WEC Congress | Talent and Capacity Building: Showcasing Success

Across Africa, skilled entrepreneurs are solving some of the continent’s most pressing energy challenges of energy access, climate change and resilience. The mobile revolution has spurred new opportunities for emerging markets and at the same time renewables have become more cost-competitive. However, many challenges remain to be solved and it will take strong pioneers to develop suitable business models and overcome skills, capital, supply chain and infrastructure gaps. This session will showcase some of Africa’s entrepreneurial success stories and explore successful policy environments and educational systems.


  1. What are examples of success and what lessons can be drawn?
  2. How can local skills constraints be overcome?
  3. What is the role of public and private partnerships in developing Africa’s talent base?
Discussion Leader(s): Sanjit ‘Bunker’ Roy, Founder, Barefoot College, India ; Andreas Spiess, Chief Executive Officer, SolarKiosk, Germany ; Ahmed Badr, Executive Director, Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), Egypt ; Paul Smith Lomas, Chief Executive, Practical Action, UK ; Cristina Morales, Regional Manager Latin America and the Caribbean, World Energy Council, Colombia
Topic: Trilemma frontiers