Media Advisory: Panel Discussion on Harnessing the Potential of the Power Africa Initiative

December 11, 2013

CONTACT:  Shanta Bryant Gyan 646.290.8211•

Top Panelists to Offer Perspectives on Expanding Africa’s Access to Energy and Promoting Sustainable Development and Growth


WHAT: Today, more than two-thirds of sub-Saharan Africans are living without access to energy. In rural communities, that number climbs to an astounding 85 percent. In June 2013, President Barack Obama launched “Power Africa”, a new U.S. initiative that aims to double access to reliable, sustainable energy in sub-Saharan Africa. The presidential initiative is committing $7 billion dollars over the next five years to support the energy needs of six African countries, including Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania.

The Africa-America Institute will hold a timely and informative panel discussion on January 30 in New York City to explore the challenges and economic potential of President Obama’s “Power Africa” Initiative in enhancing Africa’s integration into the global economy and the creation of new jobs and opportunities. Top panelists from the private and public sectors will offer perspectives on strengthening the technical infrastructure and human resource needs to develop and expand Africa’s access to energy and promote sustainable development and growth.

Free and open to the public. RSVP is required. To register, please click here. For more information, visit; email or call (212) 949-5666.



Moderator:  Kamran Khan, Vice President of the Department of Compact Operations, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)


  • Agnes Dasewicz, USAID’s Director, Private Capital Group for Africa
  • Shari Berenbach, President & CEO, The U.S. African Development Foundation
  • Tony von der Muhll, Global Strategic Relations, Shift Into Green Energy ECUA
  • Paul Mwafongo, Minister Plenipotentiary, Economic Affairs, at the Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania to the USA in Washington, D.C.
  • George Monyemangene, Consul General of South Africa

WHEN:     January 30, 2014 – 6:30pm-8:30pm (Doors open at 6pm)

WHERE:  New York City


MORE INFO:       For more information, please visit **Media accreditation is required to cover the panel discussion, and will not be granted on site.

ABOUT AAI:       Founded in 1953, the Africa-America Institute (AAI) is a U.S.-based international organization that is dedicated to strengthening Africa’s human capacity through advanced education and professional training for Africans, educating Americans about Africa. For more information, please visit



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