The African Energy Chamber (AEC) is proud to announce that Rebecca Enonchong, Chairperson of the African Center for Technological Innovation and Enterprise; founder and CEO of AppsTech and I/O Spaces; and Chairman of the Board of AfriLabs, will be speaking at this year’s edition of the Africa Energy Week (AEW) Conference and Exhibition (www.AECWeek.com), Africa’s premier event for the energy sector, which will take place from 18 to 21 October 2022 in Cape Town. With discussions during the conference largely centered on the need for an African-tailored energy transition; applying environmental, social and governance (ESG) with large-scale energy projects; and the role technology plays in making energy poverty history, speaker endorsements made by industry experts like Enonchong will be crucial.
A self-described technology fanatic, Enonchong represents one of Africa’s leading innovators, promoting the transformative potential of technology in Africa. Having founded several businesses, including his first, AfriLabs – a network organization of over 80 innovation centers in 27 African countries serving as hubs for future entrepreneurs – Enonchong is committed to expanding the penetration of technology solutions throughout the African economy. Similarly, its ActivSpaces business also serves as an incubator with centers based primarily in rural areas to enhance human capital development and expand technological innovation beyond urban boundaries. Through his business, various programs and outreach initiatives, Enonchong continues to drive the technology of the future in Africa.
Her success as an entrepreneur and technology innovator has also been recognized globally, being listed by Forbes magazine as one of the top 10 female tech founders in Africa in 2014 and named one of the 100 most influential Africans in Science, Technology and Innovation in 2017. As such, backed by extensive experience in the technology sector and with a commitment to developing a competitive and technology-driven economy in Africa, Enonchong is a keynote speaker at the continent’s premier energy event, AEW 2022.
At a time when Africa’s energy sector is on the cusp of transformation, largely due to new oil and gas discoveries turning into large-scale developments; the energy transition, calling for accelerated adoption of renewable energy sources; and recent commitments to reduce emissions across the energy value chain, technological innovation in energy is key. Although climate change has become a growing concern, leading to calls from stakeholders to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, over 600 million people in Africa still lack access to electricity and over 900 million people lack access to clean solutions for cooking. Therefore, unlocking new technology will not only ensure the prevention of climate change and the acceleration of the energy transition, but also the acceleration of Africa’s socio-economic development.
“Africa’s industrialization will require significant innovation in the technology space and stakeholders like Enonchong are leading the way in this regard. With a passion for technology and Africa, Enonchong has and continues to play an important role in the development of African economies through the widespread adoption of technology solutions. As AEW 2022 seeks to make energy poverty history on the back of every energy resource in Africa, having African-led solutions will be key to unlocking a new era of growth and development. This is what AEW 2022 means and what experts like Enonchong will be driving at the event in Cape Town,” states NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber (AEC).
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Africa Energy Week (AEW).
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About Africa Energy Week (AEW):
AEW 2022 is the AEC’s annual conference, exhibition and networking event. AEW 2022 brings together African energy stakeholders with investors and international partners to drive industry growth and development and promote Africa as an energy investment destination. Key organizations such as the African Organization of Petroleum Producers, as well as African leaders including Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria, have partnered with AEW, reinforcing the role the event will play in Africa’s energy future.
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