2021 JURY

Tony Tiyou
CEO, RiA - Renewables in Africa
UK

Tony Tiyou is the Founder and CEO of Renewables in Africa, a Clean Energy engineering company and media platform which mission is to Bring (Back) Power to Africa.

Tony previously worked for a decade as Development Engineer, Project Manager, Lead Consultant and Business Development Manager in several companies in the Automotive and the Renewables Industries. Through RiA, Tony provides project origination and development, together with markets insights to projects in different countries in Africa among which Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Mozambique, Botswana.

Tony is a regular technical expert in the BBC Africa show “Questions d’Argent” and has also featured in US broadcasting Stations VOA and EmeraldPlanet TV.

Tony is the author of ‘The Wind Industry Outlook in Africa’, released in November 2017 and has won multiple Awards including African Leadership Impact Investing and being nominated as one of the 50 Top Influential African & Afro-Caribbean Leaders in the UK 2018.

Ademidun (Demi) Edosomwan
Managing Director Emerging Markets, TotalEnergies Ventures
UK

Ademidun Edosomwan (Demi) is the Managing Director of the Emerging Markets Group of TotalEnergies Ventures (TEV). TEV is the venture capital arm of TotalEnergies, the global energy company. She leads TEV’s investment activities in emerging markets with a focus on energy access and sustainable mobility.

Demi represents TEV as an observer on the board of several portfolio companies including SparkMeter, Shyft Power Solutions and Lula.

Demi joined TotalEnergies in 2006 and has held various positions in London, Paris, Kampala & Lagos. Prior to TotalEnergies, she worked with KPMG in Lagos. Demi holds an Executive MBA from INSEAD and an LLM from the University of London.

Wale Shonibare
Director - Energy Financial Solutions, Policy & Regulation, African Development Bank
Cote d'Ivoire

Wale Shonibare has over three decades experience spanning Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa in Investment Banking and Consulting. He joined the African Development Bank (AfDB) in 2017 as the inaugural Director of Energy Financial Solutions, Policy and Regulation. This team has established itself as a leading transactions team across Africa, having undertaken several Mandated Lead Arranger roles and facilitated total investment of approximately USD 29 billion in numerous projects ranging from solar PV, concentrated solar, hydro-electric dams, gas-fired power plants, LNG facilities, battery storage solutions and geothermal energy plants. The Policy, Regulation and Statistics team has, under his leadership, launched well-acclaimed flagship initiatives such as the Electricity Regulatory Index to improve the enabling environment for private sector investment in the energy sector.

Wale is currently a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Africa Guarantee Fund. Prior to joining the AfDB, he held various senior management-level positions at Investment Banks and Consulting Organisations in the UK, UAE and Nigeria.

Wale holds a B.Eng (hons) in Civil Engineering from Glasgow University and an MBA from Imperial College, University of London.

Wikus Kruger
Researcher & Course Convenor, Power Futures Lab
South Africa

Wikus Kruger is a Junior Research Fellow and PhD candidate in the Power Futures Lab, based at the Graduate School of Business (GSB) of the University of Cape Town. His research focuses on independent power producer (IPP) and emerging power investments in Africa, especially focused on renewable energy and energy access.

Wikus previously worked as a Research Officer in the Energy, Poverty and Development thematic group, at the Energy Research Centre, based at the University of Cape Town. He was also a senior consultant with Restio Energy for seven years, working mainly on sustainable energy in Southern and Eastern Africa. He worked with the EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF) in Brussels during 2012.

Wikus holds an MSc in Development Evaluation & Management, MPhil in Sustainable Development Planning & Management, BPhil in Sustainable Development Planning & Management, and a BA in Value & Policy Studies.

Catherine Mukobo
Executive Director, ACERD
Democratic Republic of Congo

Expert in Marketing & Business development for over 15 years, Catherine Mukobo is currently Executive Director at ACERD asbl.

She had the opportunity to offer her expertise in different sub-Saharan jurisdictions such as Niger, Ivory Coast and South Africa in various private sector companies before joining the B&M Consulting team. In the field of renewable energies and mainly for the fight against deforestation in the Congo Basin, she has actively contributed to the establishment and popularization of improved industrial stoves in the DRC.

She was recently appointed president of the investment committee of the Challenge Fund (UNCDF / PNUD / CAFI) and of the renewable energies commission in the process of developing the National Energy Policy and the Cooking Strategy. Clean in the DRC.

Salma Okonkwo
Founder, Blue Power Energy
Ghana

Salma Okonkwo is a senior business executive with over twenty years of experience in Africa’s energy sector. She has deep and wide-ranging expertise in energy from oil and gas to renewable energy.

In 2007, Okonkwo founded UBI Petroleum, an energy trading business specializing in procurement, storage, marketing and distribution of petroleum products in West Africa. By 2012, she had expanded her holdings and created the UBI Group, an integrated energy solutions provider. In 2016 UBI Petroleum became PUMA Energy Ghana.

Her focus is now on the development of green energy business in West Africa. She recently launched Blue Power Energy Ltd. (BPE), an alternative energy conglomerate, developing a $200m solar farm project in Northern Ghana.

In addition to her Chairmanships at PUMA Energy Ghana and the UBI Group, she is also the co-founder and board member of Blue Star Exploration and sits on the boards of directors of Makmera Upstream, an upstream exploration company, and real estate development company Nahid's Properties.

Ujunwa Ojemeni
Founder & Trustee, African Women in Energy Development Initiative (AWEDI Network)
Nigeria

Ujunwa Ojemeni is an impact investing, energy and development expert with experience in the areas of opportunity maturation, financing, and policy focused on driving the achievement of SDG 7, and an advocate for gender inclusivity.

At the Office of the Honourable Commissioner for Energy & Mineral Resources Lagos State, she drives policies, investments opportunities and implementation strategies to deliver reliable energy to the citizens of the State. She is also an Advisor with the Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN). Ujunwa has coordinated several energy projects and funds worth over $400 Million previously at Axxela Limited (energy infrastructure project development) and All On (off-grid energy access investing).

Ujunwa is the founder of the African Women in Energy Development Initiative (AWEDI Network) focused on promoting the growth of women in the sector through mentorship programs, career sponsorship (acceleration), networking opportunities, professional development and leadership training for women across the value chain.

Dr. Harald Schützeichel
CEO, Solar Energy Foundation
Germany

Dr. Harald Schützeichel has founded companies and organisations in the field of decentralised renewable energies in Europe, Africa and Asia. Since 2003, he has been active in development cooperation projects with his own foundation (Stiftung Solarenergie). The focus of his work is on East Africa and Southeast Asia.

Since 2020, he coordinates and manages the Startup|Energy programme of the Stiftung Solarenergie and the University of Freiburg to promote regional and international exchange between startups in the field of decentralised, renewable energy supply in D-A-CH and East Africa.

Together with the World Bank and other partners, he founded the industry association GOGLA (Global Off-Grid Lighting Association) and, as its first president, accompanied its development into the leading industry association.

From 1997 to 2003, Harald Schützeichel was a founding CEO of SAG Solarstrom AG, the first public listed solar company in Germany.