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Financing a Clean Energy Transition in Africa & the Global South

André de Ruyter delivers the spring 2024 Class of 1972 Great Issues in Energy, Climate and Society Lecture.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Cook Auditorium and online
Intended Audience(s): Public
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André de Ruyter, Senior Fellow at the Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs, delivers the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society's third Class of 1972 Lecture, "Financing a Clean Energy Transition in Africa & the Global South"  in Cook Auditorium on the Dartmouth campus. You can access a recording of the talk here.

Addressing climate change will require dramatically scaling low carbon energy in the Global South, home to 85% of the world's population. But current financing mechanisms are not up to the challenge. André de Ruyter — the former CEO of Africa’s largest electricity company — will talk through the challenges and opportunities of building renewables and other projects in countries with high capital costs, and how we can engineer a better system.

About André de Ruyter

André de Ruyter has more than 30 years of global business experience in the energy sector, the last decade of which he has spent in senior executive roles, including Group Chief Executive of Eskom, the largest electricity company in Africa.  In that capacity he championed the reintroduction of good governance, as well as pushing for the accelerated decarbonisation of the largest emitter on the continent, through a Just Energy Transition.  He was instrumental in securing an $8.5bn JET partnership transaction between South Africa and a partnership of France, Germany, the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States.  

He has written a best-selling book about his Eskom experience, entitled “Truth to Power”, which was chosen by The Guardian of London as one of its global top five books by whistleblowers, and has been selected as one of the top 100 influential Africans by New African magazine.   He is currently lecturing at Yale University as a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Jackson School of Global Affairs, the School of Management and the School of the Environment on the just energy transition and climate finance, and has accepted invitations to present guest lectures at various leading US institutions. 

Thank you to the Dartmouth Class of 1972 and to our co-sponsors for this year’s lecture: The Revers Center for Energy, Sustainability and Innovation at Tuck, The Center for Business, Government and Society at TuckThe Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences, and The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding.

For more information, contact:
Irving Institute for Energy and Society

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.