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Hugo LE PICARD

Associate Research Fellow, Center for Energy & Climate


Research Interests:

  • Energy economics
  • Electricity access
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Environment

Hugo Le Picard is an Associate Research Fellow at the Center for Energy & Climate at Ifri. His research interests mainly focus on the issues of energy poverty, electricity access and the financing of electricity infrastructures in sub-Saharan Africa. He is also preparing a doctoral thesis in the field of industrial economics applied to the African power sector at the Paris-Dauphine University. He joined Ifri's Center for Energy & Climate in 2018, after a work experience at the European public affairs department of Veolia Environment and at the Mediterranean Foundation of Strategic Studies (FMES). 

Along with his research activities, he is a lecturer at Paris-Dauphine University where he teaches courses in microeconomics, image analysis and introduction to deep learning. He also regularly intervenes on energy systems’ development in Africa as part of master's courses at Sciences Po Paris and at Paris-Dauphine University. He holds a Master's degree in economics and financial engineering applied to energy from the University Paris-Dauphine and a double degree in mathematics and economics from the University of Nottingham. 

All my publications
18/01/2022
By: Hugo LE PICARD, Matthieu TOULEMONT

The market for decentralized solar systems first developed in rural Africa, and today it is expanding to the continent’s cities, though these areas are already covered by each country’s central network.

25/06/2021

If sub-Saharan Africa followed the same model of economic development as the rest of the world, focused on the growth of carbon intensive industries, cities and infrastructures, it would seal the planet's climate future. Africa’s emissions today are among the lowest per capita in the world: 0...

29/05/2020

The electrification of sub-Saharan Africa is one of the great challenges of the 21st century. It is essential if we are to succeed in creating the 20 million jobs each year necessary to absorb the demographic growth of the region,[1] which is set...

18/09/2019

With the expansion of modern production and consumption patterns to large African cities, population growth and urbanization, production of municipal waste has risen sharply. Unregulated dumps are becoming numerous and have strong negative health effects by polluting the local environment....

All my medias
05/05/2020

Economic recovery measures taken by several governments in the world so far are not aligned with the Paris Agreement. Yet some governments took important steps in the right direction but they are often insufficient. Two cases stand out : South Korea and the EU. But delivering on the ambitions...