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Gabriela Elizondo Azuela

Practice Manager, Energy Sector Management Assistance Program, World Bank

Gabriela Elizondo Azuela is Practice Manager of the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) at the World Bank In this role, she oversees a global portfolio of analytical and advisory activities in the energy sector, as well as the Bank’s energy climate finance operations. Ms. Elizondo-Azuela, a Mexican national, joined the Bank in 2003.

Prior to assuming her current position at ESMAP, Ms. Elizondo-Azuela worked in the Latin America and Caribbean Energy Unit and other various Energy units across regional and global teams, contributing to a range of innovative operations in the areas of energy access, clean energy, climate change and became the Global Lead for Clean Energy for the Global Practice. As the Global Lead, she has championed the introduction of innovative initiatives, most recently in the areas of digitalization of energy sector infrastructure and utilities of the future. Ms. Elizondo-Azuela has more than 25 years of professional experience in the environmental and energy fields with specializations in power sector reform, regulatory design, private sector development, power sector planning, renewable energy, and climate change.

Before joining the Bank, she worked for private consulting firms and academia. Ms. Elizondo-Azuela is a graduate of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (MX) in Chemical Engineering, has a Master of Environmental/Water Resources Engineering degree from the University of Michigan (USA), a PhD of Energy Economics from Imperial College London (UK), and various postgraduate diplomas from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA).

Day 0 October 10
Sessions by Gabriela Elizondo Azuela
Day 1 October 11
Sessions by Gabriela Elizondo Azuela
9:30 am-11:30 am
Adlon Ballroom

Opening Plenary

Speakers
Dymphna van der Lans CEO, Clean Cooking Alliance
H.E. Hajia Samira Bawumia Second Lady of Ghana
Honorable Matthew Opoku Prempeh Minister of Energy, Ghana
Adwoa Etsiwaa Sey Chairperson, Ghana Alliance for Clean Cooking
H.E. Ingrid Mollestad Ambassador to Ghana, Government of Norway
Honorable Virginia E. Palmer U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana
Carla Montesi Director, European Commission's Directorate-General for International Partnerships
Katja Lasseur Deputy Ambassador, Government of Netherlands
Gabriela Elizondo Azuela Practice Manager, Energy Sector Management Assistance Program, World Bank
Vincent Wierda IDE Energy Lead, UNCDF
Ashvin Dayal Senior Vice President, Power & Climate and The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet, The Rockefeller Foundation
Fatih Birol Executive Director, International Energy Agency
Damilola Ogunbiyi CEO, Sustainable Energy for All
Kandeh Yumkella Founder & CEO, The Energy Nexus Network
Leela Hazzah Co-Founder & Executive Director, Lion Guardians
Dr. Mokowa Blay Adu-Gyamfi Presidential Advisor on HIV/AIDS, Executive Office of the President, Ghana
Shirley McAlpine Founder, Shirley McAlpine & Associates
Day 2 October 12
Sessions by Gabriela Elizondo Azuela
4:45 pm-6:30 pm
Adlon Ballroom

