Clean Energy in Africa – Closing the Investment Gaps

Join us on 28 September in Helsinki or online!


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What does the clean energy sector look like today in Sub-Saharan Africa? What are the biggest opportunities and bottlenecks? What lessons are there for Finnish and other companies and actors interested in or already involved with the market? What type of funding is available for companies interested in clean energy market(s) in Sub-Saharan Africa, and how could cooperation among different actors be improved?


In this event – EEP Africa, Finnfund and Finnpartnership – and Dutch development organisation SNV will share their experiences and lessons learned from investing in and cooperating with local companies operating in the clean energy sector in Sub-Saharan Africa. The event is open for everyone already engaged with or interested in the topic and networking.


When: Thursday, 28th September at 9am – 1.15pm

Where: Nordic Investment Bank, Fabianinkatu 34, 00100 Helsinki and online

In-person seating is limited.



  • Welcome
    • Jussi Viding, Fund Manager, EEP Africa, Nordic Development Fund
    • Marko Berglund, Senior Development Impact Adviser, Finnfund
  • SNV: Overview of the energy sector in Sub-Saharan Africa, including financing clean energy companies – current situation, challenges, and opportunities.
    • Martijn Veen, Global Head of Energy, SNV
  • EEP Africa: Approach and experiences
    • Susanne Hounsell, Head of Portfolio, EEP Africa
    • Chiedza Mazaiwana, Portfolio Manager, EEP Africa
    • Faith Chege, Portfolio Manager, EEP Africa
  • Commentaries
    • Ash Sharma, Vice President, Head of Green Transition Special Funds, Nefco
    • Mario Aguilera, CEO and Founder, Tespack Ltd
  • Coffee break 
  • Finnpartnership: Approach and experiences
    • Ville Jokinen, Programme Officer
  • Finnfund: Approach and experiences
    • Jussi Tourunen, Associate Director, Head of Energy and Infrastructure portfolio
  • Commentaries
    • Visa Tuominen, Senior International Development Expert, WWF Finland
    • Jukka-Pekka Kärkkäinen, CEO, FCA Investments
  • Q&A and discussion
  • Wrap-up and thank you
  • Lunch & networking



The Energy and Environment Partnership Trust Fund (EEP Africa) is a clean energy financing facility hosted and managed by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) with funding from Austria, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, NDF and Switzerland. EEP Africa provides risk tolerant early-stage grant financing for locally driven innovative clean energy projects and businesses in Southern and Eastern Africa. The grantees aim to provide solutions for diverse purposes, such as e-mobility, clean cooking, irrigation, agricultural processing and storage, household energy and large-scale power production. Since 2010, EEP Africa has committed more than EUR 60 million to over 270 pioneering projects, creating over 11,600 jobs, improving energy access for more than 5 million people, and avoiding 1.8 million tonnes of CO2e. EEP Africa is headed by a fund management unit at Nordic Development Fund (NDF). Thematic expertise and regional presence is provided by the implementation support partners, SNV and Open Capital, who work in close collaboration with NDF across all EEP Africa activities.


Finnfund is a Finnish development financier and impact investor. We build a sustainable future and generate lasting impact by investing in businesses that solve global development challenges. We invest 200–250 million euros in 20–30 companies in developing countries each year. Our focus sectors include renewable energy, sustainable forestry, sustainable agriculture, financial institutions, and digital infrastructure and solutions. Today Finnfund’s investments, commitments, and investment decisions total about 1.22 billion euros, half of them in Africa. The company has 100 employees based in Helsinki and Nairobi. For more information, please visit


Finnpartnership is a Business Partnership Programme under the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA), managed by Finnfund. Finnpartnership aims to produce development impact by creating private sector partnerships between companies in Finland and in developing countries. Finnpartnership provides seed project financing, business matchmaking, and training & advisory services.