Team Members

RENEWABLE ENERGY WEBINAR 2022

Contacts and other resources from this event are listed at the bottom of this page. Thank you again for visiting us!

SPEAKERS

Ted Christopher

Ted Christopher

Inventor & Founder, Verterra Energy, Inc

Abbie Laugtug

Abbie Laugtug

Private Sector Lead with Power Africa

Brian Plourde

Brian Plourde

Founder, LEMA Company

Jeremy Faber

Jeremy Faber

Private Sector Engagement Advisor for the U.S. Government’s Prosper Africa initiative

David Edmiston

David Edmiston

Reg. Director, MPLS office, EXIM Bank

Katie Sieben

Katie Sieben

Chair, Minnesota Public Utilities Comm.

Mark Ritchie

Mark Ritchie

President of Global Minnesota

Basil Ajuo

Basil Ajuo

CEO, Minnesota Africans United

Tom Hanson

Tom Hanson

Diplomat in Resident, University of MN

Dr. Joyce Banda

Dr. Joyce Banda

Former President of Malawi

Alexandra Spieldoch

Alexandra Spieldoch

CEO, Bountifield International

Larry Mahoney

Larry Mahoney

Founder & Operator of Asia Direct Resource

AGENDA

Minnesota Africans United, in partnership with Power Africa, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, Global Minnesota, Prosper Africa, US Commercial Services, Bountifield International, Asia Direct Resource and LEMA Company, we will discuss the different forms of energy and how they improve lives for Africans in the sectors of agriculture, healthcare and education in Minnesota and Africa. We will also discuss economic and investment opportunities for solar power in Africa, specifically in Cameroon and Malawi. Keynote speakers for the webinar include the former President of Malawi, Prosper Africa, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, and panelists from successful energy companies doing businesses in Minnesota and in Africa.

 

Event: Opportunities of Trade and Investment with the Energy Sector in Africa

Theme:  Improving lives through electric production in Cameroon and Malawi

Date: Friday, January 28, 2022

Time: 9:00am -11:30am CST, 10:00am-12:30pm EST, 4:00pm-6:30pm Cameroon Time, 5:00pm-7:30pm Malawi Time

 

9:00am-9:05am: Basil Ajuo, Chief Executive Officer of Minnesota Africans United to give a welcome and introduces Chair of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, Katie Sieben.

 

9:05am-9:15am: Katie Sieben, Commissioner for Department of Public Utilities to give a welcome and present on her work around the energy sector.

 

9:15am-9:18am: Mark Ritchie, President of Global Minnesota to introduce Keynote Speaker, former President of Malawi, Dr. Joyce Banda

 

9:18am-9:38am: Keynote Speaker, form President of Malawi, Dr. Joyce Banda presents

 

9:38am-9:53am: Tom Hanson, Diplomat in Resident, University of Minnesota, to moderate Q&A for Dr. Joyce Banda

 

9:53am-9:56am: Tom Hanson, Diplomat in Resident, University of Minnesota, to introduce Keynote Speaker, Abbie Laugtug, Private Sector Lead with Power Africa.

 

9:56am-10:11am: Keynote Speaker, Abbie Laugtug, Private Sector Lead with Power Africa presents

 

10:11am-10:31am: Tom Hanson, Diplomat in Resident, University of Minnesota, to introduce and moderate a finance panel who will discuss financing the development of energy in Africa: Jeremy Faber, Prosper Africa and David Edmiston, Export-Import Bank of the United States (Exim)

 

10:31am-10:36am: Tom Hanson, Diplomat in Resident, University of Minnesota to moderate Q&A for panelists

 

10:36am-11:16am: Mark Ritchie, President of Global Minnesota, to introduce and moderate a panel of Minnesota-based renewal energy companies active in Africa: Ted Christopher, Verterra Energy; Brian Plourde, LEMA Company; Larry Mahoney, Asia Direct Resource; Alexandra Spieldoch, Bountifield International

 

11:16am-11:26am: Mark Ritchie, President of Global Minnesota, to moderate Q&A for panelists

 

11:26am-11:30am: Mark Ritchie, President of Global Minnesota, to give closing remarks

RESOURCES FOR THE WEBINAR 

African map on their website: https://stories.usaid.gov/usaidmap/?location=africa

 

Katie Sieben

Chair, Minnesota Public Utility Commission 

Katie.Sieben@state.mn.us

 

Abbie Laugtug

Abbie Laugtug alaugtug@usaid.gov

https://www.usaid.gov/powerafrica/privatesector

 

Jeremy Faber

jefaber@usaid.gov

prosperafrica.gov

https://www.prosperafrica.gov/toolkit/export-to-africa/?page_a=3&investor=8

 

David Edmiston

David.Edmiston@exim.gov

www.exim.gov

 

Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)

https://www.prosperafrica.gov/resource/contract-and-grant-opportunities/

 

https://www.mcc.gov/news-and-events/release/release-072721-mcc-commits-over-1-billion-in-new-programs-for-africa

 

MCC Procurements:

https://mcc.dgmarket.com/

 

https://devbusiness.un.org/content/site-search

 

MINNESOTA-BASED RENEWABLE ENERGY COMPANIES ACTIVE IN AFRICA

 

Brian Plourde

Brian@lema.io

www.lema.io

 

Ted Christopher

ted@verterraenergy.com

 

Alexandra Spieldoch

Alexandra@bountifield.org

www.bountifield.org

 

Larry Mahoney

Asia Direct Resource

Lmanhoney_adr@yahoo.com

+1(651) 335-3467