U.S.–Africa Energy Summit 2017

Collaborative and Partnership Opportunities in the United States
for Steady-State Supply of Electricity in Africa
September 18 - 19, 2017 • Madison, Wisconsin, USA

CASADE   •   International Business Resource Center

Welcome Address by Wisconsin Leadership

Scott K. Walker
Executive Governor of Wisconsin

Tammy Baldwin
US Senator

Gwen Moore
US Congress

Paul R. Soglin
Mayor of Madison, Wisconsin, USA


The US-Africa Energy Summit 2017 to be held in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, on September 18-19, 2017, is a solution-driven summit that would offer firms and investors in the energy sector in sub-Saharan Africa the means and opportunities to seriously address the perennial shortage of electricity supply in their respective countries through collaborations and partnerships with US-based firms, funding from growth fund managers, and financial institutions that specialize in energy projects. In addition to these private sources of funding, federal and state governments in Africa, the World Bank, the IMF, and the Power Africa project led by the US government, have dedicated material resources and funding to encourage private investments in the sub-continent’s energy sector.

The US-Africa energy summit, co-convened by the International Business Resources Center at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and Council on African Security and Development (CASADE), is designed to be an annual event with alternating venues in Africa and the United States, thus providing maximum exposure of what the summits have to offer to an ever-increasing pool of participants. To achieve its objectives each summit would serve as an enabling forum for collaborative initiatives and partnerships with established power companies in the US. But more importantly, they afford both US and African energy companies opportunities for growth through innovative research and product development, technology transfer, and financial stability. Furthermore, the summits would help shape a model for future energy generation, transmission, and distribution that recognizes the need to improve older technologies (coal-fired plants, oil and gas), while enhancing the capacity for renewable energy such as wind, biomass, natural gas, and solar-based power generation. The inaugural summit of 2017 articulates the first steps in this promising enterprise.

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Speakers and Panelists

Professor Steven Chu
U.S. Secretary for Energy (2009–13)

Dr. Bert O. Nnaji
Former Federal Minister of Power. Chairman/CEO, Geometric Power

Patricia L. Kampling
Chairwoman, President and CEO, Alliant Energy

Dr. Kalu I. Kalu
Former Nigeria Federal Minister of Finance

Professor John Ifediora
Director, Council on African Security and Development

Professor Mark H. Anderson
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Attorney Steve Hurley
Hurley, Burnish & Stanton

Professor Timothy Donohue
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ellen Nowak
Chairperson, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

Professor Jonathan Leape
London School of Economics

Professor Louis I. Nzegwu
Director, IBRC

Dr. Pious Kasolo
CEO of ZCCM Investment Holdings, Plc.

Steve Wolfgram
Upepo Energy, General Manager, East Africa

Andrew Herscowitz
Coordinator for Power Africa

Alan Perlstein
Director, Mid-West Energy

Olivier Kamanzi
CEO of Africa Global Chamber of Commerce

Okafor Akachukwu
Founder, Change Partners International

Hon. Precious Ngelale
Former Nigerian Minister of Commerce

Wayne A. Reschke
Senior Vice President, Alliant Energy

Who Should Attend the Summit

The proper audience for this summit are firms and investors in the energy and power industries, Policy makers in the public sector, researchers and academics in the field of renewable energy, producers of wind, solar, and biomass driven turbines, manufacturers of equipment in power generation, distribution, and storage, and the general public interested in sustainable energy.

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Major International and Domestic Energy Companies

Supporting Institutions and Organizations

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