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3rd Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll) Forum - Going Further, Faster - Together

3-5 April 2017 | New York, US

Highlights for Tuesday, 4 April 2017

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Rachel Kyte, CEO, SEforAll, and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, and Zouera Youssoufou, Managing Director and CEO, Dangote Foundation

SEforAll Day two of the Forum started with the daily Wake-up Call, during which SEforAll CEO Rachel Kyte conversed with Zouera Youssoufou, Managing Director and CEO Dangote Foundation, about Africa’s development and access to sustainable energy.

In the morning, during the session on Marshalling the Evidence, panelists explored the latest data on access to electrification and clean cooking for high-impact countries and what more needs to be done to ensure going “further, faster” to meet the objective of universal access by 2030. The session on putting Knowledge into Action celebrated leaders who are embracing renewable energy solutions by using ambitious policies and incentives, or business models, to harness the potential of renewable energy.

At noon, participants attended the Deep Dive sessions where leaders discussed: the successes and barriers they face in securing modern energy services for their citizens; the challenges of, and opportunities for, connecting centralized and decentralized energy systems; and how to secure clean cooking for 2.9 billion people in 14 years.

In the afternoon, participants attended Partner Working Sessions on: crowdsourcing data to assess and improve the quality of electricity supply; financial flows for energy access and determining the right levels of finance; unlocking investment for energy efficiency and access in developing countries; accelerating the transformation of the energy sector; driving innovative financing to scale the cookstoves and fuels sectors; leveraging the “trilemma” and fulfilling the promise of integrated electrification planning; delivering sustainable energy in a changing climate; green energy finance in African power systems; barriers and opportunities related to unleashing off-grid solutions to deliver a sustainable energy future; the Silicon Valley clean-energy tech challenge; Africa’s experience in implementing the SEforAll initiative, going from plans to actions; and achieving green and inclusive energy access for governments, civil society and the private sector.

In the evening, participants were entertained by live music while networking over dinner.

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The Wake-Up Call

Rachel Kyte, CEO, SEforAll, and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All

Zouera Youssoufou, Managing Director and CEO, Dangote Foundation


Marshalling the Evidence

Participants watched an introductory video about the event


(L-R): Vivien Foster, World Bank Group; Thomas Duveau, Mobisol; Lais Lona, SunFunder Africa; Mafalda Duarte, Climate Investment Funds; Boston Nyer, Co-Founder and General Manager, Burn Manufacturing; and David Lecoque, Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE)


Vivien Foster, World Bank Group

Boston Nyer, Co-Founder and General Manager, Burn Manufacturing


Thomas Duveau, Mobisol

Lais Lona, SunFunder Africa


David Lecoque, ARE

Mafalda Duarte, Climate Investment Funds


Knowledge into Action


Participants watched a video on the event


(L-R): Pete Ogden Vice President, Energy, Climate and Environment, UN Foundation; Issa Kort, President, Energy Commission of the Latin-American Parliament, Chile; Manish Bapna, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, World Resources Institute (WRI); Christine Lins, Executive Secretary, REN21; Jules Kortenhorst CEO, Rocky Mountain Institute; and Ethan Zindler, Bloomberg New Energy Finance


Pete Ogden Vice President, Energy, Climate and Environment, UN Foundation

Issa Kort, President, Energy Commission of the Latin-American Parliament, Chile


Ethan Zindler, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Jules Kortenhorst CEO, Rocky Mountain Institute


Manish Bapna,
Executive Vice President and Managing Director, WRI

Christine Lins, Executive Secretary, REN21


Disruptive Voices

Amory Lovins, Co-Founder, Chief Scientist and Chairman Emeritus, Rocky Mountain Institute


The Deep Dive: Now We’re Cooking

(L-R): Alex Evans, Chairman, Operating Committee, The Global LPG Partnership; Boston Nyer, Co-Founder and General Manager Burn Manufacturing; Hari Natarajan, CEO, Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN); Radha Muthiah, CEO, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves; and Rachel Kyte, CEO, SEforAll, and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All

Participants during the session


The Deep Dive: Making Connections

(L-R): Yongping Zhai, Asian Development Bank (ADB); Eang Sophalleth, Under Secretary of State Ministry of Environment, Cambodia; Arbind Kumar Mishra, National Planning Commission, Nepal; Munawar Moin, Managing Director, Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy Ltd., Bangladesh; Xavier Helgesen, CEO and Co-founder, Off Grid Electric; and Suki Atwal, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)


