Africa 2030: Empowering the continent through innovation, green tech solutions and capacity building

Under the auspices of the Italian G7 Presidency

Side Event to G7 Rome Energy Ministerial 2017

Sunday 9 April 2017, MAXXI – Rome, Italy


14:00 Welcome speech

Francesco Venturini, President, RES4Africa
Teresa Bellanova, Vice-Minister, Ministry for the Economic Development of Italy
Sergio Mercuri, Minister Plenipotentiary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy, co-chair AEEP
David Otieno, Head of Secretariat, Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP).

14:30 Session 1: African transition towards sustainable clean tech solutions

Special address:

Motome Takisawa, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan

Keynote speaker:

Laura Cozzi pdf_icon, Head, Energy Demand Outlook Division, IEA – “Energy and development in Africa: insights from the World Energy Outlook”



Paolo Frankl, Head of Renewable Energy Division, IEA


Ahmed Baroudi, Director, Société d’investissements énergétiques
Christine Lins, Executive Secretary, REN21
Manuel Berlengiero, Senior Energy Specialist, Africa Energy Unit, World Bank;
Salvatore Vinci, Deputy Head of Policy, IRENA
Crispen Zana, Senior Energy Advisor at the African Union Commission

15:30 Session 2: Innovative solutions for a secure and sustainable energy access

Keynote speaker and moderator:

Francesco Catucci pdf_icon, Head of Mini-Grids, Enel Green Power



Alisée de Tonnac, CEO & Co-founder, Seedstars World
Aaron Leopold, Global Energy Representative, Practical Action
Pierre Eyoung, Associazione Ingegneri Africani
Virginia Taborda, Director of Business Development, Solar Kiosk
Astria Fataki, AEEP Young Leaders in Energy Access Award winner

– Announcement:

“Micro-grid academy” initiative in Kenya by Jeremiah Kiplagat, Director KPLC, and Marco Aresti, Project Manager RES4Africa pdf_icon.

16:30 Session 3: Education and multi-level capacity building

Keynote speaker:

Prof. Romain Murenzi, Director for Science Policy and Capacity Building, UNESCO


Prof. Colombo, Rector’s delegate to Cooperation and Development, Politecnico di Milano, Multi-stakeholder Platform for “Energy in development”


Prof. Catherine Wolfram, Director of the Energy Institute at Haas, UC Berkeley;
Prof. Romano Borchiellini, Vice Rector for Infrastructure and President of the Energy Center – Politecnico di Torino;
Prof. Fabio Inzoli, Head of Department of Energy, Politecnico di Milano;
Prof. Izael Da Silva, Vice Chancellor, Strathmore University;
Laura Frigenti, Director, Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS);
Jespers Hornberg, Founder and CEO, Givewatts

17:15 Conclusions

Roberto Ridolfi, Director Sustainable Growth and Development, DG DEVCO, European Commission;
Roberto Vigotti, Secretary General, RES4Africa

17:30 Concluding remarks

Carlo Calenda, Minister for the Economic Development of Italy.