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Simba Mudimbu

Senior Portfolio Manager, Venture Programs, Clean Cooking Alliance

Simba is a Senior Portfolio Manager in the Market Strengthening team at CCA. He manages a sub-Saharan Africa focussed company portfolio within the Venture Catalyst (VC) program. The VC program provides enterprise-level support to companies across the clean cooking value chain with the aim of enabling impact and financial returns at scale and driving more private sector investment into the sector. Prior to joining CCA Simba was an investment manager at LifeCo UnLtd Investments, an ‘impact first’ investment and enterprise development firm in South Africa. His previous work experience includes various roles in in banking, management consulting, and impact investing sectors over the last 14 years having started his career with Barclays Investment Bank in London. Simba holds an MPhil in Development Finance (Cum Laude) from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, an MSc in Finance and a bachelor’s degree in International Business, Finance and Economics from the University of Manchester in the UK. He is based in Johannesburg.

Day 0 October 10
Sessions by Simba Mudimbu
Day 1 October 11
Sessions by Simba Mudimbu
12:30 pm-1:30 pm
Breakout Room A

Biomass Cooking: Evolution and Scale on the Road to Universal Access

Biomass remains the mainstay of cooking for households and institutions across the developing world both in rural settings where consumers have few viable alternatives, and in urban settings where consumers stack multiple solutions in their day-to-day cooking mix. The challenge remains that much of the biomass cooking that occurs in developing regions is neither clean nor efficient. Alongside an industry of improved and clean cookstoves there is renewed focus on commercial biomass fuel distribution models and integrated ‘tool and fuel’ models that are attempting to bring more value to the consumer beyond the stove sale. How are businesses evolving in the biomass segment, attracting investment, and scaling solutions for clean biomass cooking and what is the role of clean biomass on the road to universal access?

This session will discuss the crucial place of biomass tools and fuel in the clean cooking sector and the evolving business models that are driving adoption of clean biomass solutions. Speakers from some of the leading organizations in the segment will unpack key issues such as: why the segment has historically not attracted large investment, the role of innovation in driving scale and impact, what is missing to reach scalable biomass fuel distribution models, and the opportunities and challenges of carbon finance in the ecosystem.

Watch this session.

Speakers
Tanuja Bhattacharjee Energy Specialist, The World Bank
Ute Collier Deputy Director, Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre, International Renewable Energy Agency
Ethan Kay Managing Director, Emerging Markets, BioLite
Simba Mudimbu Senior Portfolio Manager, Venture Programs, Clean Cooking Alliance
Claudia Muench Co-Founder & CEO, BioMassters
Chris McKinney Chief Commercial Officer, BURN Manufacturing LLC USA
Jean-Louis Racine Chief Program Officer, Clean Cooking Alliance
Day 2 October 12
Sessions by Simba Mudimbu
Day 3 October 13
Sessions by Simba Mudimbu
Day 4 October 14
Sessions by Simba Mudimbu
Sessions by Simba Mudimbu
Sessions by Simba Mudimbu
12:30 pm-1:30 pm
Breakout Room A

Biomass Cooking: Evolution and Scale on the Road to Universal Access

Biomass remains the mainstay of cooking for households and institutions across the developing world both in rural settings where consumers have few viable alternatives, and in urban settings where consumers stack multiple solutions in their day-to-day cooking mix. The challenge remains that much of the biomass cooking that occurs in developing regions is neither clean nor efficient. Alongside an industry of improved and clean cookstoves there is renewed focus on commercial biomass fuel distribution models and integrated ‘tool and fuel’ models that are attempting to bring more value to the consumer beyond the stove sale. How are businesses evolving in the biomass segment, attracting investment, and scaling solutions for clean biomass cooking and what is the role of clean biomass on the road to universal access?

This session will discuss the crucial place of biomass tools and fuel in the clean cooking sector and the evolving business models that are driving adoption of clean biomass solutions. Speakers from some of the leading organizations in the segment will unpack key issues such as: why the segment has historically not attracted large investment, the role of innovation in driving scale and impact, what is missing to reach scalable biomass fuel distribution models, and the opportunities and challenges of carbon finance in the ecosystem.

Watch this session.

Speakers
Tanuja Bhattacharjee Energy Specialist, The World Bank
Ute Collier Deputy Director, Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre, International Renewable Energy Agency
Ethan Kay Managing Director, Emerging Markets, BioLite
Simba Mudimbu Senior Portfolio Manager, Venture Programs, Clean Cooking Alliance
Claudia Muench Co-Founder & CEO, BioMassters
Chris McKinney Chief Commercial Officer, BURN Manufacturing LLC USA
Jean-Louis Racine Chief Program Officer, Clean Cooking Alliance
Sessions by Simba Mudimbu
Sessions by Simba Mudimbu
Sessions by Simba Mudimbu