Kola Adesina

Group Managing Director, Sahara Power Group

Kola is a consummate entrepreneur with experience that traverses the academia, finance, energy, trade and diplomacy. He's a Director at Sahara Group, a leading international energy (power, oil and gas) and infrastructure conglomerate with operations in over 38 countries across Africa, Asia, Middle East and Europe.

Kola currently leads the vision of Sahara Power Group aimed at bringing energy to life by deploying diversified power sources to light up lives, businesses and sustainable interventions in Nigeria and across Africa. Kola specifically oversees the Group’s affiliates including Ikeja Electric, the largest privately owned power distribution business in South Saharan Africa (SSA), Egbin Power Plc – the largest thermal plant in SSA (with 1,320MW installed capacity with ongoing expansion plans to increase the capacity over two-fold, providing a quarter of the total generating capacity in Nigeria) and First Independent Power Limited.

Kola combines his years of management and business diplomacy experience into creating and executing innovative strategies for governments across sub Saharan Africa in the energy sector. Kola is a much sought after resource person on energy related issues, especially the power sector in Africa and is also a frontline speaker at conferences across the globe.

He is passionate about empowering young people and takes great pride in mentoring youths to seek creative ways of galvanizing their energies for sustained excellence and productivity. Mr. Adesina is a pan-Africanist, a seasoned entrepreneur and avowed promoter of the Pan African Dream of regional integration and trade.

He holds a B.SC (Insurance), M.SC. (Business), Masters in International Law and Diplomacy and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Insurance.

9.45 - 11.30 PM

Day - 1 18 July

High-Level Keynote Presentations

  • Maximizing International Cooperation for Energy Transition Will Stevens, Consul General, United States Consular, Lagos, Nigeria.
  • Developing Energy Infrastructure for Sustainable Industrialization Kola Adesina, Group Managing Director, Sahara Power Group.
  • Upscaling Clean Energy Investments, Innovations and Impact Caroline Emboubou, CEO, All On.
  • Sustaining National Integrated Power Project Chiedu Ugbo, MD/CEO, Niger Delta Power Holdings Company, Nigeria.
  • Roadmap for Powering Industrialization, Energy Transition, and Growth, Temitope Fashedemi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Nigeria.
  • Energy, People, Investments Powering Agro-Industry Representative of Dr. Adesina, President. African Development Bank (to be confirmed).
  • Transforming Nigeria-EU Energy Transition Cooperation Inga Stefanowicz, Team Leader, Green and Digital Economy, European Union
    Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS (Hybrid).
  • Q&A Co-Chaired by Dr. Bamise Olanrewaju, NEF Strategy & Innovation Head & Dr. Oluwole Daniel Adeuyi, NEF Chair.
    (*** Followed by NEF2023 Opening Photo Sesssions & Media Interviews ***)