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Nominations closed: Let’s celebrate pioneering leaders and projects!

Are you or your company involved in ground-breaking work in the power and water industries? Do you know of an inspiring leader or project in the energy sector?

Then the publishers and organisers of the African Power & Energy Elites publication and the African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards for 2021 would like to hear from YOU!

Hot on the heels of the very successful, live broadcast of the 2020 African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards, the organisers have asked the industry and public to nominate the most remarkable and inspiring energy and water projects and power pioneers on the continent for next year’s edition.

Elites and Awards Benefits
The benefits of being featured in the African Power & Energy Elites publication include recognition for success, credibility by being associated/standing next to like-minded leaders and projects and free exposure.

Featured projects and leaders within the African Power & Energy Elites publication receive:

  • A guest invitation to attend the African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa (11-13 May 2021 in Cape Town)
  • One VIP invitation to the African Power, Energy and Water Industry Awards
  • Invitations to various networking events at African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa.
  • Media opportunities across Clarion Energy’s specialist industry media platforms including video, print and digital events.

2021 categories
The below project and leadership Elite categories apply to the public and private sector and extend across power generation, transmission and distribution, water, independent power producers and project developers.

  • Leadership
  • Generation Innovation and Optimisation
  • Renewable Energy Generation Innovation and Optimisation
  • Energy Access: Rural/Urban Electrification
  • Transmission & Distribution
  • Finance & Investment
  • Utility Transformation
  • Metering, Billing & Customer Engagement
  • Demand response
  • Microgrids and Distributed Energy Resource (DER) integration

Selected leadership nominations and six of the project category nominations will automatically go forward for judging for the African Power, Energy and Water Industry Awards:

  • Power Leader of the Year
  • Women in Leadership
  • Young Leader of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Power Utility of the Year
  • People’s choice
  • Water Project of the Year
  • Water Leader of the Year
  • Initiate

Nominations for 2021
For more information about the nomination process there is a Frequently Asked Questions section about the 2021 Elites and Awards.

To nominate a person or project, kindly complete the form here: https://www.african-energy-elites.com/nominations/

Celebrating Elites and Awards
This year was the first time that the African Power & Energy Elites publication and the African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards aligned their editions with a single nomination and selection process across a set of complementary categories. 

The African Power & Energy Elites is an annual journal produced by ESI Africa in collaboration with the Clarion Power & Energy Series recognising industry achievements across the power and energy value chain.

Nigeria dominates 2020 Awards
The Nigerian energy industry’s finest dominated last week’s awards ceremony, walking away with top honours in four of the five categories. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Andrew Herscowitz, Former Coordinator of Power Africa, USAID’s programme to increase access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa.

The winners in the other four categories in this year’s African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards were:

  • Power Industry Leader of the Year
    Winner: Ifeoma Malo, Co-founder, Clean Tech Hub Nigeria
  • Young Leader of the Year Award
    Winner: Sanusi Ohiare, Executive Director, Rural Electrification Fund | Rural Electrification Agency, Nigeria
  • Small Scale Power Project of the Year – decided by public vote
    Winner: Sosai Renewable Energies Company, Nigeria
  • Transmission and Distribution Project of the Year – decided by public vote
    Winner: KEDCO (Kano Electricity Distribution Company), Nigeria

To read more about the 2020 Award winners, click here.

The awards gala dinner was to take place during the upcoming African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa conference and exhibition in Cape Town in November. However, as the live, in-person event was postponed to May 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the organisers of the seventh edition of the African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards made sure that the deserving nominees and winners were still celebrated in a stylish online broadcast.

Watch the 2020 Awards virtual ceremony.

Multi-award winning organisers
African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa is the flagship energy event organised by Clarion Events Africa, a multi-award-winning Cape Town-based exhibition and conference producer across the continent in the energy, infrastructure and mining sectors. Other well-known events by Clarion Events Africa include Future Energy East Africa, Future Energy Nigeria, the Utility CEO Forums, Africa Mining Forum, Nigeria Mining Week and DRC Mining Week. Clarion Events Africa is part of the UK-based Clarion Events Group and African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa form part of Clarion Energy, which runs over 40 events that cover the oil, gas, power and energy sectors, making it one of Clarion Events’ largest portfolios.

For exclusive sponsorship opportunities for the 2021 edition of the African Power & Energy Elites and the African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards contact:

Errol Bryce: errol.bryce@clarionevents.com
Stephen Campbell: stephen.campbell@clarionevents.com
Loudon Cito: loudon.cito@clarionevents.com

For 2021 nomination enquiries contact:
Ashley Theron-Ord: Ashley.theron@clarionevents.com
Natalie Bacon: Natalie.bacon@clarionevents.com  

Media contact:
Senior communications manager:  Annemarie Roodbol
Telephone:  +27 21 700 3558
Email: annemarie.roodbol@clarionevents.com

Annemarie Roodbol
Annemarie Roodbol is a communications practitioner based in Cape Town.