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The Powering Africa Summit

February 28–March 2, 2018 | Washington, D.C.

​Deloitte is proud to sponsor the 4th Powering Africa Summit on February 28th–March 2nd, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Join as us as we explore and showcase technologies including blockchain, and investment opportunities that can influence the African continent.

Event details:

Feb. 28–March 2, 2018

Marriott Marquis Hotel
901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C.

Workshop: Blockchain in energy: How blockchain might address Africa’s energy challenges

Thursday, March 1, 2018 | 2:30–3:15 p.m. EST
Archive Room: Meeting level 4

Moderator: Michael Prokop, managing director, energy blockchain lead, Deloitte Risk and Advisory

Distributed ledger technology, commonly known as blockchain, has its roots in the online currency Bitcoin and has been sweeping headlines. But blockchain is growing beyond its currency origins, making inroads into a number of industries, including energy. This session will present the basic fundamentals of blockchain and discuss how it has been or could be used in the energy industry. As companies adopt this technology, what is the potential for blockchain in the African energy sector? The panel will explore the parameters required for Africa to be able to take advantage of blockchain, and also discuss the industry challenges that blockchain can specifically address such as the high cost of third party intermediaries, distrust in commercial agreements, and the lack of transparency and efficiency in regulation.

Panel discussion: The big debate: Reaching the base of the pyramid

Thursday, March 1, 2018 | 1:30–2:20 p.m. EST
Room: Salon E

Scene-setting keynote speech:

  • Andrew Herscowitz, coordinator–Power Africa


  • Azeb Asnake, chief executive, Ethiopian Electric Power, Ethiopia
  • Mateus Magala, chairman of the board of directors, EDM, Mozambique
  • Karén Breytenbach, director, IPP Office, South Africa
  • Joseph Tato, partner, DLA Piper
  • Paul Kunert, chief executive officer, Joule Africa
  • Mary Worzala, specialist leader, Deloitte Consulting

Commodities prices have impacted Africa’s energy markets and the ability of investors to progress deals: From purely a cost based perspective what is the most impactful energy mix for Africa?

  • Large economies–Nigeria and South Africa
  • Mid economies–Uganda, Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire

Roundtable: Country focus South Africa

Friday, March 2, 2018 | 1:15–2:15 p.m. EST
Room: Salon E

Opening keynote address:

  • H.E. Hon. Thembisile Majola, deputy minister of energy, Ministry of Energy, South Africa


  • Thabang Audat, acting deputy director general: energy policy and planning, Department of Energy, South Africa
  • Karén Breytenbach, director, IPP Office
  • Wayne Glossop, business development manager, South Africa, Wärtsilä
  • Shamal Sivasanker, leader, infrastructure power, Deloitte Africa

This roundtable session will explore the following topics:

  • The next phase–Integrated resource plan
  • The future of renewables
  • Gas–The next step
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Meet the leaders

Richard Longstaff
Deloitte Consulting LLP
+1 724 719 1357
Kathleen O’Dell
Deloitte Consulting LLP
+1 937 258 4354
Joe Oliver
Deloitte Advisory LLP
+1 571 882 7398
Michael Prokop
Deloitte & Touche LLP
+1 713 982 2998
David Spira
Deloitte Consulting LLP
+1 571 882.5719
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