Debates Videoconferences
Ifri Paris
from 15:00 to 17:00
This event is restricted

The digital transformation of sub-Saharan electricity networks: Smart Grids for sustainable cities Closed Seminar

Affordable and reliable electricity access is a prerequisite for the development of sustainable cities in sub-Saharan Africa. Improving the financial and operational viability of the region’s power sectors is a prerequisite for the multiplication of solar projects. 

In this regard, the digital transformation taking place in Africa and which affects all segments of the electricity sector value chain, offers many opportunities. It should enable obsolete sub-Saharan networks to evolve towards smart grids. However, these developments will not be straightforward. This webinar will discuss how networks can be improved in the short-term while facilitating their gradual evolution towards smart grids.


  • Oumar Sylla, Acting Director Regional Office for Africa, UN-Habitat
  • Nat-Sy Missamou, Energy Director, Orange Middle East and Africa
  • Moussa Bagayoko, General Director, Yélé Consulting
  • Shawn Papi, Senior Technologist Smart Metering, Eskom
  • Anthony Mburu, General Director & Founder, Enerstore Africa 

Chair: Hugo Le Picard, Research Fellow, Center for Energy & Climate, Ifri


Webinar held in English from 15:00 to 17:00 CEST. 
The day prior to the debate, registered participants will receive the link to join the session.


Contact the organizers: 

By invitation only. For more information on the debate, please contact Cécile De Cordier : decordier@ifri.org

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