Senior rural Engineer with relevant experience (15 years) in agriculture, irrigation, water resource management, business development, supply chain management, and a solid understanding of infrastructure finance. Acting Director, Mr Aimé BICABA is since March 2018, the Representative of the West African Development Bank in Guinea-Bissau.
Archives Fernandes has a two-year education in Architecture, by Guinea Bissau Amilcar Cabral University, but it was in Banking and Insurance that he stood out, with a degree from the Superior Institute of Informatics and Management of Burkina Faso. In November 2011, after finishing studies he returned to his country where he contributed, in a benevolent way, in the administrative and financial organization of the Mission of the Franciscan Order in Bissau until August 2012 when he saw his dream come truth: the first job at FRES Guinea Bissau where he was in charge of administration and finances, until April 2016 when Archives was promoted as Director-General, a position that he is in charge until now.
Ussumane Só is the President of CCAN-Pitche, Cooperativa Casa de Agro-Negócios de Pitche, in Gabu region.
The Cooperative plans to develop integrated agribusiness projects in the agriculture, livestock, renewable energies and aquaculture areas.
He's also the Managing Director of Losser Lda, a Business Development Consultants Cabinet in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, with depth knowledge of both Guinea-Bissau public and private sectors as well as country development partners as results of working more than 25 years in both sectors.
The cabinet provides professional services covering all activities related to Development, Business and Investment in Guinea-Bissau.
Mr So before being fulltime private consultant and the President of above referenced Cooperative was Minister of Economy and Finance of Guinea-Bissau, General Manager of the Directorate of Private Investment Promotion (DPIP)/ Ministry of Economy and Finance, and Trade & Investment Specialist in the TIPS/United States Agency for International Development (USAID) project in Bissau, chief of staff of Minister of Natural Resources, Industry and Energy office.
This experience gave him the opportunity to:
Under Mr So leadership, DPIP organized and directed several investment missions to Guinea-Bissau as well as abroad and also was very instrumental in the realization of several investment projects in the country.
Mr. So, after Bissau secondary school, was educated at the Moscow Economic Institute, Plekanov, Russia, where he obtained a B.S. in Economics (1986) and West Texas A & M University, USA where he earned an M. Sc. in Agricultural Economics and Business (1995).
Had several short time training courses, attended several seminars and conferences/workshops around world, namely in Africa, Europe, America and Asia.
Carlos Adriano Conduto, born in October 2, 1967.
Graduated in Environmental Engineer by the Science and Technology University Nova, Lisbon in 1998.
Director of Renewable and Household Energies of the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Natural Resources.
Responsible for the environmental services in ““melhoria do serviço de electricidade na cidade de Bissau, PASEB”project.
Responsible for the environmental services in “14 Localidade” project from the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Natural Resources.
Member of the Energetic Information System (SIE) /Guinea Bissau.
Davide Danelli is a civil engineer specialized in building and transport infrastructures, with experience in energy projects implementation and coordination.
Currently, Davide is Project Manager of Infrastructure Section of the European Union Delegation in Guinea-Bissau and namely charged for the identification and management of projects in energy sector. Previously, Davide has worked as Project Manager in the private sector, responsible for the design, implementation and monitoring of various infrastructure projects, focusing in a building technologies, works planning, monitoring and technical audits.
Eder Semedo is a Program Officer at ECREEE, overseeing implementation of the ECOWAS Renewable Energy Facility (EREF), the Program for Dissemination of Solar Thermal Technology in West Africa (Soltrain West Africa) and is the lead Officer for the implementation of ECREEE’s component on GEF Guinea-Bissau.
He is a strong proponent of a qualified public sector that can oversee RE development in West Africa and ensure investment focus on the double bottom line.
Eder has 6 years experience in project management in Renewable Energy in West Africa, including participation on the ECREEE-GIZ technical assistance facility for utility-scale RE projects and clean cooking.
He holds a Master in Energy and Bioenergy from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, a specialization on Public Management - Energy from the University of California, Davis, is a certified project manager and is currently pursuing a Master in Business and Entrepreneurship in Cabo Verde.
