion in foreign assistance around the world.
Prior to joining Dalberg, Jordan was a manager in Booz and Company’s Public Sector Strategy practice. At Booz and Company (now Strategy&), Jordan worked closely with government clients in the Middle East and North Africa to help craft national agendas and plans for economic development, social inclusion and environmental sustainability. He holds a Master of International Business from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Aziz Fall, Director, Promotion and International Cooperation, Ministry of Energy, Senegal
Aziz Fall is a professional with extensive experience in the public as well as the private sector. Currently serving as Director for Promotion and International Cooperation in the Energy Ministry of Senegal, he is part of the governmental team tasked with promoting renewables with a comprehensive and holistic approach.
He is also an active participant in the efficient implementation of the vision of the Senegalese President for an emerging Senegal through a sustained and comprehensive promotion of renewable energy in all sectors.
He holds a master degree in Comparative literature from Paris and a MSc. in political sciences in Copenhagen.
Eduardo Freitas, Country Dialogue Specialist, Green Climate Fund
As Country Dialogue Specialist at the Green Climate Fund, Eduardo coordinates the Fund’s engagement with African, Eastern European and Central Asian countries, particularly in relation to country programming processes and to countries’ requests for GCF readiness and preparatory support. Prior to the GCF, he worked for more than 10 years in the climate change and energy sectors in Latin America and Europe.
He is an Electrical Engineer by education and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
|Kitutu K. Mary Goretti |
Kitutu Kimono Mary Goretti, Minister of State for Environment, Government of Uganda
Kitutu Kimono Mary Goretti is the Ugandan Minister of State for Environment and the Woman Member of Parliament of Manafwa District, Uganda. She is a professional holding a PhD in science and an Msc in Environment Systems Analysis and Monitoring. Her first degree was in Geology and Chemistry and she also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Education.
Her work experience spans in the areas of Environment information systems and management to carry out environmental assessments, geotechnical assessments, disaster and vulnerability assessments and environmental monitoring. She has a high experience in the use of remote sensing and GIS skills. She has various environmental modeling skills.
She has participated in activities with international organizations such as the United Nations, IGAD, AU, EAC. She has coordinated activities in government at National and local government levels. For example, she also coordinated the preparation of the environmental sensitivity atlas for the Albertine Graben in Western Uganda. She also coordinated the implementation of the Environmental Monitoring Plan for the Albertine Graben for oil and gas activities. She has carried out vulnerability assessments in Eastern Uganda.
|Fatma Al Habshi
Fatma Al Habshi, Manager, Green Development section at the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE)
She stays abreast with cutting-edge sustainability strategies and technologies as a green policy expert and a sustainability engineer.
She is the secretary rapporteur of the UAE Climate Change and Environment Council, and holds a leading role in coordinating with other ministries, local authorities and relevant stakeholders for implementing the UAE Green Growth Strategy launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in 2012.
This includes developing sustainability data and knowledge platforms to monitor progress and share practices, drafting and presenting analytical reports and recommendations on green growth policies, and promoting green practices within the government and beyond. Fatma has also been actively involved in research and development of new technologies in the areas of green energy and green cities. She is also serving as a national focal point for UN 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP).
Most recently, Fatma served as Chemical Engineer in the ministry’s Chemical and Hazardous Waste Department until 2013. She was involved in the development of an integrated national chemical and waste management system, and conducted analyses on the use of labeling for handing waste electrical and electronic equipment, while being a national focal point for the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.
Fatma started her career as a Biomedical Engineer at the Al Qassimi Hospital in Sharjah, UAE. She developed the hospital’s first electronic database for medical devices and equipment and provided technical support for procurement.
She holds a postgraduate certificate of Engineering in Renewable Energy from Heriot Watt University and Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, with Biomedical Engineering as minor, from the American University of Sharjah, UAE.
Tesfalidet Hagos, Managing Director, Luna Export Slaugherhouse PLC
Tesfalidet is the Managing Director of Luna Export PLC, a company operated for the last 16 Years, engaged in meat processing and export and Fruits/Vegetables farming. The company operates in local distribution of fresh produce through its outlets “Fresh Corner” brand.
The company works with smallholder farmers through its “Outgrower” scheme in the production and marketing of fresh vegetables. The scheme has shown a magnificent result in boosting the farmers’ income and improving the utilization of natural resources. The company’s project to kick-off the “Outgrower” scheme on the livestock sector will soon be launched with a dream to envision better and equitable distribution of income to smallholder producers through efficient utilization of resources and be a pilot project for Ethiopian and the rest of African livestock development path.
Abdalla Hamdok, Deputy Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
Dr. Abdalla Hamdok is the Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) since November 2011. He has over 30 years of experience as a senior policy analyst and economist on addressing diverse development challenges of the African policy landscape, primarily in the fields of governance, institutional analysis, public sector reforms, regional integration and resource management.
From 2001 onwards, Dr. Hamdok has headed successively ECA’s portfolios of activities on development policy management, NEPAD and regional integration, and governance and public administration. By way of an interlude from 2003-2008, he served the International IDEA as Regional Director for Africa and the Middle East.
Earlier, he held the positions of Chief Technical Advisor (1995-1997) at the International Labour Organization, Zimbabwe; Principal Policy Economist (1997-2001) at the African Development Bank, Cote d’Ivoire; Head of the Public Sector Group and Member of the management committee (1993-1995) at Deloitte &Touche Management Consultants, Zimbabwe; and senior official (1981-1987) at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning of Sudan.
Abdalla Hamdok holds a PhD and MA in Economics from the School of Economic Studies, University of Manchester, UK and a BSc. (honours) from the University.
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Kitty van der Heijden, Director, Europe and Africa, World Resources Institute (WRI)
Dr. Kitty van der Heijden is the Director of WRI’s Europe and Africa Offices. Prior to joining WRI, she was the Ambassador for Sustainable Development and Director of the Department for Climate, Energy, Environment and Water in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. She was responsible for policy development on environmental global public goods and managing the sizeable aid budget of the Department.
