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Africa Minigrid Developers Association (AMDA) Announces CEO Transition, Launch of Next Chapter for Industry

Nairobi, February 6, 2023 The Africa Minigrid Developers Association (AMDA) today announced that CEO Jessica Stephens will complete her 5-year term at the end of March 2023. The Board of Directors has started a formal search for a successor who will lead the organization toward its vision of AMDA 2.0. 

Since 2018, Ms. Stephens has led the strategic direction of AMDA, driving the association’s engagement with businesses, policy-makers, government authorities, and other stakeholders to ensure that the minigrid sector delivers on its crucial role in ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all Africans.

AMDA Chairman Vivian Vendeirinho said: “AMDA and the minigrid sector are evolving rapidly, as is the decentralised energy market on the continent. We are incredibly grateful to Jessica for her leadership, guidance, and dedication to the growth of AMDA in the face of this evolving sector. In the wake of her departure and to continue to build on our success, exponential scale-up and effectiveness of the Association, the Board has commenced an executive search for our next visionary leader to take the organisation onward and upward, guiding the growth of the minigrid sector.”

For her part, outgoing CEO Jessica Stephens said: “I have cherished my time with AMDA and the many brilliant and passionate people who are driving the sector forward. I look forward to working with the new CEO and supporting AMDA and the sector during this transition to what I’m sure will be an even brighter future.

AMDA serves as the unified focal point for all stakeholders to engage the minigrid sector in Africa and plays a catalytic role in creating enabling policy and investment environments for the sector to promote growth and sustainable development. 

Upon Ms. Stephens’ departure and until a new CEO is named, head of operations Grace Perkins will assume day-to-day management of AMDA.


For media inquiries, contact Abraham Mudasia, Communications Director, amudasia@africamda.org, +254721883842

About Africa Minigrid Developers Association (AMDA)

The Africa Minigrid Developers Association (AMDA) is an industry association created by private sector minigrid developers and operators, donors and investors to improve political economic environments for minigrid companies. AMDA has 42 member companies operating in 19 countries in Africa. The companies have a combined portfolio of 600 minigrids in operation providing electricity services to about 150,000 customers, impacting the lives of 750,000 people. The industry is on a growth trajectory to provide electricity services to 2 million customers, impacting 10 million people, and to have an asset base of $1 billion by 2025/2026.


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