Conference reflections on Singapore

André Troost, who recently graduated from the MPhil (Sustainable Development) programme cum laude, presented his masters research at the International Conference on Green Energy and Applications in Singapore from 24 to 26 March 2018, hosted by Nanyang Technological University and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. André's research was concerned with the potential of strategic investment to increase access to finance among mini-grid energy service companies in sub-Saharan Africa and was supervised by Prof. Josephine Kaviti Musango from the School of Public Leadership and Prof. Alan Brent from the Department of Industrial Engineering. The study recommends that mini-grid ESCOs should build competencies in customer relationship management and the extrapolation of rural electricity consumption and customer creditworthiness data towards commercial applications such as the sale of electricity dependent products and services, as it was found that potential strategic investors attach value to these indicators.