Energy in Africa Panel Lead by Dr. Lazarus A. Angbazo and Bokar Ture
What’s the key to bridging the gap between huge demand for power and modest supply? What are the primary concerns of investors? What does the risk, reward profile for energy investments look like? What policies are in place to encourage development in this sector? How has the economy of the region affected development in the energy sector? What are the prospects for renewable energy and decentralized energy in the region – can Africa really leap-frog the traditional centralized power generation model? What technologies are most promising?
Lazarus Angbazo is the President and CEO of GE Nigeria; he is responsible for developing and expanding the growth of GE’s businesses and functions in Nigeria. He is based in Abuja, Nigeria. Lazarus was appointed the President/CEO, GE West, East & Central Africa, in October, 2008. His responsibility was expanded to include Commercial Growth Leader for Africa Region in May 2011. Lazarus Joined GE in 2004 and held several leadership positions within the GE Capital business in the U.S. From 1997 to 2004, he worked for JP Morgan Chase, New York, where he held senior positions in corporate mergers & acquisitions, strategic planning, and credit portfolio management. Between 1992 and 1997, he was Assistant Professor of Finance at Purdue University, and also served as Research Director at Fannie Mae in 1996. Lazarus was born in Nigeria, and graduated from Ahmadu Bello University with a B.S. in Mathematics with First Class Honors degree. He then earned an M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research from The University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in Corporate Finance from New York University.
Bokar Ture is the Chief Operating Officer of Solektra International and the Director of Operations at Akon Lighting Africa, both working to respond to the energy crisis in sub-Saharan African by providing clean, renewable and affordable products to rural and peri-urban areas. He also supports the Presidency of the Republic of Guinea on an ad hoc basis. Bokar has managed national and multinational infrastructure projects in several countries and was responsible for the African Development Bank’s energy portfolio in Nigeria as Senior Economist at the Bank. Committed to international as well as community development, he also performed the role of Development Manager for a world-leading Center of the New York Public Library devoted to Africa and its Diaspora. He holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an MSc from the London School of Economics.