In 2013, she was elected the 3rd best civil servant of the Netherlands, and was awarded a national Ribbon of Honor for her efforts to raise public awareness on the challenges and opportunities of a truly sustainable development pathway. In 2014, she was elected as “Influencer of the Year” among civil servants, and listed as 20th in the top 100 most influential people in the Netherlands dealing with sustainability.
Changsun JANG, Researcher, Green Technology Center-Korea
Mr. Changsun JANG is a researcher of the Center for Climate Technology Cooperation at the Green Technology Center-Korea, specializing in global green technology cooperation projects on climate technology transfer including for smart grids, green transportation systems, and waste management, with projects in the Dominican Republic, Vietnam, Philippines and Honduras to date.
He has a diverse of experiences working on technology cooperation areas including transferring technology abroad. He has extensive experience in enabling partner countries to finance and implement climate compatible GCF projects/programs. In particular, he has recently developed GCF project/programs for Smart City project for Vietnam and Green Transport Program for Bhutan.
He holds a Master’s degree in International Development Studies in University College London and has previously worked as a project management consultant for a consulting company on issues including risk management, human management and domestic resource mobilization.
Head, Global Green Growth Forum
Lisbeth Jespersen is currently Head of the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) placed under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. She has been head of 3GF since August 2016 and thus leading the initiative in its transformation and development into the recently launched new initiative P4G - Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030; a sustainable growth engine relying of cross sector partnerships to be working out of Washington from 2018.
Lisbeth Jespersen has been working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1988 with leading positions specializing in policy and business development, strategic planning and development. Lisbeth was First secretary at the Danish Embassy of Tokyo (1992-95) and a later Deputy Head of Mission at the Danish Embassy of Dar es Sallam, Tanzania (2000-03). After returning to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from Tanzania she has been heavily engaged in development aid and green transition.
Lisbeth Jespersen has a master’s degree in Political Science, Policy and Decision making from Aarhus University.
Savino Katsigaire, Director, Physical Planning and Urban development, Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development
Coordinating Urban, National and Regional Planning, Urban and Land Use Policy development and legal reviews, support supervision and technical support to local authorities for urban and district planning and policy implementation, coordination of project implementation in the sector. The Ministry has a wide mandate that puts it in a position to significantly contribute to GGGI on objectives through appropriate policies and programs that enhance effective land use, sustainable urbanization and housing. Partnership with some development partners such as World Bank, DFID, AfDB, Melinda Gates Foundation in the area of urban planning and infrastructure development has enable them to realize significant improvements in some of their municipalities. The ministry’s work has focused mainly in the area of urban planning and policy, national and regional planning and are already integrating GGGI requirements in our urban policy as well as programs for some of our municipalities. The GGGWeek2017 will enable us share experiences, learn from our peers and gain more exposure in the application of the GGGI principles.
He will be speaking at: The Role of Urban Planning in mainstreaming GGG. Event: Greening African Secondary Cities: Achieving a Green Urban Transformation, Oct 17 , 2017 14-15.30pm
Aidan Kennedy, Green Growth Analyst, Global Green Growth Institute
Mr. Aidan Kennedy is an Analyst at the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in Seoul, Korea. As part of GGGI’s Thought Leadership team he is working on the development of a new Green Growth Performance Measurement tool, the Green Growth Index. Prior to joining GGGI, Aidan worked as a Senior Statistician in the Energy Data Centre of the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris, France, where he was responsible for IEA CO2 emissions estimates. He is a qualified UNFCCC Greenhouse Gas Inventory Reviewer, and participated in several reviews of National Greenhouse Gas Inventories under the Kyoto Protocol.
Aidan holds a Master’s degree in Chemical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering from Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland. Aidan will be speaking at the Green Growth Index “soft launch” on Day 2 of GGGWeek2017, where he hopes to generate interest in GGGI’s new quantitative tool.
Scott Kennedy, Executive Director, Energy Action Partners
Scott comes to Energy Action Partners with over 16 years' experience working in education, research, and human development, with engineering practice, particularly in the context of energy systems. He was an associate professor and Dean of Research at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, where he oversaw the Institute’s energy and sustainability research and founded multiple initiatives on renewable energy and community development. He also served as the director of the Prajnopaya Foundation, leading its healthcare initiatives in northern India.
Scott will enrich the discussion in the #GGGWeek 2017 by highlighting the role of higher education and the private sector in furthering the goals of green industrial policies through knowledge transfer mechanisms.
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Hyoeun Jenny Kim, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to Senegal
Ms. Hyoeun Jenny Kim is the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to Senegal from May 2016.
Up until her appointment to the current post, Ambassador Kim was a career diplomat for the Republic of Korea. Through her work, she has acquired a unique set of skills related to diplomacy, international organizations, and green issues. From August 2013 to April 2016, she was the Director for Strategy, Policy, and Communication at the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), which is an inter-governmental organization headquartered in Seoul, Korea. During her term of office, she achieved the endorsement of GGGI Strategic Plan 2015-2020, membership expansion, governance reform and many others.
Since August 2010, she has served as Counsellor at the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Korea to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. In OECD, she also served as a Vice-Chair at the Joint Working Party on Trade and Environment. As the Director for Climate Change and Environment issues at the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) from January 2008 until 2010, she led the Korean negotiation team to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and also coordinated work on green growth and environment cooperation.
Prior to this, she had been the Director for the World Trade Organization (WTO) since July 2006, representing Korea at the Doha Development Agenda negotiations. From 2004 through to June 2006, she served as Deputy Director for APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation) and managed the preparations for Korea’s hosting of APEC in 2005. She also served as Chairperson of the APEC Budget and Management Committee (BMC) in 2006, where she coordinated APEC’s budget, projects and administrative matters. Since joining MOFA in 1992, she mainly had worked at the multilateral sector including the United Nations, dealing with human rights and development.
Born September 11 in 1967, she earned her Bachelor’s in political science and diplomacy from Yonsei University in Seoul in 1990 and her Master’s from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle in 1996.
She is married with one son and, in 2008, she wrote a book describing the life of a diplomat, entitled A Diplomat Must Be a Multiplayer. Her new book, titled Audacious Challenge to International Organizations, was published in July 2013.
