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Francois Pienaar, Business Development Manager Africa and Asia for ESB International led a panel discussion on the topic of The Utility of the Future at Enlit Africa 2021. 

Francois was joined on the panel by experts Clare Duffy, Networks Development and Electrification Manager, ESB Networks and by Christopher Maende, who is a deputy director of the Kenya Power and Lighting Company. 

The discussion centred around distribution utilities and the changing landscape, specifically in relation to renewable energy. The panel explored why a transformation is taking place, some of the challenges we are facing in utilities and a review of the road map towards the new energy landscape.


Francois Pienaar Francois Pienaar Business Development Manager, Africa and Asia, ESB International

About Francois Pienaar

As a dual South African and Irish citizen, Francois has a passion for the African power market and am extremely proud of the work that ESB International has completed on numerous projects in Africa over the past 25 years. He joined ESB International in 2002 and has worked in a variety of roles in the company in various locations but he haa a real passion for the work carried out in east and west Africa and in particular, Tanzania, Ghana and Liberia. He has worked in several strategic management roles for ESB International including acting as technical advisor to the Electricity Company of Ghana and with the ESB International executive team managing the Liberia Electricity Corporation.

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