2019 IFC Sustainability Exchange
Invest for Tomorrow
June 18-19 | Dakar, Senegal
Interim CEO & Director of Programme, Graça Machel Trust
CEO, Anglo American
President & CEO, Kinross Gold Corporation
Ambassador of Canada to Senegal
Directeur Général, Nachtigal Hydro Power Company
CEO, BRK Ambiental
Managing Director, Umeme Limited
Analyst at Allan Gray, WEF Global Shaper, Project Lead for Africa, Shaping the Future of Work
Vice President Business Development, Metito Utilities
VP, Government Relations, Policy & International Organisations, Shell
Minister of Mines and Minerals Resources, Republic of Sierra Leone
Minister of Mines & Geology, Republic of Guinea
CEO, Yaatra Ventures
Vice President, Middle East and Africa, IFC
Board Member (External Relations) & Consultant, Independent Research Institute of Mongolia (IRIM)
Vice President Africa, Energy Business, Wärtsilä
CEO, SPARKZ &CEO, PLUS Ventures
Hema Vallabh, WomEng & WomHub
Director, Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School
Head of Environmental & Social Governance, Statkraft
Managing Director, Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinee (CBG)
Head of Investments, African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM)
Director, Carlyle Sub-Saharan African Fund
Executive VP, Safety, Operations & Engineering & External Affairs, Tullow
Special Advisor on Mobility, Office of the Mayor of Bogota
Managing Partner, Beautiful Soul
Corporate Affairs Vice President, Antamina Mining Company
CEO, Sleek Garments Export Limited
Cofounder, Conceptos Plásticos
Head of Nordics, Arabesque Asset Management
Managing Director, Lekela Power Senegal
Global Battery Alliance
CEO, Sierra Rutile
Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, AEGEA
Director for East Africa,IFC
Manager, Responsible Investment,Actis
Director for West Africa,IFC
Mobility & Urban, Innovation Lead, WSP, Mexico
CEO, Innovation Corner
Senior International Law Advisor, IISD
Infrastructure & Natural Resources Director for Africa, IFC
CEO, Off World
Senior Director, Infrastructure & Natural Resources, IFC
Social Entrepreneur, Co-Founder, Developers in Vogue
CEO, Adroit 360
Head & Coalition Manager, Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE), World Bank
Executive Director, Code for Africa
Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Energy and the Environment, University of Delaware
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Please confirm your visa requirements directly with consular posts of the Republic of Senegal, even if you are a Laissez-Passer, an OAS – Travel Document or an ordinary, official and diplomatic passport holder. To request an official letter of invitation for your visa application, please complete this form and email it to email@example.com, attaching a copy of your passport identification page. Kindly indicate VISA on the subject line. Turnaround time is approximately 5 business days.
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We recommend you book your accommodations early, as June is a busy time in Dakar. We have made arrangements with a range of hotels to offer a preferred rate to Sustainability Exchange participants on a first-come, first-served basis.
Site Visit to Lekela’s Taiba N’Diaye Wind Farm - Click for More
Taiba Wind Farm is 158MW renewable power plant being built about 90mn from Dakar near the Taiba N’Diaye community. It is Senegal’s first large scale wind energy project. The project is one of several being built across Africa by renewable power generation company, Lekela. The project is expected to be completed in 2020, but engagement and local benefits have been part of the project’s efforts from early on. The project began deploying a broader socio-economic program in the Taiba N’Diaye area during the pre-construction phase with an aim to create sustainable livelihoods in the local community. Projects to improve local agriculture, provide vocational training opportunities, refurbish or build local infrastructure such as a local marketplace identified as the priority by the Taiba Women’s Association and IT center for local schoolchildren. These activities are the start of a 20-year program through which Lekela will invest up to $20 million over the life of the wind farm. More information about the the project.
Date: Thursday, 20 June, 2019
Time: 9am-3pm (tbc)
Side Meetings - Click for More
Session 1: Young & Innovating: Finding Your Fit in Infrastructure & Natural Resources
Date: Monday, 17 June, 2019
Session 2: Energy2Equal Roundtable
Date: Monday, 17 June, 2019
Session 3: Supporting Women’s Entrepreneurship & Corporate Leadership
Date: Monday, 17 June, 2019
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Culture - Click for More
Senegal, the land of “Teranga” (Hospitality)” boasts a rich and diversified culture; Crossroads of civilizations and influences, mixing ancestral know-how and contemporary creation. Senegal is home to Craft masters and renown artists such as Ousmane Sow, Kalidou Kassé, Ndary Lô, music legends such as Youssou, Ndour, Baaba Maal, Daara J Family, movie greats such as the late Ousmane Sembene, the late Djibril Diop Mambety, William Mbaye and Alain Gomis, the rising star of African cinema. Senegalese fashion is also won world stage thanks to the contribution of Collé Ardo Sow, Douma Dieng, Adama Paris, Selly Raby Kane, Rama Diaw, Emma Style, Thiané Diagne, Cheikha, etc. A quick tour in craft markets across the country will bring you face to face with the talent and the lively culture of Senegal.
Senegal’s rich heritage also includes many monuments and historic places: Classified historical sites (the island of Gorée, Saint-Louis, etc.), monuments (monument of the African Renaissance), are historical sites. You will not be surprised to be told countless stories about heroes and heroines who marked the country’s history such as Aline Sitod Diatta, Lat Dior or the women of Nder. Everywhere you go, you will hear stories about Senegalese pride.
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The African Renaissance Monument: The African Renaissance Monument is a 49-meter-tall bronze statue located on top of one of the twin hills known as Collines des Mamelles, outside Dakar, Senegal. A great view of the city.
Musee of IFAN: The Musée de l’Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire or IFAN Museum of African Arts is one of the oldest art museums in West Africa. The museum is founded in 1936, and contains important collections from across Francophone Africa. The museum is one of the regular locations used in the Dakar Biennale exhibition, showing art by contemporary African and diaspora artists
Mamelles Lighthouse: The Lighthouse is a strategically important lighthouse located near Cap Vert, the westernmost point of Africa, on the outskirts of Dakar. Completed in 1864, it has been described as “one of the world’s great lighthouses, guiding ships around the western tip of Africa”.
Marché Kermel: The covered Marché Kermel, behind Ave Sarraut and within walking distance of Marché Sandaga, sells a mixture of foodstuffs and souvenirs. It’s worth visiting for the beautiful buildings that shelters its busy stalls. The original 1860 construction burnt down in 1994, but the 1997 reconstruction has been closely modelled on the building’s initial structure and decoration.
Iles des Madeleines: Even though Îlot Sarpant is just a stone’s throw away from the hustle & bustle of the city; it provides a different, yet welcome feel from Dakar (and even nearby Ngor Island). This archipelago of completely uninhabited nature reserves is filled with volcanic rock formations, rare bird species, with a few baobab trees. This a great place to escape the city and enjoy a day in nature with friends.
Lac Rose: Lac Rose (Pink Lake) lies north of the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal, some 30 km north-east of Dakar. It is named for its pink waters caused by Dunaliella salina algae and is known for its high salt content, up to 40% in some areas.
Gorée island: Gorée is a tiny, car-free island off the coast of Dakar, in Senegal. It’s known for its role in Atlantic slave trade. On the narrow streets, colonial buildings include the House of Slaves, now a museum. The 19th-century Fort d’Estrées houses the IFAN Historical Museum, with exhibits on Senegal’s past. The Henriette Bathily Women’s Museum considers the role of women in West African society. In 1978 Gorée Island was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, and several of its historic structures were restored in the 1980s and ’90s.