NamHee Kim, Team Manager, Policy Development Center, Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute
NamHee Kim is a team manager of Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute (KEITI). In this role, she is responsible for managing the GCF project development program which supports partner countries to actualize green investment project by providing feasibility studies, environmental and social impact analysis, and other preparation work for the GCF funding proposal.
She is also enthusiastic about green economy and has an experience in promoting green finance in Korea. Previously she has built a system (EnViance) that assesses corporates environmental performances and helped the system to be used in the financial institutions by supporting related law enactment.
She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from Duke University in the United States and a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Ewha Womens University in Korea.
Wilberforce Kisamba-Mugerwa, Executive Chairperson, National Planning Authority, Uganda
Dr. Kisamba-Mugerwa is the Executive Chairperson of the National Planning Authority (NPA) which is responsible for overall national strategic development planning in Uganda.
He is an Advisor to the President and ex-official member of the Cabinet. Through NPA he coordinated the preparation of the Uganda Vision 2040 which aspires green growth that has evolved into a robust Green Growth Development Strategy and its Implementation Roadmap. A technical paper on “Uganda’s Transition to a Green Economy: Policy Options” was presented to the Presidential Economic Council (PEC) and Cabinet for approval and endorsement to mobilize high level political support and ensure that green growth issues are well integrated in national, sector and the district development plans.
Hoping to share experiences and learn global best practices from countries that have successfully implemented the green growth agenda.
Sanjay Kumar, Manager of The Wood Foundation’s Imbarutso Project in Rwanda.
Sanjay Kumar manages the The Wood Foundation’s Imbarutso Project in Rwanda, including strategic development as well as implementation oversight of programme interventions.
With a professional background in tea tasting and buying, Sanjay also leads all tea marketing efforts on behalf of Mulindi and Shagasha tea factories, provides management support on Greenfield developments, and serves as liaison with Government of Rwanda and co-investment partners in-country.
He has over 20 years of experience working in all segments of the tea industry from production to the end market with a particular focus on smallholder tea development in South Asia and East Africa.
Mr. Edward Kyazze, Division Manager for Urbanisation, Human Settlements and Housing Development at the Ministry of Infrastructure.
MSc. City and Regional Planning and BSc. Civil Engineering and Environmental Technology
Edward currently works as a Division Manager for Urbanisation, Human Settlements and Housing Development at the Ministry of Infrastructure. He also doubles as a Vice-Chairman of the Council of Institute of Real Property Valuers Rwanda. He is also a technical committee member of Engineers Without Borders, Rwanda Chapter and a non-corporate member of Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), UK.
Prior to joining the Ministry in December 2016, Eddy served in various leadership aspects as a Head of Division for Urban and Housing Planning and Development and later after Institutional reform in Rwanda in 2014 as a Division Manager for Urban Settlements in Rwanda Housing Authority, under the Ministry of Infrastructure for five and a half years.
From September 2004 – June 2011 before joining Rwanda Housing Authority, Eddy was working in higher education arena doubling as a University Lecturer and Deputy Academic Registrar at former Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) (now College of Science and Technology). In between that period, he also worked as a planning engineer for GVA Grimley, a UK-based urban planning and engineering consulting company. Being a humanitarian advocate, Edward has worked as a volunteer on various community-based engineering projects ranging from construction of pedestrian bridges to housing for the vulnerable groups.
Donghyun Lee, Director General, Climate Change & Environment Dept., KOICA, Republic of Korea
Mr. LEE is a Director General of Climate Change & Environment Department of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), which is responsible for providing grant aid programs of the Korean government. He joined KOICA in 2002 and has held several positions including a Director of Budget Planning Team and a director of Technology & Innovation Supporting Team. He also had served as a Vice Representative of KOICA Office in Vietnam.
He holds a M.D. in North Korean Economics from the University of North Korean Studies and B.D. in Politics from Yon Sei University.
|Hyung Jong Lee
Lee Hyung-jong, Director General, Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea
Mr. Lee Hyung-jong is a career diplomat of the Republic of Korea with experience spanning three decades in affairs of the international economy, climate change and environment. Mr. Lee began his career as a diplomat with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in 1990.
In 2004 he became a trade analyst of the OECD, and in 2007 he was named Director of the Economic Cooperation Division at MOFA. In 2008 he served as Director of the Economic Organization Division at the Korean Ministry. From 2014 to 2015, he served as the Deputy Representative of the Korean Climate negotiation team to lead to the Paris Agreement. He was appointed Director-General for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Affairs at the Ministry in 2016.
Mr. Lee graduated from the International Relations Department at Seoul National University in 1990, and received his M.A. degree from the University of Dublin, Ireland in 1994.
Section Head, Environment Statistics, BPS Statistics, Indonesia
Ms. Puji Lestari is the Section Head of Environment Statistics at BPS Statistics, Indonesia, where her work on green growth has included the exploration of sustainable city indicators for several cities in Indonesia. BPS Statistics Indonesia is contributing to the success of green growth by providing data for environmental statistics in Indonesia, which are closely related with the Green Growth Index.
At GGGWeek2017, Ms. Lestari hopes to learn about Green Strategies and Success Stories in Africa. She will be speaking at the “soft launch” of the Green Growth Index on Day 2 of GGGWeek2017.
|John Van D. Lewis|
Managing Director, Terra Global Capital
John Van D. Lewis is an Economic Anthropologist (PhD Yale 1979) who, after a two year CGIAR research assignment to central Mali, worked for as an agricultural development officer at USAID for the remainder of that century - serving as USAID's Senior Agriculturalist and Director of its central Office of Agriculture and Food Security (AFS) 1994-2000. Upon retirement from USAID, Dr. Lewis served as Executive Director of the Near East Foundation and Pro Natura USA before co-founding Terra Global Capital, LLC in San Francisco. Terra develops landscape carbon, climate change mitigation assets, from regenerative agriculture to a/reforestation and REDD+ in tropical countries. Thus, greater green growth is fundamental to these global warming abatement objectives.
Dr. Li Pengcheng, Associate Research Fellow and Team Leader of Energy Conservation Group, China National Institute of Standardization.
Li Pengcheng works in Resource and Environment Branch of China National Institute of Standardization (CNIS) since 2007. He serves as the Chair of APEC Expert Group of Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EGEE&C), co-secretary of ISO/TC 301 Energy management and energy savings, a member of ISO Climate Change Coordination Committee and a board member of International Energy Program and Policy Evaluation Conference (IEPPEC).
