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On November 7-8, 2013, hundreds of executives, policy makers and thought leaders from the private
sector, national governments, non-government organizations, and academia from across the globe
met at Colorado School of Mines in Golden Colorado (near Denver) for the Annual Energy Africa
Conference to dialog, collaborate, encourage, invest in and support the work needed to supply
clean, reliable and affordable energy in Africa.

Denver, CO, November 14, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Access to affordable, reliable, clean and economically
viable energy supply is essential to Africa's economic growth and human development. Africa is well
endowed in energy resources and has the potential to develop these resources to help create, grow and
maintain vibrant global economies.

On November 7-8, 2013, hundreds of executives, policy makers and thought leaders from the private
sector, national governments, non-government organizations, and academia from across the globe met at
Colorado School of Mines in Golden Colorado (near Denver) for the Annual Energy Africa Conference
to engage in a dialog, collaborate, encourage, invest in and support the work needed to supply clean,
reliable and affordable energy in Africa.

The focus of the conference was on President Barack Obama's recently announced “Power Africa”
initiative, and how Africa can leverage the synergy between natural gas and renewable energy sources to
meet the current and future energy demand and the business opportunities inherent in the effort.

Prominent speakers and delegates included, Dr. Bill Scoggins, the President of Colorado School of
Mines, Melvin Foote, the President and CEO of the Constituency for Africa in Washington, Michael
Masserman, Executive Director for Export Policy and Strategy, United States Department of Commerce,
Ambassador Irene Giner-Reichl , the Austrian Ambassador to China and Mongolia, Honorable Liberata
Mulamula, the Tanzanian Ambassador to the United Stated, Honorable Palan Mulonda, the Zambian
Ambassador to the United States, Honorable Jesca Eriyo, the Deputy Secretary of the East African
Community based in Arusha Tanzania, Michael McKelvy the president of Ch2Mhill, Dr. Ogunlade
Davidson, the former Minister of Energy in Sierra Leone and now the Dean of the Graduate School at the
University of Sierra Leone, Laetitia Mulamula, the Vice President of the Eastern Africa Diaspora
Business Council, Professor F.D. Yamba, the Director for the Center for Energy Environment and
Engineering in Lusaka, Zambia, Dr. Robert Stoner, the Deputy Director at the MIT Energy Initiative at
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Co-Director of the Tata Center for Technology and Design
and Christian Burgsmueller, the legal counsel for the European Union delegation to the United States.
Major corporations and institutions such as General Electric, Shell, the World Bank, Holland and Hart,
Anadarko, EnCana Oil and Gas, Noble Energy, Regis University, Denver University, the World Trade
Center, the ONE Campaign, and the Colorado Office of Economic Development were represented.

The speakers highlighted the need to establish an energy infrastructure that meets the energy demand in
Africa to ensure the current economic growth is maintained or even enhanced and how the synergy
between natural gas and renewables could be leveraged to meet this objective.

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With the help of several examples, honorable Liberata Mulamula, Palan Mulonda and Jesca Eriyo
emphasized the business and investment opportunities available in the Energy Sector in Africa. They
cited many areas of collaboration including the private-public partnership and how the issues of
investment constraints that had in the past plagued the continent have been removed to catalyze
investment and growth. Michael Masserman focused on the role that the Power Africa initiative will play
in enhancing energy development in Africa and the business opportunities that this initiative presents.
Melvin Foote, the President and Chief Executive Officer for the Constituency on Africa stressed the
importance of diaspora in the Energy infrastructure development in Africa. He also stressed that
companies wanting to do business in Africa, need to take into consideration the thoughts, ideas and
aspirations of the next generation, who will be reluctant to accept corrupt business practices of the past.

The Energy Africa conference was well received by participants. Hellen Kassa, with the Silicon Valley
Technology Partners remarked, “Thank you so much for putting together such an amazing conference. I
honestly learned so much and was impressed at the level of diversity not only in speakers and attendees
but at the topics covered and the level of expertise each speaker possessed.” Leroy Wilson, a New York
Attorney thanked the conference organizers for “doing an outstanding job!” Dr. Ogunlade Davidson
echoed these observations, “This well organized event provided an excellent opportunity to meet our
American friends working on the same issues and this should continue as that will contribute greatly
towards providing sustainable energy for all in Africa.” Ambassador Irene Reichl remarked that “What
made 'Energy Africa' very special for me is that it draws on the hands-on experience of many experts
from the energy sector and this enriches the dialogue on energy and sustainable development in an
important fashion.” Hon. Jesca Eriyo summed up her experience at the conference: "The Energy Africa
conference brought together academicians, experts, practitioners, CEO/business persons, and African
Diaspora in the Minerals, Petroleum/Oil and Gas, power sectors as well as students. It was really
enriching to listen to and participate in a very lively discussion throughout the conference, and to notice
the enormous interest in investing in the Energy sector in Africa.”

Conference chairman Fred Julander, President of Julander Energy and Conference founder, Dr. Luka
Powanga, who teaches at Regis University in Denver and operates a strategic consulting firm, “The
Powanga Group,” were very pleased with the outcome of the conference. They noted that the conference
highlighted the fact that Africa is clearly emerging and changing rapidly both in terms of economic
growth and development and improved business environment. Said Dr. Powanga, “Business opportunities
for American energy companies are abundant in all aspects of energy development on the continent. We
are looking forward to playing a useful and pragmatic role in helping to build a strong US Africa energy
partnership going forward!”

Contact: Dr. Luka Powanga
303 458 4023 Lpowanga@thepowangagroup.com or Lpowanga@regis.edu

For more information see www.energyafricaconference.com




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Contact Information:
Energy Africa Conference
Dr. Luka Powanga
303 458 4023
Contact via Email
www.energyafricaconference.com


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