Session Details

Bringing Electricity to Underserved Populations

Thursday, March 12

10:30 am - 11:20 am

Among the Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015 by all 193 United Nations member states was “universal access to affordable, reliable, and modern energy services by 2030.” For decades, however, numerous institutions have attempted to solve the issue of energy access across sub-Saharan Africa, India, and developing Asia, yet few have seen progress. The situation in Africa is particularly intractable; in 2030 the region is projected to still account for 90% of the global population without electricity access. Which approaches to ensuring energy access have worked—and which haven’t? How should governments, the private sector, and development organizations collaborate while avoiding the creation of detrimental dependencies on foreign aid and international debt? To what extent should environmental considerations be weighed? What technologies and business models can be gainfully adopted to accelerate energy access?

Session Speakers
  • Daniel Berkove

    IHS Markit

    Senior Associate, Energy

  • Ashvin Dayal

    The Rockefeller Foundation

    Senior Vice President, Power Initiative

  • Siddharth R Mayur

    h2e Power Systems Private Limited

    Founder & CEO

  • Bruce Raw

    GreenCape (City of Cape Town)

    Chief Strategy Officer

  • Robert Stoner

    MIT Energy Initiative

    Deputy Director for Science & Technology