Message from Jessica Stephens, the Newly appointed AMDA’ Chief Executive Officer
Dear AMDA Members and Stakeholder community,
AMDA and the sector have made great progress in recent years but there is still much more to do and we, at AMDA are dedicated to continue supporting the sector’s quest for radial scale. This is a critical time for minigrids and rural electrification. We are on the cusp of true scale – but with that growth comes new challenges. As the sector matures, we must evolve in tandem to ensure that we continue to shape the future of the energy system.
For those of you with whom I have not had the pleasure of working, I joined AMDA as its first employee more than three years ago, and helped create the organization prior to that as part of a collection of developers that were united in a vision of what electrification in Africa could look like and how important it was for private sector to pave the way forward. I have had the luxury of a diverse career that spans both private sector and public work. I spent almost 5 years living and working either completely off grid or with limited access to electricity in East Africa. These experiences have significantly influenced my understanding of our mission and my drive to ensure that all people have access to electricity as well as my understanding of the essential role of private companies in achieving that goal.
Thus, we are embarking on this new phase for AMDA and the sector with a clarity of purpose that focuses on collaborating with governments to ensure we build a stable regulatory environment that balances government oversight, consumer protection, and the urgency and commitment to achieve universal electrification. Furthermore AMDA remains laser focused on unlocking private and public capital to grow the sector. Lastly, AMDA is excited to continue supporting minigrid businesses themselves as well as strengthening AMDA’s diverse and highly skilled team.
I am excited about this opportunity and I want to thank the Board for their confidence in me to pursue our shared vision for the sector. AMDA has a great team, serves great members and has a great passion and commitment to further grow the MG sector in Africa. I look forward to our collaborative efforts and to forging new relationships and partnerships aimed at collectively and dramatically bring the minigrid sector to scale – and thereby achieving our collective goal of universal electrification in every corner of the continent.
Thank you for your continued support to AMDA.
CEO – AMDA