Please join the IGC (International Growth Centre) and the Payne Institute on Monday, September 28, 2020 at starting at 7:45am MT for a discussion on the State of Fragility. Payne Director Morgan Bazilian will speak on Power Planning in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States.
|Time – BST||Topic||Speaker|
|14:45-14:50||Scaling Energy Investment in Fragile Settings:
Introducing speakers and topic overview
|Prof. Timothy Besley|
|14:50-14:55||Funding energy projects in fragile settings||Julia Prescot|
|15:00-15:05||Modelling energy planning in FCS||Prof. Morgan Bazilian|
|15:05-15:10||Priorities for energy investments in fragile settings||Prof. Nicholas Stern|
|15:10-15:30||Q&A with presenters||Council Members|
Prof. Morgan Bazilian is the Director of the Payne Institute and a Professor of public policy at the Colorado School of Mines. Previously, he was lead energy specialist at the World Bank. He has over two decades of experience in the energy sector and is regarded as a leading expert in international affairs, policy and investment. He has over two decades of experience in the energy sector and is regarded as a leading expert in international affairs, policy, and investment. Dr. Bazilian is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Energy, as well as the Global Advisory Council of the Sustainable Finance Programme at Oxford University. Previously, he was a Deputy Director at the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and a senior diplomat at the United Nations. Earlier in his career, he worked in the Irish Government as Principal Advisor to the Energy Minister, and was the Deputy CEO of the Irish National Energy Agency. He was also the European Union’s lead negotiator on low-carbon technology at the United Nations climate negotiations.
Julia Prescott is co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Meridiam Infrastructure, a benefit corporation based in Paris, managing 8 global long-term infrastructure funds making investments in energy, mobility and social infrastructure. In addition, Julia was named as a Commissioner on the UK’s National Infrastructure Commission. She is also a non-executive director at the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, Infraco Asia Investments based in Singapore and Infraco Africa Investments. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Glennmont Partners, a fund focussed on renewable energy and a Visiting Professor at the Bartlett School, University College London. Previously she was the President of the Sustainable Infrastructure Foundation, a non-governmental organisation based in Geneva. Her previous roles include Head of European Infrastructure Finance for the Bank of Scotland, Head of Project Finance at Hill Samuel London and Co-Head of Project Advisory at Charterhouse Bank. Julia is also Founder of Women Leaders in Infrastructure and is a member of the Board of the International Project Finance Association.
Lord Nicholas Stern is IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, Co-Director of the India Observatory, and Chair of the Grantham Research Institute at LSE. He has held posts at other UK and overseas universities, and as Chief Economist at both the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank. He was Head, UK Government Economic Service 2003-2007, and produced the Stern Review on the economics of climate change. He was knighted for services to economics (2004), made a life peer (2007), and appointed Companion of Honour for services to economics, international relations and tackling climate change in 2017. His latest books are How Lives Change: Palanpur, India and Development Economics (with Himanshu and Peter Lanjouw), OUP 2018 and are Why Are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency and Promise of Tackling Climate Change (MIT Press, 2015). He is a member of the High-Level Advisory Group for COP26 of the UNFCCC.