Closing Plenary

Speakers
H.E. Hajia Samira Bawumia Second Lady of Ghana
Alex Eaton CEO, Sistema.bio
Gabriela Elizondo Azuela Practice Manager, Energy Sector Management Assistance Program, World Bank
Peter George Co-Investment Director, Spark+ Africa Fund; Chairman, Stichting Modern Cooking
Honorable Elizabeth Naa Kwatsoe Tawiah Sackey Mayor of Accra
Kofi Nketsia-Tabiri Founder and CEO, XpressGas
Jillene Connors Belopolsky Chief of Staff and Chief External Affairs Officer, Clean Cooking Alliance
Mwayi Kampesi CEO and Founder, Planet Green Africa
Fiona Wanjiku Moejes CEO, Mawazo Institute
Akil Callender Youth Specialist, SEforALL
Gathoni Kimani Senior Associate, Market Strengthening and Venture Catalyst, Clean Cooking Alliance
Shirley McAlpine Founder, Shirley McAlpine & Associates
Dymphna van der Lans CEO, Clean Cooking Alliance
Monojeet Pal Manager, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, African Development Bank
Nishdeep Sethi Group Director, Structured Finance, African Guarantee Fund
Rosemary Enobakhare Associate Administrator, Office of Public Engagement and Environmental Education, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of the Administrator
Feisal Hussain Senior Director, Innovative Finance, Clean Cooking Alliance
Sameer Shukla Adviser to the Practice Manager, Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP)
Day 3 October 13
Sessions by Gabriela Elizondo Azuela
Day 4 October 14
Sessions by Gabriela Elizondo Azuela
Sessions by Gabriela Elizondo Azuela
Sessions by Gabriela Elizondo Azuela
9:30 am-11:30 am
Adlon Ballroom

Opening Plenary

Speakers
Dymphna van der Lans CEO, Clean Cooking Alliance
H.E. Hajia Samira Bawumia Second Lady of Ghana
Honorable Matthew Opoku Prempeh Minister of Energy, Ghana
Adwoa Etsiwaa Sey Chairperson, Ghana Alliance for Clean Cooking
H.E. Ingrid Mollestad Ambassador to Ghana, Government of Norway
Honorable Virginia E. Palmer U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana
Carla Montesi Director, European Commission's Directorate-General for International Partnerships
Katja Lasseur Deputy Ambassador, Government of Netherlands
Gabriela Elizondo Azuela Practice Manager, Energy Sector Management Assistance Program, World Bank
Vincent Wierda IDE Energy Lead, UNCDF
Ashvin Dayal Senior Vice President, Power & Climate and The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet, The Rockefeller Foundation
Fatih Birol Executive Director, International Energy Agency
Damilola Ogunbiyi CEO, Sustainable Energy for All
Kandeh Yumkella Founder & CEO, The Energy Nexus Network
Leela Hazzah Co-Founder & Executive Director, Lion Guardians
Dr. Mokowa Blay Adu-Gyamfi Presidential Advisor on HIV/AIDS, Executive Office of the President, Ghana
Shirley McAlpine Founder, Shirley McAlpine & Associates
Sessions by Gabriela Elizondo Azuela
4:45 pm-6:30 pm
Adlon Ballroom

Closing Plenary

Speakers
H.E. Hajia Samira Bawumia Second Lady of Ghana
Alex Eaton CEO, Sistema.bio
Gabriela Elizondo Azuela Practice Manager, Energy Sector Management Assistance Program, World Bank
Peter George Co-Investment Director, Spark+ Africa Fund; Chairman, Stichting Modern Cooking
Honorable Elizabeth Naa Kwatsoe Tawiah Sackey Mayor of Accra
Kofi Nketsia-Tabiri Founder and CEO, XpressGas
Jillene Connors Belopolsky Chief of Staff and Chief External Affairs Officer, Clean Cooking Alliance
Mwayi Kampesi CEO and Founder, Planet Green Africa
Fiona Wanjiku Moejes CEO, Mawazo Institute
Akil Callender Youth Specialist, SEforALL
Gathoni Kimani Senior Associate, Market Strengthening and Venture Catalyst, Clean Cooking Alliance
Shirley McAlpine Founder, Shirley McAlpine & Associates
Dymphna van der Lans CEO, Clean Cooking Alliance
Monojeet Pal Manager, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, African Development Bank
Nishdeep Sethi Group Director, Structured Finance, African Guarantee Fund
Rosemary Enobakhare Associate Administrator, Office of Public Engagement and Environmental Education, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of the Administrator
Feisal Hussain Senior Director, Innovative Finance, Clean Cooking Alliance
Sameer Shukla Adviser to the Practice Manager, Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP)
Sessions by Gabriela Elizondo Azuela
Sessions by Gabriela Elizondo Azuela