His major fields include standardization for energy efficiency such as standard and label (S&L) for end energy-using products, energy efficiency policy and program evaluation, and energy efficiency financing.
Jerry Lin, Director, Battery Pack System Department, Gotion Inc.
Jerry Lin is the director of Battery Pack System Department of Gotion Inc. He graduated from Tsinghua University with his Master’s degree and Bachelor’s degree. He has 10-year experience on EV battery pack design, validation, manufacturing and quality management. As well, he worked on automotive industry for more than 25 years. His job focuses on BMS and pack development, system reliability and battery pack system safety.
Andreas Lunding, Senior Structured Finance Specialist, Green Climate Fund (GCF)
Andreas Lunding is a Senior Structured Finance Specialist within the Private Sector Facility of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Mr. Lunding has more than a decade of experience within the global climate finance space. He joined GCF from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), where he helped establish Asia Climate Partners, an innovative $450m public-private partnership investment platform focused on developing countries in the region. Prior to ADB, Mr. Lunding worked for a number of years as Vice President at UK-based adviser and asset manager Climate Change Capital on a range of clean energy and carbon markets investments globally.
He holds a joint MBA from Columbia Business School and London Business School, as well as degrees in management and international relations from the London School of Economics.
John Macomber, Senior Lecturer, Finance Unit, Harvard Business School
John Macomber is a Senior Lecturer in the Finance unit at Harvard Business School. His professional background includes leadership of real estate, construction, and information technology businesses. At HBS, Mr. Macomber's work focuses on the private finance and delivery of public infrastructure projects in both the developed and emerging worlds. These include transportation, energy, water/sanitation, and real estate investments that speed economic development, reduce environmental impacts (notably air and water pollution), and facilitate individual opportunity. His teaching combines infrastructure finance (including public-private partnerships), economic development, and urban planning as well as the impact of technologies like ubiquitous sensors, internet of things, mobile money, big data and analytics, and autonomous vehicles.
Mr. Macomber is engaged in the Business and Environment Initiative and Social Enterprise Initiatives at HBS and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Harvard University Center for African Studies. He teaches Finance, Real Estate, Urbanization, and Entrepreneurship courses in the elective curriculum and in Executive Education.
Investment Manager, Green Fund, Development Bank of Southern Africa
Olympus Manthata is currently Fund Manager for the SA Green Fund based at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. His role also includes the management of Climate Financing mechanisms that the DBSA is accredited to, such as the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Olympus has been instrumental in assisting the DBSA to obtain the GEF accreditation, as a first national agency to do so, and further contributed to the successful accreditation of the bank by the (GCF). He also contributed to the establishment and implementation of South Africa’s National Green Fund. As the Fund Manager for the National Green Fund he oversaw the commitment and disbursement of over ZAR1 billion worth of debt, grant and mezzanine financing into high impact investment projects which are realizing significant social, economic and environmental returns.
Olympus will share insights about the role of green finance in implementing green industrial policies and how to leverage innovative green financing schemes for green industries.
|Mekonnen Manyazewal |
Mekonnen Manyazewal, Executive Director, Ethiopian Development Research Institute
Mekonnen Manyazewal serves as the Executive Director of the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) with the rank of Minister. He has dedicated 30 years to the public service, mainly in senior leadership positions, particularly in the areas of development policy and planning, macroeconomic policy and management, external economic cooperation management and public finance, with focus on public investment programs, design and management reforms. Mr. Manyazewal was State Minister for Finance and Economic Development for many years, focusing on development policy, planning, public finance, macroeconomic policy and management. He also served as Minister of Industry, leading the implementation of Industrial Policy and Plans envisaged in the First Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP I). In 2015, Mr. Manyazewal established the National Planning Commission, leading it as Commissioner. Prior to his current post at EDRI, he served as Advisor to the Prime Minister on International Trade and Negotiations Affairs.
Mr. Manyazewal holds a Master of Arts in Development Economics from the International Institute for Social Studies (ISS), the Netherlands and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management from Addis Ababa University.
Mamadou Mbaye, Executive Director, Sovereign Fund of Senegal (FONSIS)
Mamadou Mbaye is currently the Executive Director in charge of Fund Raising, Energy & Mines at FONSIS. He is Senegalese & French. His education includes MSc Ecole Polytechnique Paris, and PHD Econometrics- applied Mathematics ENSAE, Paris.
Mbaye’s experience spans 17 years in commodities trading, investment management, and fund management across Europe and Asia of which 10 years were in managerial / executive positions. He was formerly a chief investment officer of a private equity firm with a focus on Africa, investing mainly in energy, mining and infrastructure. He is focused on bridging the gap between asset owners and project finance.
Ian P. Milborrow
Ian is a Director in PwC with 20 years’ management consulting experience in the areas of strategy and policy, corporate finance and program implementation.
An economist by training, Ian spent much of his early career in policy analysis and risk management serving clients such as the European Commission, UK Government and EBRD, working extensively in emerging markets.
In 2003, he moved to PwC Corporate Finance to start a dedicated carbon markets group. Over the following five years, he advised on carbon credit deals worth around $200Mn and numerous other transactions in the renewable energy sector.
Between 2010 and 2013, Ian was seconded to Washington, DC to build the US Sustainability practice. During this time he served Fortune 500 companies in the aviation, financial services, industrial products and private equity sectors, as well as various engagements with the World Bank Group.
Since returning to London, Ian has been focusing on private-sector led development initiatives for donors; the design of climate finance mechanisms and green growth strategies. His clients include the GCF, GGGI, UN agencies and mission-driven investors.
Linus Mofor, Senior Environmental Affairs Officer, African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC)
Dr. Linus Mofor is a Senior Environmental Affairs Officer in charge of energy, infrastructure and climate change at the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. His work portfolio at the ACPC includes leading the Africa Climate Resilient Investment Facility (AFRI-RES) – a joint initiative of the ECA, World Bank, African Development, African Union Commission and the Nordic Development Fund. AFRI–RES aims to strengthen the capacity of African institutions (including national Governments, river basin organizations, regional economic communities and power pools, among others), as well as the private sector (project developers and financiers), to plan, design and implement infrastructure investments that are resilient to climate variability and change in selected sectors, thus enhancing the chances for investments and infrastructure to perform in both today’s and future climate.
