The Ashden Conference 2018 promises to be a really exciting event
Many of the barriers to financing sustainable energy, and particularly off-grid access, are widely recognised. Decentralised solutions receive just 1% of energy access finance that is being tracked. Lender requirements and transaction costs, along with the lack of local currency financing and challenging policy environments remain key obstacles. Barriers to finance are even greater for women entrepreneurs.
This year’s conference will shine a light on those pushing the agenda forwards; on innovative financing solutions being pioneered within the sector and the opportunities that Ashden winners, and others, present to the finance community. These examples will be used as a starting point to discuss how to scale up such approaches and dismantle the barriers to thriving, inclusive sustainable energy systems globally.
Location: Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN
Lucie Klarsfeld-McGrath, Project Director, Hystra
Nico Tyabji, Director of Strategic Partnerships, SunFunder
Leslie Labruto, Global Energy Lead, Acumen
Surabhi Rajagopal, Principal Analyst, SELCO Foundation
Abyd Karmali, Climate Finance Executive, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Lucy Stevens, Senior Policy and Practice Advisor, Energy and Urban Services, Practical Action
Dario Traum, Senior Associate, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Richard Gomes, Director - Market Development, Shell Foundation