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  • April 21, 2020
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  • Cape Town, South Africa
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Adesola Alli

Executive Director
Almahubs Global Ltd

Peter Ojike

Wavetra Energy LTD

Wim Jonker Klunne

Small hydropower expert/Civil Engineer

Anton-Louis Olivier

REH Group of companies

Tola Shabi

Energy Expert/Director, Finance & Admin
NoemDek Energy, Nigeria
Director, Finance & Admin
Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC), USA

Prerak Thekadi

General Manager-Techno Commercial and Civil Engineer
Adani Green Energy Limited, India

Hugh Hawarden (BBus Sci (Hons), HDip Tax

Power and Renewables Transactor
Rand Merchant Bank

Dan Klinck

Director and Founder
DC Hydro
Chief Executive Officer East African Power, Rwanda

William Liabunya

Chief Executive Officer
The Electricity Generation Company Limited (EGENCO), Malawi

Peter Oldacre

Head, Origination and Investment
Bushveld Energy

Anton Harris
Anton Harris

Head of Service and Managing Director
Voith Hydro, South Africa

Charles Eberly

Power & Infrastructure - Global Head of Coverage

Felix Khembo
Felix Khembo

Energy Expert
The Electricity Generation Company Limited (EGENCO), Malawi

Kumbirai Makanza
Kumbirai Makanza

Chief Research Scientist,

Kwaku Wiafe
Kwaku Wiafe

Business Development Manager
Volta River Authority, Ghana
Project Coordinator
Pwalugu Multipurpose Dam Project

Mduduzi Gift Buthelezi
Mduduzi Gift Buthelezi

Senior Electrical Engineer
Rand Water

Norman Moyo
Norman Moyo

Telecoms & Technology (Energy & IOT) Group Executive

Andrew Murray

Managing Director
Switch Energy

Patrick Kimathi Muguna
Patrick Kimathi Muguna

Chief Executive Officer
Skynotch Energy Africa

Kevin Tarr-Graham
Kevin Tarr-Graham

General Manager, Africa/Energy, Water & Carbon Strategist
NUS Group
Chairperson/Special Technical Committee on Energy Management

Hleziphi Siyothula-Mtshizana
Hleziphi Siyothula-Mtshizana

Chief Operations Officer
Bonang Power and Energy
Managing Director
In Pursuit Projects and Technology Ltd

Karén Breytenbach
Karén Breytenbach

Head of the Department of Energy, IPP Office
Development Bank of Southern Africa

Dr. Mohamed H. Saied
Dr. Mohamed H. Saied, M.Sc., PhD, MBA, Senior MIEEE, Member SCIEI

General Manager, Electrical Engineering Dept.
Abu Qir Fertilizers & Chemical Industries Co., Egypt. Africa

Paa Kwasi Anamua Sakyi
Paa Kwasi Anamua Sakyi, DipFM, MSc.

Executive Director
Institute for Energy Security (IES)

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Africa continues to be the continent with a great amount of water resources and renewable energy potentials but little to show for it with only about seven per cent of the economically feasible African hydropower being developed. Presently, African hydropower is responsible for 84 per cent of all non-fossil fuel energy use and with the continent rich in lakes and rivers, opportunities for expanding African hydropower are huge. The good news for everyone involved in the African hydropower industry is that in the face of rampant energy poverty, African governments are increasingly turning to renewable sources to spur development and improve lives and livelihoods. Among these resources is hydropower. This presents a good outlook for the future of African hydropower and the African Hydropower summit, an African power conference, will be looking at the gains achieved so far and the challenges ahead.

There is no doubt that there is significant potential for hydropower in Africa. Major multipurpose water resources schemes, including many large regional hydro projects, are moving ahead in Africa at an unprecedented rate. This sector is uniquely essential to deliver real benefit to Africa because hydropower sector offers benefits beyond clean energy. Hydropower comes with the added advantage as serving as being good for flood control, irrigation and sometimes, recreational activities. African Hydropower event will explore how to maximize the range of added value the sector brings, how those benefits are central to policy making across African Governments, and how to ensure hydro’s unique selling points are properly recognized.

Issues discussed at the African Hydropower Forum will be focusing on climate issues, potential and development opportunities, cross-border collaboration, multipurpose developments, as well as technical, environmental and financial challenges covering all regions of the African continent in the hydropower sector. This event will also explore the barriers facing the sector with hopes that it will begin a real conversation on how to recognize all the benefits of hydropower.

At this critical time for the hydro sector, the African Hydropower conference will bring together industry leaders and political influencers to debate and discuss the key issues facing the industry. This African hydroelectricity summit will bring together industry professionals in Africa (a continent with excellent infrastructure and a variety of dams) and beyond to discuss water and energy issues relevant to Africa. It will cover areas like civil works and challenging conditions, hydrology, and flood and drought management, hydro technology, environmental and social aspects, and other important issues facing the industry.

