Special Features at aef 2019

Six teams. 90 minutes. One winner.

With all proceeds going to charity, this is a truly unique opportunity to brush shoulders with football royalty and warm up your networking skills on the pitch of a major stadium in Lisbon. In partnership with Kohler and supported by Clarke Energy, we'll be hosting a tournament the day before the Forum and welcoming some very special guests. 3 Africa teams will be going head-to-head with 3 'rest of world' teams - but there can only be one winner.

Starting on Monday afternoon, join us for a networking opportunity with a difference in beautiful Portugal. Registered delegates will receive details on how to attend.

Celebrating your successes

After the success of the Forum's 20th anniversary in Mauritius last June, it became clear just how passionate and determined our community is in driving progress within the sector. Whilst a lot of work remains to be done, we enjoyed recognising the successes seen over the last 20 years, and the individuals and organisations who made them possible.

Following this theme, at this year's aef we’ll be announcing a record of projects closed and megawatts put on the ground by the AEF community over the last 18 months in the opening session. A booklet containing all projects and project stakeholders will be printed and handed out to attendees. If you have an eligible project you'd like included, please do contact us.

Spotlight on energy gender diversity

The energy sector remains one of the least gender diverse sectors. As the leading industry event for Africa’s energy sector, we believe aef should be a vehicle for change.

To celebrate an increase from 9% female attendance in 2012 to 23% in 2018, for the first time ever we’re inviting influential women from the energy sector to moderate every panel discussion. We’re expecting to exceed 25% of female participants in 2019, and looking forward to some interesting debates on how the industry can promote gender diversity strategies at every level.

The EnergyNet Student Engagement Initiative

Now in its 6th year, the EnergyNet Student Engagement Initiative (ESEI)  will welcome students from Portugal, Morocco, South Africa and Mozambique to take part in “University Challenge” competitions throughout the Forum. The winning team will go up against industry representatives in the closing session.

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 some 53 students to date.

Get interactive with our networking app

The aef networking app returns in 2019 to help delegates exchange private messages, arrange meetings and get up to speed with all the details of the agenda, speakers and sponsors. 70% of attendees engaged with the app in 2018, with over 2,000 messages exchanged.

This year we’re introducing a live voting tool on the networking app throughout panel sessions. This is your chance to influence conversations between panellists and get your questions answered in real-time.

Street party of the year

Take advantage of our Lisbon location with an annual street party taking place during the same week of AEF

The Feast of St. Anthony - also known as The Lisbon Sardine Festival – is Lisbon’s biggest street party of the year.  Visit the grand Avenida da Liberdade to watch the uniquely choreographed parade, wander through the enchanting winding narrow streets and plazas of some of Lisbon’s oldest neighbourhoods and eat, drink and dance the night away with the locals.