Transforming Energy Access Forum 2024

January 2024

The Transforming Energy Access platform and partners welcome innovators, government representatives, policymakers and investors focused on accelerating progress in energy access to join us in Kigali for the second Transforming Energy Access Forum 2024.  The event is dedicated to exchanging knowledge and insights to accelerate clean energy access in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and the Indo-Pacific region through advancing technologies, skills, and business model innovation.  

Wed, 13 Mar 2024 08:30 – Thu, 14 Mar 2024 17:30 CAT


Among the many new announcements set to take place at the Transforming Energy Access Forum, we are excited to share details of a selection of our inspiring speakers who will contribute knowledge and experience to the range of themes explored within the Forum.

The Forum will be opened by the British High Commissioner to Rwanda, His Excellency Omar Daair OBE. We also welcome the participation of Rwanda’s former Minister of State for Infrastructure, Dr. Albert Butare who will host a panel discussion including Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) CEO, Damilola, Ogunbiyi, Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF), CEO, Victoria Sabula, and Head of the University of Rwanda’s African Centre of Excellence in Energy for Sustainable Development (ACEESD), Emmanuel Ufiteyezu. Following the panel discussion the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office’s Senior Energy Innovation Advisor, Steven Hunt will take to the floor.

Understanding the role and need for innovative financing mechanisms, representatives from Acumen and Shell Foundation will participate in a thought-provoking panel discussion.

Moving the conversation beyond finance, the transitioning to cleaner genset alternatives session brings together sector experts from Innovate UK (IUK) and Access to Energy Institute (A2EI) to share insights from ongoing research with Open Capital and case studies on generator use cases in Nigeria.

Amplifying the voice of underserved and off-grid communities the Customer and Market Insights Off-Grid Energy session will feature insights from recent reports and a report launch, led by 60 Decibels, Mini-Grid Partnerships, Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), and others.

More speakers to be announced shortly.

Organisations Attending

Among the many exciting announcements set to take place at the TEA Forum, you can expect to hear valuable insights from the following partners participating in what is shaping up to be a packed agenda. 

About the conference:  

On 13 March 2024, the UK Government’s Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) will host a one-day Forum in Kigali, dedicated to advancing an inclusive clean energy transition in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and the Indo-Pacific region. The event aims to address the challenges outlined in the UN’s SDG midpoint review which emphasised the need for accelerated progress in achieving SDG7. 

Bringing together clean energy innovators and key decision-makers from across government, policy and investment, the Forum seeks to enhance collaboration and knowledge exchange. 

Through keynotes, panels and thematic sessions, the agenda will focus on sharing tangible insights from across the Transforming Energy Access (TEA) platform and programmes supported via the Ayrton Fund to foster informed decision-making. The Forum will also feature an innovation marketplace for a selection of exhibitors. 

Topics to be explored include energy storage, mini-grid market enablement, innovative finance mechanisms, sustainable cooling, and ensuring inclusivity in clean energy innovation. The Forum will also dive into key enablers for progress, such as scaling innovations, capacity building, unlocking finance, and collaborating with local partners

The Forum will close with a networking drinks reception.

Delegates also have the opportunity to apply for a limited number of places for site visits on Thursday 14 March, to get first-hand insight into projects in Rwanda supported via TEA. 

Who should attend:  

The event will bring together a range of clean energy innovators, key decision makers, government officials, policymakers, investors, programme managers, entrepreneurs, and wider stakeholders who share a strategic interest in innovations that accelerate progress towards SDG7. 

Please note that the Forum is an in-person focused event, only parts of the main plenary will be streamed online with limited opportunity for remote interaction. We strongly advise attendance in person where possible, to make the most of the valuable sessions and the additional networking opportunities during lunch and at the evening reception. 

Location: Kigali Marriott Hotel, Kigali City Rwanda