Filomeno Domingos Neto was born in November 2, 1964, in Cacheu. Graduated with a master in agrochemistry and pedology by the Agrarian University of Taskent/ Uzbekistan Republic/ ex-URSS. Presently is the General Director of Engineering and Rural Development at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Graduated in electrical engineering in Brazil from the Federal University of Goiás-UFG
Still in Brazil, he worked for the companies of Industrial Automation and Distribution and Commercialization of electric energy.
Employee of the Water and Electricity company-EMAE since 2011 in some area like Staff and currently as Director of Energy, Directorate General of Resources of the Ministry of infrastructure, Natural Resources and Environment since July 2018.
One of the members of teams of the elaboration of Report of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency of Sao Tomé and Principe.
Sao Tome and Principe Energy Efficiency focal Pointe for AFREC.
Georgios Xenakis is a mechanical engineer specialized in energy, with experience in energy strategy projects, renewable energies, energy efficiency and project coordination.
Currently, Georgios is the Chief Sector of Energy and Project Coordinator of the NGO TESE - Association for Development, responsible for the design and execution of projects and services for sustainable and social development in the area of energy, namely renewable energy and energy efficiency. Previously, Georgios has worked as Project Coordinator in the private sector, responsible for the implementation and monitoring of energy efficiency projects (energy performance contracts, energy efficiency certificates and ISO 50001) and worked with projects of construction, maintenance and studies for energy power plants.
Georgios has a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), a Master's Degree in Energy Strategies from the Ecole des Mines in Paris (Mines ParisTech) and during his academic career he participated in research studies for the promotion of renewable energies in the Eastern Mediterranean countries, tariff policy analysis and energy management of buildings.
Guilherme, is currently the international Relations Director of A2E- Access to Energy, at EDP Renováveis S.A.
Representing EDPR he is also:Vice-President of the Board of ALER, Vice-President of the Board of ARE- Alliance for Rural Electrification; Member of SEforALL CEMGP- Clean Energy MiniGrids Partnership; Chair of the A2E Network of Experts at Eurelectric.
Prior to Join EDP Group in 2007, as the Social Innovation Director of EDP Foundation, Guilherme successfully ran for more than two decades his own business in competitive, dynamic first line sectors, also heading various business associations in Portugal and abroad.
In 2017 Guilherme, was appointed Ambassador for SGD 7 by the UN Global Compact – Network Portugal
Guilherme holds a Master Degree in Entrepreneurial Sustainability Business and Environment; Post- Graduate in International Economy - European High Studies Diploma (University of Nancy- France); Business Management Degree (University of Lisbon).
Isabel Cancela de Abreu is an Environmental Engineer with an Executive Master on Sustainable Energy Systems.Her experience in renewable energies started at APREN, the Portuguese Renewable Energy Association, where she was Director of the Technical Department.
Isabel was afterwards invited to work as Policy Adviser at EREC, the European Renewable Energy Council.
Later on, she decided to take advantage of her national and international experience to found ALER, the Lusophone Renewable Energy Association, where she now works as Executive Director.
In addition, Isabel was also a social volunteer in Niassa - Mozambique, and did an internship at Grameen Shakti in Bangladesh to learn about their microcredit and Solar Home Systems programs.
Julio António Raul studied at Kharkov Polytechnic Institute, where he graduated in Electrical Engineering, and got a master’s in Science. Later, he specialised in Renewable Energies, in Germany.
Since then, Julio has been actively participating in many seminars, conferences, forums, trainings and workshops.
Since 1994, when he has been promoted as regional director at Oio region, Julio has been working in the renewable energy sector, with a focus on rural electrification.
Currently, he is the Director of Renewable Energy, Household Energy, Decentralized Rural Electrification and Energy Efficiency at the Ministry of Energy and Industry of Guinea-Bissau.
He is also national coordinator at GEF/UNIDO project and consultant at International Solar Alliance.
Lourenço António Vaz, was born in April 3, 1961, in Bissau, Guiné-Bissau. Graduated in ethnography, specialising in socio-economic studies (Leningrad State University).
