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Mr. Cherif Seye

Cherif Seye is an engineer in electrical engineering and energy management from “Ecole Centrale” (French “Grandes Ecoles”) with a Master of Business Administration from the Center for Studies and Applied Research in Management (CERAM – Ecole Superieure de Commerce ESC Nice – Sophia Antipolis, FRANCE) and University of Phoenix (Arizona, United States). This dual profile has made him a sectoral expert with deep strategic knowledge on the development of sustainable energy solutions (Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency) and a wide perspective including a variety of aspects (technical, economics/finance, and strategic customer and market dynamics, regulations, international development agencies support mechanisms, Public Private Partnerships…).

Cherif has been serving as the Financial Advisor for the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) at the African Development Bank since 2012. The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) is a Multilateral Trust Fund with a special focus to support the sustainable energy agenda in Africa, in the private sector renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) space, with the view to stimulating transition to more inclusive and green growth models.

Cherif has developed specific expertise in assisting African companies and International Groups in strategic and financial planning and in the arrangement of funding for their activities and projects in the region. He has also served as a coach for building capacities within clients’ management teams and designing management tools.

Cherif has also developed deep knowledge of DFIs (both bilateral and multilateral) through collaborating with them in the design, study and operationalization of initiatives, programmes and project. In fact, he has been heavily involved in activities with, the African Development Bank, the World Bank, the Agence Française de Developpement, USAID, KfW, DFiD, DANIDA, UNDP. Additionally, he is conversant with most of the existing Climate Finance instruments and initiatives across the region and globally.

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