Implemented in partnership with Enel Foundation, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the European Investment Bank, and in collaboration with Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Management and SDA Bocconi, the training involved 59 high-level participants from 13 African countries.
Milan , 2nd of December 2022 –RES4Africa Foundation successfully carried out the 9th edition of the Advanced Training Course (ATC), the flagship capacity building initiative dedicated to institutional profiles, high-level managers and other professionals operating in the African RE sector. The training relied this year on the support of the Enel Foundation, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the European Investment Bank, and was implemented in collaboration with Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Management and SDA Bocconi.
The main aim of the ATC is to enhance local ownership of sustainable projects, opening new REs-related job opportunities and improving local skills. This goal was pursued by holding 10 days of appointments, which were inaugurated on the 21st of November, and held daily in Milan, Italy, one week at the Politecnico University and the second one at Bocconi University.
The beneficiaries of the training were 59 students among professionals and managers from public institutions, national authorities, energy companies, implementing agencies, research institutions and civil society organizations that were selected and provided with a full scholarship. The trainees represent 13 African countries, including Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Mauritania, Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, Tanzania and Zambia.
The students were provided with frontal lectures, which gave a comprehensive overview of the main topics related to Africa’s energy transition: from energy management, energy efficiency measures and electrification, to cross-sectoral decarbonisation enablers, circular economy, Water-Energy-Food Nexus, project bankability and finance, and from grids and electricity infrastructures to access to energy. All lessons were delivered by experienced managers, professionals, academics and high-skilled technicians from RES4Africa’s network, and included opportunities such as visiting the CESI SpA headquarters and gain insights on power quality, storage, and VRE Grid Integration. Tha atendees also got the chance to go on an art and culture visit to Duomo di Milano that gave them the chance to discover more about the history and culture of Milan.
The closing session counted on the participation of (in order of intervention) Michele Calcaterra (Professor at SDA Bocconi), Salvatore Bernabei (CEO of Enel Green Power, and President of RES4Africa and), Ernesto Ciorra (Chief Innovability® Officer of Enel and General Manager of Enel Foundation), Christian Zulberti ( Deputy Director of Enel Foundation), Roberto Vigotti (Secretary general of RES4Africa Foundation), Matteo Giacomo Di Castelnuovo (Professor at SDA Bocconi), and Carmelo Cocuzza (Head of Unit,Technical Assistance Operations in Africa, Caribbean, Pacific, Asia and Latin America at EIB).
Salvatore Bernabei, President of RES4Africa Foundation and CEO of Enel Green Power, directly addressed the attendees, stating that they “ […] Have the mission and target to address energy poverty in Africa”, a goal that can be achieved by investing in renewable energy. Mr. Bernabei also encouraged the participants to work on their countries’ sustainability: “If you are here, it means you want to set the basis for a new future of your countries and communities. I want you to know you are not alone: you can rely on RES4Africa. Together, we can mark the end of a course, and the beginning of a new, brighter era for all the African continent”.
"The ATC is the living example of the importance of capacity-building" said Roberto Vigotti, RES4Africa’s Foundation Secretary General. "Africa’s energy transition can be truly unleashed only by a managerial class of skilfull and motivated professionals, and the tools that this programme can provide are fundamental to ensure more equal, sustainable, and inclusive societies in the African Countries ".
“Today, in the framework of the ATC, engineers, private investors, academia and foundations gathered for a common goal: fighting against climate change”. This is what was observed by Carmelo Cocuzza, Head of Advisory & Blending at the European Investment Bank. Mr. Cocuzza also remarked that “It is only through a joint and coordinated approach, as the one we are witnessing here, that we will achieve such an aim”.
“For Enel Foundation the ATC is a great opportunity to share what we have learnt and to improve our understanding of the needs, culture and context of the African people. It also reperesents a great opportunity for shared value creation to enhance our understanding of the world as Enel Foundation and for the students to acquire better knowledge on energy.” said Ernesto Ciorra (Chief Innovability® Officer of Enel and General Manager of Enel Foundation).