EEP Africa Knowledge Week 2023: Programme

EEP Africa Knowledge Week is a series of online events that examines evolving themes and innovative projects in the clean energy sector in Africa. The event this year includes sessions on Investor Readiness, the upcoming EEP Africa Call for Proposals and the Clean Cooking Ecosystem.

We are pleased to have an exciting group of speakers drawn from the sector. We also look forward to announcing EEP Africa 2022 Project of the Year and our 2022 Rising Energy Leaders during the week.

Read more about the award finalists and the jury panel for the Project of the Year >>

Read more about the Rising Energy Leaders awardees for 2022 >>


14 March at 14:00 – 16:00 (GMT+2)

Demystifying Investor Readiness 

What does investor readiness mean? What are investors looking for? What and how can my business prepare to be investor ready? How do I know what type of investment to seek for my business?

Open Capital, provider of Business Development Services & Investment Facilitation for EEP Africa, will answer these questions and those of the audience. The presentation from Open Capital will be followed by a panel of financiers, moderated by EEP Africa Head of Portfolio Susanne Hounsell.


Susanne Hounsell, EEP Africa (moderator); Remy Olsen, Open Capital; Nick Nderi, Open Capital; Arivazhagan G D , SIMA Funds; Sam Grant, Clasp; Chris Würdemann, Head of Advisory, Mirova SunFunder; Ruth Wairimu, Senior Investment Associate, Acumen.


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15 March at 14:00 – 16:00 (GMT+2)

EEP Africa Call for Proposals: Grant Financing for Innovative Clean Energy Solutions

Are you a clean energy company based in Southern or Eastern Africa? Are you interested in grant financing for innovative clean energy solutions? Join EEP Africa Knowledge Week to learn about the upcoming Call for Proposals, followed by a chance to ask questions about the process and get tips on how to make a good application. The Rising Energy Leader awardees will also be celebrated during the session. 

EEP Africa provides risk tolerant early-stage grant financing for locally driven innovative clean projects, technologies, and business models through a competitive call for proposals process. Project financing is supplemented by technical support, investment facilitation, and knowledge sharing.


Jussi Viding, EEP Africa; Chiedza Mazaiwana, EEP Africa; Rethabile Mafura, Country Director Lesotho, African Clean Energy; Felix Boldt, Founder and CEO, Solarworx.


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16 March at 14:00 – 16:00 (GMT+2)

Strengthening the ecosystem for clean cooking solutions 

The clean cooking ecosystem is actively exploring innovative financing mechanisms to increase the level and types of capital available to close the vast financing gap. Results Based Financing and Carbon Financing represent the forefront of financing innovation and a largely untapped source of catalytic capital for clean cooking. To unlock these funds requires, however, strong unit economics, data on new solutions, and blended financing to support companies through various growth stages.

How can we strengthen the ecosystem for clean cooking solutions? Join to hear experts from the sector discussing the future of clean cooking.


Faith Chege, EEP Africa (moderator); Ronan Ferguson, Senior Manager of Private Sector and Investment, Clean Cooking Alliance; Karlijn Groen, Project Advisor Energy, SNV Kenya; Hämekoski Kari, Senior Programme Manager, NEFCO/Modern Cooking Facility for Africa; Amarins Harkema, Chief Data Officer, African Clean Energy; Lilian Kagume, Head of Climate Asset Management, Climate Impact Partners.


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