He joined the Commission from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) where he worked as a renewable energy innovation and technology analyst. Before joining IRENA, Linus was an industrial development expert with the Energy and Climate Change Branch of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna.
Prior to working with UNIDO, he was a senior lecturer and consultant at the Centre for Engineering Research and Environmental Applications at the University of Glamorgan (now the University of South Wales) in UK.
Caroline Mozhendi, Head-Agribusiness (EcoFarmer), Econet Wireless Zimbabwe
Caroline Mozhendi is currently Head-Agribusiness (EcoFarmer) for Econet Wireless Zimbabwe. The EcoFarmer unit leads all m-agri initiatives in connecting farmers through their mobile phones, with a primary focus on providing information, financial and value chain/trading services to farmers and the agriculture sector at large.
EcoFarmer has been very instrumental in driving climate smart farming, with initiatives around weather index insurance and dissemination of climate smart advisory information over the mobile phone. Caroline has experience leading various NGO, donor funded and public sector agriculture projects. She has worked with international organizations such as DFID, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF, AusAid, the World Bank, and the African Development Bank on various livelihoods projects. Caroline was also instrumental during the pilot phases of agriculture inputs redemption and voucher based agricultural projects such as the Protracted Relief Program funded by DFID, as well as the Zimbabwe Agriculture Inputs Program and the Zimbabwe Emergency Agriculture Inputs.
Caroline is passionate about the transformation of the smallholder sector, improving the lives of smallholder farmers and building sustainable business models around m-agri offers.
Stephen Muchiri, CEO, Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF)
Stephen Muchiri is a trained professional horticulturalist and is in charge of the Eastern Africa Farmers Federation as the CEO (EAFF). EAFF is a regional network of national farmer unions, federations and co-operatives in 10 countries covering EAC, Horn of Africa and DRC with over 20 million members, which mandate is to represent, advocate, lobby, build capacity and provide information to farmers of Eastern Africa with the view of building cohesion and realizing prosperity of his members.
His role is centered around implementing EAFFs new strategic plan 2012-2020 whose focus is farmer entrepreneurship through strengthening the role farmers along value chains and to achieve this he has worked around building important partnerships for EAFF with regional private sector, government, research and NGOs.
Robert Mukiza, Ethiopia Country Representative, Global Green Growth Institute
Robert Mukiza is currently a Deputy Director and Ethiopia Country Representative of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). He has been in this role since 2014 leading GGGI’s Ethiopia Program in supporting the implementation of the Government of Ethiopia’ Climate Resilience Green Economy strategy and its Second Growth and Transformation Plan.
Prior to GGGI, Robert served as a Director of Hong Kong-based Acadia Energy, the Head of the United Nations Coordination Unit in Botswana, and as a Lead Economist for the United Nations in the Maldives. He has also worked for the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development in Geneva. He has vast experience in international development and the private sector- specifically in the energy sector.
Robert holds a Master of Science Degree in International Finance and Economic Development from the University of Kent (UK), a Bachelor of Science Degree in Quantitative Economics from Makerere University (Uganda) and has studied Strategic Leadership at the Said Business School of Oxford University (UK).
Alex Mulisa, Fund Coordinator, FONERWA; Principal Programme Manager, GGGI
Alex Mulisa is the Coordinator of the National Fund for Environment and Climate Change (FONERWA). Mr. Mulisa has been at the forefront of the sustainable development process in Rwanda overseeing the integration of environment and climate change across economic sectors and more recently, the green growth initiatives in policy and implementation.
The current as well as the previous roles have facilitated engagement of sub-national, national and international partnerships. Taking advantage of a supportive national policy environment and reliable governance structures, he has helped mobilize more than US$ 90 Million in 4 years of fund operation and funded 32 projects currently under implementation.
Under his leadership, FONERWA has financed projects and programs delivering on ecosystem and natural resources management, innovative financing of renewable energy, studies on green city concepts and mainstreaming green and climate resilience in local government planning and implementation.
Mr. Mulisa has a Masters of Science in Analytical/Environmental Chemistry from Middle Tennessee State University, USA and a Bachelor of Science: Chemistry & Environmental Science from the University of Western Ontario; Canada
Twitter: @amulisa21 and @greenfund
Professional website: www.fonerwa.org
Ousseynou Nakoulima, Director, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, African Development Bank
Mr. Ousseynou Nakoulima is the Director for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency at the African Development Bank. Mr. Nakoulima, a Senegalese, holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University Business School, USA and Master degrees in Engineering and Applied Mathematics from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines in Paris.
He brings along more than 15 years of experience in energy, climate change, international banking and financial sector development, including as a Director at the Green Climate Fund, BNP Paribas and the Government of Senegal.
H.E. Mr Admasu Nebebe, State Minister, Finance and Economic Cooperation of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
H.E. Ato Admassu Nebebe has an extensive track record in public service and international development experience. Prior to serving as the chief of Ethiopia’s Ministry of State for Finance and Economic Cooperation, he was the Director of the UN Agencies and Regional Economic Cooperation Directorate of the Ministry, leading the mobilization of external funding for the country’s development programs. He was also a focal person on aid coordination in Ethiopia, leading the establishment of the country’s aid architecture, served as Chair of the Harmonization Taskforce established by the Development Assistance Group and the Government of Ethiopia High Level Forum, and was the focal person and assumed the Secretariat of the Forum. He was also tasked to represent Ethiopia in the negotiation process of global and UN climate financing.
He will deliver the opening remarks in the #GGGW2017 UAE session and during the roundtable discussion, he will also share his insights on implementing green industrial policies drawing from his experience as a civil servant.
Kate Owens, Urban Development Manager with the Ross Center for Sustainable Cities at the World Resources institute.
Kate’s work focuses on developing tools to help better manage cities’ approach to economic development and long-term planning. At WRI, she leads work on finance and transit oriented development.
