HomeConference ProceedingsKEYNOTE SESSION 2019


Opening Keynote Session

09:35Organiser’s welcome address
David Ashdown, Managing Director, Spintelligent, South Africa
09:40Host utility welcome address
Phakamani Hadebe, Group Chief Executive, Eskom, South Africa
10:00Welcome address from Sweden
Niklas Johansson, State Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
10:30Host ministerial and VIP opening address
Hon Jeff Radebe, Minister of Energy, Department of Energy,
South Africa

The impact of climate change on Africa’s power systems

Master of ceremonies: Eleni Giokos, Senior business correspondent, CNN

11:30Panel discussion: Addressing and mitigating the impact of
climate change on Africa’s power system
*Managing the impacts of climate change
*Global efforts to address climate change
*Impact on urban living and African cities
*Encouraging and accelerating the move away from fossil fuels

-Anton Eberhard, Professor: Management Programme in
Infrastructure, Reform and Regulation, Graduate School of
Business, University of Cape Town, South Africa

-Saliem Fakir, Head of Policy and Futures Unit, World Wide Fund,
South Africa

-Mark Swilling, Programme Coordinator, Sustainable
Development Programme in the School of Public Leadership,
South Africa
-Kai Kaatra, DDG for Natural Resources in Ministry of
Agriculture and Forestry, Finland

12:15Overview of the state of investment in the power sector
in sub-Saharan Africa, including accomplishments,

challenges, and Opportunities
Andrew Herscowitz, Coordinator, Power Africa, USA