aef Lisbon 2019 - a memorable success

Aef 2019 - facts, figures and memories


We welcomed 2000 attendees, including over 300 speakers, and 19 Ministers and Secretaries of State, across 4 packed days.

At the opening session we celebrated 100 projects across Africa that had recently reached operation or financial close. 

We heard key industry announcements including;
  • CDC Group launched new transmission & distribution company Gridworks
  • ​DBSA committed US$4.9m of Development Funding to Joule Africa’s hydropower project in Sierra Leone
  • AfDB launched the report “Revisiting Reforms in the Power Sector in Africa
  • Wärtsilä launched a Modular Block solution for providing ready-to-go power plants
  • FIRST (Facility for Investments in Small Renewable Transactions) announced a financing update for a ZAR245m facility for Building Energy’s Kruisvallei Hydroelectric Project.

Women in the sector moderated all 56 sessions across the event.

Business development
More than 400 C-suite attendees came to the event. Over one third of the attendees came from Africa, and met investors and businesses from Europe (48%) and the rest of the world (17%).

The top industries of attendees:
Power Developers 22% | Financial Institutions 22% | Law Firms 10% | Government/Utility/Regulator 10% | Engineering, Procurement and Construction 9% | Professional Services 9%
and Construction

Networking
Our event networking app shared over 7,000 private messages, and attendees sent over 1,500 meeting requests.

The Africa Challenge Cup, featuring 2 Manchester United legends, raised £30,000 for victims of Cyclone Idai.

What our clients say

"Meetings that usually take place over six months can be completed in three days...we only do one show a year and it’s this one. We do one and do it well."

Deepak Thakur, CEO, Sterling & Wilson

"This very important event was really very timely for us because it is held amid our first generation of PPP solar projects tender process."

H.E. Honourable Dr. Teshome Tafesse Beyene, State Minister, Ministry of Finance, Ethiopia

"aef remains the EIB’s most important platform of networking and project acquisition in the energy sector on the African continent. Excellent work and we will be more than happy to participate also next year." 

Hellen Meijer, Senior Events & Marketing Manager, European Investment Bank