Ana Hajduka, Founder & CEO, Africa GreenCo

Africa Greenco (Africa Green Regional Energy: Efficient, New and Creditworthy Offtaker)calls for the set-up of a public-private partnership in the form of an independent, regional, renewable energy offtaker.  Africa GreenCo would streamline development, mitigate offtake and credit risk and catalyse private sector finance for renewable energy development.  Africa GreenCo aims to increase private sector investment in energy generation in sub-Saharan Africa by mitigating the credit risks associated with the current lack of creditworthy offtakers.

Current weak financial position of utilities and limited choice of an alternate buyer in case of utility default deters private capital.  An intermediary aggregator between buyers and sellers can help attract sustainable investments in the power sector on the strength of a multi-buyer model.

Its role as a financially sustainable intermediary offtaker and power trading company can also stimulate regional electricity trading and facilitate more efficient use of available and new resources by optimising them on a regional basis.

Africa GreenCo as a concept was included in the recommendations section of the SEforALL Finance Committee Report and is currently funded by The Rockefeller Foundation.

Ana is qualified as a lawyer in both England & Wales and the State of New York, and is an infrastructure and energy professional with more than 12 years’ experience in a variety of transactions including project finance, public-private partnerships and project development, working on energy and infrastructure projects in emerging markets.

Ana trained with Allen & Overy LLP and went on to work for Fulbright & Jaworski LLP and Trinity International LLP, advising on a diverse range of projects within the energy sector, predominately in Sub-Saharan Africa.

In March 2015, Ana was appointed by the UNECE as the Team Leader responsible for a Project Team (comprising about 30 specialists) in charge of developing international renewable energy PPP standards for emerging markets as part of the Sustainable Energy for All and the Paris Agreement agenda.