The World Energy Day Conference was culmination of the weeklong World Energy Day Celebrations
held from 22nd to 26th of October this year. The two-day conference that took place on the 25th
and 26th of October 2018 at the Best Western Meridian Hotel, brought together key players in the
energy sector, visiting speakers from around the globe as well as corporates across various sectors
of the economy, from both the public and private space. The conference was a success and saw the
gathering of industry professionals from the region with an attendance of over 100 delegates. The
conference sought create an invigorating space for these discussions amongst different industry
players and to share knowledge with a view to yielding sustainable next steps. This event was the
culmination of dedicated planning and preparation for all aspects, including programme development,
accommodation and venue logistics, travel and event execution.
The WED conference was first held in 2016 as a half-day conference but has grown over the years to a
fully-fledged two day conference. The holding of this annual conference is seen as a strategic activity
in the energy space specifically corresponding to the need to provide a space for opinion leaders in the
industry to provide thought leadership on energy matters in Kenya, and for delegates to find value in
discussing issues pertaining the industry and providing suitable solutions that progress development.
The conference was flagged off by the president of the Association of Energy Professionals Eastern
Africa and had speakers from Uganda, Tanzania, and South Africa speak on key issues that will shape
the future of energy in Africa.
The conference also served as an excellent platform to crown the winner of the Student Energy
Challenge will be crowned. The student energy innovation challenge as one of the main activities is
planned for students in colleges and universities in aspiration to nurture the next generation of energy
enthusiasts. The eminent panel of judges with business acumen, innovation prowess and energy
expertise, took part in evaluating and ranking the projects. The top three projects walked away with
the prizes that included 3 months internship, mentorship, shopping vouchers, holiday experiences and