The African Hydropower summit will feature prominently speakers from leading countries and industries for hydro development; and owners and operators will exchange experience with engineers from nations that have future plans to implement.

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  • Attendees
  • Date
    April 21, 2020
  • Speakers
    18 Professionals
Event Details

African Hydropower Forum brings together industry, government, finance and civil society to set priorities for the future of the hydropower sector. It is a flagship event and the essential forum for the African hydropower sector to share experiences, debate key issues, review improvements and consider future opportunities for the industry.
The forum will also bring together industry professionals in Africa (a continent with excellent infrastructure and a variety of dams) and beyond to discuss water and energy issues relevant to Africa. It will cover areas like civil works and challenging conditions, hydrology, and flood and drought management, hydro technology, environmental and social aspects, and much more.
More than 50+ industry leaders in the hydropower sector in Africa will gather in Cape Town, South Africa between the 21st and the 22nd of April in 2020, to discuss on the theme potential future prospects of hydropower for a sustainable Africa at the African Hydropower Forum (AHF) 2020
Join the two-day exclusive forum and gain the fresh insights from the key industry experts from hydropower operators, turbine manufacturers, TSOs and experts in repair & maintenance, and exploit the potential future prospects of hydropower for a sustainable Africa, reduce downtime, optimize your O&M strategy and improve your inspection and repair methods.

Meeting Summary
  • Exclusive 2 Days – Case Studies, Panel Discussions, Interactive Round Table Discussions, Networking and Experience Exchange
  • 25+ Enthusiastic Speakers – Industry Leading Companies and Thought Leaders
  • Attendees – Limited Number, High-level Participation
  • Engaging agenda and powerful presentation
  • More than 10 hours of networking time
  • Strategic 1:1 Meetings
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Who should attend

CEOs, Presidents, Vice- Presidents, Directors, Heads and Managers of companies involved in;

  • Hydropower
  • Engineering
  • Renewable
  • Hydro Operations & Maintenance
  • Reliability
  • Plant Management
  • Water Management
  • Performance
  • Monitoring
  • Operations
  • Research & Development
  • Asset Management
  • Innovation
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Pump Storage
  • Hydraulic Infrastructure
  • Power and Renewables
  • Electrical
  • Digital
Conference Topics
  • Hydro Energy Investment and Financing
  • Economic Inclusion Strategies for Hydropower in Africa
  • Transforming Hydropower Operations and Maintenance through Digitisation
  • The Role of Small-Scale Hydro in the Future Energy Mix for Africa
  • Digital Twins & Automation for Hydropower
  • Economics of Pumped Storage Hydroelectricity
  • Predictive Maintenance and Operation Optimization in Hydropower Plants
  • Hydro Power Plant Cyber Security
  • Hydropower Plants Asset Lifetime Extension through Smart Maintenance and Digitalization
  • The Role of Hydropower in Power System Flexibility
  • And many other interesting topics
Key Learning Benefits
  • Position yourself in the current market and be prepared to take upon your next business making opportunity
  • Secure and maximize the return on investment (ROI) of your next project
  • Boost your expertise about the advanced O&M techniques in the hydropower industry and financial models
  • Explore the spatial layout of evolving hydroelectric power
  • Gain valuable insight into the latest technologies, innovative design and service models in the hydropower industry
  • Identify the merits and demerits associated with Hydro power in comparison with other renewable sources
  • Learn how to successfully upgrade existing hydro plants and maximize profit
  • leverage power of IoT and big data analytics for effective decision making to enhance fleet performance
  • Learn about real time analysis of Digital Twins, optimizing performances using design, simulation, and analytics software.
  • Get deep knowledge of AI and Machine Learning’s role in hydropower industry
  • Recognize the strengths and weaknesses of deploying hydropower in comparison to other renewable energy sources
  • Understand advances in balancing markets and grid integration
  • Understand how to deliver a clear overview of the benefits and limitations of blockchain technology
  • Position yourself in the hydro energy market of tomorrow
  • Take advantage of an excellent opportunity to meet stakeholders in an informal setting
Reasons to attend
  • Gain insights into the African market and its enormous potential
  • Expand your network of top-level business contacts
  • Promote your business in Africa and internationally
  • Hear from enthusiastic speakers with powerful presentation
  • Use this exceptional platform for discussions and debates about then industry challenges
  • Benefit from our matchmaking and 1:1 meeting
  • Join our panel discussions, world cafe, interactive workshops, networking, strategic meetings and round tables discussion

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