She is also coordinating the Ross Center’s expanding work in Africa. As part of that work, she is co-leading the New Climate Economy’s Coalition for Urban Transition’s work in Africa. Prior to joining WRI, Kate worked in commercial real estate and international development.
She holds an undergraduate degree in public policy and economics from the University of Chicago and a PhD in urban planning from the University of Michigan where her dissertation focused on urban development in Tanzania.
Cathy Oxby, Chief Commercial Officer, Africa GreenCo
Cathy plays a leading role in structuring and developing of the Africa GreenCo business model, applying more than 14 years professional experience in the infrastructure and renewable energy sectors, both as a principal and an adviser.
Africa GreenCo is working to establish a government co-owned – but independently managed - creditworthy intermediary offtaker to attract more private sector capital to renewable energy development at lower cost and with less reliance on sovereign guarantees. The primary objectives are to increase renewable energy generation, support utilities' transition to creditworthiness, increase the liquidity and potential of regional power pools and stimulate regional integration and cross-border trade, optimizing the deployment of Africa’s extensive renewable energy resources on a regional basis.
By participating in #GGGWeek2017, Africa GreenCo hopes to contribute to the international dialogue on how best to mobilize the private sector to support green growth in an efficient and sustainable way.
Pade Joseph Walter, Commissioner for Urban Development in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, in the Government of Uganda.
Joseph has over 15 years of professional experience in urban development and project management in both Local Government and central Government setting.
He holds Master’s Degree in Urban Governance and Management, Bachelor of Urban planning among other qualifications.
Before joining the Ministry of Lands, Housing and urban development, Joseph worked with a local Government. He is spearheading the preparation of the National urban Policy for Uganda, Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation Policy, National Urban Solid Waste Management Policy and responsible for the supervision of one of the biggest urban infrastructure projects in the country, the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development Project among other projects in the Ministry.
Chanho Park, Director and the Head of Programs, Large Emerging Economies, Global Green Growth Institute
Dr. Chanho Park is Director and the Head of Programs for Large Emerging Economies at Global Green Growth Institute and he has been managing UAE, China, India, Indonesia, Peru, Colombia, Mexico and GGGI’s Global GHGs MRV programs. Previously, he has been engaged in leading the programs in the Africa and the Middle East portfolio. Dr. Park has been actively leading programs on developing and implementing green growth policies and strategies. Currently, he is focusing on facilitating partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders from governments, private sector, and academia to share knowledge in the field of green growth across large emerging economies
Before joining the GGGI, Dr. Park was the head of Global Legislation Research Centre in Korea Legislation Research Institute (KLRI). He was responsible for enacting “the Presidential Decree (Regulation) of Low Carbon and Green Growth”, “the Korean Green House Gases(GHGs) Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) Act and Regulation”, and Carbon Market in Korea through collaboration with the Korean Presidential Committee on Green Growth (PCGG) and other relevant ministries. And he has multiple publications in the field of comparative legal research on climate change & corporate law and legislation and governance. He was involved and contributed to the development of Green Growth policies and the establishment of regulations on green growth by establishing the GHGs Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system via joint work. Dr. Park has also contributed to other Korean and other countries governmental agencies. And he has more than 10 years of teaching experience in the international trade law and commercial & economic laws at university and graduate school.
Cooper Qu, Deputy CEO, Huawei Ethiopia
Cooper Qu, Deputy CEO of Huawei Ethiopia, responsible for the enterprise market development, during his 6 years’ experience in Ethiopia, Cooper is responsible for Huawei’s business in different industry in Ethiopia, for example: Government, Education, Transportation, Electricity, etc.
|Frank Rijsberman |
Frank Rijsberman, Director-General, Global Green Growth Institute
Dr. Frank Rijsberman leads the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in supporting governments transition towards a model of economic growth that is environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive. With over 30 years’ experience addressing the challenges of environmental sustainability and poverty reduction with leading international organizations and philanthropic foundations, Dr. Rijsberman was appointed as the Director-General of the Institute, on October 1, 2016.
Upon assuming his position, Dr. Rijsberman has engaged with senior international stakeholders to drive the green growth agenda and help mobilize finance for climate action and sustainable development. As an advocate for sustainable development, Dr. Rijsberman is focused on supporting GGGI Member and partner governments to implement their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement and achieve their Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets. His priorities are to support collaborative NDC implementation among GGGI Members, as outlined under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement and assist its Member governments to green their investment to deliver inclusive, pro-poor green growth, as well as climate action.
Janie Rioux, Senior Specialist, Agriculture and Food Security, Green Climate Fund (GCF)
Janie Rioux is a Senior Specialist on Agriculture and Food Security within the Division of Mitigation & Adaptation of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Ms. Rioux has extensive practical experience on project design, implementation and evaluation in climate change, agriculture, and food security. Prior to joining the GCF, she worked as a natural resources officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization, where she coordinated pilot projects on climate-smart agriculture in East Africa, and contributed to the knowledge and evidence base. She also supported implementation of GEF projects on agroecosystems and sustainable land management in ten countries globally. Moreover, she worked on capacity building of NAMAs and the analysis of INDCs for the AFOLU sector.
She holds a degree in environmental sciences from McGill University, and a master of planning and rural development from IUAV University.
Aaron Russel, Myanmar Country Representative, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
Aaron is an international development professional and social scientist working on climate change, natural resource governance and rural livelihoods. He recently took on the leadership of establishing the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) country office and programs in support of the Myanmar government. His various multi-disciplinary research, capacity-building and project evaluation efforts focus on: decentralized and protected area natural resources governance institutions; resilience of rural livelihoods; effectiveness of national policies in promoting the interests and rights of local stakeholders; and impacts of regional drivers of land-use change and climate change on local livelihoods, systems of tenure, and vulnerability overall. Aaron has worked extensively throughout Southeast Asia and Anglophone and Francophone Africa, as well as Europe, North America and Central America.
For the #GGGW session, Aaron will add value to the discussion by highlighting how the lessons shared could be relevant in developing country context such as Myanmar.
