• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024
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H.E. Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid

African Union Commission

Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy

Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid is the twice-elected African Union Commissioner in charge of Infrastructure, Energy & Digitalisation. For more than 30 years, Dr Abou-Zeid has served in leadership positions in international organizations and has amassed a remarkable mix of experience from across continents and stakeholders. She has managed AfDB largest operational portfolio and implemented national and continental multi-sectoral development programmes, including the world’s largest solar power plant. She launched the Single African Air Transport Market, African Single Energy Market, First African Digital Transformation Strategy as well as 2nd 10-year Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa - thus, delivering on major continental initiatives for African Integration under African Union Agenda 2063. An Egyptian national, Dr Abou-Zeid holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering, Cairo University; MBA, Université Senghor; MPA, Harvard University; and Ph.D. Economic Development, The University of Manchester. Dr. Abou-Zeid sets the example for women in STEM and in leadership positions; She is long named and recognized as champion of gender equality and women in STEM; often voted one of Africa’s most influential women ans reputable Africans; decorated by HM King of Morocco and by HE President of Senegal and awarded Honorary Doctorate from University or Manchester, UK

Sessions With H.E. Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid

Tuesday, 7 March

Wednesday, 8 March

  • 04:05pm - 04:45pm (CST) / 08/mar/2023 10:05 pm - 08/mar/2023 10:45 pm

    Spotlight | Africa’s Energy: A future of energy transitions

    Geopolitics/Policy/Regulatory Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability
    The world’s youngest and fastest urbanizing region, Africa is also blessed with abundant natural resources, both hydrocarbons and the minerals, that will power the global energy transition. For policymakers who strive to deliver vital energy access and economic growth, the development of these resources is an urgent priority. Fossil fuels remain critically important since many governments are heavily dependent on them for revenues, employment and industrialization, even as Africa’s per capita carbon emissions are among the lowest in the world. How are energy leaders advancing hydrocarbon-based projects while supporting net-zero goals? What opportunities are emerging from the energy transition? Where will finance come from, and under what conditions?