22-24 October 2014
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Prof. Chinedu Ositadinma Nebo, PhD, OON, NPOM

Prof.Chinedu Ositadinma Nebo was appointed on the 4th February 2013 as the new Minister of Power for the Federal Republic of Nigeria by the President His Excellency, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR. Professor Nebo is a graduate of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology where he bagged a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mining Engineering (First Class Honors and University-wide Prize for Outstanding Student). He would follow with a Master of Science Degree in Metallurgical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering and Science, all from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology U.S.A. He served as visiting Professor of Metallurgical Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and the University of Nevada, Reno, in the U.S.

Engr. (Mrs.) Bahijjahtu Hadiza Abubakar National Coordinator Renewbale Energy Programme of Nigeria,

Hadiza is a Mechanical Engineer and also holds an MSc in Environmental Engineering and is currently pursuing part time PhD in the same course. Both degrees are from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.Engr. Abubakar is currently the National Coordinator of the Renewable Energy Programme of the Federal Ministry of Environment and is an avid advocate for the environment. She represents the Federal Ministry of Environment on several boards and her spirited concern for the earth has earned her national and international accolades. She is on the Board of Directors of Access to Renewable Rnergy (AtRE), a project funded by UNDP and the Bank of Industry, Nigeria.

Professor Eli Jidere Bala Director General/CEO, Energy Commission of Nigeria

Professor Eli Jidere Bala Gradutated from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Second Class Upper Division) degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1977 and subsequently Master of Engineering degree in 1980. He obtained a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Applied Energy from Cranfield Institute of Technology, United Kingdom in 1984. Professor Bala rose through the ranks from Graduate Assistant in 1978 to become Senior Lecturer in Ahmadu Bello University in 1987 and subsequently Professor of Applied energy in 2004 in the same university. He has written many papers and articles published in reputable international and local academic journals, conference proceedings and technical reports in the area of Applied Energy. He is happily married with children.

Ngeri S. Benebo, Director General National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA)

Dr. (Mrs.) Ngeri S. Benebo the Director General/CEO of the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA). Dr Benebo born on May 11, 1955, hails from Okirika, River State, in the Niger-Delta Region of Nigeria. Before her appointment, Dr. Benebo was a Director in the Pollution Control and Environmental Health Department of the Federal Ministry of Environment, Abuja, Nigeria where she among other things supervised the development of the National Environmental Sanitation Policy, Guidelines and Action Plan. Dr. Benebo holds a National Award of the “Member Federal Republic of Nigeria (MFR)”; other awards of distinction held by Dr. Benebo include the National Productivity Merit Award (NPMA) and the Federal Ministry of Health Merit Award. Dr Benebo is a professional per excellence with sound analytical and research skills combined with substantive experience in management and administration; her work experience in the health and environment sectors span over twenty-seven years. She is familiar with scientific and technical backgrounds of multilateral environmental conventions on Biodiversity, air and water pollution, climate change, and waste management amongst others.

Dr. Segun Adaju Project Manager, Access to Renewable Energy (AtRE) at UNDP/Bank of Industry

Segun Adaju is a graduate of the University of Lagos and a holder of BSc (Economics) and MBA degrees with over two decades of banking experience in reputable financial institutions in Nigeria. He is currently the Project Manager, Access to Renewable Energy, a collaboration between United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Bank of Industry Nigeria to promote investments and development of renewable energy projects in Nigeria. Prior to this, he was Principal Consultant/CEO of BlueOcean Consulting Ltd, MD/CEO of GS Microfinance Bank Ltd, and Deputy Managing Director/Chief Operating Officer of Integrated Microfinance Bank Ltd, the first microfinance bank to be licensed in Nigeria which he co-promoted. He was an Assistant Vice President with First City Monument Bank Plc as Zonal Head, Lagos and started his banking career with Crystal Bank of Africa Ltd in 1992 as an Executive Trainee in Financial Control department. He also had a stint at Equity Bank of Nigeria from 1994 till 2002 and held various responsibilities such as Head, Strategic Planning, Group Head, Commercial Banking and Manager, Akure branch. He joined First Atlantic Bank Plc in October 2002 as Manager, Victoria Island branch, he was at Standard Trust Bank Plc between 2004 and 2005 as Business Manager Akin Adesola. Specialties:Renewable Energy, Environment, Strategy and Innovation, Enterprise Development, People Development, Branding, Motivational Speeches, Business Restructuring, Business Incubation, Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) Businesses.

Maréchal Desmet Junior

He is a CBI consultant for emerging countries. Mr. Desmet is well experienced in Growing Business in Africa: Successfully empowered more than 200 Entrepreneurs worldwide. To participate in, manage or otherwise have an interest in companies with a similar or related objects”Marechal is a sincere leader with a large and valuable network, keeping sight on the entire picture, with an excellent performance as a negotiator, coach and diplomat.” Desmet has visited more than 60 Countries in the course of this assignment.

Mr Boma Simeon Anga Executive Chairman, Cassava Agro industries Services Limited

Adedeji Esther Olubukola

Esther Olubukola Adedeji has a Master in Environmental Management from the University of Lagos in Akoka, Nigeria and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Sciences from the University of Agriculture in Abeokuta, Nigeria. Her thematic area of focus is Climate Change and Energy, which has earned her a Certificate in Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management from the Wageningen University Netherlands and Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Asides her passion as an independent consultant in Environmental Management, she is a program officer with Sustainable Research and Action for Environmental Development(SRADev Nigeria) and is engaged with the Okobaba Sawdust Waste to Wealth Initiative(SEED award winning project, 2011).

