With COP27 negotiations commencing in November, there has been back-and-forth in the African Union about whether the African Group of Negotiators should discuss the necessity of fossil fuels in developing Africa’s economies. Join our panellists of academics and people working in energy policy in Africa to hear what the arguments for the use of fossil fuels are from a climate justice perspective in the Nigerian and Zambian contexts.
Date: 1st November
Time: 6-7pm (London)
Dr Musilu Oseni is the Commissioner responsible for Planning, Research and Strategy at the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). Before, he was a researcher at UCL and at the Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG), University of Cambridge. Musiliu’s research interests include energy access, willingness to pay, affordability, pricing, security of supply, quality of service, regulation and demand side management. His research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including the Energy Journal, Energy Economics, Energy Policy, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, and the Journal of Energy and Development.
Dr Imad Ahmed is an Energy and Climate Advisor within the Tony Blair Institute’s Africa Governance team. He is author of, The Political Economy of Hydropower Dependant Nations: A Case Study of Zambia. He researches infrastructure resilience and adoption at UCL, and covers climate displacement as a part of the Liberal International Climate Justice Committee. As a Transactions Advisor and Special Policy Advisor to the Government of Rwanda, he structured and negotiated $800M of investment into Rwanda, including renewable and fossil fuel baseload power investments.
Professor D’Maris Coffman is the Director of University College London’s Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction and is a Professor in Economics and Finance of the Built Environment. Her research interests span infrastructure and climate change. She works at the interstices of economic geography, economic history and infrastructure economics.
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