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Head, Studies and Information System Unit at The Senegalese Rural Electrification Agency (ASER)
Environment-Energy Expert, Mr. SARR is presently working at the Senegalese Rural Electrification Agency (ASER), an autonomous entity of the Senegalese Ministry of Energy, in charge of rural electrification development. Since the creation of this Agency in 1999, Mr. SARR has been involved in the design and the implementation of the current Senegalese Rural Electrification Strategy based on a Public-Private Partnership. Within ASER, Mr. SARR is the head of the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit. He is also the focal Point of the Lighting Africa Initiative in ASER and coordinated all activities implemented in this regard. Mr. SARR is also the Chairman of the Senegalese Climate Change National Committee (COMNACC) since 2012, and has been regularly involved in the international negotiations process under UNFCCC with focus on CDM, Market Mechanisms, and Technology transfer.
He’s coordinated the development of the first Senegalese registered CDM PoA initiated by ASER. He also coordinated the Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) process in Senegal, for the Energy Sector.
As chair of the COMNACC, he is presently coordinating the technical process of the elaboration of Senegal INDC.
Dereje Senshaw, Principal Specialist, Office of Thought Leadership, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
Dr. Dereje Senshaw is Principal Specialist at Global Green Growth Institute, Seoul. In his role, he provides thought leadership to a sound ‘equitable green growth’ goal, tools and approaches. His priorities are focused on generating new knowledge and insights on green growth topics, and making this knowledge available and accessible to policy-makers and the public through various publications and outreach methods. And also, providing technical know-how and content-based services to operational/country teams to support their transition to a sustainable energy future and to implement their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement and achieve their Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets.
His work focused on the large portfolio from an advisory and technical assistance perspective, spanning all aspects of the energy system, from demand to supply, conducting (sub-) sectoral policy and technical analysis, preparing green energy plans, designing renewable energy deployment, developing bankable projects for off-grid/grid-connected renewable energy and energy efficiency, market assessments and capacity development and knowledge sharing in close interaction with operational/country teams.
Dr. Senshaw has several years of international research and advisory experience related to energy and climate change, specializing in sustainable low-carbon transitions and energy modeling from emerging and developing countries covering Asia, Africa and Latin America, with residence experience in Ethiopia, Malaysia, Germany and South Korea. He holds a PhD in Energy and Environmental Economics and an MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems and Management from the University of Flensburg in Germany. His first degree was from Addis Ababa University in Engineering (Ethiopia).
|Kyung-Nam Shin |
Kyung-Nam Shin, Director, Green Technology Center
Dr. Kyung-Nam Shin worked at ADB for 15 years as a senior staff. He successfully processed project loans and technical assistance in the areas of climate technology infrastructure, public resource management, and ICT/MIS. Before joining ADB, Mr. Shin worked at the Ministry of Strategy and Finance of Korea as a senior official for more than 13 years. He worked on projects related to international finance, international development cooperation, and treasury.
Currently, Mr. Shin is a Director of Green Technology Center, a state-owned enterprise supporting the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning – a nationally designated entity (NDE). He is developing climate technology infrastructure projects in consultation with developing countries.
Mr. Shin received B.A. on Economics and M.A. on Public Finance at the Seoul National University. He studied law at Columbia University School of Law and obtained a Jurist Doctor. He is New York State Attorney at law.
Raymond Slaughter, Senior Advisor, Collaborating Center on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP)
Raymond has 25 years of experience with global organizations across the public, private and civil society sectors. He advises and coaches organizations on developing and implementing holistic strategies to increase positive impact on society, ecology and economy. He has directed projects in various fields such as energy, mobility, logistics, information and communication technology, manufacturing, healthcare and investment. Raymond is a global citizen, having lived in 8 countries and traveled to over 60 for both work and leisure as well as having studied business management in the USA and global public policy in Germany.
Raymond will be moderating the discussion at the #GGGWeek 2017 and will also provide a brief overview on green industrial policy to set the scene for the session, tackling the major global trends in the implementation of green industrial policies, covering the gaps, challenges, and opportunities.
Andreas Spiess, Co-founder and CEO of SOLARKIOSK AG
Andreas Spiess is the co-founder and CEO of SOLARKIOSK AG, headquartered in Berlin, Germany. Andreas professional career started 1999 as a lawyer and founding partner of Spieß Schumacher Schmieg, & Partner, a boutique law firm focusing on IP and Media Law as well as clean-tech start-ups (www.spiess-schumacher.de). Andreas did extensive legal work in the field of renewable energy and developing markets which was the inspiration for his second career as an impact investor and serial entrepreneur.
In 2008, Andreas Spiess and his Ethiopian partners founded Solar Development plc, based in Addis Abeba, which now is one of the biggest solar system integrators in Ethiopia. In 2010 he co-founded Fosera Ethiopia plc, a solar lighting product assembly line based in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
Andreas entrepreneurial experience in the off-grid sector was the basis for his idea for SOLARKIOSK to which his partners from GRAFT architects contributed the award winning technology-design.
Donovan Storey, Deputy Director and Urban Lead – Green Cities, Global Green Growth Institute
Donovan Storey is currently Deputy Director and Urban Lead – Green Cities, at the Global Green Growth Institute, Seoul. In his role he works with country teams and key stakeholders to identify green city projects related to waste management, urban planning, sustainable mobility, resource efficiency and sanitation in cities across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Previous to his current position he worked for six years at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) in Bangkok, first as Chief of Social Policy and Population and then as Chief of the Sustainable Urban Development Section. Prior to the United Nations Donovan was a researcher and academic at several universities specializing in development management, urban planning, and sustainable development.
Donovan has led projects related to urban planning and governance, environmental management, social inclusion, population dynamics, decent work and sustainable development for the Asian Development Bank, UN-Habitat, Oxfam, AusAID, NZAID, The Commonwealth Local Government Forum and the private sector. He has a PhD in Development Studies.
|Elvis Paul N. Tangem|
Elvis Paul N. Tangem, Coordinator, Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative, African Union
A Development, policy and management professional with over 15 years of professional experience in the United Kingdom and Africa, worked with several National and international Sustainable development organizations including, TREE AID International, FAO and other Development organization involve in several thematic sectors including Forest products and agricultural value chains development, biodiversity conservation, organizational & product development, restoration and Climate change amongst others. He is currently serving at the African Union Commission as the Coordinator for the Great green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative.