The Deep Dive: Country Action

(L-R): Andrew Herscowitz, USAID; Nawal Al-Hosany, Executive Director, Masdar, and Director of the Zayed Future Energy Prize; Christian Zinglersen, Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) Denmark; Roberto Ridolfi, Director, European Commission for Sustainable Growth and Development; Valentin Rybakov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Belarus; and Cristian Gutiérrez, Vice Minister, Ministry of Environment, Chile


Renewables Global Futures: Great Debates Towards 100% Renewable Energy

(L-R): Christine Lins, Executive Secretary, REN21; Sören Dengg, Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany; Irene Giner-Reichl, President, Global Forum for Sustainable Energy; Georgina Grenon, ENGIE Fab; Aaron Leopold, Practical Action; Mark Radka, UN Environment; and Sven Teske, University of Technology, Sydney


Finance Flows for Energy Access: Are the Right Levels of Finance Flowing?

Participants during the event. On the dais, (L-R): Giorgio Gualberti, ADB; Paolo Mele, Energy Markets Advisor, Practical Action; Vivien Foster, World Bank Group; Barbara Buchner, Climate Policy Initiative; and Jane Ebinger, SEforAll.


More than a Connection: Crowdsourcing Data to Assess and Improve the Quality of Electricity Supply

Participants during the event


Accelerating the Transformation of the Energy Sector

(L-R): Dane McQueen, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, United Arab Emirates (UAE); Juan Ramón Silva Ferrada, Acciona; Frank van der Vleuten, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands; Morten Svendstorp, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark; Harish Hande, Managing Director, SELCO, India; Nawa Raj Dhakal, Director, Alternative Energy Promotion Centre, Nepal; Salvatore Vinci, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA); and Yera Ortiz de Urbina, IRENA


A slide from Salvatore Vinci’s presentation

Salvatore Vinci, IRENA


Driving Innovative Financing to Scale the Cookstoves and Fuels Sector

(L-R): Nick Quintong, CEO, PayGo Energy; Boston Nyer, Co-Founder and General Manager, Burn Manufacturing; April Allderdice, CEO, MicroEnergy Credits; Jonathan Cedar, CEO and Co-Founder, BioLite; and Peter George, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves


Leveraging the Trilemma | The Promise of Integrated Electrification Planning

(L-R): Xavier Helgesen, CEO and Co-Founder, Off Grid Electric; Dipal Chandra Barua, Co-Founder, Grameen Bank, and Founder and Chairman, Bright Green Energy Foundation; Hillary McMahon, Managing Director, Econet; Neha Misra, Co-Founder and Chief Collaboration Officer, Solar Sister; Christoph Frei, Secretary General, World Energy Council; Nawal Al-Hosany, Executive Director, Masdar, and Director of the Zayed Future Energy Prize; and Barry Worthington, Executive Director, US Energy Association


Delivering Sustainable Energy in a Changing Climate

(L-R): Hans Olav Ibrekk, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Daniel Schroth, ADB; Soma Dutta, ENERGIA; Thomas Duveau, Mobisol; and Jo Scheuer, UN Development Programme (UNDP)


From Global to Local: Green Energy Finance in African Power

(L-R): Stacy Swann, Climate Finance Advisors (CFA); Thomas Duveau, Mobisol; Maureen Harrington, Standard Bank; Alexia Kelly, Microgrid Investment Accelerator; Ryan Levinson, SunFunder; and Megan Viernes, USAID


The Barriers to and Opportunities for Unleashing Off Grid Solutions to Deliver a Sustainable Energy Future

(L-R): Yongping Zhai, Technical Advisor, Energy Sector Group, ADB; Dipal Chandra Barua, Co-Founder, Grameen Bank, and Founder and Chairman, Bright Green Energy Foundation; Aaron Leopold, Global Energy Representative, Practical Action; Neha Misra, Chief Collaboration Officer and Co-founder, Solar Sister; Xavier Helgesen, CEO and Co-founder, Off Grid Electric; and Ali Al Shaffar, Permanent Representative of the UAE to IRENA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, UAE


Silicon Valley Clean Energy Tech Challenge

(L-R): Kevin Connolly, Microsoft; Carolyn McGourty, Booz Allen Hamilton;
Molly Ward, US State Department; and Rachel Posner, Allotrope Partners


Disruptive Voices

Harish Hande, Managing Director, SELCO India


Around the Venue

Participants enjoy live jazz music at the end of the sessions




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