2020 JURY

Eng. Lamya Abdel Hady
Head of Sector Private Projects, EETC

Eng. Lamya Abdel Hady heads the Private Projects Sector at the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) of the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, and leads the Solar FiT Program for the Ministry. Her distinguished career spans 15 years with the Egyptian Electricity Authority (now EEHC) and she has worked in private renewable energy programs since 2007.

Eng. Lamya is responsible for the BOO 250MW wind project in Gulf of Suez, BOO 10x20MW PV solar projects in Kom Ombo-­‐Aswan and the Egypt FiT program with the target of achieving 2,000MW wind projects and 2,300MW PV projects. Eng. Lamya graduated from Ain Shams University Faculty of Engineering Power Systems Dep and completed her MBA in Strategic Management in 2013 from the Cairo licenced Victoria School of Business.

Bah F M Saho
Acting Executive Director, ECREEE
Cape Verde

Bah F. M. Saho is the Acting Executive Director of the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE). Mr. Saho served previously as the Principal Program Officer for Renewable Energy. Under his leadership, the ECOWAS Renewable Energy Program achieved significant results, including the adoption of the landmark ECOWAS Renewable Energy and Bioenergy Policies, which seek to advance the uptake of sustainable energy technologies and services for improving energy access. He is also the Coordinator of the BiocharPlus Project at ECREEE, and at the forefront of the establishment of the Africa Biochar Partnership. He currently serves as the interim Coordinator of the Africa Biochar Partnership.

Prior to joining ECREEE in 2010, Mr. Saho served as the Director of Energy in the Gambia from December 2000. In The Gambia, he was responsible for the overall national energy policy planning, formulation and implementation of programmes and projects, including renewable energy and energy efficiency. Some of Mr. Saho’s accomplishments include development of a National Energy Policy (NEP 2005) document, formulation and enactment of Electricity Act, drafting of petroleum legislation, establishment of a framework condition for funding for renewable energy legislation and elaboration of a Household Energy Strategy document.

Mr. Saho holds a masters degree (M.Sc.) in Renewable Energy and the Environment.

Jo Dean
Board Member, SAPVIA
South Africa

Jo has 18 years experience in design and construction of process and flow control plants in the Mining Sector. In 2000, inspired by Attenborough; Bloomberg; Ban Ki Moon and, Figueres and her intrinsic need to make a difference to the world she joined the Chamber of Commerce overseeing government relationships and LED development, while furthering her studies in environmental engineering, specialising in waste, water and energy disciplines coupled to Carbon Reduction Project Development (Illinois and GHG Protocol). Armed with “practical knowledge” the once “wannabe activist” evolved into a strategist in developing carbon reduction projects in the waste and energy spaces. She is currently driving 518 RE MW project development mainly in South Africa and the SADC.

Her belief: “the rationale underlying the nascent endeavor of a green economy for developing countries, is that the market SHOULD become the vehicle for tackling the environmental crises of climate change, and that Africa can and will make a quantum leap as opposed to the “trapped” Annex 1 world powers that cannot due to their historical industrial choices made.”

Jasandra Nyker
Managing Director, Denham Capital
South Africa

Ms Nyker is a Managing Director in the International Power Fund at Denham Capital. Prior to Denham, she was the Chief Executive Officer of BioTherm Energy, the leading African renewable energy independent power producer, which was previously owned by Denham Capital and recently acquired by Actis in July 2019. Under her leadership, the business grew from 4MW in PPA’s to over 450MW’s of secured PPA’s.

Prior to BioTherm, Ms Nyker led the direct investment arm of the PCG Clean Energy Fund based in California. She has also worked for Booz Allen where she was instrumental in structuring and investing a clean energy investment fund on behalf of a Middle Eastern National Oil Company. She also worked for Lehman Brothers in London, as well as Brait Private Equity in South Africa. Ms. Nyker holds an MBA from London Business School, where she was a Merrill Lynch Scholar and is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She has been listed in the Power Elites 2017.

Aaron Leopold
CEO, AMDA - Africa Minigrid Developers Association

Aaron is the CEO of the Africa Minigrid Developers Association (AMDA), representing the decentralized utility sector as a partner in progress for national and global efforts to electrify Africa. Aaron advises governments, donors, financiers, fund managers and consultancies on energy planning, offgrid business models and finance.

AMDA is building the largest detailed dataset on minigrid costs, performance and trends in the world, enabling investors and policymakers to more fruitfully invest in, regulate, plan for and otherwise grow the sector.

Aaron also serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), a global industry association representing the entire rural energy value chain.

Linda Munyengeterwa
Regional Industry Director for Infrastructure, IFC
South Africa

Linda Munyengeterwa is the Regional Industry Director for Infrastructure - Middle East and Africa. Linda is responsible for IFC’s core infrastructure (power transport and utilities), natural resources and telecoms in these two regions.

Prior to her current role, Linda served as the Portfolio Manager for IFC’s Core Infrastructure assets in sub-Saharan Africa. She has over 10 years of experience in the infrastructure sector. Linda is a member of IFC’s global and regional management teams. Prior to joining IFC, Linda worked as an investment banker in the mergers and acquisition teams of JPMorgan and Fleming Martin.

Izael Da Silva, PhD
Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Research and Innovation Department, Strathmore University

Prof. Da Silva is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor at the Research and Innovation Department of Strathmore University in Kenya.

His experience in renewable energy spans more than 20 years working in research and academic leadership. He has been working with Government Ministries, Development Agencies such as GIZ, Sida, the World Bank, etc... His key areas of interest are Rural Electrification, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Policy, Sustainable Development, and Demand Side Management. He has written quite extensively in these fields.

Next to his role at Strathmore University, Prof. Da Silva also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Kenya Climate Innovation Centre (KCIC), the World Energy Council - Kenya (WEC), and Ofgen Kenya. In 2013, he was honored by the Brazilian Government with the title of “Comendador da Ordem do Rio Branco” for services towards education and poverty alleviation in Africa.

Simon Gosling
Managing Director, EnergyNet

Simon is the Managing Director of EnergyNet, a global business with a specific focus on government and private investment in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa’s power and industrial infrastructure sectors. Simon is responsible for the company’s focus on growing economies where energy access is a critical barrier to political and social stability which directly impedes economic growth.

Over the last ten years he has led the creation of a number of important initiatives and investments including; the ‘EnergyNet Student Engagement Initiative’ which has supported 134 African students (of those students 56 are now on management training contracts with some of the world’s leading solution providers); ‘The Arts Energy Partnership’ which promotes artists and musicians and works with them to express how access to energy impacts their work and creations; ‘The Not Just Talking Fund for Energy Access’, which is an investment vehicle that has financed and facilitated knowledge partnerships for ‘Off the Grid’ energy projects – the first investment was into the South Africa ‘Solar Turtle’ which is a micro-utility providing electricity to the ‘Pheasant Folly Primary School’ in Johannesburg and its 1,500 school children, as well as 300 homes in the community of Palm Ridge.