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ESB International is delighted to announce its participation in the prestigious 25th Africa Energy Forum, scheduled to take place from June 20th to 23rd, 2023. We are honoured to be an exhibitor at this influential event hosted at the renowned Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Africa Energy Forum is a premier gathering of key decision-makers in the African energy sector. The forum is designed to foster partnerships, uncover valuable opportunities, and drive the industry towards greater advancements.

Over the course of four days, this event will bring together African governments, utilities, and regulators, along with global development finance institutions, commercial banks, power developers, technology providers, engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) firms, and professional services.

By participating in the Africa Energy Forum, ESB International aims to actively contribute to the growth and development of the African energy landscape. We look forward to engaging with industry leaders, sharing our expertise, and exploring collaborative opportunities that will shape the future of energy in Africa.

Join our experts at our exhibition stand - L65 - during this esteemed event as we collectively work towards a sustainable, efficient, and innovative energy future for the African continent.

Find us at the Forum: 

Stand L65


Set up a meeting with us:

If you would like to meet with one of our team, either during or outside the exhibition, don't hesitate to reach out through


Our Team At The Conference


Douglas de Beer

Douglas de Beer has over 29 years of experience in utility management with ESB and ESB International. He has specialised experience in consultancy services for Transmission & Distribution (T&D), including design, construction and operations.

Douglas has extensive experience managing projects internationally, including utility management in Liberia. Douglas has proven experience in Transmission and Distribution networks and is responsible for the delivery of international network operations. His understanding of T&D project delivery enables Douglas to focus on the delivery of scoping, programming and coordination of multi-disciplinary inputs required to meet the client's expectations for successful project execution.


Orla Burke

Órla is a PMP®, Chartered Electrical Engineer with extensive experience in the global energy sector. Her project portfolio extends from feasibility studies, project management of large-scale, high-capital, international networks projects to utility transformation strategies. She has successfully delivered multiple projects in the MENA region and Sub-Saharan Africa, including Egypt, Tanzania, Zambia and Ghana. 

She is a Lead Project Manager with the Utility Management and Consultancy Group, providing strategic advisory services to our clients to meet their key business objectives.


Simon Leyden

Simon Leyden is a Business Development manager at ESB International, focusing on our relations with International Financial Institutions (IFI). Simon has worked in Project Finance, specialising in traditional and alternative energy for over 15 years. He has worked with several financial institutions in Ireland and abroad, including time with the European Investment Bank – the European Union's Climate Bank in Luxembourg.  

Simon brings expertise in energy policy, international finance, large-scale project finance, and the application of development bank finance to energy projects, especially in developing economies. Simon has a B.A. (Joint Hons) in Economics and Geography from Trinity College Dublin and an MSc in Economic Policy from the University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies).

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