Stella AtibaAREP-African Recycling & Environmental Preservation Ltd.

Chijioke Oji Business Development Director , Pax SA

Experienced in general business management process operations with great focus on strategy consulting and management, business strategy planning, development and implementation seeking an utterly challenging position at a high performing firm that presents opportunities for growth and development through the use of creative problem solving and analytical decision making skills. Chijioke is a graduate of Wits Business School.

Ugah Godwin Sec General- Council for Renewable Energy in Nigeria

Gabriel KajeroMD- InEnegy International GmbH

Ogbemudia Osamuyi Godfrey Programs Manager, Community Research and Development Center (CREDC)

Dr.-Ing. Sebastian HauptDirector MAG Switzerland AG

Olly Malebane Business Development Calliper Consulting Engineers.

Olly has influence in South African commercial environment particularly Corporate Social Investment, Enterprise Development and Skills development projects. He has ability to source sponsorship or funding from both Government and Private sector.

Dr. Umar Bindir DG NOTAP Umar Buba Bindir (PhD)

He was born in Yola Town in Makama ward of Yola South L.G.A. of Adamawa State. He attended Hammawa Primary School, Yola, went to Yelwa Government Secondary School Yola and later university of Maiduguri where he graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University in 1983. He is a chartered Engineer (CEng) – Professionally registered with European Engineering Council, United Kingdom. COREN Registered: – Professionally registered with Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria. Dr Bindir has earned several national and internationally

Professor J. Bala Adviser to the President on Energy

Alwyn Smith

Chairman Southern Africa Alternative Energy Association, SAAEA represents and actively promotes Renewable Alternative Energy Solutions in our region. Proud custodian of the natural energy industry in South Africa

Samuel AmadiCEO NERC

Sir Emmanuel Onyejeose Editor, Nigeria Alternative Energy

Sir Emmanuel Onyejeose, an alumnus of Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, the University of Oslo, Norway and Webster University in US and an acclaimed technology transfer negotiation researcher and advisor. An international author on books on strategic Internet Communication Technology and entrepreneurship, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the Nigeria Alternative Energy Consortium. Mr. Onyejeose is a multi-disciplinary skilled professional in energy economics and has had exposure in global media, transparency and corporate governance which he has been monitoring and evaluating.


Professor Kenneth I. Ozoemena

Professor Kenneth I. Ozoemena leads the Electrochemical Energy Technologies at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR, South Africa), and holds Extra-ordinary Professorship at both the University of Pretoria and University of the Western Cape, South Africa. He obtained BSc (Hons, upper 2nd class) in Industrial Chemistry from the Abia State University Nigeria (1992), double MSc degrees from the University of Lagos (1996 & 1998), and a PhD (Chemistry) from Rhodes University, South Africa (April 2003).

Prof. George Onatu George Onatu

He is a Lecturer in Town and Regional Planning at the University of Johannesburg. He is a Consulting Town and Regional Planner. Formerly, Senior Town Planner, Gurney Planning and Design (Pty) Ltd, Parkview, Johannesburg. His qualifications and experience are as follows: • M.Sc.Town and Regional Planning (University of Witwatersrand) • B.Sc.Geography and Regional Planning (University of Benin, Nigeria) • Certificate in Strategic Management and Planning (UNISA) • Among the research team from Wits sponsored by National Research Foundation (NRF) to compare best practice informal settlement in-situ upgrade based on the experience of Brazil and India as compared to South Africa in 2004 •

Olawole Oyewole

He is a senior technical manager at Platinum Group International Company and a senior partner, an associate of Windsor Nigeria limited. He is a registered member of international association of engineer. He is also a member of Nigeria national committee of world energy council. His main special research interests include PV and thermal solar energy technology, standalone off-grid system, wind and biomass energy respectively. He is the pioneer of Energy sustainability and efficiency network in Africa on LinkedIn professional network, a fast growing forum with members across the globe that brings together professionals, investors, installers and Manufacturers in the energy industry in Africa, to share ideas, postulate energy solutions, and enhance sustainable development through conference papers and journals.Olawole is currently working on PV/diesel generator hybrid energy system as an alternative energy solution for telecommunication companies, cooperate organizations and Government agencies. He is a principal consultant of Conergy pty Australia in Nigeria


Ayodele Afolabi Esan

He studied electrical engineering at the Moscow Power Institute (USSR) obtaining an M.Sc (Hydropower Station) in 1974. He received his Ph.D in Electrical Power System Engineering from the University of London in 1979. He started his working career first at the Obafemi Awolowo University and was engaged in teaching, research and development and later in three other Universities (UNILAG, UNILORIN and Ondo State University now Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti) up to 1992 when he joined the Energy Commission of Nigeria while still in Lagos. His pioneering contributions to Engineering Education are very well documented during his working career at the University of Ilorin and Ondo State University now Ekiti State University Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State.


Shittu Suraj Bamidele

Shittu Suraj Bamidele is currently a site engineer with NEW ERA ENERGY SOLUTIONS

NIGERIA LIMITED (A Renewable Energy Company). He holds a (Bachelor of Engineering degree) in Chemical Engineering from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi and a (Master of Engineering) in Chemical Engineering with (specialization in Renewable Energy

and Environmental Engineering) from University of Maiduguri, Borno. Shittu’s research interests have been in the areas of renewable energies (wind, solar and biomass Technologies),

Environmental issues, Entrepreneurship and General Chemical Engineering. So far, he has co-authored two papers on bio-fuel in two different international journals and published a book titled – What Next? and written various articles on renewable energies in Nigeria and beyond.