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Building Back Better and Greener with Sustainable Hydropower

June 24-25, 2020

Washington D.C.

  • The World Bank Global Solutions Group on Hydropower and the ESMAP Hydropower Development Facility invite you to a four-part webinar.

    The energy mix is moving towards one made up predominantly of weather-dependent, variable renewable energy sources. This current time of reflection gives the opportunity to assess the best use of hydropower resources. Done right, hydropower’s operational flexibility could be fundamental to achieving the green transition.

    In four sessions, this webinar will congregate leaders from the World Bank Group, donors and partner organizations. Each will present their thoughts on key topics, and audience participants will have the opportunity to pose questions to enrich the discussion.

  • Wednesday, June 24, 08.30-10.00 EST
    Session 1 - International development and trends | WATCH SESSION REPLAY

    Welcome remarks by Makhtar Diop, Vice President, WBG

    • Barsha Man Pun, Minister of Energy Water Resources and Irrigation, Nepal
    • Benoît Revaz, State Secretary and Director of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy 
    • Oyvind Johansen, Assistant Director General, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Norway 
    • Mark Lambrides, Director Global Energy & Infrastructure, The Nature Conservancy 

    Moderated by Pravin Karki, Global Lead Hydropower, World Bank 


    Wednesday, June 24, 10.30-12.00 EST
    Session 2 - Research and innovation | WATCH SESSION REPLAY

    • Paolo Frankl, Head of renewable energy, International Energy Agency
    • Dolf Gielen, Director IITC, International Renewable Energy Agency 
    • Han Huang, Deputy Director-General, Economic & Technology Research, GEIDCO
    • Alejandro Moreno, Director Water Power Technologies Office, US Department of Energy
    • Elena Vagnoni, XFLEX HYDRO Project, EPFL, Switzerland
    • Sebastian Sterl, CIREG Project, VUB, Belgium  

    Moderated by Richard Taylor, Former CEO International Hydropower Association  


    Thursday, June 25, 08.30-10.00 EST
    Session 3 - Safety, climate and sustainability | WATCH SESSION REPLAY

    • Julia Bucknall, Global Director, Environmental and Social Framework, WBG
    • Eddie Rich, CEO, International Hydropower Association 
    • James Dalton, Director Global Water Programme, IUCN
    • Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative 
    • Craig Davies, Head, Climate Resilience Investments, EBRD 
    • Maria Guell Pons, Dam Specialist, World Bank 

    Moderated by Demetrios Papathanasiou, Practice Manager, South Asia Energy, World Bank 


    Thursday, June 25, 10.30-12.00 EST
    Session 4 - Investment and finance | WATCH SESSION REPLAY

    • Pravin Karki, Global Lead, Hydropower and Dams, World Bank 
    • Arturo Alarcón, Senior Energy Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank
    • Maham Iftikar Warraich, Senior Investment Officer, IFC 
    • Anders Cajus Pedersen, Chief, Regional Power Systems, African Development Bank
    • Paul O’Connor, Executive Director, Green Bonds, JP Morgan 

    Moderated by Gabriel Azevedo, Chief Environmental Social and Corporate Governance Division, IDB Invest