Conference Agenda

2015 Off-Grid Lighting Conference and Exhibition; Conference Snapshot

Monday, October 26th, 2015

11:00

Conference Registration Opens

All Conference Sessions on Monday 26th October will be held in Sheikh Maktoum C (Conference Room)

14:00 – 14:30 Welcome Session with Keynote Speaker, Professor Muhammad Yunus
14:30 – 14:45 Screening of Lighting Global Video: “The Most Important Voices in the Room – The Last Mile Distributors and Their Customers”
14:45 – 16:00 Dialogue with Industry, Government, and Finance Executives
The role of the off-grid lighting and solar energy industry in bringing unprecedented scale in addressing the energy access problem
16:00 – 16:40

Coffee Break in Exhibition Hall

16:40 – 17:10 Preview: What to Expect in the Five Conference Streams
How do we get to where we are today? How does the sector organise itself? How will this event contribute to the development of the sector?
17:10 – 18:20 Solar Off-Grid 2015: Market Dynamics in a Time of Rapid Growth
Key conclusions from the third Market Trends Report discussed by leading market experts.
18:30 – 20:30

Exhibition Opening and Reception -Traditional Ayala Dance Ceremony

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

07:30

Conference Registration

08:30 – 9:50 Working with Governments to Scale Impact

Conference Room – Sheikh Maktoum C

As energy access can be considered the foundation for the global development agenda, governments are looking for ways to accelerate access to modern energy services. Despite years of investment and efforts towards expanding the electrical grid, there remains enormous numbers of un-electrified people and communities. In fact, there are now more un-electrified people across the globe than the total global population when Thomas Edison built the first electric grid. The fast growing solar lighting and services industry is demonstrating that with a robust enabling environment, commercial private sector solutions can generate big impacts rapidly. What does the enabling environment look like? How can governments and industry join together to achieve universal energy access? Join us in Dubai to find out.

09:50 – 10:30 The Art of Selling Solar Energy Products at Scale

Conference Room – Sheikh Maktoum C

This session will provide attendees with an overview of the different approaches towards distribution. Success stories of those reaching scale will be presented. There will also be an examination of the various challenges facing the various approaches whilst participants will also get a sense of future trends.

10:30 – 11:10

Coffee Break in Exhibition Hall

11:10 – 11:50 Financing Across the Supply Chain

Conference Room – Sheikh Maktoum C

An examination of finance enabling innovation, the building blocks for successful fundraising, and an assessment of what investors are attracted to in the off-grid sector.

11:50 – 13:10 Technical Advances and Environmental Issues for Off-Grid Energy Systems

Conference Room – Sheikh Maktoum C

An outlook on the market implications of key technology trends related to off-grid energy systems, exploring the four following topics (i) batteries and associated control strategies; (ii) LED lighting systems; (iii) pay-as-you-go technology, and (iv) environmental health and recycling/ collection

13:10 – 14:10

Lunch in Exhibition Hall

Financing

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Technical and Quality Assurance

Sustainability

Conference Room – Sheikh Maktoum C
Conference Room – Sheikh Maktoum B
Conference Room – Dubai C
14:10 – 15:40 Financing Growth: How to Access and Use Debt to Grow Energy Access Businesses. 


 

How to Make Quality Assurance Effective, Sustainable and Affordable. Overview of Current Status and Key Trends Social Impact Data: State of Knowledge and Opportunities for Action
15:40 – 16:10

Coffee Break in Exhibition Hall

Role of Governments & Policy in Facilitating Growth

Business Services

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Sustainability

Conference Room – Dubai C
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16:10 – 17:40 Achieving National Level Policy Change: The Case of Kerosene Subsidies, VAT and Tariffs, and Quality Assurance Building the Supply Chain for New Markets to the Last Mile: Success Stories in the Off-Grid Lighting and Other Consumer Goods Industries Incentivizing Innovation and Quality – How to Keep Copycats and Counterfeits from Spoiling the Market
18:30 – 21:00

