Video On Demand

Investing in Africa's Energy Sector: Challenges & Opportunities

October 6, 2011 • 4:00 – 5:30 pm EDT

Part of the Chevron Forum on Development


Joseph Brandt
President and CEO, ContourGlobal

Robert A. Mosbacher, Jr.
Former President and CEO, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
Chairman, Mosbacher Energy Company

Paul Hanrahan (invited)
President and CEO, AES Corporation

Moderated by:

David Pumphrey
Deputy Director and Senior Fellow

CSIS Energy and National Security Program

Introductory Remarks by:

Henrietta H. Fore
Chairman and CEO, Holsman International 

Richard Downie
Deputy Director, CSIS Africa Program
Much of the African continent still lacks access to power and electricity. Immense challenges exist to changing this reality: regulatory structures are complicated and difficult to navigate; large investments are needed; and long-term financing is often difficult to secure. On this panel we heard from a range of experts on the various challenges and opportunities to investing in Africa's power sector. Leaders in the industry shared their experiences working in Africa's underserved energy market, and the discussion built upon the broader policy work focusing on the stimulation of economic growth in Africa.
David Pumphrey
Senior Associate (Non-resident), Energy Security and Climate Change Program
Richard Downie

Richard Downie

Former Senior Associate (Non-resident), Africa Program