He is behind the establishment of well known ‘start-ups like ORGIIS Ghana, Association Indigo pour le development Indigene in West Africa, a Founding Member of The World Greening Land Alliance led by ELION Group and the Chinese Government. He holds a BSc, MSc in Ecology & Management PH.D, Executive MBA in Business Administration, and several certificates and diplomas.
|Jesper Segelcke Thomsen
Jesper Segelcke Thomsen, Chief Advisor, Denmark Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Jesper works at the department for multilateral cooperation at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has served on postings in Japan, Pakistan, Macedonia and Burkina Faso. Jesper also currently serves as an advisor at the Board of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Jesper is an expert with a diverse international background, that includes public affairs, trade and investment promotion, green growth, security policy, economic and classic diplomacy as well as development policy.
During the #GGGWeek 2017 session, Jesper will bring a wealth of ideas and experience from Denmark’s portfolio of successful green industrial policies in the areas of sustainable procurement, industrial and trade standards, certifications, eco-innovation, and the like.
Mette Thygesen, Ambassador of Denmark to Ethiopia, Djibouti, South Sudan, and Sudan
Mette Thygesen is currently the Ambassador of Denmark to Ethiopia, Djibouti, South Sudan, and Sudan. She is further accredited as Permanent Representative to the African Union, UNECA and IGAD, dealing with matters of foreign policy, development and humanitarian cooperation, trade, political dialogue and public diplomacy.
Mette Thygesen joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1997. Before coming to Ethiopia, she has worked as a Deputy Head of several departments, such as International Organisations, Global Development and Cooperation, Human Resources. She has also been in charge of Denmark’s relations to multilateral organizations like the UN the World Bank and international financial institutions. Other postings have been to the Permanent Representation of Denmark in Brussels (Middle East affairs), and she has previously worked for the EU Commission in Brussels (ECHO) and for the Ministry of Business and Industry.
Mette Thygesen has a M.Sc. from Copenhagen Business School and an MBA from the University of Ottawa.
Asger Trier, CEO, M-PAYG
Asger is a serial-entrepreneur passionate about how technology can solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. As CEO for M-PAYG, he aims to bring renewable energy and connectivity to the world’s poorest households together with a fantastic team.
Asger was trained as a macro economist from Copenhagen University, Yale and London School of Economics. After studies he worked in a fund-of-hedge-funds, UN and as a consultant. Today he is a serial entrepreneur who build the largest crowdfunding platform in Denmark, advising investment funds and CEO of a venture backed energy company servicing Base-of-the-pyramid customers with affordable solar power.
H.E. Dr. Kaba Urgessa, State Minister, Natural Resources Sector, Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Dr. Kaba Urgessa has BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Forestry from three different Indian Universities. He started his career at a capacity of Technical Assistant in the College of Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences in Jemma University, Ethiopia. During his stay in Jemma University, he also thought different courses (e.g., on Agroforestry and Forestry) with different academic ranks and he was part of a leading team responsible for developing the first Agroforestry curriculum in the country. He also served in different academic positions, starting from a department head up to a President of Jemma University. For the last years, he worked as a State Minister of the Ethiopian Ministry of Education. Currently, he is working as a State Minister for Natural Resources Sector in the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Peter Vos, Water Sector Lead, Global Green Growth Institute
Peter Vos is currently Deputy Director and Water Sector Lead, in GGGI’s Investment and Policy Solutions Division. Peter has joined GGGI from the Netherlands. He has worked both in the public and private sector. Before he joined GGGI, he ran his own company Water = Essential, engaged in international water projects. He worked at the sustainability department of the Rabobank, the largest agri-bank in the Netherlands, as water manager. Before that Peter was head water economics and institutions with a large engineering firm, Royal Haskoning. Peter started his career working with the Ministry of Finance.
Peter is a macro-economist by training and has been working in international water projects for over 25 years, both on policy & strategy development and project implementation. He has done a wide range of projects in water supply, water-resources management and irrigation. He has, for example, been engaged in the splitting of the water and electricity company in Rwanda, preparing water investment strategies for Dutch Embassies in Ghana & Benin, assisting the Lake Victoria Basin Committee (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda) on developing a project pipeline to improve water quality, designing an investment fund for water efficiency improvement in Jordan and making a marketing plan for the water sector in Colombia.
Wang Jianming, Deputy Director, African Office of Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO)
Dr. Wang Jianming, PhD in power system automation and senior engineer, registered electrical engineer, the Deputy Director of African Office of Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO). He has been working in the areas such as power system planning, operation analysis, and project design. He is the leader of African Energy Interconnection program which researched power system master plan of the whole continent. Over the past ten years, he has participated in nearly all of the important Ultra High Voltage Projects in China during the work in China Electric Power Research Institution.
James Watson, CEO, SolarPower Europe
Mr. James Watson is the CEO of the SolarPower Europe based in Brussels. He joined SolarPower Europe in 2014 after 7 years of working in the energy sector in Brussels with the consultancy Weber Shandwick. Prior to this he worked for the European Commission, posted for 2 years as an expert in Africa working on trade and sustainable development. Earlier in his career James worked for various UK government bodies in London and worked as a lecturer in Environmental Law at the University of Manchester.
He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Law in the Vrije Universiteit Brussels.
Henning Wuester, Director, Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Henning Wuester oversees the Agency’s work on knowledge, policy and finance, including: efforts to produce up-to-date and authoritative renewable energy data and information; analysis to identify best practice in renewable energy policies and finance; and advice and support to countries, tailoring policy and investment analysis to renewables deployment in the field.
Prior to joining IRENA, Dr. Wuester worked for the Green Climate Fund (GCF) as Senior Manager at the Interim Secretariat, supporting the GCF Board, developing the Fund’s business model framework, administrative policies and procedures, and negotiating the headquarters agreement with the Republic of Korea. Previously, he was Special Adviser to the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and worked at the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in several roles in the secretariat of the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution. In both organizations, a focus was on the linkages between energy policy and climate change or air pollution and involved energy modelling at an international scale.
Henning Wuester started his career as Assistant Professor in the economics faculty of the University of Munich and holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Munich.