Industry Reception at the Ritz Carlton (Shuttle Buses Departing from the Novotel Entrance)

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Business Services

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Financing

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Sustainability

Conference Room – Sheikh Maktoum B
Conference Room – Sheikh Maktoum C
Conference Room – Dubai C
09:00 – 10:30 “Pay-As-You-Go”: The Best Way to Reach All Unconnected People? What are the Models, and what are the Opportunities they Bring? Getting your Business Funded – Equity Needs and Solutions Environmental and Social Sustainability Across the Value Chain
10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break in Exhibition Hall

Role of Governments & Policy in Facilitating Growth

Business Services

Kindly supported by

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Technical and Quality Assurance

Conference Room – Dubai C
Conference Room – Sheikh Maktoum C
Conference Room – Sheikh Maktoum B
11:00 – 12:30 The Role of Governments and Policy in Facilitating Access to Capital Getting the most from your Marketing Buck: Lessons on What Works Innovations in After Sales Service: New Technology, Service Centre Networks and Creative Business Models
12:30 – 14:00

Lunch

Role of Governments & Policy in Facilitating Growth

Financing

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Technical and Quality Assurance

Conference Room – Dubai C
Conference Room – Sheikh Maktoum C
Conference Room – Sheikh Maktoum B
14:00 – 15:30 Building an Effective Program – Practical Tools for Governments and Donors to Support the OGL Market How to make Direct Sales of Off-Grid Energy Products Affordable? The Role of Consumer Retailer Financing Super-Efficient DC Appliances in Combination with State of the Art SHS Can Boost the Decentralised Off-Grid Energy Market
15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break in Exhibition Hall

16:00 – 17:30

The Future of Off-Grid Lighting: Perspectives from Around the Globe

Conference Room – Sheikh Maktoum C

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

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Conference Room – Dubai E
Conference Room- Sheikh Maktoum B
Conference Room – Sheikh Maktoum C
Conference Room – Dubai D
09.00 – 10.30
 

Understanding Off-Grid Energy Customers – Research, Collaboration & Learning 

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Results Based Financing in the Off-Grid Lighting Sector, I

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Powering Humanitarian Relief: Deploying Small-Scale Lighting and Power Solutions in Emergency & Long-Term Settings

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The Price of Clean and Safe Light for life – sustainable alternative to fuel-based lighting

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10.30 – 11.00

Coffee Break in Sheikh Maktoum Hall

Conference Room- Dubai C
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Conference Room – Dubai E
11.00 – 12.30 Lighting Global Quality Assurance Program Stakeholder Meeting

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Results Based Financing in the Off-Grid Lighting Sector, II

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Powering Humanitarian Relief: Deploying Small-Scale Lighting and Power Solutions in Emergency & Long-Term Settings

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National 
Renewable Energy
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Meeting

(Invitation Only)

Conference Room – Dubai F

PAYGO Harmonizing

Metrics Meeting
(Invitation Only)

12.30 – 13.30

Lunch in Sheikh Maktoum Hall

Conference Room – Dubai C

Conference Room – Dubai E
Conference Room – Dubai F
13.30 – 15.00

Global LEAP Off-Grid Appliance Programs: Overview and Q&A

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A Useful Guide On Managing Currency Risk for CFOs and Investors in the Off-Grid Energy Sector

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Closed Door Session for Non Manufacturing Distributors by Frontier Markets Foundation
15.00 – 15.30

Coffee Break in Front of Dubai C & D

Conference Room – Dubai E
Conference Room – Dubai D
Conference Room – Dubai C

Conference Room – Dubai F
15.30 – 17.00 Introducing the Off-Grid Solar Scorecard

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 Test Lab Meeting (Invitation Only)

Power Africa Beyond the Grid Private Partners meeting

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Closed Door Session for Non Manufacturing Distributors by Frontier Markets Foundation
Conference Room – Dubai C

17.00 – 18.00

Power Africa Beyond the Grid Private Partners meeting

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