It’s my pleasure to introduce you to the second issue of the ESI Most Influential Figures in African Power. In putting together the 2015 edition, I’ve realised how much Africa’s energy sector has evolved over the past twelve months. Despite the many challenges, we’ve seen considerable progress been made toward the establishment of a robust power grid, working toward an energy secure future. Some of the developments that have dominated headlines this past year include accelerated investment in renewable energy in sub-Saharan Africa, continued eff orts under what is considered to be the ‘boldest privatisation initiatives’ in Nigeria and the US Government’s Power Africa Initiative, which has to date leveraged more than $20 billion to on and off -grid investment into the continent’s power sector.
Many of the men and women represented in this guide have championed these eff orts, through various government-led initiatives, forward-thinking policy and regulation, and through the innovative technologies they implement. This publication also acknowledges those key to ensuring the seamless day to day operations and health of critical enterprises, vital to functioning of the electricity industry in southern, east and west Africa.
Similarly to last year, we’ve asked our candidates to complete a questionnaire, delving deeper into the professional lives of these individuals, touching on strategic projects, organisational challenges, valuable lessons learnt, and of course their top predictions for power in 2015.
I trust that you will find this publication interesting and thought provoking and welcome your feedback around whom we should be featuring in the 2016 edition.
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