He did several trainings related with environment and was a consultant in projects as FOSA 2020-FAO, Strategy for the conservation of biodiversity in the coastal area of Guinea Bissau, ONG Palmeirinha (2016-2020) strategic plan, Associação Comunitária de Bambadinca (ACDB) - Projecto “Bambadinca Misti Iagu”, communication strategy, Sustainable land management partnership, Microprojects evaluation/ Local Environmental Initiatives Fund and others.
Mahama Kappiah is the Executive Director of the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE). He was eminent in the establishment of the Centre which aims to ensure increased access to reliable, affordable and clean energy in the West African region. Under his leadership, ECREEE has attained international recognition as a unique regional renewable energy and energy efficiency promotion agency in sub-Saharan Africa, with other regional economic communities such as the EAC and SADC seeking to emulate. Prior to the establishment of ECREEE in 2010, Mahama Kappiah was Head of the ECOWAS Energy Division.
Some of his achievements include the creation of the West African Power Pool (WAPP) and the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulation Authority (ERERA). Before joining the ECOWAS Commission, he worked in the Planning and Development Department of the Volta River Authority (VRA) of Ghana. Mahama Kappiah is a member of the REN21 Board. He holds a Master of Science degree in Electromechanical Engineering from the Kharkov Polytechnic Institute, Karkov, Ukraine. He has over 25 years of experience working on issues related to energy, environment, climate change and sustainable development in West Africa and internationally. Mr. Kappiah is the recipient of the African Energy Leader Award 2017, and the Green Future Leadership Award 2017, in recognition of his work in sustainable energy development.
The UNIDO expert manages a broad range of sustainable energy projects in LDCs and SIDS and is coordinating the expansion of the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centers Program. For several years he worked as technical UNIDO expert in Praia, Cape Verde, to assist the ECOWAS Commission in the establishment of the ECOWAS Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and its flag-ship programs. From 2004 to 2010, the expert was in charge of the energy program at the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and worked on international energy policy issues at the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and for the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE). Before he was expert and lecturer on European Integration and EU-Enlargement issues and media consultant. Mr. Lugmayr holds a MSc in Renewable Energy Technologies of the Vienna University of Technology and a MA in Political Science of the University of Innsbruck.
Martinho NASSAMBIS NANCABI as born in December 15, 1960 in Cassebetche, Cacine Sector in Tombali region.
Concluded his studies has electrical engineer in Electroenergetic University of Instituto Superior Politécnico José Antonio Echeverria in Havana, Cuba.
In 1985, back to his country, he joined the Directorate-General for Energy where he occupied several positions, such as Chief Technical Advisor of the Minister for Energy, Vice-President of the board of EAGB and General Director of Energy.
During this period he worked as a consultant in several studies in particular, greenhouse gas inventory of Guinea Bissau and climate change mitigation measures in energy sector. In 2007 started working at OMVG has an electricity expert and since April 2017 is the Director for Administrative and General Affairs of the High Commissariat of the Organization.
Engineer with more than a decade and a half of professional activity in Portugal and Brazil in the Energy sector. Experience in coordinating work on low and medium voltage electrical networks, low and medium gas networks pressure and design, budget and coordinaton of photovoltaic solar plants up to 250kW in an Off-Grid and On-Grid topology - "Renewables on Time" Program (Portugal) and "Minha Casa Minha Vida" (Brazil).
Experience in design and maintenance of photovoltaic solar plants in an Off-Grid topology in the Energy sector and in improved water supply in rural and semi-rural communities in the WASH sector in Guinea-Bissau. Collection and analysis of primary information (interviews) and secondary (bibliography) of the energy sector for the National Report of the State of Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency in Guinea-Bissau.
Power engineer with 22 years’ experience, Mr DIOP is currently the Project Director of ABREC (African biofuels and renewable energies company) since January 2015. He led the implementation of the PRODERE (Regional Program of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Development), PROVER (Renewable Energies Valuation Program) and he is monitoring the portfolio of renewable energy projects.
