Delivering the next generation of African energy

Collaborating with our clients to enable the next generation of sustainable renewable energy transition, is a story we are proud to be part of

25 – 28 June 2024

Africa Energy Forum 2024

As a leading Pan-African bank, we are committed to empowering Africa’s sustainable renewable energy transition through our unique investment, finance solutions and expertise.

We invite you to engage directly with our subject-matter experts and leverage our experience and understanding of African markets to unlock value that positively impacts people across the continent, together, one story at a time.

Watch as Shirley Webber, Coverage Head: Resource and Energy, delves into what to anticipate at this year’s Africa Energy Forum.

Meet our experts

We are committed to empowering the continent’s sustainable future at the 2024 Africa Energy Forum.


Anand Naidoo

Managing Executive: Client Coverage

Anand joined Absa Bank early in 2004, to start Absa's business offering in the Power and Energy sector. In 2010 Anand was appointed Managing Principal and Co-Head of Investment Banking Coverage. In March 2018 he was appointed Managing Executive, Client Coverage at the Corporate and Investment Bank.

Anand holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering (Cum Laude) and an MBA (with distinction).

Please join Anand for a Corporate Leadership Roundtable: Energy Systems of the Future – Balancing Africa’s Needs with Global Goals on Tuesday,25 June 2024 at 10:00 CAT at the Africa Energy Forum.


Chetan Jeeva

Head: SA Corporate Lending

Chetan is a Managing Director in the Investment Banking team, responsible for the South African corporate lending franchise. Chetan has over 15 years of experience in Investment Banking and Equity investing, which includes working with corporates, private equity, and family offices across pan-African markets.

Chetan is a fellow of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Programme and a qualified Chartered Accountant with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Please join Chetan for a Panel Discussion:  Critical Minerals Mining for the Global Energy Transition on Thursday, 27 June 2024 at 11:00 CAT at the Africa Energy Forum.


Shirley Webber

Coverage Head: Resources & Energy

Shirley joined Absa Bank Limited in 2011 and is the Coverage Head for Resources and Energy at Absa (Corporate and Investment Banking). Her responsibilities include maintaining and growing relationships in the mining, metals, minerals, oil, gas, chemical, power and renewables industries. Shirley was selected for the 2021 Power List of Pan-African female leaders in energy as one of Africa’s fifty most inspirational female energy executives.

Shirley holds a CAIB (SA) Associate Banking Diploma, a B.Com(Ed)(Cum Laude) and a B.Com Honours degree in Financial and Strategic Management.

Please join Shirley for a Panel Discussion: Advancing Renewable Energy Projects for Sustainable Value Chains - Renewable Projects Update on Thursday, 27 June 2024 at 09:00 CAT at the Africa Energy Forum.


Theuns Ehlers

Head: Resources & Project Finance

Theuns has 25 years of experience across project and export finance, power, infrastructure, metals and mining finance and reserve base lending. He has extensive experience in the power sector, specifically in renewable energy and gas-fired projects having acted as both advisor and debt arranger for projects across Africa. Actively involved in the South African renewable energy market, both on Government-backed programs and the captive power market, leading the bank’s charges to arrange financing for over 4GW of projects. Has closed deals across all major commodities including gold, platinum, coal, chrome, mineral sands, diamonds, copper as well as oil and gas.

Theuns is a qualified Chartered Accountant with a BCom Honours in Accounting.

Please join Theuns for a Panel Discussion: Navigating Power Markets – Progressing Projects in a High-Cost Environment on Friday, 28 June 2024 at 09:30 CAT at the Africa Energy Forum

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The Role of financial institutions in increasing the pace and scale of Africa’s Renewable Energy Transition

The urgent need to combat climate change has thrust renewable energy into the global spotlight. As governments, businesses, and individuals grapple with the challenges of reducing carbon emissions, the role of financial institutions in supporting and propelling the renewable energy transition is becoming increasingly prominent.


Captive power solutions; an exciting new reality awaits

Absa recently released its annual financial results and from this, there are two important numbers to highlight. The first being that Absa is working on power projects representing over 2000MWs and the second being that the bank has R45bn in new power projects in the pipeline.


African energy and minerals re-imagined

With the African minerals and energy sector flourishing with possibility, one can’t help but draw parallels with the late 1880’s when the first gold was discovered on the Witwatersrand – in Johannesburg, South Africa – that kick-started the “Gold Rush”.


Energy sector moves up a gear

While South Africans are understandably frustrated by the operational issues at Eskom and the impact it is having on business and quality of life, it is important to stop and appreciate that real progress is being made.

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Expertise that powers the continent

We are proud to have provided advisory services and financing for Infinity Power’s acquisition of Lekela Power, Africa’s largest renewables-focused, independent power producer.


Enabling energy that nature creates

We are proud to have acted as a mandated lead arranger and lender for three Red Rocket Energy (Pty) Ltd (“Red Rocket”) renewable energy projects valued at approximately R12 billion.


Expanding the continent’s access to green energy

We are proud to have acted as Mandated Lead Arranger, Hedge Bank, Agent Bank and Account Bank for EDF-R’s three wind energy projects, part of South Africa’s REIPPP Programme.



Our sustainable finance goals include assisting clients on their journeys to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, supporting our strategic theme of being an active force for good.

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