‘Moving the West African Power sector to the Next level’ is the theme at the 12th year of the West African Power Industry Convention (WAPIC). This conference gathers key industry players to discuss joint solutions to tackle the region’s biggest power challenges.

ESI Africa is the premium media partner of WAPIC taking place in Lagos from 24-25 November 2015. Join us for a series of sneak preview interviews with some of the expert speakers who will be at the event.

Exclusive interviews:

Rumundaka“Cost Reflective Tariffs are critical to unlocking immense potential across the value chain from gas supply right through to end users and the Nigerian people.”

Exclusive interview with Rumundaka Wonodi, Managing Director/CEO, Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc

Oladele-Amoda“The most surprising about the privatization process of the Nigeria utility was the tremendous interest shown by the investors despite the dilapidated state of the power infrastructure.”

Exclusive interview with Engr Oladele Amoda, CEO of Eko Electricity Distribution Company, and panelist at the upcoming discussion at WAPIC on “The Good, the Bad & the Future: Voices from the Power Sector”.

Sibylle Haas“Nigeria has the potential to become a leader in renewable energies in the region”

Exclusive interview with Sibylle Haase, Head of Unit Renewable Energy, GIZ, Nigeria and speaker at the inaugural Clean Power West Africa track at the upcoming WAPIC in Lagos in November.

 Jannik Moller“Sustainable rural electrification must have a sustainable economy”

Expert interview with Jannik Moller, Head of Unit Rural Electrification, GIZ, Nigeria. Moller will deliver a case study during the upcoming WAPIC session on “The Latest Innovation for Rural Electrification”.

Shi Wei Liang small“Huawei’s slogan this year is Better Connected Smart Grid, Greater Energy Efficiency”

Exclusive interview with Shi Wei Liang, Vice President West African Region, Huawei Technologies Limited, Nigeria – returning diamond sponsors for WAPIC.

Isaac Gbenga Oluwadiya“At WAPIC I look forward to the identification of realistic short, medium and long term strategies to increase monetisation of regional gas reserves for power projects”

Exclusive interview with Isaac Gbenga Oluwadiya, Gas to Power Advisor, Adam Smith International, and moderator of the panel discussion on “Monetisation of Gas Reserves for Power Projects” at the upcoming WAPIC.

Rahila Thomas“The potential market for goods and services provision to electricity supply in Nigeria is unmatched anywhere else”

Exclusive interview with Rahila Thomas, Country Manager, AF-Mercados EMI, Nigeria and panel discussion moderator at the upcoming WAPIC on “The Good, the Bad & the Future: Voices from the Private Sector”.

robert dickerman“Under our new President, with his strong personal belief in integrity, Nigeria is changing. It is time to believe in the change and explore Public Private Partnerships.”

Exclusive interview with Robert Dickerman, MD & CEO, Enugu Electricity Distribution Company. He will deliver the industry address at the upcoming West African Power Industry Convention (WAPIC). Dickerman will be introducing the panel discussion: “The Good, the Bad & the Future: Voices from the Private Sector.”

Dolapo Kukoyi“Patience, credible partners and good advisers are critical for investing in the power sector in Nigeria.  It is a marathon not a sprint.”

Exclusive interview with Dolapo Kukoyi, a partner at Detail Commercial Solicitors in Lagos and head of the firm’s power practice. She will be chairing a session on “Challenges to funding the power sector” at the Finance and Investment Forum at the upcoming WAPIC.

Afolabi Otitoju“The integration of renewable energy systems into the national system need not follow the conventional power infrastructure”

Exclusive interview with Dr Afolabi Otitoju, renewable energy expert and consultant for the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE). Otitoju will moderate the masterclass at WAPIC on “Accessing Finance for Renewable Power Projects.”

Lolu Adubifa“For a country that is desperately in need of additional power capacity, government needs to do more in creating an enabling environment for investments”

Exclusive interview with Lolu A. Adubifa, CEO Lavayo Energy Lagos, Nigeria. Adubifa is chairing a session at WAPIC’s Africa Power Finance & Investment Forum in Lagos in November.