He has a certification in SME management, a Master in Business Engineering. He got know-how in Project Management, Finance and Public-Private-Partnership.
He participated as the private sector representative on the workshops of the reform of the electricity sector in Senegal in 1999/2000.
He managed from 1999 to 2004 as an operator a pilot project of rural electrification by photovoltaic in Senegal.
He also worked on Mali's Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program (SREP).
He was an administrator of the ERA (Energie Rurale Africaine) company which is the operator of the Senegalese rural electrification concession of Kaffrine-Tamba-Kedougou.
Has 14-year experience in management and implementation of Social Development Projects in Agriculture, Food Security, Nutrition; and Total control of the Epidemic- in Guinea Bissau and Malawi respectively.
Is the Chairman of the Executive Board of the Farmers Club Commercial; an Association that aims at raising the living conditions of the Small-Scale farmers in Guinea Bissau
Also experienced in education, and contributed a lot in development of the livelihood of the youth in Malawi for 6 years. In Simultaneous to the latter responsibility, has worked in four Youth Organizations in Malawi where has exercised the function of the director for the Organizations.
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Engineer Quite Djata, born on May 27, 1958, has been Secretary of State for the Environment of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau since April 2018. She began her studies in the Republic of Cuba where in 1980 she completed the Average Training in Agricultural Mechanization by the Institute Juan Pedro Cabo Servia, Havana, Cuba.
Graduate and Master in Tropical and Subtropical Agricultural Engineering by Karl Marx University, Leipzig, Germany, 1990. Postgraduate in Management and Management for Rural Development by the Witzenhausen / Werra Institute, University of Goettingem, Germany, 1991.
He has extensive experience in Project Management of Rural and Community Development and participatory methodologies. She has been Coordinator for many years of the Program of the National Committee for Abandonment of Negative Practices to Women and Children's Health, Financial Responsible for the Communication and Training Project for Water and Environmental Sanitation. Facilitator and trainer of trainers in the promotion of abandonment of harmful practices and human rights.
Rachel Kyte is Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All. She is a leading advocate for sustainable development, and drives SEforALL’s work to mobilize action towards its 2030 goals on universal energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy. As SRSG, she is the UN point person for the global goal on sustainable energy.
Until December 2015 Rachel Kyte served as World Bank Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, leading integration of climate across the Bank Group’s work as well as support for an ambitious agreement at the 21st Convention of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP 21). She was previously World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development and was the International Finance Corporation Vice President for Business Advisory Services.
A recipient of numerous awards for leadership for climate action and sustainable development, she is a Professor of practice in sustainable development at Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Graduated, Post‐graduated, MSc, PhD and Postdoc (habilitation), is a Full Professor of the Scientific Area of Systems and Management of Infrastructure in the Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geo‐resources at the Instituto Superior Técnico of the University of Lisbon (IST), Portugal. He is a researcher of the Civil Engineering Research and Innovation for Sustainability of IST (CERIS / CESUR), of the Public Utility Research Center (PURC) at the University of Florida and of the Center of Local Government (CLG) at the University of New England in Australia, where he is a Visiting Professor at the Business School. His areas of expertise include regulation of public services, water, solid waste and energy, performance assessment, project management, procurement, particularly public‐private partnerships and infrastructure services. He is the author of over 400 scientific publications in several countries, including 12 books and two theses and more than 170 refereed journal articles. He also produced more than 300 technical reports. Currently he is a consultant of the World Bank and in the past he collaborated with other international organisations, such as the European Investment Bank, the European Union, the United Nations and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, as well as with other government entities and public and private companies from several countries. He has developed work in more than 20 countries in the five continents.
Samoel Mendes holds a degree in Economics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). Currently, Samoel is a Project Manager and Specialist in Financial Products at the NGO TESE - Association for Development. Previously, Samoel was a technical assistant for the core of Cooperation at the Brazilian Embassy in Guiné-Bissau, a trainer in school management and administration at FEC, and had experience in other private sector organizations in the areas of "business intelligence" and financial analysis.