Special Initiatives at aef 2020


Two teams. 90 minutes. One winner.

Warm up your networking skills on the pitch of the newly renovated Barcelona FC Camp Nou! The Africa Challenge Cup returns as a one-of-a-kind networking experience. Sponsors and delegates will form teams for a 90-minute football tournament to raise money for charity.

Enter the pitch via the players’ tunnel to the FC Barcelona anthem, meet your assigned coach and take part in the match of a lifetime. After the match we’ll be taking advantage of the amazing setting to host an evening reception to continue the networking. Not to be missed!


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The EnergyNet Student Engagement Initiative

Now in its 7th year, the EnergyNet Student Engagement Initiative (ESEI)  will welcome top class students from across the African continent to meet with energy ministers and take part in tailored workshops.

Launched in 2013, ESEI was created to support African students from the countries in which we host meetings, aimed at high achieving African students studying Engineering, Economics and Law. ESEI promotes localisation and employment to leading international businesses, and has supported over 100 students to date.



Live project signing session

We’re kicking off aef this year with a live project signing session between African governments, financiers and other project partners. Over the years, aef has become a vehicle for industry announcements with many clients scheduling these in time for the Forum.

This year, we're gathering the announcements into one place to sign deals live in front of international peers and press. If you have a project nearing completion, why not sign it onsite at aef and benefit from the huge media attention in this session?

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The Arts Energy Partnership

The Arts: Energy Partnership showcases the impact of energy access on creativity. Art can provide a powerful voice to individuals and communities. Its expressive nature can transform quality of life and positively impact the world  – the same can be said about access to energy.

This partnership uses the Arts to shine a light on the influence energy has on the socio-economic and cultural progression of developing communities and markets. Quite beautifully, power access has allowed such creative outlets to take shape and flourish.