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Geothermal Power Summit Conference Program 2013


Conference Program Day 1

Tuesday 10 September 2013

Session 1.1.1

Development plans and goals for the energy supply in East Africa: Making the vision a reality
Chairman: Deo-Gratias Onyango, Commercial Development Director East Africa, GE Africa, Kenya

09h00 – 09h10

Welcome address
Thomas Konditi, CFO, GE Africa, Kenya

09h10 – 09h25

Keynote address
Davis Chirchir, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Energy, Kenya

09h25 – 09h40

Perspectives from Uganda
Hon. Simon D’Ujanga, State Minister for Energy, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Uganda

09h55 – 10h10

Bridging the gap between Africa’s power shortages: Power Africa Initiative
Andrew Herscowitz, Coordinator of Power Africa and Trade Africa , USAID Africa, USA

Presentation not yet available

10h10 – 10h20

Vision 2030 and update on investment in Kenya
Mugo Kibati, CEO, Kenya Vision 2030, Kenya

Presentation not yet available

13h30 – 15h00

Panel discussion: Shaping East Africa’s energy future
Moderator: Deo-Gratias Onyango, Commercial Development Director East Africa, GE Africa, Kenya


Session 1.1.3

15h45 – 17h00

Panel discussion: Strategies to increase generation in East Africa
Chairman: Richard Muiru, Chief Electrical Engineer, Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Kenya


  • Simon Ngure, Managing Director, KenGen, Kenya
  • Sebastian Kastuli, Commercial Manager, Songas Ltd, Tanzania
  • Frederik Groeman, Consultant, KEMA, Netherlands
  • Mike Mason, Chairman, Tropical Power, Kenya
    David Mwangi, Energy Consultant, Kenya

Conference Program Day 2

Wednesday 11 September 2013


Session 2.3.1

Drilling technologies and capabilities
Chairman: Nicholas Mariita, Lecturer, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Kenya

09h00 – 09h40

Challenges in developing Katwe-Bunyampaka geothermal area in Western Uganda
Ralph Nyakabwa-Atwoki, Project Consultant, Katwe-Bunyampaka Geothermal Power Project Limited, Uganda

09h40 – 10h00

Managing Resource Risk
James R Beverly, Manager, Geothermal Solutions, Siemens, USA

Session 2.3.2

The way forward for geothermal – new research and country updates
Chairman: George Mwenda, Corporate & Strategic Department, Geothermal Development Company, Kenya

11h15 – 11h45

Sustainable development of geothermal resources: an economic alternative
Philippe Niyangabo, Head of Energy Division, Dept. of Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission, Ethiopia

11h45 – 12h15

Bridging the skills gap to plan for the future
Ludvik Georgsson, Director, United Nations University Geothermal Training Programme, Iceland

12h15 – 12h45

Pioneering geothermal exploration in Tanzania
Cedric Simonet, General Manager, Geothermal Power Tanzania

Session 2.0.3

14h30 – 15h30

Panel discussion: Collaboration and partnerships for future economic growth in East Africa
Chairman: Sandy Tickodri-Togboa, Chairman, Uganda Electricity Generation Company Ltd, Uganda


  • Edward Kihara, Chief, Technical Advisor, Eskom, South Africa
  • Musara Beta, Chief Market Analyst, SAPP, Zimbabwe
  • David Mwangi, Energy Consultant, Kenya
  • Andrew Reicher, Chairman, Berkeley Africa Energy, UK